We understand that you will want to know as much as possible about our product before you place an order and install TeleBeam yourself. This section deals with the most common questions and concerns that people have when considering a loft conversion using TeleBeam.
If you cannot get all the answers you need from these faqs, please read our technical documents before contacting us directly, then complete our property questionnaire to receive personalised information.
Is Telebeam a UK product?
Yes, they are extruded in Leicestershire and the design and fabrication completed at our Wiltshire based offices and workshop.
Can I buy Telebeams from a building merchant or diy outlet?
Telebeams are only supplied directly from us to contractors or homeowners.
Do you cover the whole of the UK?
We cover all of England, Scotland, and Wales including the Channel Islands.
Do you sell outside of the UK?
No and there are no current plans to market the system outside of the UK.
What does it cost?
The Telebeam system is designed bespoke for each property with prices varying depending on size and complexity of the build. The system is around £5,000+VAT for a typical 2/3 bedroomed house, depending on the size. Quotes can be obtained from our quotations team or the 'Get a Quote' section of our website.
Can I install TeleBeam myself?
Yes, if you are a builder or an experienced DIYer with carpentry skills - the system has been developed especially for you.
Do you fit the TeleBeams?
No, we are strictly a design and supply. The system has been designed to be user friendly and non-invasive installation process, only basic carpentry skills required.
Why would I need a builder?
If you have not had any construction experience we strongly recommend that you engage a builder to help with the installation.
Can you recommend fitters?
We don’t currently have a recommended installer scheme but can forward details of contractors having previously completed Telebeam installs in your area.
Do I need special equipment?
You may need scaffolding depending on your roof type.
How long will it take to install?
TeleBeam installation can usually be carried out in one to two days, excluding finishings.
Can TeleBeams be fitted from the inside the house?
We generally advise Telebeams are installed externally, principally on truss roofs. Traditional cut roofs can often be installed internally with little obstruction from existing bracing.
Can I see an example of a TeleBeam conversion?
Yes, arrange to come along to one of our open days in the South-West contact us for details.
Can TeleBeams be used in Timber frame buildings?
Generally yes, as loads are spread evenly over the whole structure, this makes the TeleBeam approach far more suitable for timber framed buildings.
Is TeleBeam suitable for traditional cut roofs?
Yes, as our LABC type approval covers only truss roofs we provide additional structural calculations as part of the service to satisfy building control.
Can TeleBeam be used in TDA Roofs?
Yes, a TDA is treated the same way as a traditional cut roof. This roof type, however, is often designed without using internal load bearing support.
Can TeleBeams be used with a raised tie/building with skeilling in first floor?
No, For the TeleBeam system to work a bearing onto wall plates will be required.
How much headroom do I need?
The minimum headroom at the highest point of the loft needs to be a minimum of 2.4 metres.
What about the pitch of my roof?
TeleBeam works for any roof pitch.
What is the largest span TeleBeam can cope with unsupported?
Our largest span is 8.4m certified under LABC type approval, we can span up to around 9m with extra structural calculations and a considerate scheme.
What are your beams spans and depths?
Our beams are 5.8m at 150mm depth, 6.2m at 175mm depth, 7.0m at 200mm depth, 7.8m at 225mm depth and 8.4m at 225mm depth and a larger wall thickness.
What size of loft does it fit?
TeleBeam has been developed primarily for the conversion of fink pattern roof trusses at nominal 600mm centres with a maximum clear span from 5.8m to 8.4m (depending upon which system is used, i.e. TeleBeam 6.2 has a clear span of 6.2m) between external walls with normal interlocking concrete tiles or slate loading.
Can dormers be built on them?
Yes, you can either build dormers from the Telebeams or wall plate line. We generally recommend dormer locations respect existing truss positions.
Can full dormers be built on them?
Yes, you can have full dormers but typically require a ridge beam. We design but not supply these steel sections. These can be sourced and purchased from a local steel supplier.
Do I need planning permission?
Normally Planning Permission would not be required for a loft conversion unless the property is in a Conservation Area, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a National Park.
It is advisable to check with your Local Authority and also check whether any special Planning Conditions were imposed on the property when the original Planning Permission for the property was granted.
What about building regulations approval?
Building Regulations approval is required for a loft conversion to check fire safety, insulation standards, staircase details and structural stability.
TeleBeam has achieved LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Registered Details Approval for structural stability and will be accepted automatically as long as the situation is within the loading and span constraints.
Why do I need to fill out a form?
You need to fill out the form as accurately as possible. This helps us to understand if conversion of the roof space at the property is feasible and provide an accurate budget quote.
Can you not just come out and survey?
The budget quotation process allows us to compile information before our survey and provide a guide to Telebeam cost. In some cases we can look into feasibility before the survey and take pride in offering our honest appraisal.