Support systems

Monocoque support system

Helping Hand bracket & rail

Design & Specification Service

PROJECT MANAGEMENT DESIGN & SPECIFICATION SERVICE

Upon receiving project drawings, Dales assigns a dedicated Project Manager to oversee each project. Project managers act as a single point of contact throughout the project’s life, from its initial design to completion. Together with the specifier, project managers establish relevant criteria, such as support methods, material requirements and budget. Additionally, the Project Manager prepares CAD drawings, calculations, NBS Specifications and quotations. Overall, this provides a complete specification service. To further discuss your project’s requirements, you can contact our Project Management Team on Tel: 0115 930 1521.

PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE

Dales prioritises client confidence and assurance. Accordingly, we hold full Design/Professional Indemnity Insurance with a first-class security in the London market, which means architects and specifiers can use our products with confidence.

BS EN ISO 9001: DESIGN & MANUFACTURE

Since 1993, Dales Fabrications has worked within the constraints of BS EN ISO 9001 accreditation. Click here to view our ISO 9001: Design & Manufacture certificate. 

Support Systems

Dales Monocoque Support System

Typically, you cannot install aluminium cladding or eaves systems line and level if you try and fix them to the primary site structure. In fact, aluminium often highlights any deviation in the primary structure, rather than hiding it. The solution is the Dales Monocoque Support System, which allows vertical and horizontal adjustment to hide site variances. As such, Dales recommends to support their systems using the Monocoque System. Example details that illustrate the almost infinite ways the monocoque system can be designed are available for download here.

Our precision made Monocoque brackets minimise the required number of components while providing adequate support for the Dales eaves or other Dales systems. They enable swift install on site with maximum accuracy and minimum fuss. The result is an installed product that achieves a precise line, regardless of the primary structures inaccuracies.

Dales designs the Monocoque Support system on each project. Dales can manufacture the system in either galvanised steel or aluminium. However, this depends on the location of the project and its environment. Further the system can be used in conjunction with SFS, steel, concrete or timber primary structures.

On substantial design and build projects, contractors who have involved Dales at the earliest design stage, using Dales Monocoque Support system, have enjoyed time and cost savings. . As part of their design service, Dales prepares details and calculations to ensure the method of support is optimised for the application.

Helping Hand Bracket & Rail Support Systems

For large soffits, ceilings and exterior rainscreen cladding, Dales can supply helping hand support systems. As part of their design service,  Dales prepares details and calculations to ensure that the method of support is optimised for the application.

Monocoque Support & Curtain-walling

Dales can support both their solar shading and eaves systems from curtain-walling mullions by using the isol8 chocks that incorporate and patented thermal break. Contact one of our project managers to discuss this further.

Thermal Performance: Thermal Breaks

Due consideration should be given to thermal performance of walls and increasingly attention is directed to the eaves as well. This means that support system brackets or cleats usually require a thermal break to reduce or eliminate cold-bridging. Dales recommends that any requirement to incorporate thermal breaks as part of the support system should be included in the project specification. Additionally, Dales have good relationships with companies like  Armadillo and Farrat, who can advise on how to best achieve the required thermal performance.

Fixings

Fixings present a potential weak link in any system. As such, Dales takes the process of fixing selection as seriously as the design of the system itself. Dales select all fixings after careful consultation with manufacturers and rigorous testing for both ultimate strengths and potential incompatibility issues.  As part of the complete package, Dales supplies all necessary fixings.

Associated products

Gutter Configuration : Hidden or Exposed

Dales offer a wide range of decorative and functional gutter profiles.

With complete eaves systems, hidden gutter configurations provide a more contemporary appearance and accommodate the use of more imaginative fascia profiles.

Rainwater pipes

A range of rainwater pipes including contemporary, traditional (Cast collars) and secret fix systems are available here.

Fascia Profiles

Dales can design and manufacture fascia profiles to almost any shape, size or proportion including curved and elliptical designs. As part of our specification service, we can prepare preliminary drawings which you can directly insert into your own drawings. Dales designs all systems on an individual project basis. A 25 year guarantee may be available, subject to terms and conditions. You can download example drawings here.

Soffit Systems

Dales offers a wide variety of different soffit types, from secret fix panels to secret-fix planks. For more details, click here.

Rainscreen panels

Dales designs and manufactures aluminium rainscreen panels on a bespoke basis to suit each individual project. For more details, click here.

Wall Copings

Dales designs and manufactures aluminium wall copings on a bespoke basis to suit each individual project. For more details, click here.

Solar Shading Systems

Dales designs and manufactures solar shading systems on a bespoke basis to suit each individual project. For more details, click here.

Fire

Fire: Monocoque Support System

Dales manufactures our Monocoque Support System from either galvanised steel or mill-finish aluminium. Importantly, both materials are non-combustible: A1 Classification Reaction to Fire EN BS 13501-1:2018 and  identified to make ‘no contribution to fire”: EU Commission Decision 04.10.96 See also https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/999ef8f3-56e7-4a99-8e20-01f910b77d2e/language-en

Fire: Helping Hand support system

Dales manufactures Helping Hand Support Systems from mill-finish aluminium, which is non-combustible: A1 Classification Reaction to Fire EN BS 13501-1:2018 and identified to make ‘no contribution to fire”: EU Commission Decision 04.10.96 See also https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/999ef8f3-56e7-4a99-8e20-01f910b77d2e/language-en

Fire: Aluminium Eaves Design

Dales offers RIBA Approved Material seminar on this subject: More information on the full title, content and how to book is available here.

In regard to all aspects of detailing for fire-prevention and prevention of spread of fire, as with all projects, specifiers, developers and their main contractors should employ and consult a suitably qualified and experienced fire safety engineer. The engineer should ensure that all details submitted, specifically those details which may involve Dales PPC or anodised aluminium products are considered appropriate, suitable and compliant with current building regulations & the overall fire strategy for the project.

Dales encourages Specifiers, Developers and Main contractors to consider the RIBA Fire resources web page.

Dales design liability is limited to the reasonable skill and care of a specialist sheet-metal fabricator.

Quotations that Dales provide include only for the items expressly listed and do not cover the supply (or design) of any supplementary items such as, but not limited to; insulation, plywood, vapour barrier, fire protection, insect mesh or mastic/sealant (other than gutter sealant). Therefore, any reference to bill pages, specifications or drawings is listed for information only.

 

Colours, Finishes & Marine Specification

Dales Monocoque Support System or the Helping Hand Support Systems are not normally coated or anodised. However you can find details of the available colours and finishes for other products here.

Guarantees:

Dales can usually provide guarantees for products, whether supplied in anodised or architectural polyester powder coated finish. However, this depends on their geographical location and specific environment and is subject to terms and conditions.

Marine Specification:

The specifier must include Marine Specification in the contract particulars. To support the specifier, our Project Managers can advise on and provide appropriate NBS Specification clauses.

Acutely Exposed or Industrial Environments

Further upgrades can be made to acutely exposed marine or industrial environments Marine Specification in several ways, including one or more of the following:
• changing the base aluminium alloy to a ship-building alloy,
• changing the powder coating to Qualicoat 2 specification,
• amending secondary supports to all aluminium,
• changing fixings to A4 stainless steel (provided such suitable fixings are available) or
• moving to an anodised finish.

If you consider your project may be in an acutely exposed marine or industrial environment, please contact one of our Directors or Project Managers to discuss this further. However, please keep in mind guaranteeing products installed in harsh environments is not always possible.

Durability, Loadings & 3D Modelling

Durability

Dales designs our systems to give a low maintenance life of 60 years in rural and suburban conditions & up to 25 years in industrial conditions. However, this depends on the exact environment. For marine environments see above.

Operation & Maintenance Information

As part of the Dales Project Management: Design & Specification Service, we issue a full technical guide to site that includes A3 copies of all Dales detail proposal drawings in full colour and generic system fixing instructions as a comprehensive Technical Guide. Furthermore, the guide also includes a comprehensive ‘Fixings Identification List’ that identifies where each fixing is meant to be used. The detail proposal drawings also notes this information.

It is the customer’s responsibility to request a full O&M pack from Dales, which includes a complete detail drawings pack and the relevant generic fixing instructions complete with the maintenance schedule and any guarantee originally requested in the original customer order.

Loadings: General

Dales designs both gutter and fascia soffit systems to accommodate loadings in excess of those induced when the gutters operate at full capacity. Dales recommends snow guards where sliding snow may cause impact loading in excess of normal design criteria (see BS EN 12056-3 2000). For wind and other specific loadings, please contact our Project management team on Tel: 0115 930 1521.

Loadings: Finite Element Analysis FEA/FEM Modelling

As part of the overall design process, Dales may need to provide a computer-generated Finite Element Analysis (FEA) or similar report. This report may indicate whether a system Dales designs is likely to withstand specific wind or other loadings. In the case of wind-loadings, it is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that they correctly inform Dales of the “local wind pressure design cladding load for the specific element of the works” as well as the height and location of the detail that Dales are to supply.

Please note that Dales reserves the right to pass on any costs incurred in producing any such report or calculations. This also includes any additional product costs that the conclusions from the report deem necessary. Since it is not possible to fully predict all the dynamic factors that may arise, any report Dales generates through a computer-model will always be limited to some extent in its ability to predict real-life outcomes with absolute accuracy.

Therefore, it is the customer’s design and financial responsibility to ensure that any such FEA/ FEM report that Dales may provide is deemed adequate, sufficient and compliant with the project design specification by the Project Structural Engineer in terms of the; model, loadings and physical properties of the materials used.

3D Modelling

Where Dales are required to design their systems, for whatever reason, using 3D modelling software, typically AutoDesk Revitt, lead times for the preparation of detail design drawings (Dales proposal drawings) or 3D models may increase. In turn, this may affect overall lead times for providing of manufactured products and Dales are not liable for any costs however they may arise due to any increases in design time that results from the need for 3D computer modelling. Dales reserves the right to charge for any such increased design time incurred in their design office that results from the need for 3D modelling.

Thermal movement

Dales designs all systems to accommodate the extremes of temperature typical in the UK. For overseas projects, please contact Dales to discuss the requirements of your project.

Sustainability

BS EN ISO 9001: DESIGN & MANUFACTURE

Dales operates within the constraints of BS EN ISO 9001 accreditation and and have done so since 1993. Our ISO 9001: Design & Manufacture certificate is available to view here.

BS EN ISO 14001: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Dales Fabrications work within the constraints of BS EN ISO 14001, having gained certification in December 2023. Our ISO 14001 certificate is available to view here.

Aluminium: The sustainable choice

Aluminium is recognised as one of the most sustainable materials for use in the building industry. This is due to the vast natural deposits of bauxite (aluminium ore) and product longevity, combined with low recycling costs. Around 98% of the aluminium used in UK construction projects is recycled.

Environmental Policy

Our environmental policy is available to view here.

Responsible Sourcing

Our Responsible Sourcing policy is available to view here.

Preferred Installer Network

Our network of carefully selected preferred installers are on hand to provide a full supply and fix package. These companies specialise in the install of our materials and fit them on a regular basis and vary in size from large facades installers to smaller eaves and rainwater goods specialists.

Gallery

Eaves systems brochure

Request a sample

Request a sample

Profile, colour and surface finish samples available to order.

Visit our factory

VISIT OUR FACTORY

Dales welcomes all specifiers, engineers and clients to see our solutions being manufactured first hand.

Send your drawings

Send your drawings

Involve our design team early for optimum solutions by uploading your 2D drawings or provide a link to your 3D model here.

Request a site visit

Request site visit

We can bring our experience and expertise directly to you at your site.

Request a sample

Request a sample

Profile, Colour and surface finish samples available to order.

Request factory tour

VISIT OUR FACTORY

Dales welcomes all specifiers, engineers and clients to see our solutions being manufactured first hand.

Send your drawings

Send your drawings

Involve our design team early for optimum solutions by uploading your 2D drawings or provide a link to your 3D model here.

Request a site visit

Request site visit

We can bring our experience and expertise directly to you at your site.

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