GRP Finials, Roof Spires, Gable Features & Crossbars from Man Friday GRP Solutions

GRP Finials, Roof Spires, Gable Features & Crossbars

GRP Finials & Gable Features GRP FINIALS & ROOF SPIRES - The finial or roof spire is an architectural device employed on grander houses to emphasise the apex of a gable. Originally these were used in the classical Greek style and known as Acroterion, in gothic architecture they were known as crockets and can be seen today adorning the tops of cathedral buttresses. Finials, also known as roof spires or pinnacles, are fitted in the centre of the apex of a gable or porch roof.

Normally their top section stands proud of the ridge tiles along the gable. Traditionally they were carved in wood or formed in metal with the ends finished as a spike, arrowhead or ball. The shafts being shaped with chamfered scrolled edges to give a classic style to the end of a building. We now manufacture these in lightweight Grp, or as it is more commonly known fibreglass / glassfibre. They replicate traditional designs but will not rust or rot, are maintenance-free and require no painting, merely occasional cleaning with a damp cloth. Being lightweight, this ensures that they are easy to fit and require no structural substructures.

GRP Finials & Gable Features We produce our finials either in 2D or 3D - 2D is a one-part moulding, gel coat to face side whilst the back is ply overlaminated with fibreglass and finished in a white gel flowcoat (or to colour of choice). The item is flat-backed and ideal in situations where it is fixed to the gable end and there is little possibility of the back being on view. 3D finials are a two-part moulding bonded in the centre with internal fixing blocks that allow it to be bolted or screwed to the roof structure or barge boards. This is ideal in situations where the finial can be viewed all around.

Finials can be fitted with bracing bars, crossbars or tiebeams. The longer ones are often called King posts or Queen posts. We offer them both straight and curved in variable lengths as well as diagonals to form a crowsfoot pattern. The crossbars have solid timber inserts at their ends and in the middle for fixing purposes. We also offer, to order, studded bars and fixing backplates to allow finials, crossbars and diagonals to be fastened securely at their central point in mid air.

Colour is normally white but we can offer any BS or Ral colour to match your scheme.

Should you be unable to find the exact products that are suitable for your project from our range we can produce any bespoke gable features to your drawings or design.

Norwich 2D Spire Finials

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75mm Wide, 30mm Deep - View Diagram

Spike on both ends. Two dimensional. Flat back. No detail on reverse.

Norwich MFF11 - 890mm length

Norwich MFF16 - 1600mm length

Salisbury 2D Spire Finials

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70mm Wide, 35mm Deep - View Diagram

Spike and ball. Two dimensional. Flat back. No detail on reverse.

Salisbury MFF10 - 1020mm length

Salisbury MFF15 - 1500mm length

Salisbury MFF21 - 2100mm length

Oxford 3D Spire Finials

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70mm Wide, 70mm Deep - View Diagram

Spike and ball. Three dimensional. Joined on the length, showing detail front and back.

Oxford MFF3D/102 - 1020mm length

Oxford MFF3D/150 - 1500mm length

Oxford MFF3D/210 - 2100mm length

Chichester 3D Spire Finials

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70mm Wide, 70mm Deep - View Diagram

Spike and plain end. Three dimensional. Joined on the length, showing detail front and back.

Chichester MFFD/7/18 - length variable from 700-1800mm

Wakefield 3D Spire Finials

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95mm Wide, 95mm Deep - View Diagram

Spike both ends with octagonal shaft. Three dimensional. Joined on the length, showing detail front and back.

Wakefield MFF3D/17 - 1740mm length

Coventry 3D Spire Finials

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130mm Depth x 150mm Width - View Diagram

Extra large finial, spike on both ends of variable width shaft, 3 dimensional, joined on the length showing detail front and back.

Coventry MFF3D/31 - 3100mm Length

Lincoln 3D Spire Finials

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95mm wide x 95mm deep - View Diagram

Spike on ball and ball ends with square shaft. Three dimensional. Joined on the length, showing detail front and back.

Lincoln MFF3D / 110 - 1100mm Length

Tower 3D Spire Finials

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600mm high, base diameter 200mm - View Diagram

Three dimensional. Joined on the height showing detail all round. Base flange can be drilled for fixings.

Tower MFTF/600

PRODUCT DETAIL CODE
Tie Bar Tie Bar
1000mm max. Length. M10 + nuts + penny washers. Outer white plastic sleeve.
SS1
Diagram

GRP Finials & Gable Features GABLE FEATURES - By combining or "mixing and matching" our finials and crossbars a unique gable feature can be created to almost any bespoke design. The addition of diagonals creates a crowsfoot design.

To fix together in your own chosen individual style we supply all of our gable features as individual items. At the centre point where the bars meet we provide a pre-drilled backing plate to join the bars together.

GRP Finials & Gable Features All the bars have solid timber bonded within the laminate to facilitate fixing. In the larger gable features we offer a stainless steel threaded tie-bar bonded into the centre of the back of the finial or Kingpost which can then be fixed to the gable wall.

Both types, straight or curved, of bars / posts are moulded in glassfibre open moulds. This means they have three face sides. The back side is overlaminated to form a 3D bar but the reverse side has a gel flowcoat finish. Colours can be varied to match any Ral or BS number.

CROSSBARS & QUEENPOSTS

GRP Finials & Gable Features Crossbars & Queenposts are features seen on a gable end originally as a tie bar, or bracing bar, to structurally hold the two sides of the open end of an apex roof and stop the roof spreading. They are usually fitted with an upright which can be a plain bar or a finial. When put together they are known as King or Queen posts.

We manufacture these bars / posts in lightweight, maintenance-free grp in both straight and curved lengths. As standard we offer four widths of both straight or curved although we can make bespoke to any sizes including individual radii for the curves. Lengths and depths are variable to suit your gable feature.

In normal fitting of these crossbars the ends are fixed and hidden behind the bargeboards. We bond timber grounds, within the laminate, into the ends of each bar to enable screws or bolts to be secured firmly. We further bond a block into the centre where the finial or King post crosses and attaches to it. This can be fastened into directly or have the option of a stainless steel bar bonded in to use as a wall tie. GRP crossbars and Queenposts are simple to install and provide a long lasting effect – much longer than than traditional metal or wood features.

Straight Crossbars & Queenposts

GRP Straight Crossbars   GRP Straight Crossbars

PRODUCT / CODE DESCRIPTION DIMENSIONS
Max. Length x Width x Max. Depth
Victoria Straight Queenpost
MFQ70
Our narrowest straight bar. Works in mixed Gable features with the curved MFC 3 and MFC 4. 3D with three face sides and a gel flowcoat finish to the reverse. Timber inserts bonded within for fixing to finials and bargeboards. 2400mm x 70mm x 70mm
(length and depth can be varied to suit)
Straight Crossbar diagram
Straight bar size image
Victoria Straight Queenpost
MFQ100
Hollow glassfibre construction. Closest curved match is the MFC 3. 3D with three face sides and a gel flowcoat finish to the reverse. Timber as above. 2900mm x 100mm x 100mm
(length and depth can be varied to suit)
Straight Crossbar diagram
Straight bar size image
Victoria Straight Queenpost
MFQ150
Hollow glassfibre construction. Works in Gable features with the curved MFC 2. 3D with three face sides and a gel flowcoat finish to the reverse. Timber as above. 3050mm x 150mm x 150mm
(length and depth can be varied to suit)
Straight Crossbar diagram
Straight bar size image
Victoria Straight Queenpost
MFQ220
Our widest and longest straight bar - matches the curved MFC 1. 3D with three face sides and a gel flowcoat finish to the reverse. Timber as above. 45000mm x 220mm x 150mm
(length and depth can be varied to suit)
Straight Crossbar diagram
Straight bar size image
Backing Plate
MFBP
5mm thick predrilled GRP plate used as a fixing plate on the reverse side of Gable features to tie together finials, Queenposts and diagonals. Dimensions and shape vary depending on width and number of bars used to create the Gable feature.
Diagram

Curved Crossbars & Queenposts

GRP Curved Crossbars   GRP Curved Crossbars

PRODUCT / CODE DESCRIPTION DIMENSIONS
Max. Length x Width x Max. Depth
Mary Curved Queenpost
MFC1
Our narrowest curved bar with or without decorative ends. Works well with the straight Queenpost MFQ 70 in Gable features. 3D with three face sides and a gel flowcoat finish to the reverse. Timber inserts bonded within for fixing to bargeboards & post. 2400mm x 85mm x 60mm
(length and depth can be varied to suit)
MFC1 diagram
Curved bar size image
Mary Curved Queenpost
MFC2
Width works with the straight Queenpost MFQ 100 in Gable features. 3D with three face sides and a gel flowcoat finish to the reverse. Timber as above. 2000mm x 95mm x 75mm
(length and depth can be varied to suit)
MFC2 diagram
Curved bar size image
Mary Curved Queenpost
MFC3
Dimensionally works well in conjunction with the straight Queenpost MFQ 150 in Gable features. 3D with three face sides and a gel flowcoat finish to the reverse. Timber as above. 2000mm x 130mm x 100mm
(length and depth can be varied to suit)
MFC3 diagram
Curved bar size image
Mary Curved Queenpost
MFC4
Our widest curved bar with a fairly shallow radius width. Matches the straight MFQ 220 in Gable features. 3D with three face sides and a gel flowcoat finish to the reverse. Timber as above. 36000mm x 220mm x 100mm
(length and depth can be varied to suit)
MFC4 diagram
Curved bar size image
Backing Plate
MFBP
5mm thick predrilled GRP plate used as a fixing plate on the reverse side of Gable features to tie together finials, Queenposts and diagonals. Dimensions and shape vary depending on width and number of bars used to create the Gable feature.
Diagram

Useful Information

Download a diagram of the Norwich Spire Finial

Download a diagram of the Oxford / Salisbury Spire Finial

Download a diagram of the Chichester Spire Finial

Download a diagram of the Wakefield Spire Finial

Download a diagram of the Coventry Spire Finial

Download a diagram of the Lincoln Spire Finial

Download a diagram of the Tower Spire Finial

Download a diagram of Straight Bars

Download a diagram of MFC1 Curved Bar

Download a diagram of MFC2 Curved Bar

Download a diagram of MFC3 Curved Bar

Download a diagram of MFC4 Curved Bar

Download a Gable Feature Assembly Guide (for Finials, Crossbars and Diagonals)