Conservatory Land Provides an Expert Inside View into Conservatories
and What to Look Out For
on: August 5, 2009, 4:25 am
Bingham Managing Director of Conservatory Land has given an insight
into the conservatory industry and the current trend he is seeing.
With 20 years personal experience in the industry he has given
some useful advice and tips for anyone looking to buy a conservatory.
one of the UK’s most popular and appealing home improvement
projects for homeowners is adding
conservatories to their homes. The choice is vast and if you
are considering a sizable investment it is wise to start with
the company itself. Choose a company that has satisfactorily supplied
or installed conservatories for friends, family or someone else
you know. The next step is to decide what type of conservatory
you want, or more importantly, what type will best suit your property
and keep within your budget.
Measure the space you have available and decide what size you
would like and which style would look best. Choose a style and
size that will provide you with a usable, furnishable living space
whilst at the same time not looking out of place or out of proportion
with your property. This step is the most important one so take
your time as you will only get once chance to get it right. No
one wants to end up with a conservatory that is too small to be
of reasonable use or too large for the size and style of your
home. David Bingham went on to say “I have heard so many
times, customers saying that they wish they had purchased a larger
conservatory so that there was more room to seat the whole family
for dinner or for watching TV, so choose carefully, but don’t
over do it, it needs to be just right”.
you have decided on the size and style, be it an Edwardian, Victorian
or a simple traditional lean-to conservatory, you need to decide
on the actual design. There are three main designs to choose from,
dwarf wall, full height glass to ground and full height bottom
Then there are the doors. The most popular choice are French (double)
doors but in some situations, sliding patio doors or bi fold doors
and be more suitable for some conservatories depending of their
location on your home and how you intend to use your conservatory.
The company you choose will be able to give you further advice
on design options and supply you with CAD drawings to help give
you an idea of how the finished conservatory will look.
Colour is also very important. Modern PVCu profiles are available
in many colours with the most common being white, mahogany, rosewood,
golden (light) oak and more recently cream has been introduced.
White PVCu is usually the cheapest option. It is a good idea to
choose a colour that will best compliment the fabric of your property
and your existing windows and doors.
The final step is to decide on glazing types, both for the frames
and roof and you don’t necessarily need the exact same glazing
type in the roof as the frames. Frame glazing for conservatories
can take many different forms. The very basic frame glazing used
in conservatories is clear toughened safety class, usually made
up in double glazed sealed units.
However, you may want a higher insulating glass to help keep your
conservatory warmer during the winter months such as Pilkington
K Glass or a solar reflective glass to help keep it cooler
in the summer such as Pilkington Activ Blue which is also self
cleaning – or even a combination of both to help keep your
conservatory more comfortable all year round. Your conservatory
supplier will be able to give you advice and associated costs
there’s the roof glazing which is very important. There
are two basic materials, polycarbonate and glass.
You should decide how you would like your conservatory to look
and consider your budget as glass roofs for conservatories are
far more expensive and often require additional reinforcement
of the frames and roof, further adding to the cost.
The main disadvantage with polycarbonate is the ‘drumming’
effect which can become very loud during heavy rain. Glass roofs
can be a better option for conservatories as there is far less
noise during rainfall.
David went onto say “I have tried to provide this advice
with a view to helping anyone buying a conservatory, whether it
is fully installed or a DIY
conservatory to make sure that they get exactly what they
want and need. When it comes to conservatories, especially DIY
conservatories, getting it wrong can be a very expensive mistake
and I like to think that ConservatoryLand is one company that
can professionally advise on these issues”.
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