Chester & Cheshire

Things to Consider When Getting a Conservatory

There are so many different types of conservatories to choose from, there is a large range of colours, sizes, materials, and styles to select from. This guide will help you make the best decision for your home, whilst keeping you within your budget. 

What should I consider when looking for a conservatory?

When getting a conservatory, think about what you want to use the space for. If it's for plants or pets, then you could get a basic style, accessed through an existing door in your home. If you want it for summer days, then you could get a simple design with wide doors to blend the living spaces. 

If you want to use your conservatories Cheshire year round, think more about the design and construction, and maybe put more money into it. Integrating it well into your home is crucial for continued use. An open plan design would work well.

What are the different types of conservatories?

  • Lean-to - The simplest form, perfect for small budgets.

  • Victorian - Featuring a bay front and pitched roof with an ornate ridge. 

  • Edwardian/Georgian - Similar to the above, but rectangular with a flat front. 

  • Gable - Upright roof with considerable head height.

  • P-shape - A combination of lean-to and edwardian. A large design. 

  • T-shape - includes a central projection to extend the width of the building.

  • Orangeries - Combination of conservatory and extension, partially brickwork. 

What materials are used for conservatories?

The materials you choose to have your conservatory made from can impact many things including; temperature, maintenance, and how much light is let in. Consider these two sections: 

  • Walls - You could have your conservatory walls made fully of glass panels or bricks, or you could have a combination of the two. Using more brickwork can make your conservatory blend in better with your existing home, and keep the temperature regulated. 

  • Roofs - You can choose from having a glass roof, flat roof or a tiled roof. Glass roofs of course let a lot more light in, whilst a tiled roof can make it blend in better to your home. Alternatively, you could have a solid roof with a roof lantern. 

What types of glass is used for conservatories?

  • Anti-glare, reflective, or tinted - reduces glare from the sun. 

  • Self-cleaning glass - comes with an outer coating which breaks down dirt. 

  • Thermally efficient glass - Stops heat from escaping.

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