Conservatories are a great way to add space on to your house to increase your living space and, when installed with a little care and thought, can be cool in the summer and warm in the winter to ensure you get to use it all year round!
There are two main types of conservatory. Either a Gable conservatory which has a steep pitched roof which provides lots of light and adds extra height. A lantern conservatory, on the other hand, is done in a period style with two tiers that has extra ceiling height from a large ‘lantern’ shape.
While many think of conservatories as simply square or rectangular, they can, in fact, come in other shapes such as ‘T’ or ‘P’ shaped so you have a space that suits you and your needs.
When it comes to material for the frame the general choices are wood or PVC but some companies will offer PVC on the outside with wood inside so you have the best of both worlds; something that looks stunning from the inside but you don’t need to worry about treating the outside every year or two.
When it comes to roof material, plastic and glass are the most common. If glass is chosen it should ideally be put on a pitch of 25° as this will help it stay clean. It’s also worth investing in glass that has been treated to help regulate the amount of heat going in and out and it is essential that it has been toughened.
Consider what lighting you will use especially if you know you will be using the room in the evenings. If using it for work you might want brighter lights then if you want it for evening socialising. Also consider blinds and/or curtains, what styles you want and what will work best in your new space.
When chosing a company you want to make sure that they have experience in conservatories and can offer advice on a case by case basis if necessary.