Below are the answers to some of our most asked conservatory installation questions.
What conservatory styles do we install?
- Edwardian – these have a traditional square shape
- Victorian – these have angled corners
- Gable end – these have an apex roof, one side upright and the others sloped
- Lean to – these have a flat, angled roof that slopes downwards
- P-shaped – these form a P shape
- Tiled roof – these have a fully tiled roof rather than a glass one
What materials are our conservatories constructed from?
You can choose from high quality uPVC or aluminium for your installation.
How long do conservatories last?
Modern conservatories, especially those constructed from high quality materials, can be expected to last for around 25 years.
Do we guarantee the conservatories that we install?
Yes, our conservatories (as well as our windows, doors and rooflines) are all guaranteed for 10 years.
Are our conservatories made to measure?
Yes. Each of our conservatories is manufactured to our customers’ individual requirements. You’ll be able to customise your new conservatory with an array of accessories and design features.
How much do our conservatories cost?
As our conservatories are custom built to your specifications, we do not have set prices. You can contact us to obtain a free, no obligation appointment with one of our friendly team who will discuss your options and provide you with a quotation.
The cost will depend upon various factors such as:
- The style of the conservatory
- The material that it will be constructed from
- Which glazing you would like
- The conservatory’s size
- Whether you would prefer a glass or solid roof
Conservatories have become more affordable in recent years and we can assist you to choose a conservatory within your budget.
How much value does a conservatory add to a property?
It is estimated that adding a conservatory to your property adds between 5-7% to its value and many owners recoup the full amount spent on their conservatory when they sell their property. If your primary purpose in adding a conservatory is to increase your property’s value, we advise that you look at which style of conservatory is most popular in your region and choose to have that style fit.
How long does it take to have a conservatory installed?
For an average conservatory, it usually takes our team between 2-4 weeks to complete the installation. Once the details of your conservatory project have been finalised, we’ll be able to give you a more precise time frame.
Are conservatories covered by building insurance?
Once installed, conservatories should be covered under your building insurance as they become part of your property’s structure. Nevertheless, we advise that you contact your insurer to inform them of your conservatory’s installation to ensure that there is adequate coverage in place.
Can conservatories be used all year round?
Yes, they can. Modern conservatories boast:
- Insulated bases
- Cavity walls
- Thermally efficient double or triple glazed units and roofs
As such, your conservatory should be warm enough for you to enjoy throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter. For extra warmth, we recommend adding blinds to retain heat and reduce draughts and an electric radiator for use during the colder months. Our tiled roof conservatories offer better heat retention than our glass roof conservatories.
Which location offers the most sunlight?
South facing conservatories receive the most sunlight throughout the day. East facing conservatories receive sunlight as the sun rises in the morning and west facing conservatories receive sunlight as the sun sets during the afternoon. North facing conservatories benefit from the least amount of sunlight and so are not the best location to have a conservatory installed.
Do you need planning permission to have a conservatory installed?
We recommend clicking here to take a look at the rules in place in England in relation to planning permission. Conservatories are usually considered permitted developments which do not require planning permission from your local council. Generally:
- Terraced and semi-detached properties can have conservatories of up to 6 metres in height installed without planning permission.
- Detached properties can have conservatories of up to 8 metres in height installed without planning permission.
Your property will need to meet certain requirements so as to avoid the need to obtain planning permission.
What is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?
Both are extensions made from brick and glazing. Conservatories have a minimum of 50% glass walls whereas the glass walls in orangeries covers less than 50% of the wall.
If you’d like any further information about conservatories, our friendly team would love to assist you. Here’s how you can get in touch.