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What designs are available?

There are a number of different design and style possibilities, whilst taking into consideration such critical factors as design planning and budget.
There are five popular designs. Each model has many features and benefits that set us apart from other products in the market.

Pavilion – gable front

It is essential that the conservatory complements the scale, the materials and the architectural design of the house. The handsome rectangular shape of the pavilion conservatory offers an easy design solution for any house. The front panel of the roof remains upright rather than sloping back to create a feeling of greater height within the conservatory.

Edwardian – hipped front

More often than not a conservatory can provide the ideal solution in situations where a conventional extension simply would not work. On the right dwelling the flat fronted Edwardian offers excellent floor space due to its rectangular internal space.

Lean to

This classic style of house extension has long been a popular design. It works well on dwellings where there is little room under the eaves as the pitch can be varied to suit the majority of properties.

Victorian

The Victorian conservatory has been designed with front angled facets to benefit from every ray of direct sunlight throughout the day.

P Shape

The P shape conservatory or bell & wing is a mixture of the other designs such as a Pavilion, Edwardian or Victorian linked together at either side with a lean to. Due to the proportions, this design may be better suited to larger dwellings.

Custom

If none of the standard shapes are suitable you may prefer to design your own unique conservatory design with our guidance.

What is the best glazing?

When choosing glazing for a conservatory, extension, sunroom, orangery or windows and doors it is important to understand the various options available and all factors will need to be taken into account from the orientation of the extension to the individual characteristics of each site.

You will hear various phrases used within the industry to describe glass types. We have listed below some of these phrases as a guide.

  • Polycarbonate this is a lightweight hollow multiwall sheet.
  • Low e glass Low emissivity glass improves thermal performance (keeps heat in)
  • Toughened glass  safety glass that is 5 times stronger than normal glass.
  • Warm edge spacer Reduces heat loss around the perimeter of the glass unit.
  • Activ glass  Self cleaning glass from Pilkington.
  • Low Iron Glass  used to achieve A rated windows.
  • WER’s Window Energy Ratings e.g A, B and C rated windows.

The three major factors for choosing glass are

  • U values measurement of heat transfer through a material (The lower the U value the better the insulation)
  • Solar Factor This is the percentage of solar energy (heat from Sun) able to radiate through the glass.
  • Light Transmittance This is the amount of visible light that is transmitted through the glazing.
How much ventilation do I need?

In Spring and Summer ventilation is vital, so open the windows and roof vents and let the sounds and scents of the garden in. We will advise you on the best solutions depending on the position of your extension and current Codes of Practice.

Will the products be secure?

All our windows are internally glazed and have “Secured by Design” police preferred shoot bolt locking systems. Our doors have a 7 point locking system with hook bolts for maximum security.

Are A rated windows available?

Yes we can supply A, B and C rated windows.

Is an orangery or sunroom a lot more expensive than a conservatory?

There is more building work required, joinery for the internal pelmet and additional plastering. They tend to be a little more expensive. However, our orangeries and sunrooms are designed to be a far more cost effective solution than what other double glazing companies supply.

What is the difference between conservatories, orangeries and sunrooms?

A conservatory normally consists of fully glazed frames and a translucent roof glazed with either polycarbonate or glass. The glazed frames can either sit on a dwarf wall (normally 2ft high) or can be fully glazed down to the finished floor.

Orangeries and sunrooms tend to have less glass in the walls as sometimes solid piers are built in the external corners.

Orangeries have less glass in the roof than conservatories as there is an area of flat roof around the perimeter of the extension (normally 2ft). Sunrooms have a solid tile or slate roof where a velux window can be designed into the roof to increase light and ventilation.

How long are the materials guaranteed?

Materials are guaranteed for 10 years.

When will your advisor be able to visit my home?

Our advisors are able to visit whenever you are available including weekends and evenings.

 

How long does the initial visit take?

Normally it would take one hour.

 

Do you need planning permission for conservatories, orangeries and sunrooms.

It will depend on the size and location of the extension. Our advisor will be able to inform you in the initial meeting if Planning is required.

Do you need Building Control approval?

Not on conservatories if they are under 30m2. Orangeries and sunrooms are approved by using a Building notice form, which we will submit to Building Control for you.

 

What if the extension is close to our neighbours boundary, will I still have privacy?

Conservatories, orangeries and sunrooms can be made private by using obscure glass, blinds or a solid boundary wall.

 

What will the builders require when they arrive?

Our builders will need power, water and clear access to your garden.

Will there be a lot of dust?

No, only if there is a new door opening to be formed between the extension and host building, which will result in some dust.

Do we need to take time off work?

No, but you will need to make arrangements for power and water to be available.