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Our top tips for choosing your conservatory…

There’s no disguising the fact that choosing a conservatory with some companies can be a difficult and daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We are here to help you get it right. We’ve compiled the following top tips from interior designers, architects and well-known garden experts.

1 Think about its use

How do you envisage using your new conservatory?

As a playroom? A dining area? An office? Whatever your answer, your conservatory’s day-to-day use should help you determine how large it needs to be as well as which layout will work best.

2 Choose your materials wisely

Using PVC-U to create your conservatory will enable you to benefit from years of hassle free maintenance and is a more cost effective alternative to timber built conservatories.

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3 Think about the position

Bear in mind the aspect of your conservatory. Conservatories that face south receive the most sun and as such, the need for adequate ventilation and blinds is crucial. You might also want to think about using performance glass in the roof.

4 Bigger isn’t always better

Once you’ve decided on the design and size of your new conservatory, check to ensure it will complement your home and doesn’t take up your entire garden. Treat it as a fluid extension to your home rather than just an add-on.

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5 Consider your glazing options

Think about the type of glazing you’d like to use. Normal glass and polycarbonate will allow solar heat to penetrate into your conservatory, raising the inside temperature on hot summer days. Whether you want a North facing conservatory that needs the heat kept in, or a South facing conservatory that needs the heat kept out, we have a performance glass to suit your requirements.

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6 Ventilation, ventilation, ventilation

Ensure that you have adequate ventilation so that you can enjoy your conservatory even on the warmest of days. Our roof vent lets fresh air in whilst keeping the elements out. You could also consider roof fans or an air conditioning unit.

7 Check with your local authority

If you’re building a conservatory in England or Wales, you will not usually need planning permission. However it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you are in any doubt, always check as early as you can with your local authority.

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