Getting a conservatory is a great, affordable and easily accomplished solution to expanding your home’s interior space and adding to the market value and overall appearance of your property. However, you may be under the impressions that conservatories are only usable during warmer weather, with it being almost unusable during the winter; but in actual fact that is only the case of conservatories that are either past their prime or with poorly installed insulation.
Can Modern Conservatories Be Used All Year Round?
If your conservatory gets too cold during the winter and in colder weather, as well as becoming too warm and muggy during the summer months, then that could be a sign that your roof or double glazing panels are not working to their full capacity. This is often the case for older conservatories, being that up until very recently the standard fitting of a conservatory came with a poly carbonate roof; which has been proven again and again to suffer from poor levels of insulation.
A lot of heat can be lost through your conservatory roof, explaining why older conservatories tend to be unused during the winter and becoming a space solely for use during patches for warm weather. This can often mean that you rely more on your central heating, with a large section of it being lost through your conservatory, which not only drives up your energy bills but also impacts on your carbon footprint.
If you think this is the case for your under performing conservatory, then getting a brand new roof fitted is often the best bet for refurbishing your conservatory. With options ranging from glazed lantern roofs to solid tiled roofs, your whole house will become more thermally efficient, saving you money and doing that extra bit to help the planet.
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Can you use a conservatory in winter?
There are many different ways of making your home thermally secure during the winter.
You may not realise it, but doors come into play in terms of insulation just as much as windows, with a lot of heating being lost through their frames and the doors themselves. So it is becoming increasingly popular to get bi-folding and French doors installed onto your conservatory, as they not only open out your home for ventilation and easy access to your garden, but they also provide solid security and high levels of insulation.
Get a Roof Upgrade
As mentioned above, up until 10 years ago the standard roof to be fitted onto a conservatory installation was a poly carbonate roofing system, which has been proven to not provide very good levels of insulation. Because of this, it is highly recommended that you get your poly carbonate roof replaced with a better, more modern roofing solution that will be able to provide you with high quality insulation to save you money on your heating bills and to help your decrease your carbon footprint.
How long should a conservatory last?
When it comes to the lifespan of your conservatory, which is typically between 25-30 years, you may think that after that time you will have to demolish your conservatory and start over from scratch. This can be a hassle, especially if you have only recently moved into the house and wanted much more use out of it. However, getting a brand new conservatory roof can extend your extensions lifespan and go a long way to rejuvenate it.
The roof of your conservatory doesn’t just add to its performance either, it can improve the appearance of your entire property. There are several roofing options you can choose from, each one with its own benefits and style that it would best compliment.
The lantern roof is the style to pick if you want to maximise the amount of natural light entering your property, while not compromising on insulation or security. Made up of double-glazing panels, with either uPVC or aluminium slimline frames to increase the amount of glass used per unit, this roofing solution stands in a triangular, sloped shape to promote rain runoff and create the illusion of more space.
Solid roofs are a more traditional look, in keeping with your properties pre-existing main roof. Solid roofs provide outstanding thermal insulation, with the interior creating more space in terms of ceiling height while also making it feel as if it is a natural continuation from the rest of your property. Often, conservatories can feel tacked on; like an afterthought but with a solid conservatory roof, it allows it to feel perfectly incorporated into your home’s overall design.
A double hip conservatory roof is a perfect fit for Edwardian and Lean-To conservatories. While a double sloping roof has two facets connecting in an open-side triangular shape at their highest point, a double hipped conservatory roof adds two additional facets at either end, creating a squared off roof shape similar to that of a traditional house roof. This promotes rain runoff and gives your conservatory a more traditional feel.
If you are interested in a solid conservatory roof, then you may want to complete the look to make it similar, if not identical to your house’s main roof. To do this, we offer tiles to be fitted over your solid conservatory roof, able to be made from a number of materials. These include slate, concrete, composite and synthetic, each with their own benefits including performance and aesthetic. Tiled roofs increase the level of insulation, provide solid sound proofing against outside noise and make your conservatory look more like an extension.
A gable conservatory roof is the most ornate and dramatic in terms of roofing style. Similar to a double sloping roof, this style is made of two sloping panels connecting in a tall triangular shape. However, they slope to either side, connecting on end of the triangle to your properties exterior wall and opening up the other end in a front triangular shape. This creates a stunning, ornate entrance, drawing attention to the central detailing on the roof and giving your property a grand and classy look.
How do you keep a conservatory warm in winter?
By improving your conservatories overall insulation, you can make sure that your conservatory is able to be enjoyed all year round. Because of their poor insulation, people often resort to using conservatories as a sun-room, but with more durable roofing systems and being able to be kept warmer for longer you can in fact use your conservatory as anything from a playroom to a study. In fact, with a solid conservatory roof you can even make your conservatory into an impressive dining room to impress your guests and provide great views outside to your garden no matter the weather.
If you are interested in getting a new conservatory installed on your property, or are looking for ways to refurbish your old, pre-existing conservatory then Double Glazing on the Web is here to help you.
If you have any questions about any of the products we offer, then feel free to contact us through our free online contact form. However, if you just want to get started finding quotes right away, you can simply head over to our free online double glazing cost calculator and start putting together a bespoke design specific to you.
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Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Can Double Glazed Doors be Fitted with a Pet Flap?
Depending on the style of door, a pet flap can be fitted as an extra service. The only exception is when glass panels feature on the lower half of the door.
How Much Do Doors Cost?
Your double glazed door cost will depend on specifications such as style, size, locks, glazing and door furniture. Double Glazing on The Web gives you the opportunity to create your very own unique door quote online. Start your free door quote today.
What Does UPVC Stand For?
UPVC is an abbreviation for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride which is used in window frames.
Do UPVC Windows Need Trickle Vents?
Trickle vents are not a requirement, however they do offer additional ventilation without the need for opening your windows so can be a valued add on.
How Much Does A Conservatory Cost?
Your conservatory cost will depend on its specification. Your conservatory size, style, finishes, glazing and build are all factors which will determine the overall price. The good news is, you can now calculate the cost of your conservatory online using our handy online quote builder.
Do I Need Conservatory Planning Permission?
Conservatories are seen as a permitted development, however you may require conservatory planning permission if you have a listed property or if you are living within a conservation area.
Should I Buy A DIY Conservatory?
A DIY conservatory can be a great option if you have the required knowledge and building skills. It can be an expensive choice however, if anything should go wrong. The best thing about a supply and fit conservatory is that your installer takes care of all of the work for you, this includes any building requirements or planning permission.
Why Should I Buy A Conservatory?
A conservatory is an affordable way to extend living space and will prove to be a worthy investment over time. Not only does it help improve the value of your property but it provides you with a multi-functional space to use all year round.
What is The Best Type of Conservatory?
When choosing the best type of conservatory for your home, your property and garden size as well as style have to be considered. For example if you lack garden space, you don't want a conservatory build that is going to be too overpowering. There are conservatory designs for all types of home and specification so any property, traditional or new can benefit from this airy extension.
How Long Do Aluminium Windows Last?
Aluminium windows have a long life span and should last about 20-30 years. Any type of window will require some maintenance but overall aluminium windows are extremely strong and durable.
What Colours Do Aluminium Windows Come in?
There is an infinite range of aluminium colours available for your windows and doors. The aluminium RAL colour chart consists of virtually any colour you could think of, allowing you to achieve the perfect look for your home.
What Are U-Values?
A U-value measures how effective a window or door is as an insulator of heat. The lower the U-values the more energy efficient the aluminium window or door is.
How Long Will It Take To Install My Casement Window?
Because every job is different, it is best your talk to your double glazing installer who will be able to give you an exact timescale.
Which Bi-folding Door Configuration is Best?
When choosing the arrangement of your bi-folding doors you need to consider the size and layout of your room. Outfolding bi-fold doors will take up less internal space when completely folded back and a left of right folding will be dependent on space available in your room.
How Long Does It Take To Install Bi-Fold Doors?
If a survey is scheduled within 48hrs then your bi-fold doors can be supplied and installed within just 6 – 8 weeks.
How Secure Are Bi-Folding Doors?
Bi-folding doors are extremely secure and are built with a high security locks as standard. Each of our double glazing installers will offer their own range of locking systems with additional upgrade options for all security conscious homeowners.
Are There Other UPVC Casement Window Styles?
Other UPVC casement window styles include the French casement window which is a more traditional take on the standard casement style.
Will I Have A Choice of Casement Window Locks?
A high security lock will be fitted as standard with your new casement window but your double glazing installer will also offer a choice of security upgrades.
What Are Flush Casement Windows?
Flush casement windows are where the unit sits flush to the frame, creating a super sleek look.
Are There Different UPVC Casement Window Sizes?
UPVC casement windows come in a wide range of sizes to suit your property. You can specify your casement window size in our window cost calculator to get a unique window price!
Can I Choose My Casement Window Handles?
Your double glazing installer will offer you a choice casement window handles and casement window hardware options so you can achieve the perfect look.
What is a Casement Window?
A casement window is attached to its frame by one or more hinges. A casement window is hinged at the side allowing them to open extremely wide. These windows can double up as emergency exits and are perfect for hard to reach places within the home, with many home owners installing these windows behind their kitchen sinks.
Where Can I Get A Tilt and Turn Windows Price?
You can get a tilt and turn windows price using our window cost calculator which will give you a free and unique quote within a matter of minutes.
How Does The Tilt and Turn Window Mechanism Work?
The tilt and turn window can be ‘tilted’ inwards due to its unique turning action which allows the window to be easily accessed from both inside and out. All it takes is a swift turn of the handle.
How Much Do French casement windows cost?
The cost of French casement windows will vary depending on installer but you can get an average casement windows cost using our free online quoting engine
How do UPVC Sash Windows Work?
UPVC vertical sliding sash windows are built to either slide vertically downwards or upwards. This opening function makes the UPVC sash window much easier to use compared to traditional wooden windows where the only choice is double hung and single hand.
Are UPVC Sash Windows Easy To Use?
UPVC sash windows are very easy to use. Their spiral balance mechanism allows for smooth operation so you can open and close your windows with ease. UPVC sash windows are also incredibly low maintenance and require very little cleaning.
Why Should I Choose a UPVC Sash Window?
UPVC sash windows are incredibly attractive and make a stunning addition to any property and are relatively low maintenance thank to their UPVC design. You can enjoy a traditional aesthetic for many years to come thanks to their long standing properties.
Replacement Sash Windows In A Conservation Area
If your home is a listed property or within a conservation area then you will need to seek planning permission.
Are UPVC Doors Easy To Maintain?
UPVC doors are extremely easy to maintain and will never require re-painting or varnishing. Neither will a UPVC door rot or warp!
What Are Composite Doors Made Of?
Composite doors are made of a combination of high performing materials which is why they are so strong and incredibly long lasting. The composite door is made from: reinforced UPVC, fibreglass skin, high density foam and a water resistant composite materials.
Do Composite Doors Fade?
Composite doors feature a tough and durable skin where colour runs throughout rather than a simple surface coating. This means a composite door is not likely to wear or fade like the majority of painted doors. A composite door is very long lasting which also reduces the amount of maintenance required to keep it looking in top condition.
Do Composite Doors Need Painting?
Composite doors do not require re-painting. These low maintenance doors feature a water resistant GRP, coloured skin which keeps a pristine appearance year after year.
Do Composite Doors Warp?
A composite door will not warp like wood and won't require regular painting.
Can I Get Composite Side Panels?
Composite doors are available with matching composite side panels, your installer will offer you a choice of colours and glazing.
Is Every Composite Door Different?
There are different qualities to every composite door and they will vary between manufacturers depending on materials used. At Double Glazing on The Web we only put you in touch with the highest quality suppliers and installers.
What Do Stable Doors Look Like?
These country style doors offer charming aesthetics and are a stylish alternative to standard back doors, stable doors a great choice for any kind of property. This door is split in two halves which open independently from one another as well as function as a whole. Whether you are after a traditional stable door or more contemporary design with modern glazing, your double glazing installer will be able to offer you a wide range of options for your property.
Are UPVC Stable Doors Made To Measure?
Your UPVC stable door will be made to measure and tailored to your specifications given to your double glazing installer.
How Much Do UPVC French Doors Cost?
UPVC French door prices will depend on your personal requirements and specifications such as size, style and glazing. To get an average French doors cost use our door cost calculator for a free online quote.
Are UPVC Patio Doors Secure?
UPVC patio doors can be fitted with a choice of high security locks to make them extra secure. You can also choose from a range of glazing styles to further enhance the strength of your patio doors.
Do I Need Planning Permission For Patio Doors?
You may require planning permission for double glazed patio doors if you have a listed building or happen to live within a conservation area. Visit the V for more information.
How Do Sliding Patio Doors Work?
UPVC sliding doors operate on a smooth, easy glide system which allows for effortless transition. They are attached to metal or vinyl tracks which are fitted to the top and bottom frames and plastic rollers are added to ease the movement.
How Do Slide and Swing Doors Operate?
A multi-pane door with individual panes slides on a single track with no loss of space. Panes are able to operate individually with no visible hinges or hardware. The slide and swing door can open up spaces between rooms or between home and garden or even conservatory.
How Much Do Aluminium French Doors Cost?
Unfortunately our online quoting engine does not quote for aluminium however you can get a price by calling one of our advisors on: 0800 015 5679. Or alternatively, you can contact us using our online enquiry form.
Bay or Bow Window?
Simply put, it really depends! Bay windows offer often much welcome and useful extra storage space to the frontage of homes. On the other hand, bow windows provide a curved shape alternative in terms of look compared to bay windows. They are both beautiful options and can add much character and charm to the right property.
Can Bay Windows Look Modern?
Bay windows can easily be either modern or traditional depending on the combination of glass and / or coloured uPVC profiles now available. Subsequently, its easy for these windows to seamlessly blend in with contemporary or old properties.
What Makes Flush Sash Windows Different?
Flush sash casement windows are specifically designed to imitate the appearance of traditional wooden timber windows by appearing to have the same sashes that finish 'flush' with the outside face of the window.
How Much Is A Conservatory?
A Conservatory is cost-effective way of expanding your home without needing planning permission in most cases. Conservatory prices start around £6000. Please refer to our pricing guides below to see how much a conservatory may cost you, or start a quote today.
Can Conservatories Only Be Made Out Of uPVC?
Conservatories can be made out of uPVC, timber and aluminium – it really depends on the style you want for your home. However, uPVC is the cheapest material to make a conservatory out of; timber and aluminium are significantly more expensive. Please check our pricing tables below to get more of an idea on costs or start a quote with us today.
Do I Need Planning Permission To Build My Conservatory?
In most cases, you do not need planning permission for a conservatory, however, it must reach certain guidelines. For example, it cannot exceed the height of the original structure of the home. Please check your local council site for more details (links are found in the 'Gateshead Information' section).
How Long Will My Conservatory Last?
Depending on the materials used to build it, the installation and the general maintenance for a conservatory, they usually have a life span of anywhere between 10-30 years. UPVC conservatories, on average last about 20 years.
How Much Does a Conservatory Cost?
Prices on conservatories begin around £6000, however, this will be dependent on the shape, size and style of your conservatory. Please refer to our pricing table below to get a better idea on how much a conservatory will cost or start a quote with us today.
What Materials Can You Build A Conservatory With?
Conservatories can be constructed with either timber, aluminium or uPVC, the latter being the cheaper material out of the three. Please consult our pricing guide below to get a better understanding of what a new conservatory may cost you.
Should I replace my old sash windows?
Sash windows are a key feature for many traditional period buildings. Sash windows were traditionally built using timber, which is fairly high maintenance and has a tendency toward rotting and warping. Over time, these windows can become draughty and insecure. uPVC sash windows are a great way to experience the benefits of modern double glazing, without sacrificing the aesthetic of your home. uPVC sash windows will not rot or warp and require little maintenance. They are also thermally efficient, which means that your home will not require as much heating.
How much does sash window restoration cost?
The cost of sash window restoration will depend on the survey result. Standard draught proofed sash windows (without sill replacement) usually starts at about £500 per window. The time taken will also depend on the survey result.
Can I install double glazing into my original sash windows?
This will depend upon what type of window you have. Replacing existing moving sashes with new, double glazed replicas might to be possible.
How much does it cost to replace a sash window?
The cost of replacing a sash window will depend on many factors including: style, size, material and glazing. A wooden sash window will cost significantly more than a uPVC sash window. A wooden sash window can cost up to £1000. Wooden windows are more expensive to manufacture so expect to pay that bit more. uPVC sash windows can be designed to mimic wood and are much cheaper in price. The starting price for a standard uPVC sash window is on average £525.