Conservatories are an incredibly popular commodity to have on a property, and because of their easy installation, affordable price and adaptability, it is only getting easier to have one installed.

However, conservatories do not last forever and when you buy a new property with a pre-existing conservatory you may find that it is worse for wear; but there are ways to bring new life to your old conservatory and make it last for years longer.

Extensions can last for almost as long as your pre-existing property itself, with solid brick walls providing a sturdy structure with outstanding thermal insulation and added security. But what you may not know is that you can transform your uPVC conservatory into an extension.

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What is the difference between a conservatory and an extension?

Both conservatories and extensions come in a range of different styles and designs, but there are a couple of important differences between them.

Conservatories

‘Conservatories’ count as any structure that is made up of more double glazing than brick, around 75% glazing for the roof and over 50% for the walls.

These walls can either be floor length windows for an unobstructed view of your garden, or they can have dwarf walls fitted to allow for more insulation as well as having plumbing and electrical wiring installed in them, as well as being able to be painted, drilled or fitted with different personalisation options.

Conservatories are the more affordable option if you don’t have much of a budget, being prefabricated and easily installed on nearly any kind of property.

They are also usually used as a relaxation room or throughway into the garden. Still, a quality conservatory can provide you with years of quality, and can also increase the value of your home should you decide to sell.

Extensions

Extensions don’t have to be bigger than a conservatory, and in fact they can often be exempt from planning permission if they do not exceed 30m2 in floor space.

Made up of more brickwork than double glazing, extensions are used as a seamless addition to a home, seeming like a natural continuation of the property and is often used by homeowners as either an expansion on pre-existing communal spaces such as kitchens and dining rooms.

However, extensions can also be separate rooms in themselves, with their brick walls allowing for plumbing and electrics to be installed so that it can be used as literally anything; from a new study or office space, living areas, dining areas, children’s playrooms or simply a nice place to relax and unwind.

The possibilities are pretty much endless. They are the more expensive option than conservatories, mainly because of the extra work needed in the construction, but they are definitely worth it in terms of longevity and usefulness, adding value to your home as well as desirability should you ever decide to sell on.

For more information on conservatories and extensions, either contact us through our online contact form or start designing through our free online double glazing cost calculator.

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How long should a conservatory last?

The lifespan of your average conservatory is typically around 25-30 years, with the advances of modern technology making uPVC a much longer lasting and durable material. In fact, conservatories need very little upkeep and maintenance over the years, not cracking, warping or losing its colour even after years of exposure to the elements.

Often the only thing you need to do is give it the occasional wipe down with a damp cloth in order to keep the windowpanes clear. Extensions on the other hand are often able to last for decades, their brickwork being able to last as long as those of your pre-existing property.

The lifespan of your conservatory can be greatly increased, however, by adding a solid roof to replace your original poly carbonate roof. These standard roofs are not very structurally or thermally sound, and with a lightweight roof their efficiency will greatly increase.

Can I change my conservatory to an extension?

To change your conservatory into an extension you can either choose to have it replaced with a brand new extension, or introduce new elements to your pre-existing structure to make it more like an extension.

Often the addition of a brand new, solid roof is a great way to transform your conservatory into a far more solid and long lasting extension.

Poly carbonate roofs are often the standard when it comes to conservatories, but they are not very well insulated and can be rather basic when it comes to appearance.

However, solid roofs can be tiled to appear identical to the main roof of your property, bringing exceptional insulation to your home; if you would like natural light to still enter your property, they can also be fitted with skylights and roof lights.

Replacing a conservatory completely is pricier, with the cost of a roof being only around £1,200 and £2,500, while a brand new extension can set you back around £20,000 at a minimum depending on the size and materials you want, not including labour costs and the price of removing and disposing of your old conservatory.

For more information on having an extension installed, don’t hesitate to give us a call through our online contact form.

Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions

Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions

What is Double Glazing?

Double glazing is where windows have two layers of glass with air tight gap between them to reduce loss of heat as well as provide effective noise insulation.

What Happens if I Have a Problem with my Windows or Doors?

All of the double glazing installers in our network offer product guarantees. Provided you are still covered by your manufacturer's guarantee, all you need to do is contact the installer in question and they will either repair or replace your windows and doors.

How Much Do Windows Cost?

Window prices will depend on your specifications such as size, style, glass type and security locks. At Double Glazing on The Web you can get an instant window cost online using our online quoting engine. Simply choose your window style and enter your window measurements to receive a unique window price.

What is an Orangery?

An Orangery extension is different from a conservatory in both size and style. Orangeries are typically designed to be a direct extension from your home, with brick walls that complement your existing build. An orangery roof usually incorporates a glazed lantern which provides a conservatory style element, providing lots of natural light.

Do UPVC Windows Discolour?

Your UPVC window will never rot, rust, peel or flake due to its long lasting material. An occasional wipe clean is all that is required.

Do UPVC Windows Look Cheap?

UPVC windows do not look cheap. They can be designed to offer slim sightlines and come in a wide variety of colours and finishes, not just the standard white. Authentic woodgrain finishes are available to achieve more of classic look.

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.

What Colour Options are Available?

There is a wide range of colour options available including both standard and bespoke colours and finishes. Aluminium windows and doors even come available in a RAL colour chart which gives you an infinite choice.

Why Should I Choose One Of Your Installers?

All installers that operate in affiliation with Double Glazing on the Web are accredited by a recognised industry body such as FENSA or CERTASS. Double Glazing on the Web vet all of our double glazing installers to make sure you receive a professional and efficient quality service.

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 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.

How Can I Get Casement Window Prices?

You can get instant casement window prices by using our free online quoting engine or you can contact us on: 0800 015 5679 to speak to one of our advisors.

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.

How Much Do Double Glazed Sash Windows Cost?

UPVC sash window prices will vary according to glazing style, your choice of locks and even your chosen colours and finishes. You can get an average sash windows cost using our window cost calculator.

Can I Choose Custom Glass?

You can choose from a wide range of custom glass. Your double glazing installer will offer you a choice of glass types and glazing designs so you can choose custom glass for your windows, doors or conservatory.

How much is double glazing per window?

Double glazing prices per window can vary from around £150 to £600 depending on the specification. The window style, type of glass, frame colour and handles are all contributing factors. To find out the true double glazing price per window it is a good idea to get a number of quotes to compare.

What is the average cost to double glaze a house?

The average cost to double glaze a house will depend on the size of your house and the number of windows. To double glaze a flat or apartment it will probably cost around £2,000. The average cost to double glaze a house is usually between £4,500 to £7,500. If you collect a number of double glazing quotes you will be able to compare companies and prices.

Is double glazing expensive?

Double glazing can be an affordable addition for many homeowners. The price you pay can depend on the quality of the windows and the energy ratings. Other factors are the style of the windows, the colour of the frames and the type of glass. Why not get an online double glazing quote to get an idea of the price.

How much does it cost to install a window?

The prices given in our pricing tables, our online quotes and our costing calculators reflect the price of the window itself as well as the cost of installation. For example, a 500mm x 500mm casement window will cost between £150 and £175 including the cost of installation.

How much does it cost to double glaze a 3 bed house?

On average a double glazed window will cost between £350 and £400, with a uPVC door typically costing £600. This means that double glazing a 3 bedroom semi can cost between £3500 and £5000.

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.

How Does Double Glazing Work?

Heat loss is greatly reduced using double glazing. Double glazing features two panes of glass with a layer of trapped air or gas in-between. Air is a poor conductor of heat so much less heat is lost through the window itself.

Condensation on Double Glazed Windows

When moisture in the air suddenly cools and condenses on a cold window, you get condensation. Well insulated (Low E) double glazing will help prevent condensation from forming on the interior of your window. Replacement glass units or replacement double glazed windows are recommended for windows with condensation.

What Are Double Glazed Windows?

Double glazed windows feature two panes of glass for better heat insulation and noise reduction. Window frames come in a variety of materials such as UPVC, wood and aluminium. Double glazed windows also come in a choice of styles to suit your home, you can choose from a wide range of window designs which include the casement window, tilt and turn window, sash window, sash horn window and bay window.

Are Double Glazed Windows Soundproof?

Double glazed windows are built to provide improved sound insulation. Double glazed windows are recommended for homes situated on busy roads or built up areas where external noise can be a problem.

Are Double Glazed Windows Good For The Environment?

Once of the best ways of making your home more energy efficient is insulation. Double glazed windows act as another layer of insulation, helping to prevent the loss of valuable heat.

If I Use Double Glazing on the Web Who Will Fit My Double Glazing?

Double Glazing on the Web have a fully accredited network of local installers. Once you have created your free online quote we will put you in touch with up to three reputable local suppliers. Each of these suppliers will offer you a free no obligation quote and who you choose is completely up to you.

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.

Is triple glazing better than double glazing?

In most instances double glazing will be an adequate upgrade to single glazed windows. Double glazing offers energy efficiency, noise reduction and security. If you live near a busy road or under a flight path you may want to consider triple glazing for the extra noise reduction that it can offer.

Is double glazing easy to break?

Double glazing is a strong option for windows compared to single glazing. The frames are durable and there are high security locking options. As double glazing is made from glass it is possible to break however you will have to exert quite a bit of force to do this. This is practically impossible to do without making a noise.

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.

What’s the Difference Between an Orangery and Conservatory?

The biggest difference between an orangery and a conservatory is the construction of the roof. More than three quarters of a conservatory roof is glazed and an orangery has less than three quarters. A conservatory should have over half of the area of the wall glazed.

What Does Double Glazing Do?

Double glazing makes your house more energy efficient, keeping heating in and keeping the cold out during winter months. During summer months, it helps keep the hot air out, keeping your house cooler. It also works to insulate sounds from busy areas and roads, leaving your house more peaceful and quieter.

Does Double Glazing Block Sound?

Double Glazing not only provides heat insulation but it also provides sound insulation too. Double glazing is perfect for houses in busy areas and streets.

How Do I Know If My Double Glazing Needs Repaired?

There are four tell-tale signs that your double glazed windows need repair or replaced: There are chips and cracks in the panes of glass; there is condensation (misted windows) between the two panes of glass; the window allows cold air through; water begins to seep through the frame. If your double glazing does any of these things, you may need to get your double glazing repaired or replaced.

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 Long Does It Take To Install uPVC Windows?

On installation day, a uPVC window will take anywhere from 3 hours to a full day depending on the shape, size and style of the window. When you place your order, it will take anywhere between 4-6 weeks to build and manufacture the parts for your bespoke window.

Is uPVC Flammable?

No, uPVC isn’t flammable and is actually a fire retardant.

Can My Windows Be Installed In Cold And Rainy Weather?

Yes, windows can be installed in any weather, however, it is important to remember the safety of the installers who come to put in your window and that the rain could damage things your property due to the fact there will be a hole in the wall for quite some time during installation.

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 Can Cause Double Glazing To Crack?

Double glazing can crack for what appears to be no particular reason at all. A sealed window unit faces constant pressure either side of the glass, however, most of the time double glazing is strong enough to deal with this. Winter can be one of the worst time for cracked glass as the difference of temperature on either side of the glass stressing it to the point it can crack.

Should I Double Glaze My Windows?

Double glazing works to make your house more energy efficient saving you money on your heating bills. Double glazing also provides sound insulation which is perfect if your house is situated near busy roads and noisy areas. Double glazed windows are also tougher and harder to break than single glazing windows making your house more safe and secure.

How Long Does It Take To Install A Window?

From the moment you purchase your window it will take anywhere between 4-6 weeks to build and manufacture your window for you. The actual installation itself could take anywhere between 3 hours to a full day.

How Do I Know If My Double Glazing Needs Replaced?

Double glazing will need replaced after a while due to the nature of the design – the gas that separates the two window panes slowly leaks out over time meaning the energy efficiency of your window is compromised. If your double glazing allows cold spots; water to seep through the frame; has cracks or chips in the window or has a build-up of condensation between the two panes of glass (misted windows), you should probably look into getting your double glazing replaced or repaired.

How Long Does It Take To Install A New uPVC Window?

Once you place your order for a new window, it takes 4-6 weeks to build and manufacture the product. On the day of installation it could take anywhere from 3 hours to a whole day, depending on size, shape and style of window.

How Long Does Double Glazing Last?

It is important to note that the argon gas that separates the panes of gas, giving double glazing its energy efficiency will eventually leak out overtime. Double glazing has an average life span of about 20 years, however, this can vary depending on materials used and the installation.

Is Double Glazing Worth It?

Double glazing helps make your home more energy efficient as it prevents the loss of heat. During the summer, it helps to keep the heat out of your home. It provides your home with sound insulation which is perfect for houses that are in busy areas and streets. Double glazing also makes your home safer and more secure.

Is Double Glazing Easy to Break?

No, double glazing is not easy to break which means your home will be more secure. When attempting to smash double glazing often what happens is that the first pane of glass and the second will remain intact. This is due to the argon gas working as a shock absorber. This will mean the smash is very loud but unsuccessful on the first attempt.

Why Is uPVC Used For Window Frames?

UPVC is used for window frames because it strong, durable, energy efficient and long lasting.

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.

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