Conservatories are an extremely popular addition to any kind of property, but they sadly do not last forever.
A uPVC conservatory typically has a lifespan of between 25-30 years, with additional work often needed past that point in order to keep it up to date in both appearance, security and thermal performance.
So, often homeowners are looking out for ways of replacing a conservatory or renovating it into a far longer-lasting structure.
Extensions, being predominantly built from brick, can last for almost as long as the property it is attached to and can be a great, more permanent alternative to a conservatory; but what do you need to do in order to upgrade your conservatory into one?
The definition of a conservatory is a structure that is more glazing than solid walls, including 75% for the roof and over 50% for the walls. Extensions on the other hand is anything below that percentage, meaning that you can still bring in a lot of natural light and ventilation into your space even without it being a conservatory.
However, extensions often require planning permission, which conservatories are typically exempt from, which can lengthen the time of an installation and cost you more money in fees; but extensions can also be exempt if their structure is within certain parameters, such as being under 30m2 and being a single storey.
Can I convert a conservatory into an extension?
Getting a brand new extension can often involve buying in materials, hiring project managers and surveyors and sinking months of your time into planning and overseeing the construction.
However, if you don’t want to replace your pre-existing conservatory with a brand new extension and would rather find ways of transforming your conservatory into one via smaller changes, then you can actually begin that process by fixing a new roof onto your conservatory.
A lightweight solid roof is a great way of blending in your conservatory into the design of your original property, with a tiled roof mimicking the tiles of your main roof and looking like a natural continuation of the house both inside and out. On the inside, this solid roof will provide better insulation than a glass or poly carbonate roof, while also allowing for additional sky and roof lights to be installed so that you don’t miss out on natural light.
For more information on replacement roofs, please contact us today or visit our roofing page to start finding quotes.
How much does it cost to replace a conservatory?
If your conservatory is worse for wear, you may want to get it removed and replaced with a brand-new extension. Demolition and removal costs aside, which you may have to contact local tradesmen to help you with, the cost of this replacement extension is going to be around the same price as a typical extension installation.
This price can vary depending on whether you are hiring a company to install it, if you are sourcing the materials yourself and where from, if you are your own project manager or if you are hiring in, and also your own design specifications such as size and what windows and doors you are having installed.
|Extension Width (mm)||Extension Projection (mm)||Guide Price|
|4000||3000||£23940 – £26460|
|4100||3000||£24538 – £27121|
|4200||3000||£25137 – £27783|
|4300||3000||£25735 – £28444|
|4400||3000||£26334 – £29106|
|4500||3000||£26932 – £29767|
|4600||3000||£27531 – £30429|
|4700||3000||£28129 – £31090|
|4800||3000||£28728 – £31752|
|4900||3000||£29326 – £32413|
|5000||3000||£29326 – £32413|
|5100||3000||£30523 – £33736|
|5200||3000||£31122 – £34398|
|5300||3000||£31720 – £35059|
|5400||3000||£32319 – £35721|
|5500||3000||£32917 – £36382|
|5600||3000||£33516 – £37044|
|5700||3000||£34114 – £37705|
|5800||3000||£34713 – £38367|
|5900||3000||£35311 – £39028|
|6000||3000||£35910 – £39690|
How much does a conservatory roof conversion cost?
As mentioned above, fitting a new roof onto the structure of a pre-existing conservatory is a great way of prolonging the lifespan, value and performance of your conservatory extension. Poly carbonate roofs were the standard up until recently, and they have been proven many times over to be less than quality in thermal efficiency and in overall hardiness, so it may very well be the case that your conservatory is losing much more of your heating than you realise.
There are two main options when it comes to getting a new conservatory roof, that being a Lantern Roof or a Solid Roof:
Made up of glazed glass panels, either with uPVC or slimline aluminium frames.
Available in a number of styles, dictating how many bars are across the window sections and how big each window section is. They allow in excess natural light into your property and can be fitted onto flat or raised pre-existing conservatory roofs.
Also called a ‘Tiled Roof’, this roofing option mimics and replicates the roof of your main property in both appearance and features.
With amazing insulation, they are light enough to be able to fit onto your uPVC conservatory structure without risking its structural integrity. They can also have roof lights and skylights installed to allow for more natural light and for extra ventilation.
All in all, a replacement roof for your conservatory, while varying in terms of what kind of roof you are getting and what kind of materials you are using, typically only costs between £2,500 and £20,000, with solid roofs being the more expensive option.
If you would like to know more information about our extension options, or would like to get an idea of what kind of quote you could get for a brand new conservatory roof, why not use our free online conservatory roof quotation calculator, or give us a call through our contacts page. Leave us a message and one of our friendly team members will be in touch in order to answer any questions you may have.
Do you need planning permission to change conservatory into a room?
Planning permission can be somewhat of a hassle to get done, but it is often a necessary requirement when having structures installed on your property, including extensions.
However, there have been recent changes in legislation, allowing for more leniency when it comes to what structures require planning permission and which ones don’t. For example, as long as your conservatory or extension roof does not exceed the height of your original property, you do not have to get planning permission to get one installed.
Additionally, there are certain size regulations in place that mean that; if your extension option is under 30m2 in floor size and is a single storey, then you may also be exempt from planning permission.
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Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is uPVC Flammable?
No, uPVC isn’t flammable and is actually a fire retardant.
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 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 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.
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.