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Getting a new uPVC conservatory, orangery, timber conservatory, sunroom or garden room for your home is a major home improvement decision. It's one that could add value to your home, so important that you choose the right company for your project. Using our free service should save both time and money in getting the right people in. Choose 'conservatory companies' from the options on the form above, then type of conservatory as project type (e.g. Victorian, Edwardian, uPVC, timber, P shaped, orangeries, lean to, or even sunrooms, porches and garden rooms). We match max 4 local service providers covering your area and you choose the best fit (no-obligation).
NB: Always remember to ensure quoting companies have references for past work, are fully qualified and accredited by FENSA (or equivalent) to ensure compliance with glazing regulations, when it comes to fitting conservatories.
Professional conservatory companies should be more than happy to come to your home to both measure the space you have available and give advice about what sort of conservatory would be most appropriate for your needs. They should not be overly pushy though – nobody likes being subjected to the hard sell, especially not in your own home. Professional companies will always put their quotes in writing either through the post or email, and if a company refuses to do this, it would be reasonable to have doubts about the way they do business. Similarly, any offers to do a cheap job “for cash” should be dismissed out of hand – not only is it against the law, but there is no paper trail, no proof of payment and no comeback for you should things go wrong.
The cheapest price you are quoted might not be the best deal, especially if the cheapest quote is provided by a company with varied reviews and who don’t appear to be acting overly professionally. Look at all the quotes you have been given, and judge them on factors such as the different types of conservatory on offer, how long the company expect the job to take, and their overall reputation. Confirm in writing to the company that you would like to take them up on their quote, and keep copies of all of correspondence with them. It is standard within the industry to pay around a 10% to 20% deposit when you accept the quote, but a reputable firm will never ask for full payment before work begins.
Good conservatory companies know that they trade on their reputation, and will employ workers who do what they can to keep disruption to a minimum and get the job done professionally. Once the job has been complete to your satisfaction, remember to give a review for other people who are thinking of having a conservatory built at their homes too.
Adding a conservatory to your home will both expand the living space you have available, and hopefully increase your property’s value too. Conservatories are not cheap though, and even the most basic lean-to conservatory will cost around £10,000 when you take into account the foundations, walls, windows and roof. When you are spending such a lot of money, it is really important to check that the company you are dealing with is reputable and trustworthy, and there are a few essential checks that everyone should do first.
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Long the most popular of all types of conservatories is the uPVC conservatory. The uPVC conservatory is not so much a design as a type categorized by its material, rather than the style. Within this type of range are further subsets which can include Edwardian, Victorian, Lean-To's, P Shaped, Verandah, T-Shaped. uPVC provide an alternative to the hardwood timber framed conservatories and garden room structures. Most companies who provide these types of outbuildings will help you choose the different types of materials and styles which would be most suited to your existing property. There are not only styles of uPVC conservatories to choose from, but also different types of roofs and also glazing too. For example, there are glass roofs, different types of glazing within the glass options and also polycarbonate or tiled roofs nowadays.
Wooden conservatories can either be fitted with a hand-painted finish or more typically with a natural wood finish. They make a good alternative to the previously mentioned uPVC conservatories above. The majority of wooden conservatories are crafted from hardwood rather than softwood timber and traditionally are built with a half brick half wall base and top half glazed. Roofs on modern wooden conservatories can usually either be in glass or again in polycarbonate materials. Some suppliers even now provide a form of solar-roof designed to generate solar energy from the light captured in the roof panels. There are also other options (dependent upon supplier) which relate to conversions of existing glazed or polycarbonate panels to a more hard-wearing and permanent looking tiled roof. As always, the best option is simply to have a chat with the different prospective suppliers providing quotes. If you know what you want doing in the first place this will help, of course.
If you live in a period property or a building which is listed (listed building), certainly, using rustic timber materials over the more modern uPVC material can really add to the authenticity and classical look and feel opening out into your garden or onto your patio area. The wooden conservatory also means you have the option with many companies of choosing a paint finish in a wide range of colours, so go crazy if you want something different but traditional at the same time.
Glazing wise, most conservatory companies or suppliers now provide the option to have double or triple-glazing fitted to the window areas on the structure. Ensure that any company you contract with has certification to carry out fitting of glass and glazing (if needed) and check whether any building regulations might apply wit your local building control office.
Edwardian conservatories are different in shape and overall style to Victorian conservatories. Again, these are one of the most popular styles of conservatory on the market. Their traditional look and feel go perfectly with period properties but can equally fit with the more modern new-build type homes. Unlike the bay style structure of the Victorian conservatory, the Edwardian is much more symmetrical in it's structure and framework.
Porches have come a long way since the days of the makeshift timber structure on the front of the building and there are now a huge amount of styles available, along with material finishes (usually uPVC or natural hardwood and painted finish hardwood). As with many of the other glazed products, porches can be standard off-the-shelf sizes or made to measure. Made to measure will often require longer lead times. When comparing quotes for porches or any of the other exterior building structures remember to add as much detail into your quote request as possible, such as measurements (if you have them), or whether you would prefer uPVC or a wooden structure and if wooden whether a painted finish or natural wood is your preference.
Ideal for the smaller home, a lean-to conservatory makes good use of small external spaces to provide the benefits of a conservatory but without needing a huge area of coverage. That said, there are some huge lean-to conservatories on properties which span the whole exterior of detached or semi-detached homes.
A sunroom is sometimes referred to as a contemporary outbuilding. These types of additional external rooms can be either built onto your property or are often added as a detached building entirely separate from the main home (particularly when they are built to catch the best of the day's sunrays (hence their name)). These types of additional rooms are increasing in popularity and are usually available in a wide range of shapes and sizes to meet all needs. Remember, when looking for quotes for sunrooms, again add as much information as you can about your preferences, sizes and materials.
Whilst conservatories tend to be glazed from top to bottom, orangeries always have a wall. Some configurations feature low walls all the way round, whilst some have a full height wall along one or more sides.
Another significant difference between an orangery and a conservatory is the fact that orangeries have inset roof lights (windows) whereas conservatories always have roof beams from the apex of the roof to the edge and are therefore fully-glazed. To compare quotes for orangeries choosen window and conservatory specialists from the quote request form followed by orangeries when asked which trade you want to hear from.
A Victorian conservatory is a style of structure rather than a material based element. This Victorian style is the most popular type of conservatory. Both modern and period properties are suitable for this type of style. This style of conservatory is usually made up of ornamental trims on the roof ridges usually in the same colour material as the rest of the conservatory. There is also usually a bay front to the conservatory and the roof around the whole structure is sharply steep.
This is exactly what it says on the tin. The conservatory is built in a P shape with a rectangular structure usually across the full width of a property rear and an extended bay area which forms the curve of the P. These are again a popular choice, but may require more space than Victorian, Edwardian or Lean-to structures.
These are a fairly recent entrant into the conservatory market and essentially provide insulation benefits which mean your conservatory can be used as a year-round additional room rather than simply a Summer season room. The glazed panels on your conservatory are replaced with insulating roof tiles which are usually lightweight. You can usually simply modify your existing conservatory with this new system and therefore another benefit is the extended lifetime on your existing structure.