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7 Practical Considerations When Planning to Build a Conservatory

 

Building a conservatory is a significant investment that calls for a lot of decision making. But before you call your chosen installer, make sure you have thought about these practical considerations for a problem-free installation.

 

 

Blinds

 

Blinds serve two functions at the most – you get privacy from them and second, you reduce the amount of light that enters your home. By using it as a way to reduce the amount of sunlight through your windows, you are protecting your furnishings, helping maintain an even temperature, and getting some privacy. There are many kinds of blinds available such as fabric roller blinds, retractable pleated blinds, and Pinoleum blinds which are made from strips of wood. Make sure that you have your blinds installed by professionals to ensure their performance with a guarantee.

 

Conservatory Maintenance

 

Your installer should inform you about the regular maintenance need for your conservatory. As a guide, wash heavy grime build up on your windows using non abrasive cleaners. Mild soap and a wash cloth are also enough for the job. Also, take note of the material your conservatory is made up because not all solutions fit certain kinds of building materials, such as uPVC, timber or wooden, aluminium, and iron conservatories.

 

Floors

 

Always go for floors with a practical material. Some of examples to consider are natural stone and ceramic-tile flooring. Clean them depending on how often you use your conservatory.

 

Air Conditioning and Heating

 

Since your conservatory won’t always have a warm temperature throughout the year, you should have a way of maintaining an even temperature. Installing water or electrical under floor heating is a great way to do this. Apart from that, you can also consider the use of central heating systems with radiators fitted on low walls of your conservatory. Make sure to have a thermostat, too.

 

Glazing and Roofing

 

As much as possible, you should pick double glazing for your conservatory due to its energy efficiency and low-E glass. Safety glazing is mandatory for walls and windows within 800 mm of the floor and must also comply with BS6206. When it comes to roofing, you have two choices – polycarbonate or glass material. Both of these give a clear look of the sky however polycarbonate is the lighter and less fragile material compared to glass. Glass is rather heavy as a roofing material therefore it requires a strong support.

 

Planning Permission and Building Regulations

 

Before having anything bought or built, make sure that you already have planning permission and a permit for following building regulations. Typically, conservatories do not need planning permission however it will not hurt to give your local authority a visit regarding your home improvement project.

 

Useful contacts

 

A useful contact to have is the Conservatory Association. This is a division of the Glass and Glazing Federation, which is an independent body that promotes the highest standards within the industry. Of course, you should always have the contact information of your installer and supplier in case you need to use a guarantee.

 

These are pretty basic but remembering to handle these considerations will help you prepare for your home improvement project. Consider these tips when building a uPVC conservatory. Ask for a free quote today.

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