Enhance Your Garden with a Conservatory
Conservatories are a great way of extending your home and opening it up into the garden. By choosing the right type of structure and heating system, you can achieve a room that is comfortable to use all year round and provides a free-flowing space between your house and garden.
Choosing a Frame Style
Most conservatories are built from one of three materials: uPVC, aluminum or hardwood. In most cases, you won’t require planning permission. However, there are some exceptions, so it’s worth checking with your local planning office before starting work. Each of the different materials has its own benefits, and the choice you make will largely depend on the style of property you live in and the look that you want to achieve. UPVC and aluminum frames offer low-maintenance solutions that are extremely durable and last for many years. Hardwood tends to be more popular for period properties where owners want to achieve a bespoke look or paint their conservatory in a particular shade.
Achieve the Best Shading
Providing some sort of shade in conservatories is an important element in the design process. This is especially crucial if it’s going to be used daily, such as a dining or office space, and attracts a large amount of sun. Blinds are a cost-effective and convenient option, or you could look at using shutters, which would give your conservatory more of a unique look. Solar inserts can also be used. These reduce the sun’s glare and UV rays to help limit the temperature in the conservatory.
Reduce Heat Loss
As well as becoming too hot in the summer, conservatories can also suffer from being cold in the winter. Conservatories can add up to 5% on to your property’s value, but a poorly heated one won’t be as saleable. It’s vital to consider which heating system you want to install before you start building. Popular options tend to be conventional radiators or underfloor heating. Another alternative is to fit solar inserts by Polycool. These maintain the temperature inside by radiating heat back into the room. This reduces heat loss and lowers your energy bills.
By spending the time designing both the exterior look and interior space of your conservatory, you’ll achieve a room that is a delight to spend time in whatever the time of year.