Weekly Tip for Dec 06: How to Choose a Conservatory

<span>Weekly Tip for Dec 06:</span> How to Choose a Conservatory

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Why Hesitate

This is mostly because it is an external structure which requires both a budget to invest and some empty space around the house. But if you are lucky enough to have both, a conservatory can be a very useful long-term investment.

In order to spend your money wisely, you should bear in mind a number of factors that will help you shape your conservatory into a space that responds perfectly to your needs, be they practical or recreational.

The Building Elements of a Conservatory

First of all, remember that conservatories don’t come with the thick walls and roof that can be found in all other parts of the house, which means their temperatures can change a lot through different seasons.

Cheaper, smaller conservatories come with windows going from floor to ceiling, so if you’re looking to build a more livable space look for a sturdier – and usually more costly – kind of structure. Ideally, you will want to look for concrete foundations and brick walls to the bottom of the external windows. Timber and aluminium are the main materials you should be looking for in the structure, both because of their looks and their longevity.

For the same reasons, double-glazing windows are a must if you want to keep your area warm and welcoming even during the winter months. If you are thinking of using your conservatory mostly during summer instead, make sure you have windows installed all around in order to let as much light as possible in and eventually open up as many windows as you need whenever it gets too warm.

Some Other Ideas to Consider

A common trick among conservatory owners who want to use the area mostly during summer is applying a layer of Suncoat, a solar film that helps you capture sunrays coming through the roof to keep the environment much cooler when temperatures soar. Suncoat is easy to apply and quite affordable, too.

Finally, don’t forget about the legal side of things. There are a number of building regulations, but most of them don’t apply to conservatories. The smaller your conservatory, the more hassle-free the installation will be. If your room exceeds 30 square metres, you might need a planning permission, especially if it covers a significant part of your garden.

So take all of the above factors into account and make the most of a privileged position: you will finally be able to enjoy a good part of your spare time in a room that’s very bright and close to the surrounding nature. And if you ever feel like putting your house on the market, your conservatory will easily become one of the best selling points and add value to the property.

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