uPVC Conservatory Supply and Installation

Conservatories add space and enjoyment. They can be used as a living or dining room, a playroom, or a home office or gym. In addition to providing a space to relax or entertain, a conservatory is also ideal for adding storage space and value. They can also serve as extensions for existing spaces such as kitchens, living rooms and dining areas.

About uPVC Conservatories

Conservatories are suitable for virtually any type of property, whether you have a more traditional house or a property with a modern design. They help bring homeowners closer to their gardens throughout the year and in any weather by providing an airy and light-filled space that joins indoor and outdoor spaces. The size and shape of a conservatory often depends on the amount of available space as well as the style of the adjacent property. The design will also depend on your own preferences and tastes.

Frames for conservatories are made from a range of materials, including wood and metals such as aluminum and steel. Un-plasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) is a synthetic plastic commonly used in the construction of conservatories. This low-maintenance material offers a high level of resistance to damage from sunlight, water and chemicals. In addition to being durable, uPVC is recyclable. It is a versatile material that is available in various colours and finishes. Unlike wood, uPVC does not warp due to changes in temperature and humidity. It also does not need to be repainted like aluminum, steel and wood. In addition to being used for frames for glazing, uPVC is also used for roof panels on conservatories. It may also be used for internal dividers, especially when separating sections in larger P-shaped conservatories.

Conservatory Styles

Victorian conservatories stretch out from the property with a bay front with three or more facets. They typically have a rounded wall at the end and an apex roof with period details. Victorian conservatories suit most properties, including modern homes.

Elegant and classic, Edwardian conservatories are square or rectangular. They lack the faceted design of Victorian conservatories, allowing them to make the most of any available space. They generally have a pitched roof, sometimes with a gable design where the end wall is flat and the other side has a double-hipped roof.

A gable conservatory differs from other styles in that the front of the roof does not slope back to the centre. The upright front is similar in style to the end of a house. This design evokes Georgian design and is suitable for virtually any type of house.

Lean-to conservatories lean against the property and tend to be the most affordable style of conservatory. They are typically rectangle in shape and have a gently sloping roof. They are ideal of properties with smaller lawns or gardens, as well as lower homes such as bungalows.

Larger and as a result generally more expensive, P-shaped conservatories are shaped like the letter P. They often combine lean-to, Victorian and Edwardian designs. This design provides plenty of space, allowing homeowners to split the conservatory into two unique functions.

An orangery or sunroom looks much more solid than traditional conservatory designs. They tend to have solid walls made from stone, wood or brick. An orangery boasts a sturdier build similar to other parts of the property, although large windows are incorporated to bring in light.

Installing a uPVC Conservatory

There are many reasons why a homeowner might want to build a conservatory. Adding a conservatory can increase the value of a home. A conservatory also adds extra sunlight and a new space to enjoy your property. Most modern conservatories are built using uPVC, meaning it can be used throughout the year. When combined with double glazing, a conservatory is energy efficient thanks to enhanced insulation that helps prevents heat loss and reduces the amount of noise heard inside.

When choosing an installer, consider their experience and qualifications. Qualified and trained installers should also be registered with a government-recognised Competent Person Scheme. In addition to checking qualifications and references, check to see if the installer is a member of a trade organisations such as the Conservatory Association. The Conservatory Association includes more than 200 of the UK's leading manufacturers, suppliers and installers. Many reputable installers are also members of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF). Also, ask for quotes from three or more contractors to help you assess value for money.