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SEP 29, 2014

Choosing your conservatory – our simple guide

The conservatory; where better to relax with a book or settle in with a film? Light, cosy, and warm – they’re the go-to place after a long day in the office.

Choosing the right conservatory can prove tough though. There are a whole bunch of styles, sizes, and costs to consider.

If you’re having trouble making the decision, read on. We’ve put together a brief guide that’s going to help you make the right choice when it comes to selecting a conservatory for your home.

What are you using it for?

Firstly you should think about how you’ll use the room. Conservatories are versatile and can be put to work as anything from a playroom to a washroom.

So how will you use yours?

Using it as a summer dining room for example requires plenty of space. You need to fit a dining table in and still have plenty of room to manoeuvre. A washroom on the other hand, doesn’t have to be anywhere near as big.  

You don’t want to invest in a conservatory only to find that is doesn’t have enough space or spend a lot of money on a conservatory and then not use half of it.

Pick a style, any style...

Now you know how the room will be used, you can start to look at the various styles on offer. From traditional Georgian and Victorian styles to a more contemporary look with a gable or P-shape space.

Most of the time this is down to personal preference, but each style lends itself to a certain requirement. They vary in price too, so our next point will play a huge role in the style you choose.

What can you afford?

Unfortunately, your money isn’t limitless. You probably have a set budget for your conservatory which will dictate what you can and can’t have.

It’s important that you speak to a number of different conservatory companies for a quote. Then you can get a rough estimate on how much the thing you want is. Plus, if you have a drastically different quote from one company compared to all the others, you can avoid a sting.

A little elbow grease is required

When buying a conservatory many overlook the fact that it’s going to require varying sorts of maintenance; from internal cleaning to wiping down the roof every few months. It might seem like a small thing, but if forgotten it could potentially damage your property.

Fallen leaves on the roof for example can quickly work their way into your drainage system causing a blockage.

Here at Boarding Up & Glazing we offer conservatory repair services which include cleaning. So if you don’t have time to properly maintain it, we can help.

Keep in the heat

Good insulation is vital if you want to use your conservatory all year round. It must be able to remain cool during sticky summer months and retain heat in the winter bite.

Speak to the business you have chosen to install the conservatory carefully about your insulation options. Remember the cheapest isn’t always the best choice. It’s going to be worth paying a little more for good insulation.

So there you have it, five things to consider when you’re looking at purchasing a conservatory. 

Created on 29th September 2014
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