Did you know that the day is already 25 minutes longer today than it was on the 21st December, the shortest day of the year? That’s a lot of extra free energy (in the form of additional sunlight), falling on your property. If you are looking to add more living space to your home, why not do something that also utilises this free resource? A new conservatory provides a well-lit, warm space at low cost that can significantly improve the value of your home too.
Location, location, location
The location of the conservatory has a huge impact on what the environment of the extra space will be like. If South facing, you can expect it to provide a degree of passive solar heating. All that sunlight will help keep your home warmer in winter, but you might require extra shading during the summer. If you decide on a north facing conservatory you will need the very best insulated windows and doors to stop heat escaping. We can help you to decide which glazing options would work best for you.
Hot or cold?
Long gone are the days when the conservatory would be too cold to use in the winter and too hot to enjoy in the summer. Thanks to low-emissivity coating and solar control layers your new conservatory can be designed with different degrees or thermal efficiency. The low-emissivity coating is placed on the inside of the double-glazed windows and can reduce heat loss from radiation keeping your conservatory cosy during the winter months. Solar control layers will help to keep the unwanted heat from the sun out in the garden during the summer.
What are modern conservatories made of?
You have a wealth of building materials to choose from. You will need to decide the frame material, glazing, the roof and any masonry. You may want to match the masonry with your existing property, using the same colour bricks to achieve a seamless finish. Aluminium, PVC-U and wood are the choices for your frame. PVC-U is the most popular option because it comes with minimal maintenance and long-life expectancy. For your roof, you can go with the “bring the outside in” option and admire the stars at night through a glass roof. Polycarbonate roof offers softer lighting, but can be noisy in heavy rain.
At Radley Windows, we have years of experience in building conservatories and we can help you from the very beginning of your planning to complete the build. We would like to help you with any questions you may have and would welcome to you visit our showroom and factory. We are in Didcot, Oxfordshire. You can get in touch with us here or call us on 01235 512233.