We discuss the mistakes that people most frequently make with their conservatories and offer guidance on how to avoid making them.
Because purchasing a conservatory represents a significant financial and time commitment, it is imperative that you make an informed purchase decision. This is how you can steer clear of making errors that you will come to lament in the future. Many people who own conservatories admit they would choose their structure differently if they had the opportunity to do so. This could be due to the fact that they discovered their new conservatory to be unbearably hot, or it could be due to the fact that they found out their new furniture did not fit where they wanted it to because of a restrictive layout.
Concerns regarding the conservatory
The following are examples of problems that are frequently encountered by people: Leaking roof Faulty or jammed doors A space that is uncomfortably frigid Condensation Overheating Damage caused by the elements, smudges or scratches on the glass, broken or scratched panes, and windows that won’t open are some of the other issues that occasionally arise.
Make sure that your new conservatory comes with a good guarantee that covers not only the labour but also all of the major components, such as the windows, roof, brickwork, and base. This will prevent you from being out of pocket and give you peace of mind. Do not accept anything less than a guarantee that is valid for at least ten years; in other words, do not settle for anything less.
Utilizing our convenient and downloadable conservatory checklist will help you avoid making common mistakes. It contains all the important questions that you will need to ask later on.
Temperature ideal for plants and animals
The last thing you want is for your brand-new conservatory to be unusable during the winter because it is too chilly, or to be uncomfortable during the height of summer because it is too hot.
When we talked to industry professionals, they could not emphasise enough how essential it is to give careful consideration to the temperature of your conservatory.
This can be impacted by a variety of factors, including the number of windows and vents in your home, whether or not you have blinds, and even the type of glass used in your windows. A useful piece of advice is to install specialised glazing in your conservatory. This will help maintain a more consistent temperature in the space. This glass may be more expensive than regular glass, but it comes highly recommended by industry professionals.
Glass with good thermal performance
The use of glass with high thermal efficiency is essential to maintaining a comfortable temperature in your conservatory. There are a wide variety of types available, but in general, they either have a special coating that reflects heat back into the room or they have a gas such as argon in between the panes of glass that provides additional insulation.
Visit our guide to the various types of conservatories if you are interested in learning more about the various kinds of glass and other materials that are suitable for use in the construction of conservatories.
Which way should your conservatory face?
Conservatories can be constructed to face any direction, but the orientation can affect the amount of sunlight that enters them, so it is important to consider how this will impact the temperature inside. If your conservatory faces south, for instance, you’ll need more vents or windows to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the space. If it is facing north, you should seriously consider installing glass that has good thermal efficiency.
Putting an end to the condensation
The temperature can also have an effect on the amount of condensation that forms in your conservatory, which is a problem that is frequently experienced by many people.
If your conservatory has a leak, the problem of condensation may become even more severe. However, condensation may also be an issue if there is not enough ventilation.
We’ve heard from a few different people who have had success utilising dehumidifiers to aid in the reduction of condensation. Learn more about how to select the most appropriate dehumidifier for your needs.
Creating a connection to your house
The experts also mentioned that with the recent trend to construct a conservatory that opens up the back of your home, there is an even greater need to consider the temperature of the room in question.
The presence of this kind of conservatory can have a significant impact on the temperature throughout the rest of the house, either by lowering it or by increasing it to an uncomfortable level.
If you choose to construct your home in this manner, it is of the utmost importance that you give careful consideration to the selection of thermally efficient materials, such as specialised glass or a more solid construction, as well as the organisation of your heating and ventilation systems.
Check out our guide on the interiors of conservatories for more information and inspiration on how to cool and heat your space.
Roof made of polycarbonate or glass
Polycarbonate roofs are typically more affordable than glass roofs, but they come with a number of drawbacks that make them less desirable. They have a tendency to let less light through, are typically noisier (especially when it’s raining), and have a lower thermal efficiency compared to other options.
Tip number one: According to those who are knowledgeable in the field, the top option, if you have the financial means to do so, should be to install a glass roof. A homeowner who owns a conservatory shared their experience, saying, “We replaced an existing south-west-facing conservatory that was 20 years old.”
This time around, we opted for a roof that was solidly insulated and had a ceiling that was clad in uPVC. This allowed us to keep the heat inside during the winter and to keep the heat outside during the summer.
It is effective! This week, the temperature reached 35 degrees, and we were able to continue using our conservatory despite the fact that we did not need to use the blinds! Glass that cleans itself
Glass that cleans itself
is something you should think about doing because it can help you save money on maintenance costs.
It accomplishes this by utilising a unique coating that, when exposed to sunlight, undergoes a chemical reaction that breaks down dirt, which is then removed by precipitation.
However, in order for this to function correctly, you will need to ensure that your roof has the appropriate pitch; the steeper the roof, the better, and it should certainly have an angle of more than 10 degrees. If the pitch of the roof is steep enough, the industry professionals that we consulted suggested installing self-cleaning glass.
A source of illumination in your conservatory
Consider purchasing anti-glare glass if you find that being exposed to bright light makes you feel uneasy. The quality of the light that enters your conservatory will also be impacted by the blinds.
One person who owns a conservatory shared their perspective, saying, “Although we had anti-glare glass, I have not found it to be effective. As a result, we later had blinds fitted.” Naturally, you may also have natural shade from nearby trees or buildings covering your conservatory for some portion of the day. Additionally, the direction that your conservatory faces will have an impact on the amount of light that enters it.
The size of a conservatory
The decision to purchase a conservatory that is too small is cited as a common source of regret by industry professionals, and the responses to our survey lend credence to this observation. When we asked all of the owners of conservatories, we found that 28 percent of them wished they had purchased a larger model.
One of them shared with us, “When I talked to friends and family members who already had conservatories, they all gave the same piece of advice… “I wish it was bigger.” ”
However, smaller conservatories can have a number of benefits, including the fact that they are typically less expensive, take less time to construct, and are less likely to require planning permission.
Therefore, it is absolutely necessary for you to consider how you will use the conservatory as well as what your budget is in order to be as realistic as possible regarding the size you require and the size you can afford.
One of the most helpful pieces of advice that our specialists have provided is that the best way to make sure you are selecting the appropriate size is to measure out the dimensions of your future conservatory in your current living or dining room.
This will help you compare it to the space you already have and will allow you to visualise how furniture will fit into the new space.
The layout as well as the positioning
Consider how the addition of a conservatory will influence the boundaries of your property, as well as the relationships you have with your neighbours and the rest of your garden. You certainly don’t want to discover, for instance, that your neighbours are looking down at you from the bedroom window in their home, or that you no longer have enough room for the vegetable patch that you’ve come to love.
Consider the layout of the rooms inside your conservatory as another factor to take into consideration. In order to get the most out of it, you need to make sure that you give careful consideration to the placement of doors, electrical sockets, and any TV aerial sockets that may be present.
How to correct problems with a conservatory
If you find a problem with your conservatory either at the time it is being installed or at a later time, the first thing you should do is get in touch with the business from which you purchased it. Even if it’s obvious that the problem was caused by your installer, the retailer who sold you the conservatory and the fitting service is the one who is responsible for making sure you are happy with both purchases.
Explain the problem in detail, making sure to put it in writing even if you’ve already discussed it verbally over the phone or in person, and think about including photos and a copy of your receipt in your correspondence.
It is in your best interest to make use of any warranty or guarantee that you possess. Our comprehensive guide to warranties and guarantees explains when and under what circumstances each should be utilised most effectively.
You are still able to exercise your rights under the Consumer Rights Act or its predecessor, the Sale of Goods Act, even in the event that the warranty or guarantee that was provided by the manufacturer has expired or that you did not receive one when you purchased your conservatory. Retailers are unable to ignore this statutory right.
You have the right to request a complete refund for any defects in the product within the first thirty days after the date on which you became the owner of the goods. You have the right to a repair or replacement after the first thirty days have passed, as long as it is done within the first six months. You have the right to request a complete refund only if they are unable to fulfil this requirement.
If you have a product that is defective, you can learn more about your rights as a consumer by reading our guide.
What would happen if the company that makes your conservatory went out of business?
People have reported to us that their conservatory company went out of business either while they were having their conservatory built or not long after it was finished.
Even though there are never any guarantees, you should look for a business that has been operating for at least a few years and make sure that the guarantee it offers is protected by insurance in case the business fails. This will safeguard you in the event that the business fails.
How to Enjoy Your Conservatory Experience Without Regrets
The purchase of a conservatory involves not only a significant decision but also a significant time and monetary investment. If you want to make sure that you are investing your money wisely and that you won’t have any regrets in the future, make sure to follow these five tips when you are planning your conservatory.
1. Invest in conservatory glass that is either self-cleaning or anti-glare.
The idea of installing self-cleaning glass was brought up by one third of the homeowners who admitted they would alter some aspect of their conservatory. It accomplishes this by utilising a unique coating that, when exposed to sunlight, undergoes a chemical reaction that breaks down dirt, which is then removed by precipitation.
The benefits include a reduction in the amount of time spent scrubbing panes that are difficult to access and the cost of maintenance. Because it relies on rainwater carrying away dirt, we would only recommend self-cleaning glass if the angle of your roof is steep enough. Otherwise, we would not recommend it.
In addition, 16% of people told us that if they were to build their conservatory again, they would use anti-glare glass instead of regular glass. Visit our guide to the various types of conservatories if you are interested in learning more about the various types of glass and other methods that can be used to prevent glare.
2. Give careful consideration to the dimensions of your proposed conservatory.
28% of the homeowners of conservatories who were less than satisfied with their purchase told us they wished they had opted for a larger conservatory.
If you use the room more once it’s finished, the additional time and effort you put in might be worth it, despite the fact that building a larger conservatory can be more expensive, take longer to construct, and require planning permission.
If you are unsure of how large to make the conservatory, you should begin by taking measurements of the existing living or dining room in your home to determine its potential size. When you compare the new room to one that already exists, it is much simpler to imagine how it will look, and it also allows you to determine whether or not your existing furniture will be able to fit.
Because doors, electrical power points, and TV aerial sockets are difficult to relocate after they have been installed, you should begin the planning process as soon as possible to ensure that you will get the most use possible out of your new conservatory.
3. Take into account the framework as well as the various kinds of materials that are available
There are conservatories that are entirely made of glass, while others have brick walls or a roof made of tiles. These rooms are likely to have issues with temperature regulation during the months that are the warmest and the coldest due to the fact that floor-to-ceiling glass creates a greenhouse effect.
Think about utilising glass with good thermal efficiency. It is more expensive, but it will help to keep a conservatory cool, and it typically has a special coating on the outside to reflect light. This helps to keep the cost down.
The materials that are used to construct your conservatory will have an effect on the temperature, the amount of light, and the maintenance that is required. When it comes to making sure that your conservatory is going to be comfortable to use, it may be worthwhile to spend a little bit more money.