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What is a uPVC Conservatory
A uPVC conservatory may also be known as PVC, pvc-u, or a plastic conservatory.
The most used material in conservatory manufacture is uPVC or unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (ridged plastic), also referred to as vinyl in America. The general reason that uPVC is used today in 100,000 of applications including upvc conservatory manufacture, is because uPVC is a thermoplastic a substance that loses its shape when heated and then becomes ridged again as it cools. Heat shapes uPVC into countless useful forms, so is easy to produce uPVC conservatory extrusions, which forms the upvc conservatory on the right.
Where additional strength is required the uPVC is reinforced with aluminium or other metals e.g. an upvc conservatory roof, upvc conservatory frames or doors. In some non-structure areas the uPVC is strong enough to support its weight e.g. some window frames
What are Hardwood Timber Conservatories
An alternative to uPVC conservatories is Hardwood conservatories. Perhaps you live in a listed building or a conservation area where planning requires you to have a Hardwood conservatory or perhaps you would like something different, to match your lifestyle. A prestigious Hardwood conservatory will certainly provide this and more. Designs wise, you can have any design of conservatory you wish remembering it’s best for the conservatory to complement your property.
Conservatories are often referred to as Victorian conservatories or Edwardian conservatories, well sorry to disappoint you but the Victorians never had conservatories resembling current designs. These are adopted names we use today that’s why today’s conservatory are referred to as Victorian conservatories or Edwardian conservatories.
A Hardwood conservatory would have been built by the Victorians for the growing of seeds and plants brought back from the tropics. Today Hardwood conservatories are very high tech and are used as a room to live in 52 weeks of the year.
Whether you are looking for a Hardwood conservatory to create additional living space or wish to relax and enjoy the ever changing seasons of Mother Nature from the warmth and comfort from your Hardwood conservatory. We hope you will find a design you like.
Maybe you live in an architectural designed property and you would like a Hardwood conservatory to reflect this.
Types of Conservatories:
When looking for Edwardian conservatory suppliers in your area, it is useful to know a little bit about the conservatory. Edwardian conservatories have a spacious feel, caused by their striking pointed roof. Their design is also very practical and elegant with sharp sleek lines. To get free, no obligation quotes from Edwardian conservatory suppliers in your area click here.
When looking for Victorian conservatory suppliers in your area, it is useful to know a little bit about the conservatory. Victorian conservatories can be adapted to meet different requirements. They traditionally have angled roofs with ornate cresting. To get free, no obligation quotes from Victorian conservatory suppliers in your area click here.
Traditional or Lean-To
When looking for a Traditional/Lean-To conservatory suppliers in your area, it is useful to know a little bit about the conservatory. Traditional or Lean-To Conservatories are the simplest of the conservatory designs, but still an attractive and elegant addition to your property, the traditional or lean-to design owes much to the styling of glass houses and sun rooms of the past. Ideal for a wider property, the traditional is a great choice for a multi use space. The roof slopes away from your property and will run along a straight line. To get free, no obligation quotes from Traditional or Lean-To conservatory suppliers in your area click here.
When looking for P-Shape conservatory suppliers in your area, it is useful to know a little bit about the conservatory. P-Shape Conservatories are ideal if you have a large space available for your conservatory . The P-Shape conservatory is a classic blend of traditional and victorian styles . The P-Shape provides you with a choice of usage options and is great for multi use spaces and families. To get free, no obligation quotes from P-Shape conservatory suppliers in your area click here.
When looking for Gullwing conservatory suppliers in your area, it is useful to know a little bit about the conservatory. The Gullwing Conservatory is an ideal choice if you are looking for the ornate lines of an Victorian conservatory over a wider area. The roof fans out from the wall plate which runs along the line of your property for strength and an attractive appearance. To get free, no obligation quotes from Gullwing conservatory suppliers in your area click here.
When looking for Garden Room suppliers in your area, it is useful to know a little bit about the style. Garden Rooms are modern and stylish enabling them to be very flexible and they can cope with single, double or even sliding patio doors. They have no limitations in terms of style and shape. To get free, no obligation quotes from Garden Room suppliers in your area click here.
When looking for combination conservatory suppliers in your area, it is useful know a little bit about the conservatory. Combination conservatories offer extended flexibility and the design allows for any shape, and size of conservatory. They combine elements of the lean-to and Victorian conservatories. To get free, no obligation quotes from combination conservatory suppliers in your area click here.
Conservatory Build Guide
Planning Permission and Building Regulations:
Everything you need to know about Planning Permission and Building Regulations for your Conservatory
What is the difference between Planning Permission and Building Regulations?
Planning Permission and Building Regulations are often confused. Both are the responsibility of the Local Authority and basically, Planning Permission takes into consideration the aesthetic effect of a new building/extension on the surrounding homes and neighbourhood, whilst Building Regulations define how the structure must be constructed in terms of thermal efficiency etc.
Do I need Planning Permission?
Here is a summary of the basic facts. In most cases you will not require planning permission for your conservatory under the present legislation, unless you are adding a conservatory to a house that has already been extended. You may also need to check if your house is a ‘new build’ as developers sometimes place restrictions on them.
Listed below are some conditions that may attract planning permission:
- If you build within 2m of the boundary line and the highest point at the junction is 4m or more high.
- If your conservatory covers more than 50% of the original garden.
- If your planning development rights have been removed
- Grade II listed buildings. These may require a hardwood conservatory.
- Where a conservatory is 20m or less from a road or public footpath
Will my conservatory need to satisfy Building Regulations?
Listed below are some of the exemptions requirements, these criteria must be met for a conservatory to be classified as exempt:
- The conservatory roof must be made of at least 75% transparent or translucent material.
- The conservatory walls must be at least 50% wall glazing
- The conservatory floor area should not exceed 30 square metres.
- The conservatory must be constructed at ground level
- The conservatory must be separated from the property by means of a physical barrier/exterior lockable door.
- The conservatory has thermostatically controlled heating.
- The conservatory is not being attached to a listed building.
- The glazing satisfied the Building Regulations Part N.Shed I (eg: toughness/safety glass)
- The conservatory must not have any sanitary ware or drainage attached i.e. must not be used as a bathroom, toilet or shower room
- The conservatory must not be used as a kitchen with a sink or cooker etc