Back in the 1970’s when conservatories became popular, they were used as occasional Garden Rooms. Fast-forward to 2017 and more and more homeowners are refurbishing their old, tired conservatory to be used as a year-round extended living space.
Conservatories 20, 30 and even 40 years ago were initially an extension that most people (who could afford them as they were seen a luxury) had installed to impress their neighbours and spend time in all year round. In reality, you had a room that was far too cold in the Winter and too sweltering in the Summer.
Today, many homeowners are choosing to upgrade their conservatories to allow them an extra living space that’s temperature controlled, more energy efficient and also more aesthetically pleasing. So, what are your options and how much will it all cost?
Replacing the roof.
This is the most common option as this is where conservatories tend to fail the most. You can replace your roof with a glass roof or now even a tiled roof to give it a more robust, extension feel whilst still keeping the light and airy feel. Glass today is very advanced and can be engineered to the environment. You can choose a glass that is climate controlled, allowing the room to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer & self-cleaning to keep maintenance to a minimal.
Replacing the roof, windows and doors.
Most people tend to replace the roof but also the windows and doors. If you replace the roof to climate controlled glass but leave your existing windows, you might not get the full benefit of its properties and the room may still get too hot or too cold. Side frame glass has additional properties such as UV reduction which blocks out 98% of the sun’s rays that cause damage to furnishings such as bleaching your sofa etc, enhanced security which has a security interlayer within the glass, holding it together in case of impact and sound reduction which reduces audible sound by 40% more than standard glass. This glass is also available for patio and bi-folding doors – another option you might want to consider.
If you’re conservatory is very old and is in need of a little more than TLC, the full replacement option might be your most cost-effective way to revive it. This option also gives you the freedom to literally choose any option and you could consider an Orangery, Loggia or full Garden Room.
The all-important question is ‘how much will it cost.’ Conservatory refurbishment isn’t cheap but it is a huge investment and obviously a lot more cost effective that moving house. Each conservatory refurbishment is different and no two jobs are exactly the same. We have a wide range of installers that are registered with this company all over the UK. They all provide FREE advice and quotes and won’t lead you into purchasing something unnecessary. Each refurbishment is price on application but if you want to get an idea on how much yours would cost before contacting us, you can read through some of our case studies here which include build costs.
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