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A Guide to Buying Conservatories

A Guide to Buying Conservatories

How to pick the right Conservatory for your home

Purchasing a conservatory can often be confusing with the range of bespoke features and materials available.

We hope our buyers guide simplifies this process for you.

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When buying a conservatory, the number of things you need to think about and decisions you need to make can be daunting.
It can also mean upheaval for your home and garden, with builders and decorators needing to access your property for days, if not weeks or months. That’s why it’s important to be clear on what every step of the journey will involve so you can minimise any upheaval and stress. 

To help make the process as uncomplicated and stress-free as possible, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide.

Be clear about your needs
Be clear on what you want to use the conservatory for, but be flexible on the types of conservatory, designs and materials – you may surprise yourself when you see what’s on offer. 

Nearly one in 10 people ended up opting for a different type or size of conservatory than they initially had in mind.

About half of these people bought a bigger conservatory, 34% went for a different style, and 11% opted for a different type of glass or glass-type material.

Don’t dismiss aesthetics
Many people invest in a conservatory to add a wow factor to their home. We found about half of those who changed their mind said it was because they liked the look of another type or size of conservatory more, so it’s worth being open-minded about options.

Extra costs
It’s worth asking for details on exactly what is included in the quote, from installation to fittings, so you don’t get any surprises later down the line. 

Be aware that some features, such as electrical sockets, TV aerial points and roof vents can add to the price. Also, the materials your conservatory is constructed from will influence temperature, light and maintenance issues, so sometimes it’s worth spending a little bit more. 

After deciding on what conservatory you are going for, you should expect a surveyor to visit your home to check things like drainage and floor levels, as well as to take accurate measurements.

How long will it take?
Typical average-sized conservatories take between three and four weeks to build, including all snagging and finishing off. Large projects could last around six weeks.

Construction work will usually begin with the base, and tends to involve builders being on site for about about three days. 

During this time they will clear the ground, dig the footings, lay the base layers and level the floor before building the walls. Normally the building work would then be left for a few days to settle. 

During the second week the frames will go up and be glazed, and any electrical work started.

This is followed by plastering the walls (if necessary), finishing off the electrical work and then adding the flooring, Depending on what type of floor you choose, as well as the time of year, it’s sometimes best wait a few weeks to let the floor dry out thoroughly first.

How disruptive will it be?
You’ll probably want to meet the team on the first day, but a reputable company shouldn’t need you to be at home for the duration of the work. 

If side access is good, disruption should be minimal. It helps if you have outside water and electrical facilities.

Be aware that your power supply may need to be switched off while the electrical work is done, and your garden may suffer some damage due to the number of people coming in and out. Boards should be used in the garden and then taken up overnight to allow the grass to grow.


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