Conservatory Extras

Construction

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1. Roof Structure

All aluminium construction with authentic period styling provides superior strength and thermal efficiency in conjunction with PVC-U internal finish. External powder coated finish options available in white, brown or light oak colours. Matching internal PVC-U cladding available in white, mahogany, light oak, rosewood or timber finishes.

2. Roof Glazing Panels

Many options available for either multi-wall polycarbonate or double glazed glass sealed units.

3. Glazed Side Frames

Comprising double glazed sealed units for thermal efficiency with either fixed or opening windows. Decorative glass designs for opening windows and fanlights. Talk to us about these options. Full length side frames are available.

4. Dwarf Wall Option

Double skinned external face brick construction with the option of cavity insulation

5. External Cills

Mounted on external wall to support glazed side frames.

6. Damp Proof Course

7. Trench Fill

Optional for wall base.

8. Floor Insulation

Optional 50mm polystyrene sheets.

9. Damp Proof Membrane

10. Concrete Footings

Excavated to 450mm minimum depth x 600mm wide. Footing depth 150mm minimum.

11. Concrete Block Work

Below ground level. Optional above ground for render finish.

12. Compacted Hardcore

100mm minimum depth with sand binding screed.

13. Concrete Floor

50mm minimum float or screed finish suitable for tiling or carpet.

14. Internal Cill

Traditional timber, tiled or alternative modern materials to bridge the cavity and provide a clean finish over the top of the internal wall

15. French Doors, Patio Doors Or Single Doors

With high security options. Double glazed sealed units fitted with safety glass.

16. Guttering

Attractive clip on system with down pipe. Available in white or brown.

17. Ventilation

Many options available, see previous webpage.

18. Cresting And Finial

Polyester powder coated cast aluminium for authentic period Victorian or Edwardian designs. Available in white or brown.
Conservatory Ventilation
Glazing

Ventilation

With extensive areas of glazing, conservatories attract large amounts of the suns radiation, which can create internal heat build up, often with high humidity levels on warm days. This may result in condensation on cooler days. Ventilation is, therefore, absolutely vital in any conservatory to ensure a comfortable environment.

This page describes some of the most popular options currently available. We will be able to answer any questions and provide costs.
Your primary decision will be whether to opt for roof vents, fans, extraction or air exchange.

Roof Vent

The simplest and most economic method of ventilation is the opening roof vent; a rectangular, top hinged glazed unit fitted within a roof panel. These attractive and proven units are water and draught proof and may be operated manually or electrically

Hook & Pole

Uses a lightweight pole with a manual crank handle at the lower end and a hook at the top which opens or closes the vent. Stored away when not required, it avoids the need for a fixed operating system.

Teleflex

A traditional fixed manual mechanism, comprising of a winding handle and control box linked by a flexible rod to an opening device mounted on the vent.

Powered Operation

An electric motor unit is attached to the vent, controlled by either a wall mounted switch or an infra-red remote control unit. Multi vent, rain sensor and thermostatic versions are available.

Ceiling Fan

Although not strictly ventilation, a stylish, quiet running ceiling fan is a valuable asset to a conservatory environment. In summer it provides an excellent down-draught cooling effect which can reduce the temperature by up to 5 degrees C and reduce air conditioning costs by up to 40%. In winter, by reversing the fan direction, warmer air trapped in the roof can be recirculated to reduce heating costs by up to 10%. There are a wide range of designs available, including combined lighting fitments, multiple speed options and remote control.

Important

To ensure the efficiency of any ventilation system, there must be a constant source through which fresh air can be drawn into the conservatory, either from a door, side window or air brick etc.

Glazing

A well planned, modern conservatory should be glazed appropriately to ensure a comfortable living environment all year round.

The roof of your conservatory can be fitted with a variety of technically advanced glazing materials, each of which have specific light and heat control benefits. Your choice will be influenced by factors such as location, cost, energy conservation or likely heat build up etc.

Polycarbonate

Economical, light weight and durable, Quantal offers a full range of modern polycarbonate glazing sheets that also offer excellent insulation and can control light transmittance to eliminate glare and prevent unwanted heat building up inside a conservatory.

Clear

polycarbonate-clearMaximises solar gain
Allows you to make the most of the sun during the year.
Perfect for sun lovers though you may need blinds in summer.

Opal

polycarbonate-opalVirtually opaque sheet provides privacy, especially for overlooked rooms.
Opal provides a soft, glare free diffused light.
Internally the roof appears white.

Bronze

polycarbonate-bronzeBlends discretely with other roof finishes, ie. woodgrain, pvc and timber.
Limits the amount of light and glare in the conservatory.
Retains spacious airy feeling.

Bronze Opal

polycarbonate-bronze-opalCombines a bronze external with an opal internal finish.
The opal internal finish provides privacy and a soft light quality.
The bronze external finish blends discretely with other roof finishes. ie. woodgrain, pvc and timber.
Bronze Opal provides the best of both worlds.

Heatguard Opal

polycarbonate-heatguardDeflects up to 50% 0f heat build up.
It helps to protect the conservatory overheating in summer.
Combines the silver grey external finish with the popular opal internal finish.
Heatguard Opal should eliminate the need for blinds.

Glass

Although inherently more costly, many still prefer the traditional looks and clarity of glass for conservatory roofs. It can match the walls and provide increased sound insulation. The glass should always be toughened or laminated and blinds may have to be installed to reduce glare. Sealed units are available in a range of thermally efficient and anti heat build up combination’s.

Keep Clean

Pilkington Active eliminates the need for access to the roof for cleaning.Its sunlight activated catalytic action breaks down organic dirt which then simply washes away with the next shower of rain. Available as an additional option on clear toughened, K and Optitherm layers.