Frequently Asked Conservatory Questions

We are frequently asked conservatory questions, as Ultraframe installers for Devon and Cornwall we install every type of conservatory, orangery, single storey extension, porch and garden room you could imagine often into some odd, shaped areas or sloped gardens that our customers would never have dreamt possible.

We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked conservatory questions that we feel may help you as a homeowner, however if you have something you would like to ask about a proposed home improvements project, or even conservatory repairs, please do not hesitate to contact us, as we are always happy to help.

Which Is Best Conservatory, Orangery or Extension

When choosing between a conservatory, orangery, or single-storey extension for your home, there are several important factors to consider. These include budget, the desired role of the new addition in your home, and the type of roofing material for your new construction.

A conservatory is generally the most affordable option when compared to an orangery or full single-storey extension. This type of building typically features a glass or polycarbonate roof as includes cavity dwarf walling constructed from block and render, brick or cladded over with either timber or a composite material.

An orangery is similar in appearance to a conservatory but typically features more substantial walls that can provide additional insulation and privacy. Like conservatories, they may also be constructed with a glass or polycarbonate roof.

A full single-storey extension will be the most expensive option but can also provide the most usable space. These structures can be built with a variety of different roofing materials, including traditional shingles, metal, or even solar panels.

When making your decision, it is important to weigh all of the factors involved in order to choose the best option for your home and budget.

Can A Conservatory Be Used All Year Round?

Modern conservatories offer a variety of benefits, including increased space and natural light in your home, as well as the ability to use them year-round. With insulated bases and cavity walls that feature double-glazed units and a thermally efficient roof, they are designed to help keep you warm and comfortable even in harsh temperatures. Additionally, many conservatories include advanced heating systems or other technologies like energy efficient glazing, which helps to retain heat in winter whilst keeping you cool during summer months. Whether you’re looking for additional living space or simply want to enhance the beauty of your home, modern conservatories are an excellent option to create a room that can be enjoyed all year round.

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Conservatory?

New building regulations that came into effect in October 2008 allowed homeowners to add a conservatory to their homes as a permitted development, which means an application for planning permission would not be required, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • No more than half the area of land around the “original house” * would be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  • Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house.
  • No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.
  • Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres.
  • Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor.
  • Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres.
  • Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.
  • Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house.
  • Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • On designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey; no cladding of the exterior; no side extensions.

Also, where the proposed works is on a listed building, listed building consent may be required. 

  • The term “original house” means the house as it was first built or
    as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although
    you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may
    have done so.
  • Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of
    Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.

Do I Need Building Regulations for A Conservatory?

If you want to build a single storey extension on your home then Building regulations will generally apply, this is also the case if you want to replace your conservatory roof with a solid roof. Most conservatories are exempt from building regulations when they meet the following conditions:

  • They are built at ground level
  • At least half of the new wall and three quarters of the roof is either glazed or translucent material
  • They are less than 30 square metres in total floor area
  • The conservatory is separated from the house by external grade door(s).
  • Glazing and any fixed electrical installations comply with the applicable building regulations requirements

You should avoid building conservatories where they will restrict ladder access to windows serving rooms in roof or loft conversions, especially if any of the windows are fire escapes.

Creating a structural opening between the conservatory and the existing house will require building regulations approval, this is still the case if the conservatory is an exempt structure.

Building regulations requirements differ in Scotland, Northern Ireland are different to those in England and Wales.

You should always check with your local authority or click here to visit the Planning Portal – The Planning Portal is the UK Government’s online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales. 

Do you need to install insulating double-glazing units (IGU's) in your conservatory or orangery?

Yes, insulating IGU’s are an important part of conservatory roof insulation, as they help reduce heat loss in winter and keep your conservatory cool in summer. They can also improve the appearance and functionality of your conservatory, by reducing glare and creating a more comfortable space.

There are many different types of IGU’s available, including traditional sealed units, ultra-low emissivity (ULE) double glazing units, and argon-filled glass panels. When choosing an IGU for your conservatory or orangery, it is important to consider the climate in your area, as well as the specific needs of your conservatory.

If you live in an area with a mild climate, then a standard sealed unit will likely be sufficient. However, if you live in an area with extreme temperature swings, then you may want to consider upgrading to a ULE double glazing unit. These units have a special coating that helps reflect heat back into the room, making them more energy efficient.

Argon-filled glass panels are also available, and these can be an excellent choice for conservatories and orangeries. Argon is a gas that is heavier than air, and it helps to create an insulating

Are Your Conservatories Bespoke?

Yes, we make conservatories to order at Realistic Home Improvements. All our conservatories are made to measure and can be customized with a variety of design features both internally and externally. Whether you are interested in a traditional orangery or a modern conservatory roof, we have the expertise and experience to create a beautiful addition to your home that will perfectly suit your needs and preferences. So, if you’re ready to transform your home with a custom-built conservatory, get in touch with us today!

What Are the Lead Times On Conservatories

When planning a conservatory or orangery, one of the first things you will want to consider is how soon it can be completed. At an average turnaround time of 6-10 working weeks, this process typically takes between 2 and 4 months from start to finish. However, keep in mind that at busier times of year (such as spring and summer), the process may take longer.

If you are looking to have a conservatory or orangery installed in your home, it is important to plan and factor in the lead time required for manufacturing and installation. This way, you can be sure to enjoy your new space as soon as possible!

Do You Construct Conservatory or Orangery Bases

At first glance, constructing a conservatory base may seem like a daunting task. However, with the right tools and knowledge, it can be done quickly and easily Realistic have the tools and expertise to build any design base.

Whether you are building a traditional orangery or a modern conservatory roof, there are several key steps that need to be taken into consideration to ensure that your base is both sturdy and secure. These include planning your design, preparing the ground, and positioning your foundation beams.

Of course, the first step in any conservatory construction process is choosing a design that suits your needs and aesthetic preferences. Do you want a traditional orangery with large windows to let in lots of natural light, or do you prefer the modern look of a sleek conservatory roof? Once you have decided, you can begin to plan the layout.

To get started, we will need to prepare the area where your conservatory is going to be built. This typically involves removing any existing paving or landscaping elements and ensuring that the ground is level and stable.

Once your base has been laid, it is important to position the foundation beams correctly. These are usually made of steel or aluminium and provide support for the structure above. Once they are in place, we then begin building your roofing materials on top of them.

With these steps followed, you can be confident that your conservatory base is strong and secure. So, if you are thinking of building a conservatory, don’t hesitate to get started today!

How Can We Make Our Conservatory Private?

There are several different ways that you can make your conservatory private and feel more like an extension of your home. One option is to use obscure glass, which allows light into the space while obscuring views from outside. You could also add solid panels or blinds on the sides, or even construct a wall on one side to create a more private feel. By taking some time to consider your options, you can create a conservatory that feels like a true extension of your home.

We've Got an Unusual Shaped Area/an Unusual Wall/A Sloping Garden - Can We Still Have a Conservatory?

If you have an odd-shaped space, an unusual wall, or a sloping garden, don’t worry – you can still have a conservatory! The Ultraframe roofing system that we supply, and install is so flexible that there’s always a solution. As an Ultra Installer we will be able to advise you on the best option for your home. Options may include an orangery, which is a great choice for sloping gardens, or custom-made extension designs that perfectly match the unique shape and size of your space. So don’t hesitate – get in touch with us today to start planning your dream conservatory or orangery!

What Style Or Design Conservatory Can You Make?

A conservatory is a great way to add value to your home as well as creating extra living space. But with so many different styles of conservatory available, it can be difficult to know which one will best suit your needs.

As an Ultra Installer Scheme member, we can help you decide on the right style of conservatory for your home in Devon or Cornwall. Whether you are looking for an orangery, Edwardian Conservatory, Victorian conservatory, lean-to conservatory, or any other type of conservatory design, we will be able to recommend the right glazing options and materials to best suit your needs.

With so many different styles available, it is important to do your research and speak to a professional before making your final decision. The team at Realistic will help you weigh up the pros and cons of each type of conservatory and find the perfect one for your home.

How Can I stop My Conservatory Getting Damp?

One way to help reduce condensation in your conservatory is to install a thermostat-controlled heating system. Maintaining a steady, consistent temperature inside the conservatory and prevent the build-up of moisture. Additionally, make sure that any vents or openings in the conservatory are not blocked, as this can also contribute to condensation. If you have an orangery, you may also want to consider installing a roof vent to help regulate the temperature and reduce moisture levels. For more tips and advice on how to prevent condensation in your conservatory, speak to a professional contractor or roofing specialist today.

How Can I Stop My Conservatory Getting Too Hot?

If your conservatory gets too hot in the summer months, there are several things you can do to cool it down.

– Create natural shading by planting tall trees or shrubs, or fitting sails or blinds externally.

– Replace existing glazing material with newer solar control varieties.

– Retrofit solar film to the glass.

– Install blinds or other interior shading solutions. By taking these simple steps, you can enjoy your conservatory year-round, even on the hottest of days. Retrofit solar film to the roof or windows of your conservatory. This will help to keep the heat out in summer and the warmth in during winter.

If you are looking for a more permanent solution, consider replacing your conservatory roof or windows with newer solar control varieties. This will help to keep your conservatory at the optimal temperature all year round, while also reducing energy use and costs.

Whatever measure you choose to take, remember that by creating natural shading externally and using

– Install blinds inside the conservatory to block out the heat from sunlight.

With these simple steps, you can enjoy your conservatory all year round and stay comfortable no matter how hot it gets outside!

How Can I make My Existing Conservatory Bigger?

When it comes to making your current conservatory bigger, there are several options that you can consider. One option is to add a conservatory roof to your existing structure, creating an orangery-style space that is both beautiful and functional.

Another option is to extend the conservatory itself by adding additional walls and windows. This can be a more complex process and will likely require planning permission, so it is always best to consult with a professional before embarking on this type of project.

Whichever option you choose, as your local Ultra Installer we will be able to advise and design a solution that meets your specific needs. So, if you’re interested in making your conservatory bigger and are ready to take the next step, contact us today to get started!

Why Does My Conservatory Leak at The Ridge?

One possible cause of a leak at the ridge of your conservatory is inadequate sealing under the ridge end cap or where it attaches to the ridge body. This could be due to improper installation or wear and tear over time.

If you are experiencing a leak at your conservatory roof, it is important to take immediate action to prevent further damage. Some possible causes of a leak could include improper installation, wear and tear over time, or damaged seals or gaskets.

To address this issue, it may be necessary to take a thorough look at the roof structure and examine any potential points of weakness that could be contributing to the leak. You may also want to consult a professional conservatory installer or roofing specialist who can help you identify the source of the problem and provide recommendations for repair.

With careful inspection, proper maintenance, and expert guidance, you can resolve your leaky conservatory roof and restore it to optimal condition. With the right tools and techniques, you can ensure that your conservatory roof will provide years of enjoyment and protection against the elements.

How To Properly Furnish My Conservatory?

If you’re wondering how to furnish your conservatory, there are a few things to consider. The first is the type of conservatory you have. If you have a traditional conservatory with a glass or polycarbonate roof, then you’ll want to avoid anything that can be faded by the sun, darker colours will draw the light and heavy fabrics may get too hot. Instead, focus on finding lighter and more delicate furniture, such as wicker or rattan sofas and chairs.

If you have an orangery instead, which usually has a solid roof or tiled roof, then you can be a bit more flexible when it comes to choosing furniture. You may want to consider larger pieces, like full dining sets or sofas, as they will add a touch of luxury to your conservatory. Again, focus on lighter colours and materials to keep the space feeling bright and airy.

Finally, think about how you’ll use the space. If you want it to be a relaxing retreat, then consider adding a chaise lounge or daybed. If you plan to use it for dining or hosting friends, then look for bigger pieces that can seat multiple people. With the right furniture, your conservatory can be a beautiful and versatile space that you’ll enjoy using all year round!

My Conservatory Leaks Do Your Repair Them?

Realistic will happily provide a quote for finding and repairing leaks. If a roof is beyond repair, we can also quote to replace the roof.

Is It Possible to Just Replace My Conservatory Roof?

When it comes to replacing your conservatory roof, the first thing you need to consider is whether it’s even possible to do so. Depending on the type of structure you have, and the materials used for your current roof, there may be limitations that prevent you from simply replacing it with a new one.

While some conservatories can be easily converted into orangeries, if your roof is made from a material like glass or polycarbonate, this may not be possible. In these cases, you may need to consider a full replacement to achieve the look and functionality you’re after.

There are several factors that will determine whether your conservatory roof can be replaced, so it’s important to consult with a professional before making any decisions. We can help you find the best solution for your needs and ensure that your conservatory is looking and performing its best for years to come.

We offer a free consultation where we can assess whether or not a straightforward conservatory roof replacement is possible or worthwhile. From there we can offer the best advice and options available to you.

How Much Does a Replacement Conservatory Cost?

A replacement conservatory is a great way to add extra living space to your home and can be an affordable option for those looking to boost their property value.

The cost of a replacement conservatory will depend on a variety of factors, including the size and materials used in its construction. Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from several thousand pounds to tens of thousands, depending on the size and quality of the conservatory.

Some of the key considerations when it comes to choosing a replacement conservatory include the type of roofing material used, as well as the design and style of your home. A traditional orangery style conservatory may be a good option for those looking for a more classic aesthetic, while contemporary designs using glass or acrylic materials may be the right fit for those looking for a more modern look.

Overall, if you are thinking about installing a replacement conservatory in your home, it is important to do your research and work with an experienced contractor like us who can help guide you through the process and ensure that you get the best possible results.

How To Fix a Conservatory Slipped Glazing Panel?

If you have a conservatory or orangery, then you will know that one of the most important aspects is the glazing. The panels help to keep the temperature regulated and let in natural light. However, sometimes the panels can slip out of place, which can be frustrating. If this happens, don’t worry, as there are several things you can do to fix the issue.

One option is to try gently nudging or lifting the panel into place using a putty knife. This can take some time and effort, but it is often effective if you are careful. Another option is to use adhesive strips or tape to hold the panels in place, as these provide extra grip.

If the panel is completely detached, then you will need to re-seal it using glazing beads. This can be a more difficult task, but it is still possible to do yourself. First, remove any existing glazing beads and then clean the surface of the frame. Next, apply a generous amount of sealant or glue to the frame and then carefully insert the glazing bead. Make sure that it is level before leaving it to dry.

Once the panel is back in place, you can then start to think about how to prevent the issue from happening again. One option is to use stronger adhesive strips or tape, as this will provide a better grip. Another option is to consider having your conservatory roof repaired or replaced, as this could help to prevent future problems. Whatever route you choose, just be sure to take your time and be patient to get the job done right.

If you need any help or advice when it comes to repairing or replacing your conservatory glazing, then be sure to get in touch with us, we can be offer you expert advice and guidance, and carry out the work for you if needed. Whether you are looking to fix a slipped panel or replace your entire conservatory roof, there is a solution out there that will work for you. So don’t delay – start looking into your options today and get your conservatory glazing back to its best in no time!

Do You Install Conservatories Near Me?

Realistic Home Improvements supply and install conservatories throughout Devon and Cornwall. We have installation from Penzance to Barnstaple and as far down as Lyme Regis.