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There are 2 good reasons to do so.
- they have been independently assessed as competent
- Improved levels of consumer protection (deposit guarantees etc)
Double glazed roofing is better than poly-carbonate. Tiled roofing stops sun glare but you lose natural light.
If the basic structure is sound then you can just fit a new roof:
The reason the cost for "conservatories prices fitted" varies so much is probably down to 2 major factors. Those being
- material quality and
- labour costs
The general consensus of opinion seems to favour lean-to as the best design for a bungalow because of its low roof angle.
Of the 2 main versions.
- 1) wet - uses water pipes/li>
- 2) dry - uses electric cables
Wet systems should be installed during construction. If you fit a wet system to an existing room it will effectively raise the floor level by around 50 mm
Dry systems can be fitted afterward.if necessary, they do not require such an increase in floor height
Check out some ex-display models from suppliers who have their own showrooms if you want a "second-hand" conservatory.
Within guidelines, a conservatory can be a permitted development and therefore planning permission is not required.
However, to not require permission the conservatory should:
- Be only single storey high
- Have an "external" door between the house & the conservatory
- Not at the front or face a main road
- Be less than 4 metres in height
- Extend by less than 3 metres from the rear of the property
Always check with your local planning office - A guide to conservatory planning permission can be found here: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/conservatories/miniguide
Before you do any digging or building, it's important to know if there are any manholes, storm drains, foul drains, electricity cables, water or gas pipes underground.
You could need permission to build near or over many of them.
Firstly, it is important to establish that we are not authorised to give financial advice, and what follows is our personal opinion. Always consult an authorised & regulated financial advisor.
It seems quite obvious to say that if you can avoid taking a loan to buy a conservatory it's better. If you have to take a loan, we think your Building society or Bank mortgage provider would be the 1st place to check out.
A number of larger installers have credit facilities, that are either secured or unsecured loans. You should go through the terms & conditions in great detail.
You should be absolutely sure that you have the long term ability to meet repayments, because if you default on the loan your entire home could be at risk.
If the supplier / installer has not taken the time &' effort to prove their competence, you should question their level of skill and avoid them.
Trade association registered installers have been independently verified as competent:
- initial deposit - maybe 10% or 20%
- interim payment - up to 80% of the cost
- completion - the last 10% or 20% to be paid upon "handover"