Popular Features & Options
Choice of Primary Construction Material
As with many other types of conservatories, the structure can be manufactured out of Aluminium, uPVC or Timber.
Hardwoods are a popular option, but of late, engineered wood such as LSL (laminated strand lumber) is coming to the fore due to its stability, strength, appearance and price.
uPVC Frames are a good choice. As a construction material it is light, strong, very durable and comparatively lower priced than Hardwoods.
Aluminium has yet to make a big impact in the Georgian conservatory market, but it is an excellent material to use as it is as light as uPVC but stronger. This allows for thinner frames giving the ability to create a more “slimline” appearance.
As mentioned briefly beforehand, there are 3-sided and 4-sided roof options for the room and within that choice you could fit either full glass or solid tiled.
If you use high quality double glazing with solar controlling glass (Pilkington have an excellent range of products for this), the room will be comfortable all year long.
- Vents in the roof, however, are still a good idea to aid in ventilation.
- Self-cleaning glass is a great idea – it saves a lot of work keeping the roof in good condition.
- Argon gas filled double glazed units add another layer of thermal efficiency.
In terms of solid roofing, in our opinion it takes away from the true Georgian style and lessens the character of the conservatory, but as usual its “horses-for-courses”.
Solid roof systems for conservatories
Concrete tiles – these are easy to find in multiple designs and colours. The cost of concrete tiles themselves is not prohibitive, but they are heavy.
Clay Tiles – Very much the same range of designs and colours with similar properties to concrete tiles, but may cost more.
Natural Slate – Lighter than concrete tile with a truly classic look. Can be expensive though.
Synthetic tiles & slates – these are roof coverings made from materials such as recycled plastic, cement and limestone. Their primary features are light weight, colour range and durability.
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