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    Conservatory Companies

    Recommended Conservatory Installers

    If you are planning on building a conservatory then you will probably have discussed those plans with friends/ neighbours/ relatives. You’ll, no doubt, have been regaled with horror stories of the sort that make you wonder about your sanity for even thinking of such a project. The scary thing is that even when you allow for exaggeration, there is still plenty to put you off.

    So, why should you use a “company” at all? Why not just take the cheapest quote? That could be a quote from a one-man-band or the friend of a neighbour’s uncle. The fact is, it might just work. But if you are investing several thousand pounds in a home improvement that will increase the value of your property, why take chance?

    Choosing The Right Company

    So, having taken the decision to engage the services of a company, how do you select the right one from among the multitude that advertise their wares? They all say wonderful things about themselves….funny that. They all seem to have sparkling showrooms and smiling salesmen. What a minefield.

    Let’s start by considering the sort of companies that we at Conservatory Prices Online would be happy to recommend. We believe that you should insist on the same qualities that we demand of our Trusted Local Suppliers.

    Trusted Local Installers

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    To be trusted with your money and your home, you should choose a local conservatory specialist who has a trading history in your area. Just how long a history is up to you, but if the paint is still drying on the showroom walls, you might want to ask some questions.

    The company will be a member of a Competent Persons Scheme such as FENSA or CERTASS (there are others). This is your assurance that the work they do will comply with building regulations, that they have been vetted and inspected by an independent body, that the guarantee you get is properly constructed and that you will be able to back that guarantee with an insurance policy.

    Advice On The Perfect Service

    Property Planning

    The first thing you should be offered is a site visit. During this visit you’ll receive expert advice on the feasibility of your plans, possible problems with your site and suggestions regarding design options.

    This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and make alterations to your plan. This is a good time to discuss the detail of the roof glass specification.

    This is an area where you have lots of products to choose from and making the right choice is vital if you are to enjoy your conservatory all year round.

    Once you’ve made your choices, agreed the price and drawn up the contract, you’ll be contacted by their surveyor. He will be qualified to MTC standards and experienced in building work. He will take the precise measurements necessary to draw the building work plans, the bespoke framework order and the double glazed insulating glass units order. He should go over all of this with you in detail to make sure that everyone fully understands what the final construction will be.

    What To Look Out For

    It can be difficult to find a fully accredited installer near you which is why we have sourced some of the best conservatory companies across the UK. Here are some valuable points to look out for.

    Competent Builders

    This ideal company will use builders that take care to site all materials and skips so to cause the least disruption to your garden. They will be tidy and organised and when they are finished, everything will be in place for the installation team to come on site and erect, seal and glaze your new conservatory.

    Fully Qualified

    The team will be experienced conservatory fitters and qualified to NVQ or MTC standards.  Before they leave, they’ll clean the framework and glass, leaving you to enjoy the new addition to your home.

    Guarantee Included

    The last item on the list is the guarantee you receive. That’s one of the reasons we insist on all members of our Trusted Local Suppliers Scheme having a good trading history. You can have confidence that an established local reputation is the best guarantee that they’ll be on hand should you have a problem.

    Where Do I Find Recommended Conservatory Companies?

    The best place to start your search for a recommended conservatory company is with Conservatory Online Prices. After all, price is important and wouldn’t it be great if you knew the price before you spoke to the company?

    No doubt about it…that’s the best way to start. And getting a price is as easy as walking into your garden with a tape measure, deciding the size of conservatory you want and returning to this website.

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    If you are after instant conservatory prices then our conservatory quote calculator can provide you with a free conservatory cost. Our conservatory quote calculator features many conservatory designs to tempt you.

    Simply choose a style, enter your sizes and hey presto….an instant price. You can do as many quotes as you like to compare sizes and styles. All of your quotes will be kept and a link sent to you so that you can come back to your quotes whenever you like.

    Once you’ve decided, just contact us and we’ll put you in touch with up to three Trusted Local Suppliers. These are the recommended conservatory companies that you can trust to give you the advice and service that you deserve.

    They have all been vetted by us, so we know that you’ll get the best. They’ll even compete for your business, so you can be sure of getting the very best price.

    So, why not get the ball rolling and start your quote now.

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    Frequently Asked Conservatory Questions

    In most instances the council tax will not increase on a property unless the additions another living quarter or self-contained annex. This means the addition of a conservatory should not increase the council tax payable on a property. To be absolutely certain you can always check the government's website which gives advice on council tax.
    The main difference between a conservatory and an orangery is how the roof is constructed. A conservatory roof is over 75% glazed whereas an orangery roof has less than this amount. A conservatory also has over half of its wall space glazed whereas an orangery can include more brickwork than this.
    Yes, you can put a conservatory on the front of your house. This is because conservatories come under the category of a permitted development. As such in most instances you do not need planning permission. This applies if the area surrounding the original house is not more than 50% covered by other buildings or additions.
    There are many ways of gaining temperature control. Conservatory blinds, ventilating windows, cooling film and air conditioning to name a few. You might also want to consider replacing your conservatory roof with a tiled or solid design.
    There are many ways of keeping your conservatory warm in the Winter. If you have a small conservatory then an electric heater will suffice but those with bigger conservatories may want to look into installing underfloor heating.
    Glazing is also very important in a conservatory. Most heat can be lost through glass so ensure your conservatory glazing is thermally efficient. You can also tackle draughts or cold spots by installing conservatory blinds.
    This will largely depend on your location. You will find that certain areas have different setbacks based on the use of the building. We recommend that you check with your local council or take a look at the Goverment's Planning Portal.

    You must notify your neighbour if you want to:

    - Build on or at the boundary of your 2 properties - Work on an existing party wall or party structure - Dig below and near to the foundation level of their property
    Replacing your conservatory roof can indeed make your conservatory warmer however, this will depend on the type of roof you choose. A solid or tiled conservatory roof will offer greater insulation than a plastic or glazed roof.
    A solid roof can be put on a conservatory. There are many solid conservatory roof designs available - just ask your chosen installer for a recommendation. The majority of new-build conservatories with a solid, tiled or glazed roof will not require planning permission. They are covered under what is known as 'permitted development'. However, building regulations will apply if you want to build an extension.
    When it comes to your home improvement, it's important to have all the necessary legal documentation. The installation of a conservatory, orangery or porch does not require a FENSA registration form.
    The average life span of a uPVC conservatory is largely dependent on the quality of materials and build. Typically, a uPVC frame can last up to 25 years but some can last for decades ensuring they are well maintained.
    Planning permissions used to say that a certain percentage of roofing must be translucent in order for a conservatory to be exempt from planning permission. Changes to building regulations however, now means that you may not require planning permission for roof replacement.
    Swapping your existing conservarory roof for a tiled or solid roof replacement can be done without needing to file for planning permission. Planning permission may be required however, if the height of your extension is changed following completion.
    A conservatory is defined as a 'building that has no less than 75% of its roof area made of translucent material and no less than 50% of its total wall area made of glass.
    It is possible to convert a conservatory to an orangery but it isn't a simple process. A surveyor will need to come out and assess your property and conservatory to see if it is at first , feasible.
    Both extensions and orangeries often require planning permission and in order to satisfy requirements, a new structure will have to be built.
    If a conservatory is within two metres of a boundary, a conservatory should not be higher than three metres. It must also not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than 3m if an attached house or by 4m if a detached house.
    For construction work to begin a trench will need to be excavated to a minimum depth of 600mm. A conservatory needs footings just as much as any extension does.
    Solid ground will need to found first and needs to be accepted by Building Control as being a minimum of 1 metre in standard conditions.
    Foundations will need to be dug and because conservatories are lightweight in structure, their foundation loads are usually quite low. This can often lead to the notion that shallow foundations are satisfactory however, shallow foundations are more susceptible to subsidence.

    Conservatories that are built with foundations shallower than the Building Regulations advise, are likely to encounter problems.

    Building Regulations state:

    A2. The building shall be constructed so that ground movement caused by :-
    (a) swelling, shrinkage or freezing of the subsoil; or
    (b) land-slip or subsidence (other than subsidence arising from shrinkage), in so far as the risk can be reasonably foreseen, will not impair the stability of any part of the building
    Usually, there are no planning requirements when it comes to building a conservatory to a bungalow. However, the conservatory will be subject to certain conditions so be sure to check with your local building authority or with the Government's Planning Portal to ensure your conservatory remains within these guidelines.
    When is a conservatory not a conservatory? In order for a structure to remain a permitted development (a conservatory), the build needs to comply with a number of rules. A conservatory must be ground level, must not be more than 30m2, must be thermally separated from the original building, have its own heating and have glazing in critical zones that meet Part N of the building regulations.
    An extension refers to an additional structure that is anatomically in-keeping with your main property. An extension often requires planning permission unless it is classified as permitted development and is built with opaque cavity walls and brick-based foundations. Extensions are a big home improvement and investment, needing the work of an architect.
    Conservatories or glazed extensions are perfect for those looking to add extra space on a budget. Typically, they are less of a logistical strain and in most cases do not require planning permission,
    A conservatory can be built under permitted development rights, not needing an application for planning permission. A conservatory however is subject to the limits and conditions listed here. Building a conservatory onto an extension however, will be subject to different conditions. In some cases and under the permitted development regulations, you cannot attach an extension to an already extended part of a dwelling. It has to be attached to the original walls of the dwelling house.
    Conservatories are generally much cheaper than a single-storey extension of the same size. The price difference will largely depend on size and how complex the structure is to build, as well as the quality of materials.
    A conservatory or single-story extension can be built without planning permission if: It's a maximum of 4 metres high or 3 metres high, within 2 metres of a boundary and the conservatory or extension does not cover more than half of the garden.
    From now until 2019, you can extend outwards by up to 8 metres for detached homes and 6 metres for other property types. For this, instead of applying for planning permission you will need to undergo a Neighbour Consultation Scheme.
    In most circumstances, building regulations tend to apply when you build a new extension or a very large structure to your property. However, most of the time, conservatories are exempt from building regulations when they are erected at ground level and the floor surface areas is less than 30 square metres.
    The average life expectancy of a conservatory depends on the quality of materials used as well as the installer. Generally speaking a conservatory built with uPVC window and door frames can last up to 25 - 30 years.
    It is possible to build either a conservatory or a single-storey extension without gaining planning permission if: firstly, it has a maximum height of 4 metres or 3 metres high if situated within 2 metres of an existing boundary. The conservatory itself does not exceed over half the size of the garden.
    Yes you can! Whatever the shape of your existing conservatory, you can be sure that there is a solid roof equivalent to meet your exacting requirements.
    Changing roofs from a polycarbonate to a solid roof means that building regulations will apply. Your chosen installer will be able to answer any questions you have and help with any red tape such as contacting local authorities to resolve building regulations compliance.
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