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    Conservatories in St Albans

    St Albans Conservatories

    Looking for conservatories in St Albans? Here at Conservatory Online Prices, our online quoting services were specifically made to help home owners like you, find quality conservatories in St Albans.

    More and more families in St Albans are installing conservatories to their homes. A conservatory is the ideal answer for people who need space for a growing family.

    It is also a wonderful way of linking the house to the garden or just want a light airy room for recreation and entertainment.

    Why go to the expense of employing architects and involving planners, when you can have all the space you require in a fraction of the time it takes to build an extension?

    We can help you get a fantastic deal on your conservatory and it all starts with a quick online price.

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    Conservatory Prices

    Looking for conservatory prices? From Victorian conservatories to Lean-to conservatories, Conservatory Online Prices can provide you with a free cost.

    Simply head over to our online quoting system to get started. A member of our team will then be in touch to discuss your requirements.

    We have a wide network of local, accredited conservatory companies across the UK. We can put you in touch with recommended conservatory installers in St Albans for free, no obligation conservatory quotes.

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    Conservatory Installers in St Albans

    In common with most of the country, St Albans has a huge range of conservatory installers, from the one-man-band / jack-of-all-trades to the meticulously trained and highly experienced installation teams such as those within our network of companies.

    Of course, it may be tempting to cut corners and get a local handyman to measure the site, order the goods and attempt to install them.

    He may even manage credibly. That is until the roof goes on and this is where amateurs come unstuck.

    At Conservatory Online Prices we have a wide network of trusted conservatory companies. Only the most reputable local companies are a part of our network which means they are fully accredited.

    Conservatory Deals

    Our conservatory installers will be aware of the price you have been quoted online and will, in turn, offer their best prices.

    Your local company will be aware that every penny counts and their prices will be among the keenest you will find in the St Albans area.

    This way, not only do you benefit from a great conservatory deal but you are also in control of your quoting process.

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    They offer beautiful, bespoke conservatories, tailored to your requirements. With a choice of stylish designs on offer, their experienced craftsmen will provide you with the perfect build for your home.

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    Quality St Albans Conservatories

    Once you have chosen your preferred company, the process then starts with you deciding how much space you need and what you want to use that space for.

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    A quick visit to your installer’s St Albans showroom will allow you to view what is on offer. Their technical design staff are there to help you get the perfect conservatory for your home.

    In order for them to provide you with a quality conservatory, they first need to take you through a series of questions that are designed to confirm what you want from your additional space.


    They will carry out a detailed survey of the proposed area where the conservatory is to go,  checking for things such as how level the site is, the location of drains, trees, boundaries, the house wall and its windows / doors and other things that may affect your choice of style and roofing options.

    All that may sound complicated, but its usually quite simple and quick. Then they will sit down with you and show you pictures of conservatory styles that best suit your site.

    You can be sure that when you choose one of our installers, you will receive a beautiful addition to your home.

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    Which Conservatory?

    You will be faced with a wide range of conservatories but which conservatory is best suited to your lovely home?

    When it comes to choosing a conservatory you will need to consider your property space and style as well as your budget. All these things are major contributing factors to your available design choices.

    If you would like professional advice on which conservatory to choose, then your local installer will also be able to recommend which structure is best for your property and budget.

    Victorian Conservatories

    The Victorian conservatory is easily identified by its angled base and roof.

    This traditional conservatory is inspired by Victorian architecture and is usually matched with properties from the same era.

    Their versatile design, however, means they also complement a wide range of other homes.

    The Victorian conservatory will certainly make a great addition to your home. Whether you are looking for an office, lounge or extra dining room, you will find yourself inexplicably drawn to the Victorian’s classic aesthetics.

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    Edwardian Conservatories

    The Edwardian Conservatory is recognised by its bold square or rectangular shape.

    This classic style combines bold symmetrical lines with delicate finishing touches. Ornamentation is kept to a minimum and instead, this design relies on its spacious structure.

    If you are after a generous amount of floor space then the Edwardian is ideal. This conservatory style will allow you to personalise and decorate the interior with furniture of your choice.

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    Lean-To Conservatories

    The lean-to is the natural choice for bungalows or any site where there may be roof height restrictions.

    These conservatories will not restrict space at the side of the house so are also ideal for period terraces.

    This simple, fuss free structure is the most affordable of all the conservatory designs.

    Lean-to conservatories are generally the most popular style of the conservatory for this reason.

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    Gable Conservatories

    The gable conservatory combines the elegance of the Victorian with the boldness of the Edwardian, creating a bigger structure.

    This conservatory has beautiful elevations, with windows which expand all the way to the roof. This style will provide you with a lot of additional light and is grand on every level.

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    Conservatory Roof Replacement

    If you already have a conservatory build which isn’t being used to its full potential, then you might want to consider a conservatory roof replacement or refurbishment.

    There is a wide range of conservatory roof options available from installers, that will instantly transform your space and increase efficiency.

    If you are looking to have better temperature control, then a solid conservatory roof might be the solution to your problems.

    Remember to shop around, gather quotes and look into all the options available.

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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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