Avoid common conservatory pitfalls

It’s interesting to note that the top three most common conservatory problems are:

1. Leaking roof – 42%
2. Faulty/jammed doors – 32%
3. Too cold – 22%

Conservatories are a substantial investment, potentially adding around 7% – 15% to a property’s resale value if done right. Your new conservatory space should be a haven of calm, that can be used for a variety of purposes.

So start as you mean to go on, by researching the following before going ahead with purchasing a new conservatory.

Grey on white uPVC conservatory
grey on white uPVC glass conservatory roof interior

Conservatory build quality

Conservatory build quality can be compromised by loose panes or cracks that occur after the installation, typically attributed to poor workmanship, faulty installation and/or low-quality conservatory products. So, first and foremost, you need to research a range of local installers before taking the next step.

Look out for encouraging trust signals, such as:

  • relevant industry memberships and accreditations
  • product and installation guarantees
  • an image gallery of conservatory installations
  • showroom access
  • official reviews via sites like checkatrade.com

Pick the perfect position

Planning the position of your new conservatory is also a fundamental part of the process, as incorrect placement can result in a conservatory space that’s too hot (south facing in summer) or too cold (north facing in winter). The ideal position is a south-east or south-westly facing conservatory, to access an even amount of sun and shade throughout the day.

TIled roof and golden oak conservatory
Chartwell Green uPVC Windows

Conservatory planning permissions

One of the main advantages to a conservatory installation is that if it adheres to certain rules, it will fall within permitted development rights; meaning that it will be exempt from having to seek planning permission.

Relaxed planning permissions, applied in 2013, also allowed for larger limits on single-storey rear extensions and since June 2019 these have been made permanent in England only. This is great news for South Yorkshire homeowners who wish to build a conservatory up to 6m on an attached house and 8m for detached homes (outside designated land and Sites of Specific Scientific Interest and subject to the associated Neighbour Consultation Scheme).

Conservatory building regulations

Your new conservatory may be exempt from building regulations, if it adheres to these rules. It’s also important to note that conservatory building regulations state that putting a radiator in your new conservatory will not require planning permission, unless the radiator is connected to the main building’s central heating system.

Tiled roof on chartwell green conservatory
guardian brown warm roof conservatory with white uPVC windows with a bifold door

New conservatory roof options

Most solid, tiled or glazed conservatory roof’s will not require planning permission, as long as it’s a maximum height of 4 metres high or 3 metres high if it’s within 2 metres of a boundary, thanks to permitted development rules.

Global Windows offer five fabulous conservatory roofing options;

  • Glass roof – Ideal as a sunroom, the inclusion of thermally efficient, solar controlled glass can proactively reflect up to 60% of the sun’s heat and 53% of the sun’s glare.
  • Tiled roof – Tiled conservatory roofs provide effective weather resistance, enhanced privacy and can be comfortably used all year round.
  • Solid roof / Guardian warm roof – Achieving outstanding insulative properties for year round enjoyment, its solid roof aesthetics also give it the more permanent look of an extension.
  • Roof lanterns – Offering a fantastic raised ceiling, roof lanterns eliminate damp and condensation issues whilst making the space feel brighter, lighter and spacious.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Global Windows, we understand the importance of creating a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment for your home. We also understand that choosing the right home improvement is a big decision, which is why we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about our products and services. With our extensive range of products, expert advice and commitment to customer satisfaction, we strive to be your go-to destination for all your home improvement needs.

What are the benefits of installing a conservatory?

There are several benefits to installing a conservatory. It provides additional living space, increases the value of your home, enhances natural light and views, allows you to enjoy your garden year-round, and creates a unique and beautiful architectural feature. It can also serve as a versatile space for various activities.

What types of conservatories do you offer?

We offer a variety of conservatory styles to suit different preferences and architectural designs. Our range includes Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, lean-to, gable, and bespoke/custom designs. Each style has its own unique features and can be tailored to your specific needs.

Are conservatories energy-efficient?

Yes, modern conservatories are designed with energy efficiency in mind. We use advanced glass technology and thermal insulation to minimise heat loss and maintain comfortable temperatures year-round. Additionally, we can incorporate features like double-glazing, insulated frames, and efficient ventilation systems to enhance energy efficiency.

Do conservatories require planning permission?

In many cases, conservatories can be installed under permitted development rights, which means you may not need planning permission. However, there are certain limitations and restrictions, such as size, location, and proximity to boundaries. Our team can advise you on whether your proposed conservatory requires planning permission and assist you in the process if needed.

How long does a conservatory installation take?

The duration of a conservatory installation depends on various factors, including the size, complexity of the design, and any additional features or customisation required. Generally, it can take a few weeks to complete the installation, including the foundation, frame assembly, glazing, and finishing touches.

Can you assist with conservatory maintenance and repairs?

Yes, we can provide guidance on conservatory maintenance to help you keep it in excellent condition. This includes cleaning advice, care for the framework, maintenance of glass and seals, and regular inspections. Additionally, we can assist with repairs or replacement of any damaged or faulty components.

How can I request a quote for a conservatory installation?

To request a quote, simply reach out to our team using the contact information provided on our website. We will schedule a consultation to discuss your requirements, take measurements, and understand your design preferences. Based on this information, we will provide you with a detailed quote for your conservatory installation project.

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My mum wanted to say thank you so much for the fantastic service Global windows have given her following her burglary. From start to finish they reassured her the replacement patio doors would be robust and fitted as quickly as possible to ensure the property was secured. On the day of fitting the fitters arrived promptly and installed the doors with no mess. The gentleman who organised this from Global (sorry she couldn’t remember his name) came out to check the doors and to see mum was happy with them brought her a beautiful bunch of flowers. Mum was over the moon. Thank you so much.

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We decided to re-use this Company despite moving house and County. Global were helpful and very professional at all stages of the installation. We found all their staff friendly and knowledgeable. Dates given, returning phone calls etc. were all met. The price was very competitive, the quality of their products was excellent with a good range of colours and styles. The fitters were very hardworking, managed to get the work done in one day rather than the expected 2, mainly due to the fact they worked as a team, didn’t take breaks and clearly knew their job. Great company.

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Fantastic work from start to finish. Great suggestions made to my own thoughts. The date agreed happened and I was kept fully informed of progress before installation. The fitters were courteous and efficient and worked hard completing on time. I am happy to recommend Global windows to anyone.”

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Brilliant company from all we’ve dealt with, right through to the fitters, to the follow-up emails making sure everything was ok. Having used you before and after having work done to my property, I thought you the only obvious choice to return. Was a little worried as I’d had insulated render fitted and was concerned about the removal and refitting into the same size opening, and the damage it would cause. No worries, it seems. Each to their own trade as they say, and I’m glad they managed it and left me in no doubt, another great job done. Many thanks to you all. And see you in 15 years again?

Checkatrade

Windows And Door

After a fair few months of looking for a good window provider we can say we are one hundred percent happy with Global. They exceeded our expectations from start to finish. Michael with the quote, the lovely ladies from the office and Andy and Josh who fitted our seven windows and front door. Very professional, good quality, quick and efficient work. A pleasure to work with such a team. Our next step is the conservatory with Global. Thank you and well done to all.

Florentina

Which?

Excellent Service

My mum wanted to say thank you so much for the fantastic service Global windows have given her following her burglary. From start to finish they reassured her the replacement patio doors would be robust and fitted as quickly as possible to ensure the property was secured. On the day of fitting the fitters arrived promptly and installed the doors with no mess. The gentleman who organised this from Global (sorry she couldn’t remember his name) came out to check the doors and to see mum was happy with them brought her a beautiful bunch of flowers. Mum was over the moon. Thank you so much.

Margaret

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Doors And Windows

We decided to re-use this Company despite moving house and County. Global were helpful and very professional at all stages of the installation. We found all their staff friendly and knowledgeable. Dates given, returning phone calls etc. were all met. The price was very competitive, the quality of their products was excellent with a good range of colours and styles. The fitters were very hardworking, managed to get the work done in one day rather than the expected 2, mainly due to the fact they worked as a team, didn’t take breaks and clearly knew their job. Great company.

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Replace All Windows And Doors

Fantastic work from start to finish. Great suggestions made to my own thoughts. The date agreed happened and I was kept fully informed of progress before installation. The fitters were courteous and efficient and worked hard completing on time. I am happy to recommend Global windows to anyone.”

Checkatrade

Replace Lots Of Windows In 4 Bays Along With Others Throughout House. New Door Fitted Also.

Excellent communication and attention to details. Windows were fine quality. Workmanship of highest quality and very considerate and careful. Would recommend to anyone.”

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