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Requirements for glazing in DIY Conservatories

Requirements for glazing in DIY Conservatories
Category: DIY Conservatories
Posted: 09/11/2011 11:11
Synopsis: The glazing for a conservatory is an important consideration when purchasing a DIY Conservatory. Before looking at the requirements for glazing a conservatory, it is probably worth considering the different conservatory styles that are available

The glazing for a conservatory is an important consideration when purchasing a DIY Conservatory. Before looking at the requirements for glazing a conservatory, it is probably worth considering the different conservatory styles that are available. The key is to pick a style that suite’s your property and landscape:

The Victorian Conservatory Roof

With its choice of three or five facet fronts, a Victorian-style conservatory can be adapted to suit any size or style of house. It is perhaps best suited though to a more traditional house and garden combination.

The Georgian Conservatory Roof

The Georgian style conservatory typically has a square end. As a result it offers the maximum amount of interior floor area making it the perfect choice when the amount of space available to build on is limited. It’s boxy appearance also makes it a more contemporary shape than the Victorian.

Lean-to/Sunroom Conservatory Roof

The Lean-to also referred to as a Sunroom, is the ideal solution for those homeowners keen to realise a more understated or contemporary look. The roofs on a Lean-to can extent to a very low pitch and the style can complement almost every type of property. It is perhaps the most contemporary roof design available. If purchased in conjunction with bi-folding doors it creates a dramatic contemporary living space.

Gable Conservatory Roof

Gable conservatories are recognisable from their rectangular floor plan. A major feature of this style is that the front elevation windows extend to meet the roofs apex. This helps to maximise the feeling of light and space.

Bespoke Conservatory Roof Systems

Most conservatory companies can mix and modify the popular designs listed above to create a truly individual conservatory. Alternatively, customers can, in many cases, commission their own design.

Positioning of doors in your new DIY Victorian Conservatory

Customers frequently ask for doors to be located in the front facet of Victorian style conservatories. If at all possible, we would suggest that this isn’t the best possible location. The reasons why include:

  • The facet size may be insufficient to allow for doors and this could affect the stability of dwarf walls if they are required.
  • By positioning the doors on the front facet you are creating a corridor effect from the house doors to the conservatory doors. Realistically, no furniture can be placed in this ‘corridor’ and the usable area within the conservatory is effectively reduced.

Flagging/Block paving patios

It is important to remember that when laying any solid paving materials around the perimeter of the conservatory, a gap should be left of at least 100mm in width and 100mm in depth. This should then be filled with gravel. This will prevent water from bridging the cavity and prevent rain water from bouncing off the paved/blocked area and onto the facing brick.



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