for a conservatory brochure or quotation? – Try the links below.
Conservatories.info – recommended
links for - Conservatory Help & Advice
In England and Wales you will not usually require
planning permission, provided you do not exceed the permitted development
limit for your property (which is 50-70 cubic metres, depending
on where you live). Notable exceptions to the above are listed
buildings and conservation areas.
A well-planned conservatory needs adequate
ventilation and appropriate glazing to ensure a comfortable living
environment all year round. Responsible installers need to help
homeowners make the right choice for their particular conservatory.
Here we have compiled all the conservatory tips you
can think of! They are grouped in different categories to help
you find the tips you need. This will hopefully help you get you
closer to your dream conservatory!
Consumer Direct is a telephone and online consumer advice service,
supported by the Department of Trade and Industry. We provide clear,
practical, impartial advice to help you sort out problems and disagreements
you may be having with suppliers of goods or services. The advice
and information we give is free and you can call as many times as
you need to. Telephone calls are charged for via the 0845 number,
which will cost no more than 4p per minute for BT customers (other
networks may vary).
|| Advice Guide from Citizens Advice
The website that provides up-to-date, independent advice, around
the clock. Published by Citizens Advice, the site puts practical,
reliable, up-to-date information at your fingertips, covers a wide
range of topics, is continuously reviewed by our team of advisers,
covers advice for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales,
provides information in English, Welsh, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati,
Urdu and Chinese.
What Material should you use for your conservatory?
Details the advantages and some disadvantages of materials to use in
construction of your conservatory. PVC-U, Hardwood, Aluminium - which
is best? - this article attempts to answer.
Tips and advice on selecting a conservatory supplier.
A conservatory is a long term investment in your home, so choosing
who supplies and installs your conservatory is therefore probably just
important as choosing the conservatory itself. These days, conservatories
are available from a wide spectrum of organisations from the one-man
band through to household names from the TV. They are often associated
with windows or 'double glazing' but there are also more and more good
quality local and regional conservatory specialists emerging. The vast
majority of companies are reputable and there is a lot to be said for
personal recommendations, but in the absence of any other information,
here are a few general questions to ask when considering whom to let
loose on your house and garden.
SWIMMING POOL ENCLOSURES AND OTHER LARGE SPAN STRUCTURES
Enjoy your swimming pool year-round without the problems associated
with an outdoor pool, such as leaves, insects, wind, snow, rain and
Save on chemicals and maintenance with a Pool Enclosure. One question
often asked in our Ask an Expert section is - can I house my pool,
fitness room, Jacuzzi or spa within my conservatory? The answer is
yes, although it may be that you will need some additional structural
support - especially as the width of the structure increases.
What conservatory style should I have?
What will look correct on my home? What is a Victorian Style or an Edwardian
Style? So often it seems as though conservatory suppliers are trying
to confuse us. Some conservatory companies call a Victorian design an
Edwardian or a Georgian. Others will use names like Home Extender for
a lean-to. The reasons for this vary - often it is marketing (which would
you prefer - a Home Extender or a lean-to), and sometimes it even depends
on where in the country you live. The truth is, the conservatory industry
itself does not have a consistent approach.
Conservatories - Solutions for difficult and awkward installations.
On this page we will give you a few tips and suggestions for overcoming
the most frequent design difficulties. This is not a comprehensive list
of solutions but its a good guide. So if you are a bungalow owner or
you are faced with some other site difficulties you may find these pages
particularly useful. The most common "problems" are 1. Fixing
a lean-to style on to a property with very low eaves height. 2. Fixing
some sort of pitched roof design (Victorian or Edwardian) either directly
to or against a low eaves height.
Tricks of the trade and how to avoid them
This is by no means a comprehensive list. These are just a few of the "tricks" sometimes
employed. If you are aware of them then you will hopefully not be deceived.
We will be adding more to this page in the future. In the meantime if
you have any "scams" that you think are worth exposing - please
email us. Any tradesmen should visit QuotatisPro.co.uk for conservatory job leads.
Free Guide to Conservatory Base and Dwarf Wall Construction
What is the specification for the base? How do I put the conservatory
together? Can you give my builder a guide? This guide will answer many
of your questions - maybe all of them!
Ask Questions about Conservatories.
Online discussion forum - covering all aspects of conservatories, suppliers,
builders, sales people. Learn from other peoples experience or ask
a question yourself.
Conservatories - Articles Bank
Articles on consumer tips and advice, new products, company news etc.
Well worth a visit. Recent articles include a article about WireAway
- a product that can help you make light work of installing wiring in
conservatories and new extensions, overcoming routing problems and eliminating
chasing and trunking. Also an article on Draks Roof Shutters. They can
transform any style of conservatory into an extension of a home used
all year round. Made from hardwood, the shutters are the only roof-covering
product available in any paint colour or a wide variety of natural wood
stains to suit your interior.