Conservatories

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Building a conservatory is a great way to create additional space in your home. They are less hassle to build than an extension, and can add significant value to your property. They also increase the amount of daylight in your home, which can make it feel even bigger.

Product Overview

Types of Conservatory Material

uPVC
Wood
Aluminium
uPVC

uPVC

Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, known as uPVC, is a popular material for conservatory window and door frames. It’s long-lasting, weather resistant, and needs very little maintenance. You can also recycle it if you choose to replace your frames.

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Without installation

From £3000

Installation of a small lean-to conservatory with glass sides, poly-carbonate roof, 1 French door and 2 opening windows

From £6500


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Energy efficient – uPVC is a good insulator
  • Rot and warp resistant
  • Long lasting – weather resistant and won’t discolour
  • Easy to maintain
  • Cheaper than other materials
  • uPVC can look cheap compared to materials like wood or aluminium
  • Over time it can become brittle
  • It comes from an unsustainable resource and its production gives off carbon emissions
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Wood

Wood

Wood is also used for conservatory window and door frames. It’s popular mainly because of its aesthetic appeal; many people think it looks better than uPVC, particularly in period properties. It’s also energy efficient, and fully recyclable.

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Purchase and installation

£10,000 - £60,000

Installation time

Approx. 2-12 weeks


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Looks good in period and modern properties
  • Energy efficient – wood is a good insulator
  • It’s a sustainable material that can be recycled
  • For a period property, a wooden framed conservatory is more likely to be granted planning permission than a plastic one.
  • Wooden frames are more expensive than uPVC
  • If not maintained properly they can rot or bow
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Aluminium

Aluminium

Aluminium is another material used for conservatory window and door frames. Like wood, aluminium is popular because of its appearance; it can look stylish, particularly in modern buildings. Aluminium frames are durable, strong, and available in lots of different shapes and sizes.

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Purchase and installation

From £2,000 to £2,500 per sq m

Installation time

Approx. 2-12 weeks


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Easy to maintain
  • Long lasting – strong and durable
  • Rot and warp resistant
  • Flexible – it’s ideal for circular or irregularly-shaped windows
  • Aluminium frames are more expensive than uPVC
  • It’s not as energy efficient as other materials – aluminium conducts heat
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Estimated budget

£3,000
Low Estimate
£20,000
High Estimate

Costs vary for conservatories, depending on a number of factors:the

  • the design you choose
  • the size of your property
  • the size of conservatory you would like
  • your location

To get an accurate price for your conservatory project, get up to 4 quotes from reliable companies.