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With a conservatory you’ll be able to add space and value to your home for minimal cost. In fact this is becoming the preferred option for many homeowners, rather than relocating and the thousands of pounds associated with a move.

There are a range of designs to choose from with conservatories, including Victorian, Georgian, lean-to and bespoke. This allows every home the opportunity to have a style in keeping with the existing infrastructure and benefit from extra space.

Conservatories are typically used as dining rooms or living areas, offering a fantastic place to relax in both summer and winter. With excellent energy efficient qualities you’ll also have the chance to keep your bills low.

Benefits of a conservatory

It’s not uncommon to find properties with a conservatory installed and it has become very popular in this day and age.

With a conservatory:

  • Add value to your home. Conservatories will bring as much as £9,000 to your property’s value, ensuring you make a return of investment

  • Enjoy extra space and light all year round. With large windows, conservatories offer a means to build a spacious, light dining room or living area

  • Choose your entire design and make your conservatory unique. The power is in your hands to choose a style that looks brilliant and is in keeping with your home’s original appearance

  • Keep your bills low with great energy efficiency. The latest insulation techniques can be used to make sure you don’t pay out too much on your annual heating bills.

Why choose wood for your conservatory?

There is one main reason you would pick wood over other options such as uPVC and aluminium, and that’s the aesthetic appeal it has to offer.

There’s no denying wooden conservatories can look amazing. As a feature for your home it’s unrivalled and is fantastic for traditional homes. As a bonus, even listed buildings or properties in Conservation Areas could be granted planning permission for a wooden conservatory.

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Wooden conservatories installation cost in 2021

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Advantages for Wooden conservatories

  • Has a beautiful finish that adds value to your home
  • A wooden conservatory can be contructed quickly. Often quicker than a brick build type
  • Some types of wood can outlast both uPVC and aluminium in terms of lifetime
  • Wide range of colour options available
  • Structure should be able to support a wide range of roof options including glass or tiles

Disadvantages for Wooden conservatories

  • Will need to be painted or treated every year
  • Insulations may not be as good as a brick constucted conservatory
  • Conservatories can have inconsistent temperatures

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How much do wooden conservatories cost?

The cost of a wooden conservatory depends on a number of factors, including the size of the conservatory, the finish and your property’s requirements. While wooden conservatories will cost more than a uPVC one, you might be surprised about the difference in quality and look for the extra cost.

Generally, there are two types of wood that installers use for conservatories: softwood and hardwood. Softwood usually refers to European redwood or Siberian larch, and is the cheapest to buy because it grows much faster than hardwoods. However, softwood conservatories may only last between 7-15 years, so might not work out to be as cost effective. Therefore, it’s best to choose a conservatory company that can install a hardwood conservatory for you as they are much better quality.

Depending on the type of wood your wooden conservatory is made from, how big it is and what style you want to go for, you should expect to spend anywhere between £25,000 - £60,000. The most expensive type of wood for a conservatory is likely to be oak, which is very strong and can be manufactured to make it bug and pest-resistant and still have a polished look. Although it’s the most expensive, it also looks the best, will probably last longest and will need very little maintenance.

How to build a wooden lean-to conservatory

Lean-to conservatories are often known as Mediterranean conservatories or sunrooms and are a great way to add more living space when you’ve only got a small amount of room to work with. They usually have clean lines, a rectangular shape and attach to the side or rear of your home, which makes them one of the easiest conservatory types to build yourself.

So how do you build a wooden lean-to conservatory? The first step is to decide what you want it to look like. Most lean-to conservatories are constructed of glass and the wood frame, but you can choose to have dwarf walls too. Dwarf walls are low brick walls that are useful if you’re planning to plumb in radiators, have air conditioning installed or put plug sockets in the conservatory.

When you’ve decided what your wooden lean-to conservatory is going to look like, you’ll need to get the materials. You’ll need to choose a hardy wood – oak is the most expensive but also the most durable – and source glass for the windows. You’ll also need to decide on a roof material and work out the correct pitch.

The first step to building your wooden lean-to conservatory is to dig the foundations. You’ll then need to level the earth, then add concrete to the correct height, which should be lower than your property’s existing damp course. Then, you’ll build up to the damp course, which will be your conservatory’s floor level. Don’t forget to make sure it’s even.

If you’re building a dwarf wall, start it from the base and build up to no more than 1 metre high. Once the cement is dry, place external sills on top of the dwarf wall. You’ll then need to secure the frames; start with the one that secures to your property, then do the same for the rest, connecting outwards until they meet from the two sides. Then put up your doors.

Now it’s time to build the roof. This should be simple if you’ve bought your own custom-made kit. Place the roof ridge on top of the frames, then add the roof rafters between the roof ridge and hip bars. Fit your glazing sheets and guttering – it’s important that your wooden conservatory roof has guttering just like your house, otherwise your conservatory roof won’t last very long and could even cause rainwater to rot your wooden frames.

Once you’ve built your wooden lean-to conservatory, all that’s left is to decide on how you want to decorate it. But if this all sounds like too much, get in touch with specialist wooden conservatory installers who will be able to give you a quote for building you a lean-to conservatory.

Are wooden conservatories expensive?

If you’ve ever looked into different types of conservatories, you’ll see that wooden conservatories are not the cheapest. However, that’s not a reason to dismiss them as an option for your home.

Wooden conservatories can cost anywhere between £15,000 to £60,000. While this may seem expensive, they are often a much classier option for your home and are ideal for period homes and those in a conservation area where uPVC might not be permitted.

If you choose a hardwood conservatory, you could see your conservatory last over 15 years. Most uPVC conservatories will only last around this time, and as they get old they can look shabby; it’s common for the frames to discolour in the sun. With good maintenance, wooden conservatories can look fabulous for years. Wood naturally retains heat too, so ensure that you use low-e internal glass which reflects heat back into the room and you’ll have as warm a conservatory as any.

When you weigh up all of the pros and cons of uPVC conservatories compared with wooden ones, you might come to the conclusion that wooden conservatories aren’t that expensive when it boils down to it. Although the initial cost is higher, you’ll get a better-looking conservatory that works with both modern and period properties and will look elegant and tasteful for years to come.

What’s the cost of a hardwood conservatory?

If you want a wooden conservatory, a hardwood conservatory is the best option. Softwood conservatories are cheaper because the wood grows faster, but they aren’t as weather resistant so won’t last as long. Choose a hardwood conservatory and it should last you over 15 years.

Hardwood conservatories will set you back anywhere between £35,000 and £60,000, depending on your requirements. Of course, the larger your conservatory, the more it will cost, but other factors such as the type of wood, the finish and any dwarf walls will make a difference too. Oak is the hardiest type of wood, making it the most expensive – but it can be finished with a bug and pest resistant coating and still retain its polished look, so many people think it’s worth spending their money on.

Other hardwoods used for conservatories are idigbo, Brazilian cedar and luan and are cheaper than oak but are still a great option. If you’d prefer to keep the cost of your hardwood conservatory towards the lower end of the range, choose one of these. You can still get them in a variety of finishes and they are still natural heat retainers, so you’ll get a conservatory that is as warm as it can be. If you want to use your conservatory all year round, it might be worth thinking about having dwarf walls installed with your hardwood conservatory so you can plumb in radiators.

Are lintels required for a wood-constructed conservatory?

When you build a new wood-constructed conservatory, or any type of conservatory, you’ll need to dig a trench for the footings. You’ll need to dig to a minimum depth of 600mm and at least 300mm below your property’s damp proof course. When you dig down, you might expose obstacles such as underground pipes.

If this happens, you’ll need lintels for your wood-constructed conservatory. These are usually concrete and protect the pipes or obstructions from being crushed. You may also want to use steel mesh for additional support.

Building Regulations state that if an opening is formed in a wall, the structure above the opening needs to be supported. This will be especially relevant if you’re building a wooden lean-to conservatory. It says that there are two ways that you can use lintels to provide support.

The first way involves using a steel lintel to support both the inner and outer leaf of a cavity wall. It can then serve as a cavity tray that directs moisture from the cavity through the outer skin of the wall as well.

The second way to use lintels is to use two steel or concrete lintels. They support each leaf of a cavity wall construction. You’ll need separate thermal insulation and a cavity tray as well.

Whatever type of lintel you use, it should have a suitable bearing onto the wall at each side. If you’re not sure, speak to the manufacturer of your wood-constructed conservatory, or ask a reputable company to install it for you.

What wood should be used for a wooden conservatory?

You might think that all wooden conservatories are the same. But there are actually lots of differences between them, and some conservatories are better than others. One of the most important factors to consider when you’re looking for a wooden conservatory is the type of wood that it’s made from. Generally, there are two different types to look out for: softwood and hardwood. So what wood should be used for a wooden conservatory?

Softwood conservatories are usually made from European redwood or Siberian larch. These types of conservatories are the cheapest wooden conservatories you can buy because the wood grows much faster than hardwoods. However, due to their soft nature, they may only last 7-15 years, reducing their cost-effectivity.

The best wood to use for a wooden conservatory is a hardwood. The most expensive type is oak, but you get what you pay for – it looks fabulous and it can also be coated with a bug and pest-resistant solution to increase its longevity. If you haven’t got the budget for oak, other hardwood options include Brazilian cedar, idigbo and luan, which are still great choices. Make sure you speak to your conservatory installer about the ‘closeness’ of the wood grains, as close-grained hardwoods are said to be the most suitable for conservatories. You should also check that your supplier has strict control of the quality of the wood so can ensure that it’s been well seasoned and prepared for use in construction.

How do wooden conservatories add value to my home?

Conservatories have long been a favourite home improvement with homeowners, and there are no signs of that trend going away. And because of that, they add value to homes.

Wooden conservatories add value to your home just as any other type would. In fact, in some cases a wooden conservatory will add more value to your property than a uPVC or aluminium one, for example if your home is a period property. A wooden conservatory will fit in keeping with the rest of an older property, so buyers will prefer a period home with a wood conservatory over a uPVC one.

It’s important to remember that wooden conservatories cost more than uPVC ones, but that does mean that they will add more value. They look more stylish than uPVC conservatories and may last just as long with the right care and maintenance, so if a wooden conservatory would complement your home much more than uPVC they’re worth looking into.

A wooden conservatory will set you back anywhere between £25,000 to £60,000, so factor this in when you’re thinking about how much value it will add to your home. It’s also worth thinking about the other things that will have an impact on the value it will add to your home, such your property’s location, whether conservatories are a common addition to houses in your area, the general look of your home and whether the conservatory would take up a large part of your garden. If you’re unsure whether a wooden conservatory will add enough value to your home, you could speak to a surveyor or valuer to give you their opinion before you start any work.

What finish is best on a wooden conservatory?

When people talk about finishes on a wooden conservatory, there are a few different things that they may be referring to. Some may be referring to the colour and type of wood used to build the conservatory, but they may also be talking about the type of treatment used to protect the wood from the weather. We’ll cover both bases for what finish is best on a wooden conservatory here.

When you’re thinking about the best wood type and finish for the conservatory, it’s best to go with a hardwood. There are both hardwoods and softwoods, and hardwoods are the most durable. Oak is the most expensive choice but is also the most durable, so lots of people decide to go for this option. Other good choices that are slightly cheaper are Brazilian cedar and idigbo. Softwoods like European redwood or Siberian larch are cheaper still, but they won’t last as long, so it may work out more cost-effective to spend more on a hardwood.

Wood is a natural material, so it’s important to look after your wooden conservatory to prevent it from rotting or getting attacked by bugs and pests. Your conservatory will be exposed to all weathers, so you’ll need to use a good finish to ensure that it stays in tip-top condition for years to come. Your installer should be able to tell you what’s best, but some of the best finishes for a wooden conservatory include breathable varnishes and decking oil. However, if you do use an oil, it’s best to use a preservative treatment too; oil will only repel water. Joints are particularly susceptible to water penetration, so make sure you use a good wood treatment and focus on areas where water would pool during rain. Then you can apply a decking oil afterwards.

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