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How to make your conservatory comfortable throughout the year

One of the most common remarks (or complaints!) about conservatories is that they’re too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Luckily, as the quality of materials used to build conservatories has evolved, this doesn’t need to be so much of an issue!

In the past, conservatory roofs were built with thin wall polycarbonate sheeting. These sheets let in the sunlight and were also inexpensive. If you are looking for a conservatory on a budget, you can still choose this option, but it’s not ideal for when you want to utilise your conservatory all year round.

Materials became more sophisticated when polycarbonate was manufactured to be darker and less transparent. This also had the advantageous functionality of improved sun-blocking. From this point onwards, glass became available in clear or tinted forms. Advanced glass helped to improve conservatory construction even further and it also dealt with the other problem that came along with polycarbonate – noise! So in the winter (and often in the summer in the UK!) when it rains, it can be very disruptive and doesn’t lend itself to a relaxing experience!

However when glass conservatories evolved, they essentially became like greenhouses and the issue with this is that it becomes a challenge to achieve a consistent temperature all year round. Subsequently, air conditioning became an option but this isn’t the most cost effective solution to the problem.

Luckily, it is possible to have a conservatory that you can use all year round. It doesn’t need to become a sauna in the summer and like the arctic in the winter!

Here are a few options:

  1. Use a multi chambered Polycarbonate sheet with a ‘Heat Guard’ property. This is the most economical option and will give you the protection you need from a conservatory. Be aware though that you will have to compromise on the noise factor.
  2. Implement a solar controlling glass roof and add glazing to the side walls. This allows you to enjoy your conservatory all year in comfort.
  3. Have a solid roof conversion. This is the more extreme option and will essentially convert your conservatory into a glazed single storey extension. You will compromise on the light but the trade off is the gain insulation. people typically opt for this if they no longer like the ‘old style conservatory’, which can be ineffective and slightly dated in terms of style.

Ultimately however, it’s all up to individual preference and what you plan to do with the living space! We have an array of different conservatories and are happy to suggest bespoke options which take your budget and requirements into account. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us.

[Photo by Melodi2]