Choosing a Conservatory
A badly designed and cheaply made conservatory will be just that, cheap and disposable. It will add no value to your property, is likely to affect saleability in the future, be poorly ventilated, liable to subsidence and be uncomfortable to live in. But a well designed conservatory made from quality products will last a lifetime, add value to your property and provide a bright and versatile living space for the whole family to enjoy, So getting it right is crucial.s
Let MCM Window World guide you through the process to choosing the perfect conservatory.
Getting the Foundations Right
Just because most conservatories are exempt from building regulations does not mean that they can be built with inadequate foundations. However, time and time again we see this problem, leading to cracks, movement and subsidence in just a few years. It is also vital to build in adequate under floor insulation to prevent the conservatory floor from being too cold.
Good Ventilation and Heating
The right conservatory can be comfortably used all year round. It will remain warm even through the coldest winters and stay blissfully cool during hot summer days. But because conservatories are nearly completely made of glass, specialist measures in heating and ventilation must be made to keep the interior temperature constant.
- Heat and glare reflective glass
- Electronically operated roof vents
- Plenty of opening casements to let in a pleasant breeze
- Suitable door mechanism, such as bi-folding to fully open the conservatory into the garden
- Specialist under floor insulation
Obtaining the right levels of ventilation in a conservatory is key. Hot air rises, so on a hot day, cool air needs to circulate in from the ground level and, as it warms up, be able to escape from the roof. We recommend an electric roof vent as opposed to a manual one, which can be hard and noisy to operate using a long wind-up crank. Our electric vents are easily controlled by a wall panel (4 vents to 1 switch), working quickly and silently to cool down the room and let out any trapped insects. These are also very secure, so you can leave your roof vents open by a few centimetres without the worry of a break in.
The Right Proportions
Let the style of the property help to determine the dimensions and design of your new conservatory. This way it will really look like a well thought out and flowing extension. This includes:
- Roof height
- Roof structure (in uPVC or aluminium)
- Casement proportions
- Width and style of window and door frames
- Frame colour and finish
- Positioning of doors
- Decorative details
Importance of Privacy
In order for you to make full use of your conservatory, one of the most important considerations is privacy. If it is to be built alongside an ugly boundary fence or close to your neighbour's garden, then we advise a full wall on that side, with a gutter height of at least 2100mm. This is preferable to dated fanlights or obscured glass running alongside the top of a lower wall, which allows neighbours to see in and adds no more light to the room. In addition, this full wall space will provide a place to hang a flatscreen TV or a striking painting.
A Few Questions to Consider
When choosing your conservatory, it's advisable to think about the following:
- What direction will your conservatory face? North facing conservatories will be in the shade for the majority of the day, where as a south facing conservatory will benefit from lots of sun
- What will the conservatory be used for?
- What interior design options are you considering? We can assist with lighting, furnishing and decorating through our partner companies should you wish
- How overlooked will you be? This will help you think through wall height, window dressing and roofing options
Let MCM Window World Create the Perfect Conservatory
Whether you are looking for a traditional conservatory or a more modern design, MCM Window World's expert team can work with you to find the right products, materials and floor plan. Our in-house architectural designers provide you with a 1:50 scaled colour drawing of each proposed option, depicting the rear projection of the property. It can often take 3 or 4 drawings with minor or major adjustments to get the perfect design and we are committed to working with you until you are completely satisfied.
So whatever you decide to use your stunning new living space for, let us help you take the stress out of designing that perfect conservatory.