The new conservatory – more flexible and thermally efficient than ever
Taking weeks rather than months to construct, bringing light and space to homes, and usually needing no expensive architect’s drawings or lengthy planning applications, conservatories are flexible spaces that suit modern and traditional properties alike.
As you can see from this page, conservatories have moved on: Today’s conservatory comes with a lot of clever design, materials and technology that means while still offering a lot of light, the thermal efficiency of these glass extensions is better than ever.
What’s more the designs are more flexible than ever. From solid walls to all glass, conservatories make a light-filled addition to homes.
The roof on a traditional conservatory or orangery is at least 70 per cent translucent. For the best thermal insulation, we would recommend a low-emissivity (low-e) Activ Glass roof.
Helping to reduce the variations in temperature associated with older, traditional glass or polycarbonate roofs, ‘Activ’ low-e glass helps cut solar glare, protect furniture from fading and keep heat in during on cooler days.
To keep it clear, the ‘Blue’ coating helps break down dirt that is simply washed away when it rains.
Importantly, this type of glass roof offers wide and breath-taking views of the stars on a clear night.
An alternative to full glass is an orangery-style roof. This style adds a solid plinth between the windows and glazed roof.
As well as creating a different interior and exterior design, the plinth is a practical place to add down-lighters to illuminate the space in the evenings.
Windows and doors
A+ rated windows and doors will help keep your conservatory more thermally efficient, keeping heat in when you need it, while minimising solar gain in the warmer months.
As an alternative to the half-height dwarf walls and glazed windows seen in traditional conservatories, bi-folding doors can create a room that flows seamlessly with the garden.
Able to take up the length of your conservatory, bi-folding doors create a glass wall that can be folded away to create an indoor-outdoor entertaining space that comes into its own in the summer months.
With a modern conservatory, there’s far more flexibility of design and that includes the walls.
Not all conservatory walls must be half or even a third height, in fact, some can be all glass, while others contain cleverly concealed heaters!
Whether you are looking for a clear glass extension or an orangery with traditional appeal, the Securahome team can help you create a bespoke conservatory to enjoy on balmy summer evenings and crisp winter days.