During the last five years, there has been a generally unexplained reduction in home owners constructing conservatories on their properties. It can however be seen that this has run very much parallel with the downturn in our and indeed the world economic climate.
With the inevitable increase in lighting and heating costs, a south facing fully glazed conservatory will not only provide a splendidly popular garden room but substantially benefit from these other potential savings . . . . did you know that August is one of the wettest months in the UK, recorded with little sunlight during many daylight hours.
Whilst the current economic climate appears to be affecting conservatory popularity, it is important to remember that they are generally exempt from Building Regulations, when less than 30 square metres floor area, at ground level and having 75% of the roof glazed. Extensions incur Building Regulation Fees, structural and heat loss calculations. A much more expensive building operation.
Now that modern conservatories are substantially more thermally efficient they can be used throughout the year. Numerous conservatories built some years ago, can now be brought up to date by using modern thermally efficient materials. Either with re-glazing, new framework but in many cases taking advantage of existing bases, lead flashing and drainage
Using high performance glass sealed units and the latest building insulation materials, glazing in a new conservatory can be significantly higher and even up to and including 80% – this is substantially above the 25% of floor area suggested by Building Control.
Building Regulations will be required if you do not choose the benefit of external quality doors between the new sun room and your home. However, you may still have a considerable glazed area by improving the efficiency of your existing home through loft, wall and insulation beneath your new floor, together with improving your boiler efficiency. Choosing a south facing elevation with its resultant solar gain can also be significantly improving the overall thermal efficiency and acceptance by Building Control.