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How to Keep Your Conservatory Warmer All Year Round?

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 At Abbey Conservatories, we understand that with rising energy prices on the horizon, thermal efficiency is one of the top priorities amongst homeowners. And with this in mind, there are many ways to keep your conservatory cosy without worrying about energy prices. So how can you keep your conservatory warmer? Read on to find out more!

 Double Glazing

 When you want an ideal insulator, double glazing is a perfect option. It creates a robust thermal barrier that keeps your house warmer. It does this by trapping natural heat in the home while leaving cold air at the door. This allows you to stay warm and cosy all year round. This is especially ideal if you have an older conservatory and are looking to upgrade the space.

 Double glazing will keep your home warmer, but it will also give you loads of natural light. Doing this will save you loads of money, especially on sunny days. It brings an air of warmth and elegance.

 Blinds and Throws

 Double glazing isn’t the only thing that you can think about either. Installing a blind or a throw in your home won’t just make the conservatory look more homely, but the material they’re made from will be suitable for your furniture, and even a dog too! It can help brighten up the atmosphere of a cold and dark conservatory, making it a more desirable place. And, what’s more, it can also add loads of personality to your home.

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Change Your Flooring

 Another trick that you can do is change your flooring by including some underfloor heating. This will help give the floor some natural warmth and be much easier to walk on. However, that’s not the only thing you can do. Placing a rug at the bottom of the floor will also add to the warmth and could be an ideal spot to lie on. It will also be ideal for keeping the costs down as well.

 

Installing Electric Radiators 

 If you connect your conservatory to central heating, this can cause a few problems. For example, it could provide plenty of hassle because you may have to ask for planning permission while also spending loads of money trying to do it. This may not be ideal, especially if you don’t have the budget. As an alternative option, installing an electric radiator might be the way forward.

 An electric radiator is very good because it converts loads of natural heat, which leaves your home more energy efficient and keeps the temperature very warm and cosy. What’s more, it is very cost-effective because you don’t have to break the bank either. After all, there is something out there for you whatever your budget.

 Use Heating Efficiently to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient 

 Having an energy efficient home is ideal because you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of money. The same can be said for your conservatory. If it includes a standard radiator, you may find that it will rise vertically and, as a result, will raise the cost of your bills. This will leave you with less cash in your pocket, and your home will not be energy efficient either.

 It is wise to just use the heating sparingly, which will make your conservatory both warm and inviting. Plus, the bigger your conservatory is, the more people will want to spend their time in it.

 

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Use Air Conditioning to keep your home warm and cool!

 While air conditioning is mainly used to keep your house cool in the summer, it also has some cutting edge technology that ensures it is warm in the winter. This is because it has a dual functionality that helps keep you both warm and cool in the summer. This adds to its versatility and means you can use it all year round.

 The air conditioning even has a heat pump, which takes warm air and directs it inside the conservatory. This can help add some much needed heat into your room and make your home warmer in the process.

 

As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can keep your conservatory warm all year round. At Abbey Conservatories, we have plenty of conservatories to choose from and have many years of experience to draw upon.

 If you want to find out more, you can contact us through our online contact form. You can even call us on 0118 958 2839, and our friendly team will be on hand to help you with expert conservatory advice.

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What Is the Best Replacement Roof for a Conservatory?

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When renovating your Reading home’s conservatory, a replacement roof is a cheaper and more cost-effective option. More and more homeowners are choosing this design due to its range of benefits, plus they are also very easy to install.

Here at Abbey, we offer many types of replacement roofs. As conservatories get older, their performance suffers, and their insulation is poor. This could result in water leaking through and cold air coming in. If you want to make your home comfortable and warm but don’t want to spend too much, a replacement roof is ideal. But with an abundance of choice, which roof is right for your conservatory? Read on to find out more.

 

With the choice of available styles, your conservatory will fit into one of them, so you must pick the right one. Most conservatory roofs are either square or rectangular because this will help create more space for your furniture. The main roof styles to consider are Victorian, Gable, and Lean To.

Victorian Conservatory Roof

 One of the most distinctive styles, the Victorian style, is a popular choice for the more traditional home. It can either come with a pentagonal or semi hexagonal bay window. The window connects to the garden because it pushes out towards it. It is very diverse because it suits all roofs, plus it creates plenty of space to relax in.

Lean to Conservatory

At Abbey, we understand that there is a lot of stress and upheaval involved when you renovate a home. If you choose a lean to conservatory, the stress is reduced considerably. This is because the roof will lean back against your house while providing more space. It is suitable for most roofs, but if you go for a tiled roof, it will make your space warmer and airtight. A lean to conservatory roof is a simple design because it consists of a square or rectangle with a flat roof. This makes it the cheapest and easiest roof to both instal and modify.

Not only that, but this type of roof is perfect for anyone who has a bungalow because it is ideal for those with restricted spaces. We offer a bespoke service, which helps you decide which type of roof you want. Choose from a glass roof, a polycarbonate roof, tiled roof, or solid conservatory roof. A glass roof will help bring natural light into your home, allowing your space to be more flexible. However, because tiled roofs are more soundproof and less transparent than a glass roof, they could be a suitable option.

A tiled conservatory roof is a great heat insulator. This means it will retain natural heat while keeping cold air outside. By doing this, your house will stay cooler in hot weather and warmer in colder weather, saving plenty of money on your heating bills. Your living space is useable all year round. This will make your lean to conservatory slicker.

Edwardian Conservatory Roof

While the lean to conservatory roof is easier to install, if you’re going for a more classic design, then in comparison, an Edwardian roof could be the design you’re looking for. Elegant, classic, and proving more popular because this type of roof creates maximum space inside your home. Its style is unique because it is a good insulator of sound, which is perfect if you live in a busy area. If you have a glass roof on your Edwardian Conservatory, it will come with advanced double glazing, which can reduce loud sounds to a whisper. This is perfect if you want to use the conservatory as a space to relax because you don’t have to worry about any loud sounds interfering in your home.

You can also customise your options when it comes to choosing the roof because by changing the angle of the facets, the shape is altered. This gives you more freedom and control of your design.

Gable End Conservatory Roof

If you are looking for a dramatic roof style that stands out, you can consider a Gable End conservatory roof. The height extends like a house due to the triangular facet. It creates a big centrepiece that demands attention while the sloped sides fade into the background.

Hybrid Roof 

You can also have a hybrid roof to blend into your Reading home. This type of roof is very useful because it falls in the middle between a solid tiled roof and a glass roof. It looks fantastic because it gives your home a classy and modern feel. We even offer a bespoke service where you can add spotlights and custom tiles to your conservatory. You can create a seamless connection to your garden as well because that way, you can keep the outdoor feel of your conservatory.

 

 

As you can see, at Abbey, we offer plenty of different replacement roofs for you to consider. Our friendly team of installers will carry out an efficient and professional service. Replacing a roof is a cheaper and more affordable option, so you’ll save plenty of money doing it.

To choose and design your ideal replacement roof, use our online quoting tool. Here, you can customise every bit of your roof, and then we will come back with a bespoke price.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0118 958 2839, and one of our friendly team will be on hand to help you with any questions you have.

 

 

 

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When Is It Time To Replace Your Conservatory Roof?

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Nothing lasts forever in life, and the same is true of your old conservatory roof. But when is the best time to replace it? Here at Abbey, we understand how much character a roof gives to your conservatory because it changes how it looks and performs. An old conservatory roof is well known for being a poor conductor of heat because it makes your conservatory colder, especially in the winter months.

Every conservatory suffers from wear and tear at some point, so it is very useful to notice some signs that you need a new one. We offer plenty of replacement roofs for you, while you might be wondering if it is worth it?

We believe that you should replace an old conservatory roof because a brand new one will make your space warmer for you and your family to live in. It will also help you utilise the space all year round. Maximise your home with a brand new roof.

One way of checking whether your roof needs replacing is if your roof is leaking. This is especially prevalent in tough weather conditions where weather pours through into your home. A leaky roof is one of the telltale signs that you need a new roof because it damages your furniture as well as your conservatory. When you get a replacement roof, your problems will be fixed straight away.

When the colder temperatures come through in winter, an old conservatory roof does not insulate heat very well. This is because the sealant used to glue it together has started to wear off, so the conservatory will start to fall apart. This creates gaps in the roof for colder chills to enter your home. While modern conservatories come with advanced double glazing as standard, older conservatories are single glazed, so they don’t offer much protection for your home. At Abbey, we fit all our roofs with advanced double glazing, so you should not experience any problems.

 

During the winter months, the weather normally turns cold and windy. For older conservatories with polycarbonate roofs, this is a big problem. While this is durable plastic, it’s not effective when keeping the heat inside during winter, making your house colder as a result. Even in the summer, it isn’t very effective either because your house is too hot. Not only that, but when the rain lashes down on your property, you hear every drop with a polycarbonate roof.  These roofs are also prone to scratching over time. At Abbey, we offer solid roofs and tiled roofs as a replacement which are modern alternatives to your problematic roof.

Your old roof may also suffer from condensation, and the more you notice it, the worse it becomes over time. Even if you might not think it’s a problem, too much condensation can lead to mould spots on your window. This can affect your health because it can cause allergic reactions, spores and can even irritate infections, allergies, and asthma. It also leaves ugly stains and causes horrible odours.

By installing a new conservatory roof, not only will this help remove damp spots and odours, and it will help reduce condensation. This makes for a home that is brighter, while you can enjoy your living space much more. It becomes much quieter so you can have more privacy.

 

Additionally, you don’t even have to wait to replace your roof either. This is because if you spot the signs early then, you can replace them quicker, making you and your home happier. As we previously mentioned. A damaged roof is a major sign you need a new conservatory roof, but if you notice your roof tiles are loose, perhaps it’s time you need a replacement. If you are not careful, a roof with a few missing tiles could cave in on you.

For your conservatory to experience peak performance, then make sure that the top of your roof is following a straight line. If it doesn’t, then this could cause problems further down the line. Roof sagging can be caused when it is exposed to moisture and damp temperatures, poor installations, and snow.

You can reduce this problem by looking at how much weight your roof can take and how strong your roofing materials are.

At Abbey, we can help you fix your faulty roof through our roof replacement options.  Replacing a roof is a much more affordable option and will benefit you and your wallet. We offer both solid and tiled roofs which are built to our very high standards. Reach out to us today.

If your roof needs replacing, use our online quote engine for a bespoke price on your new roof. You can also call us on 0118 958 2839.

Choosing the Best Conservatory Company

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When you want to improve your home, you might be wondering where to start. With the wide range of companies to choose from, you are almost spoilt for choice.

We here at Abbey pride ourselves on our state of the art conservatories. We offer a very wide range of products including orangeries and conservatory roofs.

So, we will be discussing why you should choose us when selecting your brand new conservatory. Here are some of the things you should look out for and why we are the best company to choose.

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Experience

At Abbey, we have been providing customers with the finest conservatories since 1986. With over 35 years’ experience, people come to us because they want an easy, enjoyable experience when buying one of our conservatories.

When you choose Abbey Conservatories, you’ll get the best service because when you want to design your conservatory, we will be with you all the way from planning to installation.

We’re proud of our friendly and trustworthy service. We know you are looking for an installer who can complete the installation quickly and efficiently. All or installers are FENSA accredited and are on hand to answer any questions you might have about our conservatories.

We have experience in completing projects in areas including Maidenhead, High Wycombe, Didcot, and Newbury so we feel very confident that we can transform your home by installing a beautiful eye catching conservatory.

You are in good hands with us because our team understand everything there is to know about conservatories, conservatory roofs, and canopies.

Where We’re Based

Wondering what areas we operate in? We cover a broad range of areas in Berkshire and its surrounding areas. In addition to villages such as Spencers Wood, we are also available in bigger areas like Basingstoke and Reading. So if you live in these areas and are looking to transform your home, then reach out to us!

A Broad Selection of Conservatories

“What conservatory do I want?” It’s a question you are probably asking yourself, and we understand that you could feel overwhelmed. But don’t worry because there is a wide range of conservatories and orangeries to choose from.

At Abbey, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of conservatories for you to choose from. We have a range of products to choose from including lean to conservatories, which will keep you and your family warm because of a unique uPVC profile for Liniar. It offers superior gaskets that keep warm air inside for longer. We also offer Edwardian conservatories with their beautiful design and symmetrical floor plan, Gable End conservatories which have beautiful high rooflines, and stunning double glazing to keep your new living area warm all year round.

But that’s not all. If you are looking for an alternative to a conservatory, you can look at our beautiful orangeries, which are created by using more brickwork and add a sleek stylish alternative to your property.  They are stunning and cost effective, so whatever your budget, we can suit your needs. Orangeries are perfect for those who want the quiet life because they have a strong emphasis on privacy.

As well as contemporary designs, we also offer a modern take on traditional wooden conservatories with high grade modern wood. You can choose from a natural or painted finish, while our wood is made from high quality durable material.

Another great feature that we do is allow you to create your own conservatory. We offer bespoke conservatories that are tailored exactly how you want it. Customise everything from choosing a solid or tiled roof, to adding a bi fold aluminium door, opening nature to your garden. We can even match the brickwork of your home so you get a seamless extension to your property.

Our tiled and solid roofs are ideal because they are crafted from durable materials and soundproof, so you can listen to your favourite playlist without worrying about noise. You can even add bespoke options like spotlights to brighten up your home.

No matter what conservatory you choose, you can be rest assured that they all come with a made to measure fit. This means that when we install your conservatory, they are tailored to fit exactly how you want it.

In addition to this, we are also able to install house extensions too. Some homeowners might worry about the noise and disruption installations may cause. However, here at Abbey, our installations are efficient and won’t break the budget, so we will have a beautiful space installed for you in no time at all.

You should choose Abbey Conservatories because all our conservatories and extensions are fitted with sturdy, durable materials. This helps them be weatherproof and thermally efficient to keep you and your family warm all year round. We also offer customisable options for instance Skylit rooflights and a variety of colours to maximise your experience.

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Finance Options

 Abbey Conservatories offer some amazing finance options on our conservatories.

You can also choose our Low Rate Finance option where you don’t have to pay anything over 3 months, then start paying 60 months repayment at 4.9% APR. The offer is available over 5 years.

We also have an offer where you can either repay the agreement in full during the deferral period and there’s nothing aside from a £29 admin fee. Alternatively, after summer 2022, you can pay 120 monthly repayments.

Alternatively, for bigger purchases, we also have a Low Rate Finance Option where you don’t pay anything for the first 3 months and then relax in your orangery or extension for just £183 per month.

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Get a quote with us today!

We believe that with our expertise and technical know how, we can offer you the best value for money when it comes to choosing your conservatory. With an honest approach and a professional efficient service, we have the reputation to back up our performance.

What conservatory is right for you? Something that brings privacy to your home? An area for you and your family to relax? Perhaps even a dining room! Whatever you decide to choose, we have a stunning selection of options for you to consider. Get in touch with us to find out more!

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What is a Garden Canopy?

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What is a garden canopy? Here at Abbey Conservatories, we offer garden canopies to help add that extra flair and protection to your garden. Whether you are looking for some shade from the hot sun or simply want to enjoy the outdoors even when it is raining, our garden canopies can offer unobstructed enjoyment of your exterior regardless of the British weather outside.

But what are garden canopies, and what do they do? Below we will be going into the fine details of our garden canopies, including their functionalities, style and how they can improve your quality of life as a homeowner.

Unlike conservatories and orangeries, garden canopies offer extended shelter without the need to completely eliminate outdoor space. Instead, homeowners can enjoy extended roofing that acts as a shelter on the side of their property. This enables maximum protection with minimal use of your outdoor space. Create an established area in your garden with our canopies. Relax in the shade or under a blanket of protection against the raining elements as you relax outside. Reading a book, relaxing on a sun chair or simply enjoying the view of your back garden, all of it can be easily achieved with our garden canopies protecting you overhead from harmful UV sun rays and heavy rainfall.

     How Durable are Garden Canopies?

A question you may be asking yourself is ‘how durable are garden canopies?’. The durability of your expanded overhead shelter is a genuine concern for many homeowners. This is why we ensure that our valued customers won’t have to worry about anything when our garden canopies take the complete brunt of whatever is above your head.

We utilise extremely durable frames in our canopies, guaranteeing many years of peerless performance. We provide high quality garden canopies by making sure that we only use high quality materials from industry leading manufacturers. This makes them effectively hear wearing and resilient against the very worst of British weather. Capable of withstanding any storm, meaning that homeowners can relax with complete peace of mind.

How Practical are Garden Canopies?

‘What can I even do with a garden canopy?’ A fair question that we will effectively answer. Our garden canopies not only protect your overhead from the downpouring elements such as rain, hail and snow but also reinvents your outdoor space.

With a garden canopy, homeowners will be able to utilise their gardens, patios and outdoor spaces to a greater extent without having to worry about any unfavourable weather. Enjoy an outdoor lunch or dinner in your back garden without having to worry about the rain or the sun being annoyingly glaring. Even if the outdoors is pouring with rain, we fit an integral gutter system that makes sure that the rainwater is properly dealt with and doesn’t interrupt your brand new dry space with an overflow of precipitation.

Using Your Garden Canopy for your Car

One of the many great features of our garden canopies is that it doesn’t only just protect homeowners from the elements; it can protect your car too! Many homes don’t have the luxury of a garage to store a vehicle away safely. However, due to our garden canopies’ versatility and ease of installation, they can easily act as a carport for your home. Meaning, without even having to deal with the cost and stress of installing a whole garage, our garden canopies can be a much simpler alternative to make sure your car stays clean and pristine, even if it is raining outside. Why bother with a costly garage and make do with a tight fit when you can enjoy a wide area being sheltered with far less need for maintenance and an equal amount of protection for your vehicle?

 

Choose Abbey for impressive canopy prices! Start your instant online quote today to find out the cost of specific canopy designs, it’s very simple and only takes a minute of your time. Choose your style, enter your sizes and get an online guide price.

Alternatively, get in touch today on 0118 958 2839, our friendly team are always happy to assist you with expert garden canopy advice. You can also contact us online, by filling in our online contact form for a quick response.

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Which Conservatory Roof?

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Which conservatory roof should you choose as a homeowner? We here at Abbey offer a variety of conservatory roofs and options that are available to homeowners that are looking for a new conservatory or perhaps want to breathe new life into an existing conservatory already attached to your property. Such styles and options include Solid Conservatory Roof, Tiled Conservatory Roof, Ultrasky Flat Skylight, Ultrasky Roof Lanterns, Conservatory Roof Replacements and Conservatory Refurbishment. Whatever your choice, we understand that choosing a new conservatory roof option can make oneself ask a lot of questions they may not have the answers to, such as ‘how thermally efficient is it?’, ‘is it secure?’ and ‘can it be bespoke to me?’. All these questions and more will be properly elucidated below, helping you decide which conservatory roof is best for you as a homeowner.

Solid Conservatory Roof

Are you looking for a state of the art conservatory roof? Our solid conservatory roof may be for you. Our solid roof conservatories come from our partner Ultraframe, who are known for their outstanding quality and performance of all their products. With Ultraframe providing your solid conservatory roof, you can be sure that you won’t have to worry about the worst of British weather anytime soon. Expertly designed to resist the very worst of storms and keeping your property draught free. A solid conservatory roof is also known to be thermally efficient, capable of trapping and retaining heat inside your home, keeping it comfortably warm without the need to switch on the central heating. Enjoy an incredibly resilient conservatory roof that will keep your new living space warm, cosy and dry.

Tiled Conservatory Roof

Looking for the sturdiness and resiliency of the aforementioned solid conservatory roof but want to be able to include a partially glazed roof? Perhaps a tiled conservatory roof is for you. Also sourced from Ultraframe, we guarantee our valued customers the very best when it comes to conservatory roofs. Want to enjoy additional thermal performance whilst making sure that your new extension remains as durable and strong as ever? We can help with that. We tailor our conservatory roofs specifically to you. We can make the tiles of your conservatory roof match the style of your home, creating a seamless addition and natural extension of your property. Tiled conservatory roofs can offer a variety of tiling options that allow for a bespoke conservatory roof which includes: spotlights for a natural inflow of natural light, integrated speakers to jam out to your favourite playlist or a flat panel at the apex of the roof to create a pendant light.

Replacement Conservatory Roofs

Already own a conservatory, but it isn’t performing as well as it could, or perhaps you own an older design of a conservatory and feel it needs a new lease of life? Perhaps instead of purchasing a whole new conservatory, why not simply go for our replacement conservatory roof option? As an affordable alternative to replacing an entire conservatory. Refresh an older conservatory with a replacement conservatory roof, making it look, feel and perform like new again. Enjoy a high-quality home solution without the high-quality price attached. Our replacement conservatory roofs offer fantastic insulation and thermal performance that can easily turn an outdated design of an older conservatory into a much more hospitable and comfortable living space. Many older conservatories are often plagued by inefficient thermal performance, meaning that they can become quite uncomfortably hot and cold during the Summer and Winter, respectively, making a conservatory only usable for about only half a year. Whereas installing a replacement conservatory roof can easily remedy such faults thanks to its versatility and thermally efficient design, being available in such styles such as glass roofs, aluminium roofs and tiled roofs, fitting any existing conservatory regardless of its style and age.

Which conservatory roof should you choose as a homeowner? We would argue that it depends. The wants and needs of each homeowner are drastically different, meaning that whilst we do suggest one type of conservatory roof in particular, we suggest picking the conservatory roof option that best applies the most to your personal specifications and desires. Looking to renew your current conservatory, go for a replacement conservatory roof. Want to add a bespoke skylight for a natural influx of sunlight? Maybe a tiled conservatory roof is for you. Or perhaps you just a sturdy yet stylish barrier that will protect your conservatory from any weather, a solid conservatory roof it is then. Want to find out more about our conservatory roofs? Try our free quoting engine or contact us today.

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Are Solid Roof Conservatories Worth it?

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Are Solid Roof Conservatories Worth it?

Are solid roof conservatories worth it? We will be discussing the advantages of a solid roof conservatory and what they can bring to your property, and how they can improve your quality of life at home. A solid roof conservatory does what it says on the tin; it is a house extension with a solid roof that creates a durable and resilient barrier against weather as opposed to glass roof designs. However, at Abbey Conservatories, our solid roof conservatories do far more than ‘what it says on the tin’, as our designs are state of the art.

Such a claim is backed up by our partnership with Ultraframe who are renowned for producing solid roof conservatories that boast excellent quality and performance. As such, a solid roof conservatory can really offer outstanding style and functionality for any home. They are perfect for those worried about harsh weather. Designed to protect your conservatory from the worst of storms in the UK, they will keep your living space dry and draught free. Enjoy a practical living space as your solid roof conservatory withstands and repels any downpour as it is manufactured to the highest standards by experts, ensuring that every detail is not only exact but can offer a range of options for the homeowner to use.

Thermal Performance

Are solid roof conservatories worth it? For those looking for a warm and cosy living space all year round, we say yes. We recommend our solid roof conservatories for their unmatched thermal performance. Ensure you are protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, as your solid roof conservatory provides shade and protection., which is especially helpful when the heat decides to get overbearing during the hotter seasons. Conversely, during the colder seasons, you can enjoy a warm and cosy interior as our solid roof conservatories have been designed to trap and retain heat, keeping the inside of your home toasty without the need or cost of turning on the central heating.

Versatile Customisation

Versatility goes hand in hand when it comes to a solid roof conservatory. The beauty of our Ultraframe profiles is that they can be specially tailored to complement and be compatible with any property style. Create a natural and seamless extension of your home as your new conservatory matches your property’s aesthetics as it blends in, giving it the look and feel of an orangery or house extension. This is done through our wide range of colour options, which allows you to colour the tiles of your solid roof conservatory to match, or if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can opt to have a different colour to make your conservatory roof feel that more unique. The structure of your solid roof conservatory is precision-engineered to allow for extremely flexible customisation, giving you total freedom on how you want to approach your solid roof conservatory, perfect for those looking for a new extension or simply want to renovate their existing conservatory with a more modern roof replacement. Your finished conservatory upgrade will look as though it was made for your home and is just part of its organic architecture.

The interior of our solid roof conservatories is unrivalled in terms of stunning aesthetics. We utilise a plastered ceiling that has an attractive internal pelmet that follows the perimeter of the room. You can create beautiful lighting effects that dot the living space with spotlights, giving your interior a calmer and more refined feel. Turn your new solid roof conservatory space into a new room for whatever you feel, be it a new dining room or social area for friends and guests to mingle as they enjoy the discreet installation of speakers, jazzing up your new extension.

If you want to, you can also choose to add a flat panel at the apex of the roof.  This is fantastic for inserting downlights or installing pendant lights to create a bright and light space or for enhancing the mood of the room.

Garden Rooms

Our solid roof conservatories make for fantastic garden rooms. Your extension is capable of having plenty of glass panels that allow for beautiful sightlines that give you a completely unobscured look into your back garden. Said glass panels can allow for natural sunlight to shine through, illuminating your interior, making it feel even bigger and wider. A perfect spot for a homeowner who may just want to relax with a warm beverage and admire the view.

Are solid roof conservatories worth it? Not only do they come with the benefits of a standard conservatory, but a solid roof conservatory also boasts the invaluable perks of a solid roof that can be applied to newly fitted conservatories or even renovate any pre-existing conservatory for those looking to spruce up any older extensions of theirs. Enjoy the added advantages of a weatherproof roof, versatile customisation, vast sightlines and peerless aesthetics, both interior and exterior. Are solid roof conservatories? If you are a homeowner looking for a reliable extension or need an update on an existing one, we say yes.

Get in touch with Abbey to choose a unique conservatory that can add value to your home today.

You can use our online design tool to discover our range of options, fill in our online contact form to ask us any questions, or speak to us directly over the phone by calling 01189 582 839.

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How Much Value Does A Conservatory Add?

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A conservatory can add at least 5% to your home’s value, meaning expanding your home might not be so expensive in the long run. Nowadays, people are looking for bigger homes. With people spending more time at home, they want more space to use and enjoy. And, still, the best way of adding that space to your property is by investing in a conservatory.

With a well-built conservatory, you’ll get a brand-new room you can use every day. Not only that, you can use it comfortably. Modern designs are far more efficient than older builds, meaning they’ll be warmer throughout the day and the year. When the winter comes around, your new space will stay warm. When the summer returns, though, your space will be cool as well.

At Abbey, you can make sure you get a well-built conservatory that will add value to your home. Our designs have competitive prices, high-quality materials and quick and easy installations. Working with Ultraframe, a market leader, we can offer conservatories that set the standard. As a result, you’ll be able to get more for your home if you ever decide to move on.

add value with conservatoryHow Does a Conservatory Add Value?

With a new conservatory, you can add value to your home in several ways. You’ll have more space for a start, meaning you have more room to enjoy your living space. You could use your conservatory for multiple unique purposes, too. For example, you could design a home office, a social space or even a dining area. You can even customise your conservatory around your needs.

Your conservatory will also stand the test of time to add value to your home for decades to come. Our designs have premium-grade materials, such as advanced double glazing, resilient profiles, and options like solid and tiled roofing and brickwork walls. Because of this, a brand-new conservatory could last for decades, and that’s without regular maintenance. As a result, your new space will always look its best.

Finally, your conservatory can add value to your home from day one. Although it’ll help save you money in the long run, it can also save you money straight away. Our conservatories are energy efficient, meaning you can cut your energy usage while keeping warm inside your home. As a result, you can reduce your household bills and potentially save thousands over the years!

How Much Value Does a Conservatory Add?

But how much does a conservatory add value to your home? It usually depends on a range of factors in the design. One of them is the amount of glazing. Builds with a lot of glass look more modern, appealing to style-conscious homeowners. With Abbey’s conservatories, you can afford to have plenty of glass, though. Our double glazing can keep you warm while allowing natural light to pour into your home.

Another factor is in what direction you build your conservatory. If your home is east or west-facing, then that means sunlight will enter your space at different times of the day. However, if you choose a south-facing design, you’ll consistently get more light during daylight hours. As a result, a south-facing conservatory is highly sought after, meaning they could add even more value to your home.

But the build quality is usually the most important way to make sure your new conservatory can add value. With the right materials and elegant design, you can get a space that looks stunning for decades. As a result, you could add upwards of 5% to your home’s value, meaning you could benefit from increasingly high offers to help you find the perfect new home.

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How Does an Abbey Conservatory Add Value?

With Abbey, you can make sure you get a conservatory that can add the most value to your home. And, as a trusted local installer, we try to provide a service you’ll value as well. We can offer our high-quality conservatories at lower prices for your home. With fewer travel costs, shorter wait times and more personalised service, you can find the best way to invest in a new conservatory with us.

Not only that, we guarantee you’ll get a well-built conservatory. We work closely with Ultraframe, meaning we can offer their full range of designs, styles and customisable features. As a result, you can build a bespoke conservatory with us that can add even more value to your home right now. You can design it around a specific purpose and your home’s style for a seamless fit.

Finally, Abbey’s local installers make the whole process of expanding your home more valuable. You can rely on them to treat your home as they would their own, and they’ll always go the extra mile to help. We’ll manage your whole project, from design and planning permission right through to completion. We’ll work around your schedule, too, to minimise stress and hassle.

An Abbey Conservatory Can Add Value to Your Home

Get in touch with Abbey to choose a unique conservatory that can add value to your home today.

You can use our online design tool to discover our range of options, fill in our online contact form to ask us any questions, or speak to us directly over the phone by calling 01189 582 839.

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Why Do Conservatories Get Condensation?

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Why do conservatories get condensation? If you have one of these spaces in your home, then you might see a mist build up on the windows, doors or roof from time to time. When condensation emerges, though, it’s a sign your conservatory isn’t performing. Not only that, the mist can develop into something much worse if left unchecked.

Condensation can build up in your home for various reasons. Your space might have poor air circulation, it could be humid or damp, or parts of your design may not be thermally efficient. You can prevent it in many ways, such as with extractor fans, hairdryers, or simply opening the windows and doors more often. However, these solutions only have a limited effect and may not repair the root issues causing condensation.

At Abbey Conservatories, we create conservatories for your home that don’t get condensation for decades. With more durable materials in the design, advanced technology and a weatherproof build, you can prevent the mist from building up in your home. And, as we’re a trusted local installer, you can get shorter wait times and lower prices for a replacement conservatory with us!

conservatories condensationHow Do Conservatories Get Condensation?

Conservatories can get condensation for several reasons. One cause of this issue is how you might use your conservatory. If you don’t use it very often, or you use it to hang out laundry, then air and moisture can collect inside your space with no way of escaping. As a result, you could be creating the warm, damp conditions that condensation can thrive in.

How you decorate your space may also be causing issues. Carpet flooring, for example, can allow heat to collect more inside your space. Not only that, features like plants can draw in moisture, meaning that they could create condensation when they’re close to your windows. Opening the windows and removing plants from sensitive areas can go a long way to fixing these problems, though.

However, your conservatory could have more serious issues, which are causing condensation to build up. Your windows may not be thermally efficient, meaning they can allow for heat transfer. When this happens, hot and cold air collide more often around your window, and this is what causes the mist to emerge. It could even emerge inside your window if you have broken seals, which will necessitate a window replacement.

condensation in conservatoriesHow to Prevent Condensation in Conservatories

If condensation develops in your conservatory, there are a few ways you can remove it and prevent it. Firstly, you should make sure there are no moisture sources near your windows or doors. You could remove plants nearby or draw moisture away by investing in silica gel to absorb water and keep it from your windows.

Alternatively, you could improve your air circulation. During the day, it can help to open the windows and doors more often and more widely. You’ll be able to allow fresh air to enter your space. If that still doesn’t prevent condensation, you could also invest in an extractor fan or dehumidifier which keeps air moving even when your windows and doors are shut.

If condensation does build up, you can also use a hairdryer to remove it quickly. However, that, and none of the other solutions, solve the root problems of condensation. If you have an old conservatory, then it doesn’t protect you from the design. Your windows may have gaps and cracks, your doors may have warped out of shape, and the roof could be thin and fragile.

replacement conservatoriesPreventing Condensation in Conservatories For Good

If you want to kick condensation away from your home, the best way is to invest in brand-new conservatories. With a modern design, you’ll get energy efficient windows, doors and roofs that don’t suffer from condensation. You’ll get advanced double glazing, weatherproof profiles and durable sealants that won’t warp, crack, twist or rot for decades to come.

Not only that, you can get a new space for your home that’s warmer, brighter and safer than your old one. Double glazing can improve your home’s insulation to help you save money on your energy bills. You could also transform the way you enter your garden with sliding or bi-fold doors. You could choose durable solid or tiled roofs with unique colours, lighting and even skylights and roof lanterns as well!

With Abbey, you can also replace conservatories for much less. As a trusted local installer, we can offer lower prices and shorter wait times than the big national brands. We’re also proud to be Ultra Approved Installers, and we only supply conservatories from Ultraframe. Our market-leading designs can help you make a fantastic investment in your home.

Replacement Conservatories to Stop Condensation Prices

Get one of Abbey’s replacement conservatories for your home today, and stop condensation for good!

You can use our online quote builder to design a unique space for your home that’s fully bespoke to you! You’ll get a personalised price for the design in seconds once you decide on it, too.

Alternatively, call Abbey’s friendly team on 01189 582 839 or fill in our online contact form to find out more.

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Conservatory to Orangery Conversion – How and Why

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Should you get a conservatory to orangery conversion? If you have an old conservatory, you might feel like it isn’t right for your home. These spaces can become cold in the winter and hot in the summer, making them difficult to use. Not only that, but they might be starting to wear down, or they could look tired with old designs like carpets and curtains.

Because of this, a lot of people think about replacing the build with a brand-new conservatory. However, while these modern designs perform much better, they might not give you the insulation you’re looking for. Glass still fills 75% or more of the design, meaning you can be exposed to the elements. Problems like glare and the greenhouse effect can affect many builds.

However, with Abbey, you could go in a different direction for your home. You could turn your conservatory from an old build to a stunning new space with an orangery conversion. By turning it into an orangery, you can add stunning brickwork, unique roofing and more to your conservatory. Also, with Abbey, you can create a bespoke orangery conversion for a competitive price!

Why Switch from a Conservatory to an Orangery?

If you have a conservatory, then switching it to a new space with an orangery conversion can be very beneficial. That’s because your conservatory could have several issues. For example, it might get cold in winter and hot in summer. That’s usually because the build has only one pane of thin glass in the walls and roofing, allowing air to pass inside the build with ease.

Not only that, but a single layer of glass doesn’t protect against the sun. As a result, on hot summer days, sunlight can get into your space and bounce off all the glass, creating glare and an uncomfortable greenhouse effect. While you could get a new build or enhance your old one, you might not be able to fix these problems either.

Also, conservatories don’t offer you a lot of privacy. With over 75% of the design being glass, your home can feel exposed. While you could replace the glass with obscured options, it still doesn’t give you full peace of mind at times. However, by switching your conservatory to an orangery, you can get a space that uses more durable materials to give you more control inside your home.

Conservatory conversionBenefits of Orangery Conversion

With an orangery conversion, you could transform the way you use your home. Orangeries are classic designs which come from the Georgian era. Originally, these spaces were symbols of status, ideal as extensions to stately homes. Not only that, they were popular in Europe to let homeowners enjoy the sun. Now, though, you can enjoy that feeling inside your home.

Your orangery will be thermally efficient, thanks to panels of double glazing and durable brickwork. Not only that, but the brickwork will protect you from the elements, preventing water from seeping in. High winds are less likely to weaken the structure, and you can improve your home’s security too. You could choose sliding and bi-fold doors with multi-point locking systems that are anti-crowbar designs.

An orangery conversion is also incredibly stylish. You can benefit from classic features like roof cornices to give your new space an elegant look. With a roof lantern, you can also add a vaulted glass skylight inside a solid roof for a perfect blend of light and warmth. You could even colour match the brickwork to your existing property, creating a more natural connection to your home!

Conservatory to Orangery Conversion Cost

A conservatory to orangery conversion can cost anywhere between £20,000-100,000. While that may seem steep, though, those prices are with the big national brands. Those companies have larger overheads, meaning they’ll charge you more to cover them. Not only that, they can take ages to install the space, leaving you waiting for weeks or even months.

With Abbey Conservatories, though, you could cut the cost of a conservatory to orangery conversion. We can offer conversions for under £20,000, as can many local suppliers. Also, it could even cost less than building a brand-new conservatory for your home! That way, you’ll be making a better investment with a local installer in your area.

At Abbey, we’ve made the conservatory to orangery conversion one of our premium installations. We have years of experience in carrying them out for our valued customers. And, as a trusted, local installer, our team will install them made-to-measure for your home in less time. We’re also members of Checkatrade, ensuring you’ll get a quality conversion for your home.

orangery conversionConservatory to Orangery Conversions with Abbey

If you’d like to switch your old conservatory to an orangery with a conversion from Abbey, get in touch today!

With our online quote builder, you can find out just how much our conversions will cost. You could also choose bespoke features for your build to personalise it to your home.

If you’d like to hear more, Abbey’s friendly team is always available too. Reach out to us today using our online contact form or by calling 01189 582 839 to ask us anything!


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