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Guide To Conservatory Refurbishment

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You could transform your conservatory with only a little bit of refurbishment. While you might be thinking that your old space is beyond saving, Abbey’s range of refurbishment options could make you think again. With us, you could get new parts for your old build, helping it start to perform better and for longer.

You might have a space that is difficult to use in both winter and summer, has access issues, or just looks tired and basic. However, rather than tear it down, which costs time and money, you can replace parts of your build to get the perfect new room for your home for less money.

When you get a conservatory refurbishment, you won’t have to carry out as much work. You won’t tear the whole build down, meaning the process is quicker and less costly. And, if you like your current space, there’s no need to change the style. At Abbey, we offer made-to-measure parts that suit any space seamlessly. The only thing that will change is the performance of your space.

With a refurbished conservatory, you can enjoy your home in more comfort. You’ll get a choice of durable glazing, innovative doors, and even robust roofs. All of these options can make your home more secure, protect you from the weather, and even help you save money on your energy bills.

The Benefits of Conservatory Refurbishment

If you have an older conservatory, refurbishment could help fix a lot of its issues. You might have a conservatory, for example, that struggles with heat transfer. It’s a common issue in old builds, where thin materials across the design struggle to keep cold air away from your home. Not only that, but excess heat and sunlight can pass through, creating an uncomfortable greenhouse effect.

With conservatory refurbishment, though, you can take back control of your living space. New glass can provide better insulation in winter, new doors come with durable uPVC or aluminium frames, and a brand-new roof can block excess sunlight, reducing glare.

Not only that, but you’ll be able to save money at every step. When you invest in replacement parts, you can get them for less cost than you would in a new design. Then, once installed, they can help you save money in the long run. You’ll be adding the latest in efficient technology to your space, helping you cut the cost of your energy bills!

guide to conservatory refurbishmentConservatory Refurbishment Glazing

So, where to start with your space? One way to refurbish it is to change the glass. Many older builds use only one layer of glazing, which doesn’t offer a lot of protection during the winter. As a result, cold air can pass through quickly, making the whole room chilly and uncomfortable. When you get a conservatory refurbishment, though, you could invest in double glazing right across the build.

Double glazing uses two layers of glass instead of one, giving you more protection against cold weather. Additionally, a layer of argon gas sits in between the panels, reducing the risk of condensation and improving insulation. You can even get tempered glass which is less likely to break or internally shatter.

With new double glazing, you’ll also let natural light flood your home more safely. When the light comes in, you won’t have to worry about glare, as the second pane of glass reduces the sun’s intensity. Also, double glazing blocks out harmful UV rays, meaning carpets and furniture won’t wash out and fade.

conservatory refurbishment costsConservatory Refurbishment Doors

Another way to refurbish your conservatory is to invest in new doors. Modern doors are brilliant for both opening to your garden, but also connecting your conservatory to your home. Older designs are often narrow and difficult to access, making your garden seem much further away than it is.

However, modern builds use full sections of double glazing and slimline frames, meaning they always seem open. For example, sliding patio doors sit on an in-line slider, meaning they have no swing arc. Not only do they take up no space, but the full section of double glazing brings nature closer to your home.

You can also choose bi-fold doors, which use multiple glass panels that fold on themselves when you open them. As a result, either of these doors can provide seamless pathways to your garden. Also, if you need to use a wheelchair, pram or have mobility issues, you can get these doors with a low-threshold option. That way, your space is accessible for all.

Conservatory Refurbishment Roofs

The roof of your conservatory could be a crucial reason why it isn’t comfortable. It comes into more contact with the sun than any other part of the build. Because of this, a poor roof lets too much sunlight in, as well as cold or warm air. But that also means a brand-new roof can have a brilliant impact.

With a replacement conservatory roof, you can get a brand-new design that works to insulate your space more effectively. You can choose a roof with double glazing or more robust materials like tiled or solid structures. Either of these options is far more durable, fully weatherproof, and customisable too!

With a solid or tiled roof, you can get partial glazing or a roof lantern to let light through into your home. That way, you can control just how your conservatory is lit. You’ll also get more control over its temperature. A new roof offers brilliant insulation, helping you stay warm all year round and saving money on your energy bills every day.

complete guide to conservatory refurbishmentChoose Abbey for Conservatory Refurbishment

If you’d like a conservatory refurbishment, then Abbey is the ideal choice. We’re a trusted, local company with over 30 years of experience in providing new parts. We can offer the latest double glazing, unique doors and durable roofs for your home. And, with us, you can fully customise every design with hardware, colours or finishes to get the perfect style for your living space.

When you work with Abbey, you’ll also guarantee the right fit. Our installation team will fit your refurbishment parts made-to-measure, and around your schedule, so you get the personalised service your home deserves.

Conservatory Refurbishment Prices

You can use our online quoting engine today to take a look at our range of conservatory refurbishment options. Then, we’ll offer a unique quote for a customisable design within seconds!

Alternatively, if you’d like to hear more, or ask us anything, get in touch with Abbey today! You could fill in our online contact form, or call our friendly team on 01189 582 839 to speak to us directly today.

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Will My House Extension Add Value?

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A new house extension could add more value to your home than you may think. Not only will you get a brand-new space, but it could raise the price of your home and reduce the amount of money you spend to maintain it. House extensions give you a world of possibilities, thanks to the versatility of their designs.

You can create any room you want, and get the same level of performance or better than you currently do in your existing home. Not only that, but a house extension is a fully bespoke option, adding value in how your home looks and feels. Because of all this, one of these spaces could transform your home.

At Abbey, we’re proud to have been installing stunning house extensions for over 30 years. We’ve seen first-hand how a brilliant house extension can add value to homes right across the area, and we know you can bring that value to your living space as well. Working with us, you’ll get a quality extension in the bespoke design of your choice, giving you total control over how it suits your needs.

With the option of durable glazing, innovative doors, thermally efficient roofing and a range of colours and finishes, your new house extension is what you make it. That way, you’ll add value to your home now, for years to come, and when you decide to move on.

will my house extension add valueHouse Extension Durability

A house extension is an ideal way to add value to your home. You’ll be investing in a room that can blend in seamlessly with the rest of your living space, or can stand out boldly. Unlike a conservatory or an orangery, you’ll get total control over the design of your extension.

You can choose the size, shape and overall style of the space, meaning you can use it for any purpose. Not only that, but the design you do create is one that’s built to last. Your extension will use highly durable materials, such as brickwork, aluminium or even tiles. All of these are fully weatherproof and able to perform for decades without a hitch.

House Extension Efficiency

Another way a house extension can add value is the money it could save for your home. With an extension, you’ll get a thermally efficient room that gives your home outstanding insulation. Because of this, you won’t be losing as much of your home’s energy. Additionally, you’ll be able to prevent cold air from spreading into your home from outdoors.

As a result, your extension will be warm, and every other room in your home will be able to feel the benefits too. That way, you won’t have to use your heating as often, helping you cut the cost of your energy bills every single day.

House Extension Security

And, if there’s one thing we at Abbey know adds value, it’s peace of mind. Feeling safe inside your home is vital to you and us. Because of this, our house extensions make sure you and your family are protected from any threat. If a burglar or intruder tries to get into your house through your extension, then they’ll be out of luck.

You can choose doors with innovative multi-point locking systems, resilient hinges and robust shootbolts. There are also windows with durable handles and roofing with more solid materials. That way, you’ll add an extra layer of protection to your home, adding value you can’t put a price on.

house extension valueHouse Extension Design

One thing sure to add value to your house extension is the right design. Many extensions can look a bit tired or basic, which isn’t good for you or anybody who’d like to move into your home. Because of this, the best way to add value is to be true to yourself. With a bespoke house extension, you can create the room you’ve been missing in your home.

For example, if you want a home office or study to get work done, you can build it. Alternatively, with the option of floor-to-ceiling glazing and bi-fold doors, you can build a social space that extends your living space and beyond into your garden.

House Extension Value

If you decide to leave your home, you’ll see how a house extension can add value that lasts a lifetime. If your home as an extension, it’s been proven that you’ll be able to get a higher price for your property! Because of this, you can expect higher, and more frequent offers when you decide to leave your home.

Many buyers will look for the condition of your extension, meaning regular maintenance can also help. Fortunately, as the design is so durable, cleaning is quick and easy. You won’t have to clean the build more than a couple of times a year either. That way, your house extension can add value to your home, and even to your next one, effortlessly!

Abbey House Extensions Add Value

With Abbey, you can build a house extension that adds even more value to your home. We supply leading extensions for low prices, and with the personalised service that only a trusted local company can provide. We have 30 years of experience in extensions, giving us the expertise to build your ideal space.

Our team can make the process as smooth as possible, working around your schedule and working with your designs. At Abbey, you can fully customise your new house extension to suit you. That means you can add value with a truly unique space! And, as a local installer, you could get a much lower price for your new extension when you choose us.

add value with house extensionHouse Extension Prices

To find out how low Abbey’s prices are for a house extension, get in touch with us today and add value to your home for the future!

You can use our online quoting engine to pick out every part of your new extension and to get a personalised price for it. It’ll only take minutes to use the interactive tool and seconds to get your quote, meaning it’s quick and easy.

Also, our friendly team are always on hand to help. You can fill out our online contact form to ask us anything, or give the team a call on 01189 582 839 to speak to us directly!

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Inspiring Ideas For Your Front Porch

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For many homeowners, the front porch is the gateway to the rest of your home. It’s a place where visitors can take a momentary pause before stepping into your property, meaning that in many cases it is the first thing they see and creates their first impression – so it’s incredibly important to get this right and make sure it accurately reflects the look and feel of the rest of your home.

In practical terms, a front porch is a useful place to store your belongings away from the rest of your home. It means you can clear those shoes and coats out of your hallway and store them out of sight. But when you guests come to visit, they’ll pass through your porch, and you’ll want to make sure that they don’t just get the impression that you use your front porch for storing wet clothes and muddy footwear.

At Abbey Conservatories, we’re committed to improving the look and feel of your home with our cost-effective and beautiful installations. That’s why we’ve put together this useful guide into design possibilities for your front porch. So whether you’re looking to build a porch from scratch or upgrade your existing one, we hope you’ll feel inspired to create the one that’s right for you.

Open or Covered Front Porches

A front porch lets you open up your home to new possibilities – but that doesn’t mean you necessarily want it to be exposed to the outside world. Or, maybe you do – the choice is yours. You can opt for either open or covered front porches, depending on your needs and style preferences.

Open porches are a traditional English style that isn’t enclosed at the front or sides, with no additional walls – often, these are supports with an arched canopy on top. Fitting with their authentic aesthetic, these can often by seen in timber, or materials designed to imitate this. These front porches provide shelter from the rain for you and your guests as you enter your home. With their decorative beams and balustrades, they offer traditional style for an inspiring aesthetic.

To reap the benefits of increased storage space more effectively, covered porches are the ideal solution. This design incorporates walls, windows and doors to create an additional entrance at the front of your property. Let your guests step inside and take a breath before entering your property proper. They can slip off their shoes so they don’t traipse dirt inside, and this is the ideal place for you to keep your muddy boots and dripping-wet coat if you’ve been caught unawares in a sharp shower.

With traditional and modern designs available, you can choose the most inspiring front porch options to meet your needs and create the aesthetic that’s right for you.

inspirational front porch designsFront Porch Door Options

Another key and inspiring decision you get to make when designing your front door is the type of door you want to add to it. There are lots of different options available. Since this is the entrance to your property and the first thing many people will see, it’s vital to choose one that’s stylish, secure and earns you more kerb appeal. Many homeowners choose a raw and rustic stable door for their front porch door design. Porches provide a traditional aesthetic, so a similarly authentic-looking stable door is an excellent addition. Though they feature a handcrafted and old-fashioned appearance, modern stable doors are stronger and durable, and you can even find cutting-edge composite doors in the stable door style for your front porch.

Another front porch door option would be sliding doors. These door styles are often seen at the rear of properties as traditional patio doors, however they’re equally at home at the front. They are perfect for slightly larger porches with more space available for these large glazed door panels to slide aside. Equally, their sleek and sliding motion allows you to maximise the space of your front porch further, so you’ll have more room for storage and for your guests to step inside, without any doors opening inwards or outwards to get in the way.

A third front porch door option is French doors. These charming and continental doors open outwards and open up your home to new possibilities. If you feel inspired to design a chic and appealing front porch, French doors for your porch are a great choice. These are available in uPVC, as are many of these other porch doors, are there are many advantages to this material, including vast customisation options to suit your home. uPVC is cost-effective, versatile and highly secure, so no matter which front door style you choose, there’s bound to be the perfect fit for you.

Front Door Design Inspiration

The perfect way to feel inspired to design your new front porch is to take a look at other properties similar to your own – or maybe completely different – to see what other people have put together. Porches come in all shapes and sizes, colours, materials and configurations, so you should find the design process enjoyable and rewarding.

Whether you opt for a modern or traditional front porch design, open or covered with your choice of accompanying door style, the look and functionality are sure to enhance your home.

Inspired Front Porch Designs From Abbey Conservatories

Are you feeling inspired to start designing your new front porch? Why not get in touch with the expert team at Abbey Conservatories? You can get started on your next project by calling us on 0118 958 2839 or completing our online contact form.

Whether it’s windows, doors, conservatories, porches or any other project, we have the experience and expertise to take care of everything from start to finish. That way, you’ll be totally satisfied with your front porch design for an installation that’s sure to inspire friends, family, visitors and passers-by.

We look forward to working with you soon.

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Popular Ways To Use A Conservatory

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There are lots of important questions to ask when you’re planning to design your brand-new conservatory – and most exciting of all is, “How should I use my new conservatory?” We’ve put together this handy homeowners’ guide to give you some ideas about the most popular ways to use a conservatory, so you can choose the perfect way to make use of your new living space for you and your loved ones.

Conservatories are a significant undertaking for anyone. Their installation involves intelligent and co-ordinated efforts between many teams of skills individuals to get the job done. From builders and electricians to project managers and interior designers to name a few, there are many people involved in any conservatory installation.

But remember that the most important person is you – you are the one who will see and enjoy your new conservatory every day, so you need to make sure it’s right for you. That’s why you need to choose a reliable company like Abbey to expertly handle every aspect of the project so you can pay attention to the key point of how you are going to use your conservatory.

best ways to use a conservatoryUse Your Conservatory As A Social Place

Create a welcoming and inviting social hub for friends and family to enjoy with this popular use for a conservatory. As an extension of your home, you’ll benefit from an additional room in which to welcome guests and entertain.

Consider the many conservatory roof options available to enhance the look and feel of your conservatory as a social place. For example, if you opt for certain internal pelmets, these can be adorned with lighting and speaker options to create the perfect ambience and set the mood for your party or gathering.

With stunning conservatory roofs, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the night sky for evening soirées or bask in the beautiful sunshine and warm glow of an afternoon gathering. Conservatories connect your home with the outside world in a different way to the rest of your living space, so the top uses for conservatories make the most of this.

Use Your Conservatory As A Home Office

In recent months, working from home has gone from a luxury or rare occurrence to the “new normal” for many of us. As a result, lots of homeowners have realised that their property doesn’t have a space that’s ideal for working, away from the hustle and bustle and distractions of everyday life.

That’s why one of the top uses for a conservatory is to turn it into a home office. You have a whole new room to fill with everything you need to get your job done, from a desk and computer to any other equipment you may need. What’s more, you may find yourself feeling more inspired than if you were working from your spare bedroom or loft conversion, and your conservatory is full of natural light and gorgeous views of your garden, creating an inspiring space that helps you stay creative and stress-free.

If your job isn’t computer-based or office-bound, you can still enjoy this popular use of a conservatory. If you’re a professional person providing a skill or trade, why not consider operating out of your conservatory? Turn your conservatory into a hair salon, for example, transforming your space into a bright and airy room in which you can carry out your own transformations. Or, use your conservatory as an arts and crafts studio, and start creating beautiful pieces as stylish and bespoke as your new room.

best ways to use a conservatoryUse Your Conservatory As A Guest Bedroom

If you want to use your conservatory to entertain friends and family, but you’re hoping they’ll stay for a few days, why not consider turning your new expansion into a chic and stylish guest bedroom? Let your loved ones sleep under the stars as you welcome them into your home, while also maintaining yours and their privacy.

Modern conservatories feature advanced glazing options and efficient building capabilities to improve the thermal efficiency and weatherproofing of their installation. This means you won’t have to worry about your guests overheating in the summer or feeling chilly on winter nights, as they stay comfortable all year round. What’s more, with privacy-focused designs, your guests won’t have to feel exposed for all to see.

Using your conservatory as a guest bedroom also gives your carte blanche to head out and choose some brand-new pieces of furniture to fill your space. Make your conservatory as welcoming as possible with stylish furniture, practical additions like tables and storage, as well as a comfy bed to snuggle into after a long day. When you haven’t got any guests round, you may even feel tempted to use your conservatory as your own bedroom for a change of scenery!

Use Your Conservatory In Your Own Way With Abbey Conservatories

There are many popular ways to use a conservatory, and any of these would be a viable option. Choose a trusted local installer like Abbey to work with you on the project, understand your needs and get the job done in a way that works for you – giving you plenty of time to plan how you want to use your conservatory.

No matter whether you’re looking to make a buzzing social hub, inspiring home office or stunning guest bedroom, we can help. The possibilities for your new conservatory are endless, and we’ll help you design and install the one that’s right for you.

Get started today using our online quoting engine to generate your free and bespoke conservatory quote. You can also call us for more information on 0118 958 2839 or complete our online contact form. We’ll take you through the top ways to use your new conservatory for the best price. We look forward to working with you soon.

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Conservatories For Listed Buildings

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Listed buildings provide a highly desirable aesthetic that makes them incredibly sought-after for homeowners across the country. They provide a charming, stylish aesthetic, full of character and history, and they come with a legacy that makes them stand out from the crowd. A Grade I or Grade II listed building is one that has been around for over one hundred years, with you, the current owner, acting as custodian to preserve its legacy and integrity to make sure it lasts as long as possible.

With history comes tradition, and listed buildings’ aesthetics sometimes mask how they are not always designed for maximum levels of space, warmth and comfort – certainly not to the extent homeowners would expect from a newbuild or recently renovated property. With rules in place, there are limitations to how much listed buildings can be improved.

Authentic listed buildings’ windows, for example, cannot be replaced with advanced double glazing. However, there is the worthwhile alternative of secondary glazing, with additional panels fitted around the window that do not replace it while still improving its thermal efficiency. But what about space? If you want another room for your listed building, you may be considering the addition of a conservatory. Is this possible, and is there an alternative?

Our expert team have put together this guide to tell you all you need to know about adding a conservatory to a listed building, so any home can reach its full potential with Abbey Conservatories.

What Is A Listed Building?

If you own a listed building, it’s likely you know the criteria. However, if you’re considering purchasing a property that may be Grade I or II listed, or you’re simply curious about the options that period property owners have when it comes to conservatories, we can help.

A listed building is one that is on the statutory list of ‘buildings of special architectural or historical interest’ and the listing protects all aspects of the property from changes that are out of line with its character. Age is the most common factor to determine what is or what will become a listed building – all of those in a good, original condition from before the 1700s will be listed, as well as most of those up to the mid-19th Century, while others between them and the turn of the 20th Century are chosen on a case-by-case basis.

add conservatory to listed buildingWhy Are There Limits on Home Improvements For Listed Buildings?

The purpose of registering an historical building is to preserve its original appearance and condition as much as possible. That’s why there are limits to the products and installations that can be carried out.

Property owners will, for example, want to retain a listed building’s original windows, so new and improved double glazing cannot be fitted. While this may make the building colder in the winter, less thermally efficient and even hotter in the summer – which brings with it a range of downsides to the functionality and performance of the structure as a whole – there are limits in place. Therefore, in this instance, residents of a listed building with concerns about their windows will look to add secondary glazing.

But where does this leave us if you want to add a conservatory to a listed building? If you own a period property that is Grade I or Grade II listed, you will have to make an application to your local council who will assess your case individually and get back to you with a decision usually within a few months or less.

English Heritage will often be brought in to give an opinion when the matter of adding a conservatory to a listed building is brought up, particularly if it is Grade I listed. Similarly, neighbours and other local interested parties can put forward an opinion during this consultation period.

Which Conservatory Should I Add To My Listed Building?

If you get approval to add a conservatory to your listed building, there is still more decision-making involved. There are a wide range of conservatory styles available, from traditional structures that will be instantly recognisable across the board to bespoke designs to maximise the amount of space you have available.

Since the consultation process can take as long as 13 weeks in some cases, especially when involving adding a conservatory to a Grade I listed building, this is the ideal time to meet with conservatory experts like ourselves to discuss the options available.

In order to retain your heritage home’s traditional appearance, you may want to consider the traditional Victorian conservatory style. These are perhaps the most distinctive and recognisable design on the market, and we’ve upgraded the classic aesthetics to include all the benefits of modern performance that you would come to expect from a cutting-edge conservatory.

You could also consider a grand Gable-End conservatory style. With its high roof and intricate detailing, it offers an elegant aesthetic to make the most of the height and space you have available. Perfect for the extravagant stylings that are characteristic of some older properties, if you’re looking to enhance the appeal of your listed building with a conservatory in addition to its performance, look to the Gable-End structure.

heritage home conservatoriesConservatories For Listed Buildings By Abbey Conservatories

Here at Abbey Conservatories, we have a wide range of conservatory styles available. No matter how unique your listed building may be, we are sure to have a bespoke conservatory design that works for you.

If you are unsure about any aspect of adding a conservatory to a listed building, why not contact our experts? You can reach out to us online or by phone on 0118 958 2839 and we’ll be happy to help.

Plus, if you’ve already applied to add a conservatory to a listed building, you can use our online quoting engine to get an instant price. We look forward to working with you soon.

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Is Your Old Conservatory Roof Leaking?

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Picture the scene: You finally have the conservatory of your dreams; it’s a big and beautiful new space for you and your family to use all year round, filled with comfy furniture, providing vast views over your garden, and intended as a social space to welcome friends as well as a quiet retreat from the chaos of modern life.

And then you find a leak.

With Abbey Conservatories, there’s no need to despair if you’ve been let down by a lesser installer. There’s also, more importantly, no need to start from scratch. You won’t necessarily have to replace your whole conservatory after all the careful planning to create it in the first place.

There are some relatively simple next steps to take if your conservatory roof is leaking and you want to rectify this (as we’re sure you do) – and it’s also important to understand why this happening to identify the perfect next steps, while also making sure wherever possible that it doesn’t happen again.

At Abbey Conservatories, we’re experts in all aspects of conservatory design, installation and upkeep. We ensure that our conservatories are high-performance and able to resist the elements to prevent any leaks and suboptimal performance. In this guide, we’ll share our expertise with you to help you make the most of your conservatory all year round.

Why Is My Conservatory Leaking?

As with any parts of your property, there are a lot of complex factors involved that can cause undesirable performance and a less-than-ideal living space. A faulty conservatory roof can often by the cause of leaks. This could be from a roof panel that has slipped out of place or has been poorly fitted, a cracked piece of double glazing, or a multitude of reasons.

There may be no clear traceable reason as to why your conservatory roof is leaking. Sometimes it can be the result of harsh weather conditions that your installation is unprepared for – this could be intense heat following a long period of cold that has caused the glazing to crack, as well as mistakes made during the installation by a lesser installer, or simply a chip or crack to the glass that cannot be traced to any one moment or person’s responsibility.

Whether you manage to identify precisely why your conservatory is leaking or not, it’s vital to be prepared and initiate the next steps swiftly and effectively to minimise any damage to your belongings or your loved ones’ wellbeing.

leaking conservatory roofWhat Should I Do If My Conservatory Is Leaking?

If you find that your conservatory is leaking, it’s important to ask quickly and calmly to minimise any further damage to your living space and ensure you make the right decisions.

You can move any valuables or items of furniture away from the leak to stop these from becoming damaged by the water. You may also want to move as many items out of the furniture as possible, if you aren’t planning to attend to the leak quickly – a leaking conservatory provides the ideal conditions for mould to grow. This not only creates an undesirable aesthetic but also an unhealthy living space that can cause breathing difficulty.

The best course of action is to contact a trusted local installer to precisely identify the problem and find the best way to fix it. At Abbey Conservatories, we’ve been contacted by countless homeowners who have had their conservatories fitted by other installers which have since suffered from leaking roofs or similar, and we’ve been able to resolve the matter effectively.

Conservatory Roof Replacement To Fix Leaks

In many cases from our vast experience, underperforming conservatory roofs are a primary reason as to why your conservatory could be leaking. While this may sound like a significant issue, it is less so than a fundamental structure problem with the main body of your conservatory – conservatory roofs can be replaced relatively easily. What’s more, not only will your leak be resolved, but you’ll enjoy improved and superior performance in other areas too.

Replacement conservatory roofs are available in a wide range of styles – there are many offered by our experts here at Abbey Conservatories too. With solid, tiled, glass and other design elements to choose from, you are sure to be able to find the perfect fit for your home, if you’re looking to simply replace your current conservatory roof to a higher-performing option.

Alternatively, while a leaking conservatory roof can cause a lot of upheaval and unexpected stress, it can also be the ideal time to improve the look and feel of your expanded space. Take the opportunity and make the best of the situation by choosing a brand new conservatory roof style to not only fix your leak but make your conservatory better than ever.

fix conservatory leakHow To Prevent Conservatory Leaking

While it can sometimes be unclear as to what has caused a conservatory to leak, our expert team have identified some best practices to do as much as possible in order to prevent this from happening.

There are some simple steps you can take in order to maintain your conservatory and reduce the risk of further leaking where you can. Basic maintenance involves keeping the temperature of your expanded living space controlled. Ensure it is kept warm in the winter, carefully and gradually, without sudden sharp rises in heat throughout the day that risk causing cracks to the double glazing. A simple heater can be a cost-effective yet wholly effective way to help with this.

It would also be useful to maintain the roof where you can, or occasionally higher a professional cleaner to look after the outside of your conservatory – many window cleaners will offer this service as a standalone feature or an add-on service, if you don’t have the tools or don’t want to do this yourself. This will reduce the risk of leaks occurring from cracks, as there is less dirt and build-up on your conservatory roof. You will also be able to identify any minor cracks, chips or other small issues before they turn into a larger leak causing more cost and problems.

Fix Conservatory Leaks With Abbey Conservatories

If your existing conservatory is leaking or you feel it is at risk of doing so, you can contact the experts at Abbey Conservatories. We’ve been installing, improving and replacing conservatories and conservatory roofs for many years, so we understand how to save you time, money and stress when it comes to leaking conservatories.

Explore our range of conservatory roof replacements and get a free online quote instantly. You can also talk through your options with our friendly team by phone on 01189 582 839 or using our online contact form.

Fix your leaking conservatory and make your expanded living space look and feel better than ever with Abbey Conservatories. We look forward to working with you soon.

How To Furnish Your Orangery

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Orangeries are soaring popularity for homeowners across the country They allow a vast influx of natural light into your home. This makes your new living space look brighter and feel even bigger as a result. Much like a conservatory, you can use an orangery any way you choose, for working, dining or entertaining – or a combination of all three.

But the burning question remains – what is the best way to furnish an orangery?

You’ll want to make use of the space you have available and maximise the light, airy room style in a way that works for you. You may also want to mimic the aesthetics of the rest of your property for a cohesive appearance, or perhaps you will want to make it stand apart like its own unique, individual space. As such, the décor is incredibly important too.

In this guide, we’ll run through the key differences between an orangery and a conservatory, and how these variations affect the design choices you will make when you look at how to furnish your new orangery. We’ll also put forward some design ideas and share some of our favourite suggestions.

Rest assured that your new orangery will be uniquely yours – you’re welcome to ignore all our suggestions or steal them all if you would like. The choice, like your orangery, is yours.

If you don’t yet own an orangery and are looking to invest, you can talk to us about it and we’ll get your project started. You can even get a price in seconds, using our online quoting engine. Enter your specifications to find out how much your bespoke orangery will cost.

Orangery vs Conservatory

That makes it sound like a competition, but it’s difficult to compare the two. It’s certainly nigh on impossible to say whether one is better than the other. It all comes down to which is right for you and your home, and how best to use your available space.

The most straightforward way to explain the difference between an orangery and a conservatory is that the former is mostly made up of brickwork, while the latter prioritises glass. Orangeries also most often feature a flat roof with large glass windows and a roof light to allow a controlled influx of natural light.

If you’re still unsure which is right for you – or even which you have, if you’ve recently moved into a new property – you’re welcome to talk to our friendly experts. We’re able to advise on all aspects of conservatories and orangeries – including which is which!

how to furnish an orangery living roomFurnish Your Orangery As A Living Room

Is your family rapidly expanding and outgrowing your current lounge or living room? Is your sitting room too noisy, or too crowded, and you would like a little secret place of solitude to escape to? If that sounds like you, why not create an orangery that acts as a second or expanded living room?

You can create a bright and airy space that’s a joy to escape to. For such a light and bright room, you can fill your orangery with colourful furniture to make a splash. Since you may be most likely to use your orangery in the summer, on the lighter, brighter and warmer nights, you may want to look at floral-patterned furniture, pastel feature armchairs and colourful, characterful sofas.

If you choose a bespoke orangery that’s expertly installed, you’ll enjoy the benefits of advanced double glazing and a thermally efficient profile that stays comfortable in the winter too. As such, you can look to create a cosy, comfy place to snuggle up and settle in on those winter nights. If you do, you might want to choose darker, moodier furnishings like autumnal brown décor, deep, moody reds, and complete the look with atmospheric lighting like a feature chandelier or even spotlights dotted around.

No matter how you choose to furnish, orangeries look and perform their best in all weathers, making the most of the light and space you have available. Any furnishings will create a stylish décor and atmosphere for you to use a living space all year round.

Furnish Your Orangery As A Dining Room

If you choose to furnish your orangery as a dining space, you’re opening up the potential to create a striking social space that will have friends and family calling at your door more often than ever to sit and eat and drink in your elegant new space.

You could choose to go one of two main ways when you look to decide on the décor for your orangery’s furnishings. You could opt for a timeless aesthetic with authentic, traditional style wooden furniture in a handcrafted aesthetic, complemented by rustic shades and finishes with a retro flair. You’ll want to make sure this look is implemented throughout when you furnish your conservatory, so this doesn’t look odd when placed against more modern products and features. You could even make a statement with large pendant lights to illuminate your space and make a strong impression.

Alternatively, you might want to make your orangery ultra-modern. If you do, it’s likely you will look to sleek, slimline furnishings in modern, muted colours like black or grey. With this up-to-date appearance, you’ll enjoy clean lines and a distinctive finish that will suit a minimalist appearance through. For new builds or recently renovated properties, this could be an excellent choice. Many homeowners want to make the most of the space they have available and highlight how much room they have to spare. Keeping your orangery furnished in the most modern way will help to achieve this.

Invite friends and family over and entertain them in your orangery no matter how it is furnished or what décor you choose. As long as you have a dining table, comfy seats and good company – and well as an expertly installed orangery – you’ll be sure to make the most of your new living space all through the year.

furniture your orangery dining roomFurnish Your Orangery As Whatever You Want!

Stand out the crowd, throw caution to the wind and defy all expectations. If you’re looking to furnish your orangery, how about doing something unexpected that will take your friends, family and maybe even yourself by surprise?

Have you considered turning your orangery into a guest bedroom (or somewhere to escape to when the other half is snoring again)? Many orangeries feature stunning vaulted ceilings and gorgeous views of the night sky, so you’ll feel like you’re sleeping under the stars while also staying warm and cosy in your thermally efficient installation. You can furnish this extra bedroom in any way you choose but be sure to keep a cohesive aesthetic throughout and consider additional furniture that you can use through the day as well – unless you’re planning to stay in bed all day, and we wouldn’t blame you! With the privacy of an orangery, you’re able to do whatever you want – we won’t judge!

The choices are almost endless. You know your home better than anyone else, so you know what it might be missing Do you need a new living room, office space, dining area, guest bedroom, children’s playroom – the list goes on. No matter what you choose, rest assured that the best orangeries will work for you.

Furnish Your Orangery From Abbey Conservatories

We understand the importance of improving your home your way. That’s why we’ll work closely with you to discuss what you need when you come to us to find out more about investing in a brand-new stunning bespoke orangery.

We’ll take all the stress and worry out of your installation, so you can focus on how you want to use your orangery. While we take care of the tricky parts, you can enjoy the fun of thinking about the furnishing, décor and features to make your space truly yours.

We’d be happy to offer any advice you might need, so give us a call or contact us online. And remember, you can use our online quoting engine to start planning your eye-catching and versatile orangery project today. We look forward to working with you soon.

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Project – Aluminium Windows & Doors

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Here at Abbey, we’re committed to improving your home in every way possible, in a manner that works for you.

We would like to share with you one of our recent projects where our expert installation team installed stunning aluminium windows and doors at a property in Reading. The homeowner was thrilled and keen to let us inspire our other valued customer with stunning images of our work.

If you’ve recently invested in a new conservatory from us, or if you’re thinking about getting in touch – first of all, why wait? Second of all, once you’ve created a brand-new living space, don’t let the rest of your home fall behind. Our modern aluminium windows and doors will make your property as cosy and comfortable as your new conservatory, so you can relax indoors all year round.

Plus, many of our conservatory installations, such as our tiled roofs, feature an aluminium structure, so you can create a cohesive aesthetic. For more information about our striking and high-performance aluminium products, visit our dedicated Abbey Aluminium Windows site, or get in touch with us today.

Aluminium Windows

Just as our bespoke conservatories offer a range of benefits including thermal efficiency, aluminium windows are an excellent investment for any and all properties. As you can see from our eye-catching images, the homeowner at this property choose to keep the original distinctive aesthetics of aluminium for their new windows. However, it is a highly customisable material, so you can choose the colour and finish that’s right for you.

There are many other advantages to choosing aluminium windows that will make the rest of your property keep up with the high-performance of your modern conservatory. With slim frames and a sleek appearance, you’ll be able to fill your home with an influx of natural light throughout. Just as the advanced double glazing in your custom conservatory or orangery makes your home look brighter and feel bigger as a result, our aluminium windows will work the same magic on the rest of your house.

We’re able to customise aluminium windows to suit the look and feel of the rest of your property. If you’ve recently invested in a conservatory, don’t let the rest of your living space fall behind. Maintain a modern, striking aesthetic and reinvent the look and feel of your home with aluminium windows.

The homeowner in this case was thrilled by the finished product as well as Abbey’s professional and friendly service throughout – the results are clear to see here. Find out how we can do the same for you.

Aluminium Doors

Conservatories open up your home and allow a seamless connection between the inside and outside of your property via your expanded living space Aluminium doors in the bi-folding style achieve the same results expand your home’s potential even further.

Just like aluminium windows, aluminium bi-fold doors are sleek, slimline and incredibly strong. Since you have recently invested in (or are thinking of investing in) a secure and stylish new conservatory, you won’t want to compromise on that peace of mind when it comes to other areas of your lifestyle. That’s why aluminium doors make an excellent investment as a resilient barrier between you and the outside world.

Our modern conservatories, as you may already know, feature exceptionally large and stunning double glazed areas to fill your space with an influx of natural light. If you’re looking to enjoy a bigger and brighter living space (and why wouldn’t you be?) then aluminium bi-fold doors are the perfect accompaniment. Even when closed, they allow you to flood your home with light thanks to their glazed panels and remarkably narrow frames, without compromising on security.

Open up your home to new possibilities with aluminium doors and bi-fold doors, just as our valued customer did here. They couldn’t be happier with the striking aesthetic of classic aluminium frames alongside exceptional levels of modern performance.

Aluminium Home Improvements

If you’re planning to improve your home with a bespoke conservatory from Abbey, it might also be worth thinking ahead about how else you can increase your living space’s potential. Aluminium windows and doors are full of possibilities, and as you can see here, we’re able to install them as expertly as we do our conservatories.

Why not visit our dedicated site, Abbey Aluminium Windows, to find out more and receive your competitive aluminium windows and doors prices online in minutes? Alternatively, you’re welcome to call us on 0118 958 2839 or contact us online to discuss your options.

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Homeowners’ Guide to Conservatory Installation

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So, you’re thinking about choosing a conservatory to expand your home. Conservatories make an excellent addition to any property. They are incredibly versatile, giving you a significant amount of new living space that you can use in any way you want. Practical and useful, they are always highly desirable – they are a fine investment that will increase the value of your property immediately.

Some homeowners may worry that there is a lot of work involving in a conservatory installation – which is true. But it doesn’t have to be too stressful. You’re expanding your home, so there is bound to be some disruption to your daily life at home for a few days. However, the benefits of installing a conservatory far outweigh any perceived drawbacks about the whole process.

The way best to deal with any potential stress involved in a conservatory installation is to first understand it. Once you know what you will be dealing with and what will happen, you won’t be caught off-guard. This removed as much unnecessary stress as possible. If you’re armed with the knowledge of what the conservatory installation process entails, you will be prepared.

When your conservatory is being installed, it’s an exciting time. We want you to be excited for the vast possibilities that your new living space will hold, not worried about the upheaval involved in the process itself. As such, Abbey’s professional conservatory installation experts have prepared this homeowners’ guide to the conservatory installation process. That way, you’ll understand everything that is happening and that will happen in the process, so you can be informed, prepared and confident in your conservatory installation.

homeowners guide to conservatory installationHomeowners’ Guide – Choose Your Conservatory Style

At the beginning of the process, our expert team will sit down with you to discuss your needs and expectations for the project. How would you like your conservatory to look? What space do you have available? Which shape, size and style is most appealing to you?

When you choose a conservatory, you’re choosing choice – but we never want this to be overwhelming. There are many different conservatory styles to choose from to suit your home and your needs. These include Victorian, Edwardian and Gable-End designs. You can read up on our website to find out what each of these looks like and the advantages they offer.

Our experts will sit down with you to explain the differences and advantages of each conservatory style and help you find the right fit for your home. One of the benefits of choosing a friendly local company like Abbey is that we truly care about all our valued customers. We want you to truly improve your home, so we will work closely with you to help you choose the right style for you.

It’s also important to remember that your chosen conservatory style may depend on the space you have available. For example, Gable-End designs are quite expansive and elaborate compared to others such as a bespoke lean-to. You may need to take some time to understand the potential of your property before you set your heart on a style that may not be practical or the best use of your available space.

A key part of the conservatory installation process is this – before any work is being carried out or even planned. Take some time to research the options and work closely with experts (like the team at Abbey) to understand the best way to use your space. When you’re happy to move forward, you can put your firm plans together and begin the conservatory installation process itself.

Lean-To ConservatoryHomeowners’ Guide – Conservatory Installation Team

Compared to other home improvements, conservatory installations are a real team effort. You’re creating a brand-new living space that extends out into your garden, and it’s being created from scratch. You’ll need a comprehensive team of experts with specialisations in construction, electrics, as well as plasterers and plumbers to name but a few, to get the job done – and get it done right.

If this sounds like a daunting task, you don’t have to feel alone or overwhelmed. Trust a reputable company like Abbey to take care of all of this for you. We have an excellent reputation and stunning results from our valued customers in the past – their total satisfaction is our true reward.

It can be difficult trusting anyone in your home, especially those who will be responsible for such a significant project as a conservatory installation. It’s this level of trust and reliability that sets some superior conservatory installers apart from the rest. We, for example, make sure every member of our conservatory installation team is fully committed to delivering impressive results every time. We understand how much you care about your home, and we’re proud to save we feel the same way.

Homeowners’ Guide – Using Your Conservatory Space

Once the installation is complete, or very nearly, now comes the most fun and exciting part, but it can also be one of the most challenging – now you have all this new space, how are you going to use it? Conservatories are one of the most flexible and versatile additions you can make to your property. It’s a whole new room, much like a house extension, allowing an influx of natural light for a bigger and brighter space. You’ll want to be able to use it all year round.

We make sure our conservatory installations are carried out using advanced double glazing and high-performance materials, so you will want to ensure your installer team prioritise this as well. That way, you’ll retain heat in your newly installed conservatory when you need it most, and you’ll also be able to stay cool in the summer. If you work with the right – and best – installers, you’ll be able to use your conservatory at any time, all through the year, summer and winter alike.

Still, the question remains – how will you use your newly installed conservatory? Bespoke conservatories are designed to open up your home to new possibilities. You can use your expanded living space as an office, a quiet retreat in which to work in solitude thanks to double glazing and noise reduction properties. Alternatively, you want to a social hub to welcome friends and family in style – perhaps you’ve chosen lights and speakers in your conservatory’s pelmet to create a lively living space. Or maybe you want a classy, sophisticated dining room for summer and winter, so you can entertain dinner guests in a vast, impressive space that will make you the talk of the town.

No matter what your aims may be, you can start planning the outcomes of your conservatory in motion as soon as possible, adding to the excitement of it all. We make sure our customers never forget the joy that comes with a conservatory – it’s a brand new space, built bespoke for you. You don’t want to waste any time worrying about the installation. You want the fun and excitement of shopping for new furniture, lighting, features and planning all the times you can welcome your loves ones inside your impressive new space.

homeowners guide conservatory lifestyleEnjoy Your Conservatory

That’s why we’ve put together this guide. We hope it’s given you an insight into the planning, installing and, most importantly, the enjoyment that is involved with planning your new conservatory.

For a guided installation that runs smoothly every time and is carried out with you and your specifications in mind, you’re welcome to talk to the team at Abbey. You can get started on designing your conservatory today using our online design tool. Or for more advice, you can talk to our friendly team by phone 0118 958 2839or using our online contact form.

We look forward to working with you on your conservatory installation soon!

Most Customisable Conservatory Styles

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What are the most customisable conservatory styles? At Abbey, all of them are. When you invest in a new conservatory with us, you can modify it to suit you – no matter the style. We offer a wide range of conservatory styles, including both traditional and modern designs, and an array of additional features too. As a result, you can style your new space to suit your needs. Not only that, but our conservatories offer you superb performance in every configuration.

There are endless ways to customise your conservatory. You can choose double glazing walls, roofing and panoramic doors for extra light and slim sightlines. However, you’ll have the option of more robust materials too. If you value your security and privacy, you can choose tiled roofing, conservatory blinds and even obscured glass. And, for more functionality, you can install a dwarf wall or a full brick wall with electrical connectivity. At Abbey, you’ll have complete control of your conservatory.

Customisable Conservatory Styles

With Abbey, you don’t ever have to settle for a standard space. Instead, we put a range of customisable options at your fingertips. That way, you can choose the precise features you’d like for your home, as well as the dimensions of your new build. Each of our conservatory styles gives you the same flexibility too, so you don’t have to compromise.

Lean-To Conservatory

The lean-to conservatory is our most affordable style. The design is straightforward and sleek but still stylish and sophisticated. You’ll get plenty of benefits with a lean-to build, including a flat roof. Because of this, the build takes up less space, which makes it easier to install without needing to go through planning permission. You can also customise this build with stunning doors, like sliding or bi-fold options, which extend your home seamlessly into your garden.

Customisable Victorian Conservatory StylesVictorian Conservatory

If you’re looking for a more traditional conservatory, look no further than the Victorian conservatory. This design is the UK’s most popular, and it has all the unique touches that create a classic conservatory. You’ll be able to customise this design in several ways, including the bay front, the roof decorations, and the size. Also, Victorian designs suit a dwarf wall superbly. A dwarf wall is a small layer of brickwork that goes underneath your build which soaks up water and improves the overall structure.

Edwardian Conservatory

An Edwardian conservatory is similar to a Victorian build. However, it has a square floorplan. The shape of the Edwardian design is symmetrical, which means you can use it for a variety of purposes. Also, you’ll be able to maximise the space. You can customise your Edwardian build by adding brickwork around the design, or perhaps by investing in a solid or tiled roof. Alternatively, a roof lantern could provide you with a balance of insulation and light from overhead.

Edwardian Conservatories Customisation ReadingGable-End Conservatory

On the other hand, a gable-end conservatory is a bold design that evokes classic style. The gable build is unique for its triangular roof. The design of the roof offers an incredible amount of overhead space and makes the whole area feel bright and airy. When you customise a gable-end conservatory, you can change the dimensions, the doors, the roofing, and even the type of glazing you use. If you don’t want quite as much light, you can choose obscured glass and add blinds for added privacy.

Bespoke Conservatory Styles

However, if you have a specific idea for your new space in mind, you can make it a reality too. Abbey can supply bespoke conservatories in any configuration. As a result, you won’t have to settle for any kind of template, and you can combine all the things you want for your home in one stunning space. That way, you’ll create the room you’ve needed, and free up more room around the rest of your home. You and your family will have a home that feels completely bespoke.

bespoke conservatory designs readingCustomisable Conservatory Styles with Abbey

At Abbey, we have 40 years of experience installing bespoke conservatories. We’re proud to have a fitting team that treats your home like their own and can make your dream space into a reality. We can install your new conservatory within a matter of weeks, and we’ll make adjustments for any features you want to add. Also, we’re a fully accredited double glazing company so that you can have peace of mind in our products.

Abbey has the Most Customisable Conservatory Styles

For the most customisable conservatory styles that you’ll find anywhere, contact Abbey today!

You can start the journey to a stunning new space within seconds with our online quote builder! Our interactive system lets you choose and compare a range of options, and you can modify the size, shape and features your new space will have. Then, we can provide you with a price within minutes for any configuration.

For any further information, fill out our online contact form, or call us on 01189 582 839 to speak to our friendly team!


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