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Conservatory FAQ's

  1. How small is a small conservatory?

    A small conservatory, would be approximately 10 ft x 6 ft rising to 10 ft x 10 ft. (3 x 2 mtr or 3 x 3 mtr)

  2. What is the best type of door for my conservatory?

    It's about function first, the look second, in other words how well it works for you should be more important than the style of the door.

  3. Must I have a glass conservatory roof?

    There are a number of options. You can have a clear / translucent roof or a solid roof.
    Double glazed roofing is better than poly-carbonate.
    Tiled roofing stops sun glare but you lose natural light. So the choice is yours.

  4. Can I just replace my conservatory roof?

    Yes, If the basic structure is sound then you can just fit a new roof.

  5. What is the best conservatory design for a bungalow?

    The best design for a bungalow is ideally the lean-to design because of its low roof angle.

  6. Do I get guarantees on the work?

    You should ensure your supplier provides genuine guarantees on the installation work. You need to establish at outset what time frame & what else the workmanship warranty covers before ordering.

  7. Can I fit an "inside lining" to my conservatory roof?

    Lining the interior of a conservatory roof is a good solution for reducing sun glare & heat build up. But you need to do it in such a way that you avoid condensation build up between the roof & the lining.

Planning Permission

  1. What about planning permission for a conservatory?

    Within guidelines, a conservatory can be a permitted development and therefore planning permission is not required.
    However, to not require permission the conservatory should:

    • Be only single storey high
    • Have an "external" door between the house & the conservatory
    • Not at the front or face a main road
    • Be less than 4 metres in height
    • Extend by less than 3 metres from the rear of the property
    • Always check with your local planning office.

  2. Are there other things to know about planning permission?

    Scotland has different rules to England & Wales.

  3. What about building over drains & manholes?

    Before you do any digging or building, it's important to know if there are any manholes, storm drains, foul drains, electricity cables, water or gas pipes underground. You could need permission to build near or over many of them.

  4. What if I live in a Listed Building?

    To refurbish, repair or extend a property that it listed, you will certainly need to obtain permission to do so.

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