A lean to conservatory is highly adaptable thanks to its’ versatile design. It is possible to create a Custom Design which will suit any style of property. From retro styles to contemporary designs that boost energy efficiency, it has never been easier for homeowners to build a conservatory that matches their specific needs.
This option is the right choice for anyone looking for a simple yet charming appearance. Homeowners can customize the installation by selecting a variety of colours and hardware to complement your existing property.
When it comes to construction options, the majority of lean-to conservatories have a simple rectangular shape and are attached to pre-built walls. It is possible to design a conservatory which will ‘wrap around’ a corner. You can include a dwarf base wall if required or simply opt for full length frames which maximise the light and provide uninterrupted views. Another option available is to incorporate uPVC panels instead at the base of the conservatory.
Planning Permission is not required for units with specific characteristics. These include a maximum height of four metres for a single-storey extension built on the rear part of the property. It is important to ensure that the conservatory does cover more than half of the property’s free external space. In addition, the unit should not feature balconies, verandas or raised platforms.
Some of key factors to consider include the Type of Roofing. The typical installation features a sloped roof made of either poly-carbonate or glass. To reduce heat loss or block the sun, homeowners can go for a solid or tiled lean to conservatory.
Frames used to construct conservatories can be made from a variety of materials, including uPVC, aluminium and timber. Many Modern Conservatories will be built using uPVC which is now available in a range of colours to compliment your existing building including woodgrain finishes. uPVC requires far less maintenance than a Wooden Conservatory which over time will require a bit of tender loving care to bring it back to its’ former glory. Although this natural material looks beautiful at its best, it will naturally age, paint will need reapplying and eventually the wood would need replacing if not treated well. uPVC can last a lifetime if well maintained, which is possibly why it is the most popular choice of material. It is very easy to clean and will not need repainting; meaning you can sit back, relax and enjoy your conservatory, rather than worry about what you’ll have to do next to keep it looking fresh and new.
Wooden conservatories are available in a range of hardwoods including oak, cedar, pine, cherry, mahogany and teak. It is worth bearing in mind that although wood is seen as a sustainable source there are many hardwoods which are now being over-harvested. Wood has the capacity to create a stylish look that adds appeal to any property. Aluminium provides durability and strength, which are key factors when looking to reduce maintenance costs.
On the other hand, hardwood and softwood are considerably long lasting when compared to uPVC but they are also more expensive. However, wooden materials require regular maintenance throughout their life cycle. Aluminium is available at a higher cost than both wood and uPVC but has a longer working life.
A lean to conservatory is undoubtedly a cost-effective installation that allows homeowners to increase their interior space. This type of conservatory is favoured due to its superior thermal efficiency.