uPVC conservatory features, styles, options and average prices.
As some of the most versatile and popular additions to a property, UPVC conservatories represent the latest advances in home extensions using conservatory design and technology.
Regardless of the style you’re looking for, it is now possible to get any conservatory design made from UPVC. Not only do their modern to period looks blend with virtually any style and size properties, they also offer several financial and lifestyle benefits to homeowners
What is a UPVC Conservatory?
A UPVC conservatory is no more or less than a conservatory home extension design that uses a rigid Poly Vinyl Chloride material, known as uPVC or PVCu, as the primary material for the construction of the frames.
Extensively used by the building industry, uPVC is renowned for its’ hard-wearing nature, stability and versatility.
It is quite likely that, these days, the vast majority of customers prefer this material for their new conservatories (and doors or windows) over materials like timber or aluminium because it offers such a good combination of benefits such as pricing, performance, appearance and lifespan.
What Are the Advantages of UPVC Conservatories?
Firstly, UPVC does not require any treatment or regular painting. With other materials such as wood, you are required to treat it and repaint it annually to protect it from the ravages of weather and other environmental elements.
Secondly, because it is such a popular material to use and so easy to work with, there is a huge choice of manufacturers and suppliers of UPVC conservatories, giving an enormous amount of choice to a customer when it comes to providers, prices and designs.
Thirdly, its energy efficient and the lifespan of uPVC is very long.
Modern uPVC profiles are stronger, lighter and longer lasting than ever. The global drive towards energy saving and eco-consciousness has been reflected in how uPVC has progressed over the years, with many energy saving features now built-in as standard and even recycled material being used in uPVC frame manufacturing.
If what you’re looking for is value for money, long life span, energy efficiency and choice of design, uPVC is an ideal solution for all types of conservatories, large or small.
UPVC Conservatory Features
Wide choice of designs
- Low maintenance frames
- Bifold, French or Sliding doors
- Solid, tiled or full glass roofing
- Double or Triple Glazed
- Different colour options
- Long guarantees
- Competitive pricing
UPVC conservatory designs also allow for different types of foundations. With many small to medium sized conservatory pre-fabricated steel bases in the market, it is now even easier to find a conservatory to suit your style or budget.
What Are the Main Design Features and Options of a UPVC Conservatory?
When choosing the best features for your conservatory, glass is one of the most important considerations.
UPVC conservatories are generally made with self-cleaning glass, toughened glass or poly-carbonate roofing panels.
The self-cleaning glass is easy to maintain while the toughened glass is much stronger than standard glass. Poly-carbonate is not only cheap as a material, but also very light. This can can mean the supporting structure does not need to be as “powerful” as one supporting a solid roof and can have the effect of lowering the overall purchase price.
UPVC conservatories can also come with underfloor heating which allows homeowners to walk barefoot even in cold winters. This maximizes the use of the conservatory all year around and increases comfort.
- Black / Brown / Anthracite Grey / Pearl grey / Dark Blue / Steel Blue / Duck Egg Blue
- Green / Chartwell Green / Racing Green / White / Cream / Vanilla
- Oak / Light Oak / Irish Oak / Golden Oak / Walnut / Mahogany / Rosewood
What Are the Different Styles of UPVC Conservatories?
- Edwardian. These conservatories incorporate design features characteristic of the classy Edwardian era. They feature a rectangular shape that creates maximum floor space.
- Elizabethan. Yet another classical design, the Elizabethan conservatory mixes simple lines with a rectangular shape and beautiful finishing touches.
- Lean-To. This style is a perfect choice for those looking for a modern conservatory. The simple design compliments every kind of property and is one of the most popular picks today.
- P-shaped. As the name suggests, this is a P-shaped conservatory that allows homeowners to enjoy an additional room.
- Regency. These conservatories incorporate design features characteristic of the Regency era, with strong lines and sunburst design.
- T-shaped. These conservatories generate a strong visual impact, with their imposing curves and square central bay. Often a combination of a lean-to design with a center gabled section
- Veranda. Conservatory verandas are very simple yet offer a stylish space that allows customers to enjoy the outside area all year round.
- Victorian. The elegant Victorian conservatory is an eye-catching style that offers panoramic views of the garden. This style is often seen used for P-shaped conservatories.
Gull Wing Lean-to / T-shape / Edwardian / Victorian
UPVC Conservatory Roof Options
Full glass conservatory roofing is best to be double glazed at least. A single glazed roof is asking for your room to be unusable due to overheating, cold penetration, condensation and damp.
Modern double glazed conservatory roofs feature self-cleaning, solar control glass with argon gas filled sealed units that are super-efficient at temperature management.
Solid roofing is usually by means of tiles, either regular concrete tiles (like a house roof) or slate. Having said that there are many new products in the synthetic tile range that are very attractive. Made from a high proton of recycled materials, they come in many different colours. Some even have the appearance of wooden shingles or real quarried slate.
A word of caution if you are moving from a clear to a solid roof – you need to check about building regulation compliance for permitted developments like conservatories because you are lowering the proportion of “translucency”.
- More information on the Government Planning Portal
How Much do UPVC Conservatories Cost?
It’s all going to come down to the final design (size & style) that you choose, but to give you a general idea, here are a few uPVC conservatory prices.
|Type of Conservatory||Basic design details||Average price range|
|Lean-to||uPVC White / Double Glazed / clear roof||£6,500 to £7,500|
|Edwardian||uPVC White / Double Glazed / clear roof||£7,000 to £10,000|
|Victorian||uPVC White / Double Glazed / clear roof||£8,500 to £10,500|
There are many design features to choose from, and their low price ensures you’ll always stay within budget.