The biggest drawback of having a conservatory is perhaps that it’s not accessible all year round. During the summer, when the sun is piercing through the glass, heating the space up, it’s perfect. During the winter, however, it’s not as convenient. Picture the cold air slipping past the thin glass panes, pushing the warm air out through the roof. Highly impractical, isn’t it? Because everyone deserves to enjoy their beautiful conservatory or sunroom throughout the year, we have gathered some useful tips to help you make yours ready for all seasons.
Insulate the Roof
While in summer you may not notice the effects of your poorly-insulated conservatory roof, the difference is quite noticeable during winter. The same way that having a glass roof allows the heat to enter your conservatory, it also allows the same amount to escape. By properly insulating your roof, you can allow the heat in, and keep it there during the cold seasons. Not just that, but with the variety of insulating techniques available, you are guaranteed to find something that fits your style without breaking the bank.
One simple way is by expanding the existing glazing bars on your UPVC roof. In case you don’t know what glazing bars are, they’re the plastic separators between your window/roof panes. Using wider bars (25mm or above) stands for more thermal insulation. Although, if your conservatory roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, you’ll be much better off getting a new roof rather than upgrading your existing one.
If you’re looking for a cheap, quick, and effective solution to keep your space accessible all-year-round, blinds are, without a doubt, the way to go. Unlike insulation, blinds don’t prevent the air from escaping, but they prevent the sun from shining through. According to the specialists from oakhurstblinds.com, blinds and shutters can be customized based on a conservatory’s design and installed on the roof and windows. So, if your problem is that your conservatory often gets too hot or that you’re bothered by the sun’s rays, blinds are the solution. Plus, with blinds, you never have to compromise your need for privacy for the sake of having a little warmth.
Keep in mind that no one design fits all spaces. Picking out the perfect design depends on your preferences and how much shade you want. If you’d like a touch of fancy, and if you hate loose wires, you can install electric blinds which can be controlled via remote. You can also pick the color and finish that match your furniture, making your conservatory more than just a sunny room. Overall, blinds and shutters aren’t just a good practical option, but an aesthetic one, too.
Glazing on Glass Panels
Since most conservatories are designed for summer use, you can rarely find one with double glazed windows or insulated ones. Meaning, just like with an uninsulated roof, most of the heat that enters through the windows, leaves through them as well. The most drastic, yet pricey, way around this is using double glazed windows to keep the heat from leaving, but how does that work?
Double glazed windows are made of two glass sheets separated by a layer of inert gas, argon. Being a poor heat conductor, argon acts as the perfect insulator to keep the hot air in and the cold air out. As an added bonus, the two glass panes can limit the noise coming into your conservatory. There is another glazing option, triple glazing, which includes yet another glass sheet and two layers of argon instead of one. While it is highly effective, it’s more fit for surviving extremely cold climates than it is for warming up a conservatory.
Whether you were lucky enough to find a house with a conservatory or if you’ve successfully built your own, the last thing you want is to have it be inaccessible for the better part of a year. With these few alterations to your existing structure, you’ll get to make the most out of your space, regardless of the season or the climate. However, before you make a decision, you must take into consideration that these solutions require a small investment. While it might be tempting, don’t trade in high quality for a cheap price. Not only is this important for your convenience, but it will also prove useful in the future. If you ever decide to sell, those high-quality additions will increase your property’s value and can be the reason you get more than your asking price.