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Light It Up: Unique Ideas For Your Conservatory

The conservatory has long been an attractive space to relax in, and is a popular addition to both modern and traditional homes throughout the world. When it comes to decorating, you’ll want to bring styles that you love, and create a beautiful aesthetic throughout.

Of course, behind every great interior is great lighting, and no conservatory would be complete without a little additional lighting styles. During the day, your conservatory will be full of natural light, a quality that no other lighting option can achieve, however, for homely and comfortable lighting that’ll make your conservatory a go-to space, whatever the season – you’ll want to add a little ‘you’ into every aspect, including the lighting!

So, as one of the leading suppliers of home design and conservatories in Stoke On Trent – we’ve put together this little guide for all your light’spiration needs. Enjoy.

Paper Lanterns

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If you’re a lover of anything retro, paper lanterns may just be the perfect lighting look to implement in your home. Paper lanterns are an inexpensive solution for many, and the soft features can create a truly ambient and ethereal quality to a space. What’s more, they don’t run off the mains – so if you’re looking for a way to cut back on your energy bills, battery powered LED lights are the perfect choice!

Statement Lampshades

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Statement lampshades have long been a fascinating feature in many homes, and add a stylish touch to even the most modern or traditional of decors. For homes that are often cast in darkness during random times of the day, integrated lighting can provide the ultimate feat of illumination, and offer lighting styles to suit both your theme and mood.

Fairy Lights

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Fairy lights are for forever, not just for Christmas. They’re perfect foe emitting small, subtle bounces of light throughout any space, and will add a little fairytale-likeness to any conservatory theme. For ultimate fairy light quality – glass conservatories are the perfect setting, creating a homely and beautiful theme throughout. Highlight key features, such as fireplaces, feature walls or roofing styles within your decor, and use these subtle lighting styles to add a little personality to your interior!

Wire Lighting

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Wire lighting is often considered the practical lighting twin of fairy lights, and are perfect for those that want to ensure that they highlight key features within the conservatory space. Wire lighting also doesn’t reflect back onto surfaces – so is perfect for avoiding any unwanted glare!

Chandeliers

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Nothing says classic, timeless style like a statement chandelier, and of recent years – chandeliers have become common place in many types of home. So, if you’re looking for a way to add a little dramatics to your conservatory’s themes – opt for a truly breathtaking chandelier to complement modern interiors. What’s more, they are easy to install, transforming the feel of your space within minutes! Chandeliers provide lighting styles different to any other type, ensuring a ‘scattered’ aesthetic around a room and emitting the right amount of light for the size and scope of your conservatory.

Here at FAB Systems, we’re passionate about the design of your home, and offer a unique and beautiful range of all home enhancements, from windows and fascias to roofing and conservatories. So, for more information, or to speak to one of our specialist team – please do not hesitate to contact us today on 0800 066 5644 today!

HOW TO: Cleaning Tips From The Professionals

Nothing beats the sparkling clean look of a newly built conservatory, but sadly – along with mould, mildew, dust and prolonged exposure to the elements, this clean aesthetic doesn’t tend to last for long!

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Even the nicest conservatory designs can look dull and run-down during the colder months, but with the sunshine on its way – we are sure you are all dying to get outside and start cleaning! So, as expert providers of conservatories and double glazing in Stoke On Trent – here’s our essential cleaning guide to making your conservatory sparkle this summer! Good luck.

The Equipment

Looking after a conservatory requires more than just a little elbow grease and a sponge. Washing the windows and wiping down the frames should be a regular task throughout the year, helping to prevent the build-up of dirt and mildew. These tasks may sound easy, but you’ll also need specialist cleaning equipment if you want to safely clean those hard-to-reach areas.

Here are a few cleaning tools that you will need:

  • A sturdy ladder – When it comes to any type of household maintenance, you’ll want to invest in a lightweight, easy-to-attach and sturdy ladder. Opt for one that will attach securely to the top of the conservatory securely, with non-marking cross-bearers to prevent damage to your roof.
  • Telescopic conservatory cleaning brushes – A telescopic brush can extend your each, allowing you to clean any high and awkward spots without putting your safety at risk.
  • Power washers – For expert cleaning, you can use a power washer to clean parts of your conservatory that are not made of glass. They are especially effective for cleaning stone floors, brickwork and concrete, but can be used on particular roofing types, too!

How To Clean Your Conservatory

Cleaning a conservatory can be quite a time-consuming task, but one that is well-worth the hard work. It’s best to break down the cleaning process into several stages. Here’s a few key tasks to consider:

  • Remove plant material and debris from the gutters and drainpipes.
  • Sweep the roof, and then hose down with a pressure washer. Use a milk moss, mould and algae removing solution to treat the roof afterwards, in order to prevent re-growth.
  • Clean the outside of the windows. For this task, you can use the same solution as you would to clean any other window, however – if you spot any cracks or chips, be sure to contact a conservatory specialist immediately. Cracked double-glazing panes are highly dangerous, and you will need to get the pane replaced as soon as possible.

Clean the framework – UPVC conservatories can be wiped down with a solution of warm soapy water. Do not use abrasive chemicals when cleaning a UPVC conservatory. For wooden frames, brush clean and sponge down with warm soapy water. Once the wood has dried, treat it with oil in order to bring out the grain and protect the wood against the elements.

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To prevent leakages, decay or roof damage, aim to clean your conservatory’s exterior once every 6 months, and clear debris from gutters and roofs every 4 months. This will help to ensure there is no build-up of potential damage to your home.

So there you have it, a guide to keeping your home and conservatory sparkling clean, all year round. For more information on any of our services, or to speak to our friendly and helpful team – please do not hesitate to contact us today for a free quotation on 0800 066 5644!

Orangery vs. Conservatory

When shopping around for a new extension to your home, you may have come across the two different terms “Orangery” and “Conservatory”, but what exactly is the difference?

Orangery

The word orangery might make you picture a place that you’d find oranges growing, and you’d be partially right!

The term was first used in the 16-19th centuries within the wealthy and elite of society for a building within their grounds that housed citrus trees to protect them from the cold. Eventually citrus fruits began to grow in popularity and become more readily available to buy, so the orangery buildings became home to exotic plants and shrubs when they were no longer needed.

As it was typically the wealthy that had orangeries, older structures are typically large, elaborate buildings. Today, however, it is not uncommon to see smaller orangery buildings attached to their homes.

Conservatory

This is probably the most recognisable term of the two.

It seems that conservatories came about as a consequence of orangeries, with the distinct difference that conservatories were considered an attachment to a home, rather than its own separate structure like the orangery, and for the purpose of protecting and encouraging the growth of shrubs and herbs rather than exotic fruits.

At first, the use of glass was to aid the rapid growth of the plants within the extension, but as it was a direct extension of the home, people began changing their usage of a conservatory to be an expansion of the living space of their home, rather than solely for the use of storing and protecting plants.

So, what is the difference now?

Even though there is very little difference to modern usage of an orangery and a conservatory, it is beneficial to know the differences that do exist.

Orangeries do tend to be larger and feature a lot more brickwork than a typical conservatory. They often feature large sloping “atrium” style ceilings with pillars. As they are so large, a lot more planning and designing needs to be done, as well as the possibility of planning permission before a build.

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However, the heavy use of brickwork rather than the frames of a conservatory make it a lot easier to customise an orangery for each customer, so if it is a unique build that you want, designers will be able to adapt buildings to your specifications.

The interior of an orangery has a lot more elegance and class about it. Rather than following the interior of the house, the brickwork is on show, and the large windows and high glass roof emphasize that this is a luxurious building.

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As they are mostly brick based, the aesthetics of an orangery do tend to fit in well with the brickwork of an existing house, while still remaining a private room as opposed to the open space a conservatory gives.

Conservatories tend to act as a complete addition to the house; keeping the design features such as the colour of the frames as similar to the existing house as possible to maintain some form of uniformity. They are usually used as “sun rooms” to let as much sun in as possible, and allow an excellent view of the garden, while you are in the comfort of your own home.

If you are still unsure as to which structure will fit your needs, and you are looking for conservatories in Stoke On Trent, FAB Systems are here to help! For more information on how you can get the most out of your conservatory, contact us by calling 0800 066 5644 and speak to one of our experienced team.

Adding Value to your Property

Whether you’re looking to sell your home, increase the amount of  space in your property, or simply give your home a bit of a revamp, it can be important to make the most of what you’ve got so you can maximise the value of your property.

With this in mind, here we give a guide to some great ways of adding value to your property, to help get you inspired with your home.

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Space is often a top priority in any home, so if you’re looking to add some real value to your property then increasing the amount of space in your home is a great way to achieve this.

When it comes to extending your home, investing in a conservatory is a great option. Not only are conservatories a great way to extend the living space in your home, according to property guru Phil Spencer they could also add around 7 percent to the value of your home, too.

The key with conservatories is to choose a design that complements the style of your home perfectly. You can also enhance the flow of the space by utilising the same flooring throughout your downstairs living areas; this will ensure that your conservatory feels like a natural part of your home.

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Focus on the Exterior

First impressions really do count, which is why it can be important to focus on the exterior of your property. Hence, consider giving your home a bit of a facelift. This can be as simple as giving your front door a fresh lick of paint, your windows a good clean and your garden a bit of a spruce up.

If you’re considering putting your home on the market, improving the appearance of your property could ultimately go a long way towards facilitating a quicker sale, and will ensure your property has some serious kerb appeal.

Change your Windows

Changing the windows of your property is another ideal way to add value to your home. For example, fitting energy efficient options such as double glazed windows could increase the value of your property by up to 10%, making them well worth the initial investment.

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Focus on Your Kitchen

The kitchen is often the heart of any home and has in many respects become the showpiece area of our homes. As such, a well-designed kitchen can be a real draw for potential buyers. With this in mind, if you’re looking to revamp only one room in your home, it’s best to concentrate on your kitchen.

If you’re considering giving your kitchen a bit of a revamp then make sure to opt for up-to-date appliances. This will help ensure your kitchen doesn’t end up looking a little dated a few years down the line.

Parking Space

In many residential areas, parking is scarce and as such is at a premium, so adding some handy off road parking to your home can also be a great option. Whilst garden aesthetics can be important, in built up areas it can be worth considering paving over your front garden to create some valuable parking space.

Here at FAB Systems we can provide a range of home improvement options including double glazing, ideal for helping you to add some extra value to your property. We’re also experts when it comes to conservatory design and can provide a wide range of conservatories in Stoke on Trent to meet your individual needs and requirements

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 0800 066 5644, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

 

How Do Conservatories Work?

Most of us have a soft spot for the conservatory. Even if we don’t all have them ourselves, there’s something very relaxing about settling down in a warm conservatory over the summer months, and enjoying a bit of well-earned ‘me time’. However, have you ever stopped to ponder exactly how a conservatory works like it does? On the one hand, it’s a very simple answer, but more people than you’d think don’t understand why it works out so well. It pretty much just boils down to the high school science topic that is the greenhouse effect, so here are a few details to refresh your memory.

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Not THAT Greenhouse Effect

First up, this greenhouse effect is not the same phenomenon that everyone thinks is leading to global warming. We’re not talking about gases in the atmosphere here. It’s pretty confusing that the two processes share a name, but the actual stuff we want to talk about is different to the bad old news that is melting the polar ice caps. Just making sure you knew!

Absorbing and Trapping Heat

Fundamentally speaking, a conservatory is broadly the same as a greenhouse; you just want people to be comfortable in there, rather than plants. This shouldn’t be a surprise, given the fact that some of the earliest conservatory buildings were actually designed to cultivate citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, or sometimes other exotic plants that were brought to the UK on global trade routes.

In simple terms, a conservatory absorbs the sunlight, but doesn’t then let it out again, resulting in a building that retains every last little ounce of heat. The effect is also exacerbated by the angle of the sun’s rays, which allows a lot more radiant energy to enter the conservatory that might otherwise be normal. The trapping of the heat is achieved by the double glazed windows, which is exactly why modern technology has made the idea of a conservatory in the UK more practical than ever before.

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Ventilation and Insulation

Just like true greenhouses, conservatory builders need to pay close attention to both ventilation and insulation. As you might expect, an environment that is designed to trap heat can risk becoming very humid and the like, and so ventilation is always going to be needed. This can be easily achieved in numerous ways, but insulation is perhaps even more important, and, in colder climates, was perhaps what caused conservatories to fall out of favour somewhat after their ‘golden age’.

Trapping all that heat is well and good…providing there is something to trap! In the UK, we know all about dreary winters, and our summer months aren’t always much to write home about either, and historically far too much heat was lost through the covering of a conservatory building. As we’ve already mentioned, the advent of double glazing has solved many of these potential issues, but sometimes other measures need to be called upon too. Many people in the UK want to be able to use their conservatories all year round, and such habits often need a helping hand (or two).

You’ll have probably gathered that double glazing was a pretty big invention in terms of the practicality of the conservatory, and here at FAB Systems we specialise in providing this essential form of insulation not for only your conservatories, but also your entire home too. When it comes to double glazing in Stoke on Trent, we’re the go to supplier, and our prices are as competitive as they come. If you’d like to upgrade your glazing today, then don’t hesitate to contact us today by calling 0800 066 5644 and we’ll be happy to help.

Looking Through Time: The Most Famous Conservatories in the World Ever (Part Two)

In our previous post, Looking Through Time: The Most Famous Conservatories in the World Ever (Part One) – we highlighted three of the most unique and aesthetically beautiful conservatories of the past.

From The Great Conservatory, to The Big Sleep and Belle Isle – these conservatories really are amongst those crafted of sheer beauty, with many considered more renowned today than the day they were built. However, what about others?

As specialists of conservatory builds, we’re always on the lookout for a little design inspiration, and thoroughly enjoy seeking out examples of both domestic and grandeur designs that’ll inspire us in our works.

So, as promised – let’s have another look through time with the final instalment of the most famous conservatories in the world, ever! Enjoy.

The Eden Project, Cornwall, England

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The Eden Project in Cornwall is considered one of the most famous conservatories of modern day, and has been crowned the world’s biggest greenhouse in the Guinness Book of Records! Home to over 1million plants, the complex is dominated by three adjoining artificial biomes – the Rainforest Biome, the Mediterranean Biome and the open-air Outdoor Biome.

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Constructed in a 160 year-old dormant clay mine, the impressive domes consist of hexagonal and pentagonal, inflated plastic cells, and are supported by steel frames. Each biome holds various plants and species from all over the world, and is open to the public all year round!

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens, London, England

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Inside the famous Royal Botanical Gardens, stands The Princess of Wales or Princess Augusta conservatory, the founder of Kew. Opened by Diana on 28th July 1987, the breathtaking conservatory was designed by architect Gordon Wilson, and contains ten computer-controlled climatic tropical zones, all under one roof. The two main climatic areas are the dry tropics and the eight remaining zones, including a seasonally dry zone.

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Regarded as one of the most sophisticatedly designed and impressive builds in the country, the conservatory offers a range of rare, unusual and stunning natural landscapes and elements from floor to ceiling, and, with its stepped and angled glass construction – is an impressively effective collector of solar energy.

Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, USA

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Garfield Park, for starters, is widely considered to be one of the USA’s best kept secrets, and one of the country’s finest botanical treasures. Created and designed as a pleasure ground by William LeBaron Jenney back in 1908, and is now the oldest of three great original Chicago West Side parks. The build occupies approximately 4.5 acres of the 182 acre site, and is home to thousands of wondrous and unique plant and natural species.

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Considered one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation, and is often referred to as ‘landscape art under glass’ – providing breathtaking sights and ‘scapes, whatever the season! It’s also been a popular venue for many weddings over the years! Ah, lovely.

Bicentennial Conservatory, Adelaide, Australia

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Constructed in 1987, the Bicentennial Conservatory was opened in late 1989 as a celebration of the Australian Bicentenary, and has become one of country’s most respected and enjoyed landmarks. Designed by South Australian architect, Guy Maron, it is the largest single span conservatory in the Southern hemisphere and is curvilinear in shape.

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100 metres long, 47 metres wide and 27 metres high – the conservatory is considered a one-of-a-kind build, and its elegant steel superstructure supports the 2,434 metres of toughened glass which forms the walls, doors and roof. Inside the build you’ll find a stunning collection of at risk or endangered rainforest plants from Northern Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the nearby Pacific Islands.

Here at FAB Systems, we’re passionate about design, and understand the importance of both quality and visual design. So, if you’re looking for fascias, roofing or double glazing in Stoke on Trent – we’ve got you covered! For more information or for a free quote, please feel free to get in contact with our friendly and helpful team on 0800 066 5644 today!

Looking Through Time: The Most Famous Conservatories in the World Ever (Part One)

Previously in our ‘Looking Through Time’ series we checked out some of the most famous windows in the world, both from pop culture – as in the case of Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window – to, y’know, actual culture like the infamous Texas School Book Depository. But that’s not the only world famous product we deal with – we’re also conservatory specialists who really love checking out some examples of wonderful design in the conservatory world.  In the first of this two-parter, we’re going to study the most awesome conservatories in the world. And we’ll start with…

 

The Great Conservatory

Few things are more stunning than a well-designed conservatory – and we think The Great Conservatory at Syon Park is truly jaw-dropping. It’s a genuine Victorian marvel that’s still standing in its 19th century form, though it was extensively restored during the mid-80’s back to its original glory after decades of neglect post-World War One.  The conservatory itself was designed by Charles Fowler, who worked as both architect and engineer to construct a conservatory that, according to Syon Park’s website, ‘combined… a neo-classical elevation on a Palladian model.’ Duck inside The Great Conservatory and you’d have found  plenty of exotic plants from South Africa, Australia and China. Pretty amazingly, by the late 1800’s, the palm trees had grown to the top of the conservatory’s dome! Speaking of the project, Fowler once said: ‘The proper excellence of architecture is that which results from its suitableness to the occasion … and this principle rightly pursued leads to originality, without the affection of novelty.’ We couldn’t agree more.

 

The Big Sleep

When it comes to the movies, conservatories are criminally under-represented. But that doesn’t mean that Hollywood have entirely forgotten the humble structures. In the 1946 noir thriller The Big Sleep, based on Raymond Chandler’s beautifully written book, we’re introduced to both Humphrey Bogart’s rumpled PI Phillip Marlowe and the man who sets him on the case, General Sternwood. Sternwood’s an old man: he’s exhausted, tired of keeping his two tearaway daughters out of trouble – or paying off blackmailers – and barely living. If it wasn’t for the warmth of the orchid-ridden conservatory, Sternwood would be sleeping the sleep that’s big. Not that the kind ol’ General is much of a fan of the plants he’s surrounded himself with. ‘Nasty things,’ he says. ‘Their flesh is too much like the flesh of men, and their perfume has the rotten sweetness of corruption.’ But at least it’s keeping him alive – without Sternwood, there’d be no film.

 

Belle Isle

The Belle Isle Conservatory has a serious claim to fame. It’s actually the oldest in all of the ancient United States of America. The conservatory was built back in the dark ages of 1904 on an island park in Detroit, Michigan. It covers around 13 colossal acres at the centre of the island, and the dome of the conservatory stands at an awe-inspiring 85ft. Designed by architect, Albert Khan, the dome of the conservatory was originally built from wood, until they rebuilt it out of iron for durability. The isle is also home to a beautiful lily pond, zoo, aquarium, museum and even a yacht club. However, we believe that the utterly stunning conservatory is the best thing about Belle. After Anne Scripps Whitcomb, the daughter of a Detroit newspaper baron, donated her collection of 600 orchids to the conservatory in 1953, it was renamed in her honour. It’s also home to plenty of exotic South American and Asian plants.

 

Here at FAB Systems we really appreciate a great conservatory. After all, it’s what we do and what we love. If you’re in need great solutions for roofing, fascias and double glazing in Crewe and beyond, we’ve got you covered. For more information about our products and services or a free quotation, don’t delay – please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 066 5644 or email sales@fabsystemsltd.co.uk and our team of experts will be more than happy to assist with all of your enquiries.

Through the Looking Glass – a History of the Conservatory

Here at FAB Systems, providing conservatories in Cheshire is one of our particular specialities, and we’ve been doing so for a number of years now. But have you ever thought just how these unusual glass ‘outhouses’ first became popular? Just where did they come from? Read on to find out more…

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The Origins

The word ‘conservatory’ probably comes from the Italian word ‘conservato’ and the Latin phrase ‘ory’ (a combination that literally means a ‘place for storage or preservation’, and indeed early conservatories were more akin to greenhouses or glasshouses. As you might expect from the root words we’re dealing with, the Romans had a lot to do with the development of the conservatory

The Early Days

The earliest ‘real’ conservatories date back to the 17th century, but they were predominantly stone or wood structures with little emphasis on glass (glass was, after all, very rare in antiquity). Predominantly intended to store or cultivate certain types of tropical fruit (like an orangery), conservatories were originally a province of the upper classes, becoming more widely available only with the popularisation of glass over the last couple of centuries or so.

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Design and Use

At this early time, there was a great desire to experience the attractive foods that had been discovered through trading with the Far East and the like, so conservatories were the obvious answer to this problem, allowing exotic fruits to be cultivated on home shores. Columns and solid roofs were popular design choices, but somewhere along the line, the meaning of conservatory began to move away from this early incarnation and develop its more modern connotations.

Traditional Forms

The traditional styles that we’re so familiar with today – Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian – are in fact fair approximations of the prevailing styles in these historical periods, although the lack of frame structures and effective heating in these dated eras has allowed modern conservatories to evolve substantially over the years.

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Modern Times

The industrial revolution was perhaps the real turning point for conservatories, as the advent of cast iron and rolled glass allowed increasingly elaborate forms to be made, but the post-war years have really returned the conservatory to its glory days.  Nowadays, we are in possession of conservatories that are genuinely ‘practical’. Gone are the days where aristocrats would recline in draughty outbuildings, as now conservatories can be well-insulated, convenient and useful all year round.

As you can see, conservatories have been on the go for quite some time, but here at FAB Systems you’ll get only the very best and most modern conservatory designs that there are. If you’d like to join the long-standing ranks of conservatory owners, or want to upgrade your existing facility, please be sure to contact us now by calling 0800 066 5644. We’ll be happy to help.

How to keep your conservatory warm this winter

It is a common myth that if you have a conservatory it will be too warm in summer and too cold in winter. While this is true for older conservatories, this is not the case with newer conservatories. Even if you do have an older conservatory, changes can be made to ensure that you can use your extension all year round. A conservatory that is unusable for several months in a year is a waste of money, so this is something you want to be avoiding! This article will give you a few ideas to keep your conservatory cosy and warm this winter.

Properly insulate

If your conservatory is not properly insulated then heating it will be a waste of money. Any heat you put into it will quickly escape, leaving you with a cold room and a high energy bill. One of the best ways you can insulate your conservatory is with special glass like the ClimaControl™ Aqua. Whereas standard glass is both a poor insulator and reflector of heat, glass like the ClimaControl™ Aqua reflects over three times as much heat back into the room to ensure as little heat escapes as possible. As most of a conservatory is built from glass, a quality glass type is essential for a warm conservatory. Because they reflect heat, these types of glass will also ensure that your conservatory is cool during the summer, and will even reduce the amount of noise that gets in.

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Installing a good type of glass is only one part of properly insulating your conservatory. Another is flooring. The floor of a conservatory is a source of heat-loss and cold draughts, so this is another important area where insulation needs to be good. Both tiles and carpet can help to insulate your conservatory, so you have plenty of options to choose from. Make sure that you choose tiles with a high PEI rating or carpet with a thick underlay to keep in as much heat as possible.

Heat

Of course, there needs to be a source of heat in your conservatory to make sure it is warm, and this can come in many forms. Radiators may have once seemed dull and unappealing, but modern radiators come in plenty of designs so you should be able to find something worth being a feature in your room. Alternatively, radiators could also be small and discreet. Under floor heating is also a brilliant way to warm your room, and this can be used with either tiles or carpet. If you don’t want a permanent heater in your conservatory, a standalone or electric heater is a great option and will quickly warm up your room.

 

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If you are thinking of making your conservatory great to use all year round then we at FAB Systems could help. We have expert high-quality window and door fitters who are experienced in working on conservatories in Stoke-On-Trent. For more information about our great range of products and services, don’t hesitate to contact us or click here to get a free quote.

How to Season Proof Your Conservatory

Having a conservatory built onto your house comes with many benefits: it offers another room for you to relax in, meaning you shift some of your living room furniture to make room for something else. It also brings you closer to your garden, giving you a peaceful retreat at the back of your house where you can admire your outdoor space and surreptitiously spy on nature.

 

However, many people are put off building a conservatory because it is notoriously hard to control their internal environment. Conservatory owners complain that their rooms become sweltering in summer but unbearably cold in winter and therefore they don’t get used as much as they could. FAB Systems construct beautiful and practical conservatories in Stoke-on-Trent which beat the problem of temperature control. Read on to find out more…

 

Dealing with Summer

In summer conservatories can get unbearably warm; as they are made entirely of glass keepingYouCool clima controlthey become victim of the greenhouse effect. The sun ray’s fall vertically, meaning they penetrate the glass roof and the UV radiation creates heat. The glass reflects the light and heat back in all directions which amplifies the heat but this remains inside the conservatory because the double glazing forms a layer of insulation.

 

At FAB Systems we use SGG Climacontrol glass which is a revolutionary product that helps to control the temperature of your conservatory or orangery all year round. The glass has reflective properties so instead of letting the UV light penetrate the glass it is reflected back. This keeps a conservatory 9oC cooler than one that uses standard glass. Other benefits of ClimaControl glass are they have glare reduction, so you’re not dazzled by the summer sun; they reflect UV light therefore preventing upholstery from fading and the glass has an innovative self-cleaning system ensuring low maintenance levels.

 

Dealing with Winter
Conservatories struggle to retain any heat in winter because glass in a poor insulator. No matter how much heat you are pumping in to the conservatory from the inside, if the outside glass is cold, it will bring the temperature down; it could fall as low as the outside temperature if there is no internal heat source and lack of insulation to stop the warmth escaping. ClimaControl glass if made with a thermal insulation system, therefore keeping the conservatory warmer and saving energy. ClimaControl gives 63% better insulation than standard glass.

 

As well as ClimaControl glass, FAB Systems also offer the option of creating your conservatory with an Ultraframe roof. Ultraframe roofs are built to last and are specially designed and engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions, so you won’t have to worry when there’s a harsh winter. These innovative roofing systems are put through rigorous testing processes so that they can withstand the deadload from heavy snowfall, pressure from wind and impact from rain and hail. The robust structure means guarantees a lifetime of sturdy performance, no matter what the British climate throws at your house.

 

FAB Systems are proud to build beautiful, practical and robust conservatories made with products from expert engineers. SGG and Ultraframe are leaders in their market and their tried and tested products have proven positive results. Although the British climate and seasons can be unpredictable and difficult at times, this doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying your conservatory.