Cornwall Conservatories Beautiful Design
At Best Glaze, we have been building stunning Cornwall conservatories in Kernow and the surrounding areas for years, each and every project we construct is tailored individually towards the client’s requirements, to match their needs and complement their home whilst providing an amazing additional space.
We are Federation Of Master Builders approved, TrustMark Official traders and Ultraframe Installers, we are also FENSA registered, but that is not what makes us unique, although it does show we are a trustworthy company.
What makes us unique is the way we handle everything from the initial design right the way through to completion on a personal level. Because we are a family run business, we believe in offering a personal and bespoke service to all of our customers.
We will work with you to create a structurally sound room that is also thermally efficient enough to enjoy the whole year round as a functional, extra living space, finished by our highly qualified and trained installation team to the most exacting standards.
The History of Conservatories
Conservatories first appeared in the UK during the 16th-century, wealthy landowners first used the glass constructions to grow exotic fruits which were a status symbol at the time and used to impress dinner guests. Conservatories were basically greenhouses, simple constructs made of wood and glass panels that were used primarily for growing plants, shrubs and flowers.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that conservatories were used by the masses, when cities in colder climates began to build municipal conservatories which were used as greenhouses initially to grow and display exotic plants, shrubs and trees. Towards the end of the 19th Century many homeowners began building their own conservatories, but they were not used primarily to grow plants or fruits, the builds were more grand than those of earlier years and they were being used as extra space for entertaining guests, much like the conservatory we all know and love these days.
Much like today, late 19th century conservatories we used to expand homes due to the ease of construction, low cost and the benefit of the extra space they create. Up until recent years modern conservatories were limited to timber or uPVC framed buildings with a polycarbonate roof, thanks to newer lightweight designs and energy efficient materials homeowners can now choose from uPVC, Timber and Aluminium frames, High-performance glass, GRP warm roof or solid tiled conservatory roofs.
Cornwall Conservatories – Bespoke Design
Throughout the years we have built numerous conservatories in Cornwall of various conservatory designs, colours and with numerous different building materials. We work extensively through the planning & design stage of the conservatory project with our client to ensure together we use the perfect combination of materials to create the desired style.
Often the product chosen for frames and the conservatory roof structure is influenced by the existing homes features or by the homeowners wish for little or no maintenance work. We construct Cornwall conservatories & orangeries using high quality maintenance free uPVC products, aluminium frames and natural hardwood, all available in a huge range of colours or woodgrain finishes, alternatively we can offer bespoke colour conservatories painted to any RAL colour of your choice.
If you are wondering what the difference between Cornwall conservatories and orangeries are contact us and we will be happy to give you an in depth explanation and advise you on the best build for your home and needs.
Start Your Conservatory Project in Cornwall
Before beginning your project there are numerous points to consider, simple things such as design of the proposed build, the materials you wish to use and size of the room you want to create. Once you have taken care of the basics its worth checking if there are any restrictions imposed on your property, is it in a conservation area for instance, a listed building or have any drainage/ inspection chamber problems.
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Best Type Of Conservatory For Your Home
Choosing the best type of conservatory for your home can be a daunting task unless you really do your homework or choose a reputable company that can help you make the right choice. A conservatory should suit your exacting needs whilst matching the style of your home.
Most homeowners are now opting for a solid roof conservatory which is also known to as a warm roof, solid roof, cosy roof or tiled conservatory roof, whether building a conservatory from scratch or replacing an older conservatory roof this creates the best type of conservatory, energy efficient, secure and long lasting designs that blend seamlessly with your homes style creating a conservatory that is more like a single storey extension.
There are many different types of tiles and finishes to choose from so a solid tiled roof can suit virtually any home, blending seamlessly and adding another room to your home that can be enjoyed the whole year round.
What Types of Conservatory Roofs are available?
High Performance Glass Conservatory Roofs – (Recommended for those that want to enjoy the outdoors whilst indoors)
Polycarbonate Conservatory Roofs – (Recommended for low cost roofing solution)
Solid/Tiled Conservatory Roofs – (Perfect for creating a real room feel)
GRP Warm Roofs with lanterns or skylight – (The ideal roof for those wanting the comfort of a solid roof and benefits of a glass roof)
Glass Conservatory Roof
What are the Benefits of a Glass Conservatory Roof?
Energy-Efficiency – High performance glass roofs are energy-efficient and modern glazing does a much better job of regulating the temperature in the room and reflecting the suns glare than older glass conservatory roofs.
Durability – A high performance glass conservatory roof with self cleaning properties will outlast polycarbonate roofs as they are far more durable, less prone to panels slipping and easy to maintain.
Aesthetics – Glass conservatory roofs can create attractive looking features, it can even be mounted onto a GRP flat roof in some situations to create a lantern effect roof outside with plastered internal pelmets around the inside of the room, this creates more of a real room feel and an area to install downlighting and even speakers.
Weather Resistance – Glass is extremely weather resistant and is perfectly suitable to the weather conditions in Cornwall. We install a lot of glass roofs especially around the coast where homeowners wish to make the most of the amazing views we have in some of the coastal areas such as Rock, Padstow, Looe, Bude, Falmouth & Penzance.
Acoustic Efficiency – When you have a polycarbonate conservatory roof the rain will sound very very loud and more like a downpour compared to the actual weather outside. A glass conservatory roof is much quieter when it rains making it feel cosier in the winter months.
Natural Light – A glass conservatory roof allows the maximum amount of light to enter the space this is especially important for those that are looking to enjoy the outside from within the home, or for those using the room to grow plants.
What are the Disadvantages of a Glass Conservatory Roof?
Cost Effectiveness– A glass conservatory roof is more expensive than a polycarbonate roof, but is cheaper than a solid tiled design. Consider if the points above are important to you, or if you could make good with a polycarbonate roof.
Thermal-Efficiency – Although a modern glass conservatory roof is made up of high-performance glass and regulates the temperature better than older conservatory roofs, it will still get hotter than a tiled design.
Cleaning – A glass conservatory roof can come with self-cleaning glazing which works by breaking up the dirt on an active coating and allowing it to wash away in the rain. Stubborn blemishes and caps would need to be manually cleaned which requires specialist ladders as climbing on a conservatory roof is not advised.
Views – Glass panels allow a better view of the outside world, when compared to a polycarbonate roof, however, in order to have the perfect view a regular cleaning regime will need to kept up.
Noise – Whilst glass panels are more acoustically efficient than a polycarbonate roof, they do not make that much of a difference when compared to a solid roof.
Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof
What are the Benefits of a Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof?
Cost Effectiveness– This is a short list of benefits for a polycarbonate roof, being the cheapest material on the market is really the only positive when compared to other roof types.
What are the Disadvantages of a Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof?
Durability – A polycarbonate conservatory roof has a lifespan of 10-15 years with high maintenance.
Energy-Efficiency – One of the major issues with a polycarbonate roof is the lack of thermal insulation and this makes them too hot to use in the summer and too cold in the winter which results in a conservatory not being used all year round.
Cleaning – A polycarbonate conservatory roof is difficult to keep clean, the material has a tendency to go green really quick. It will become dirty very quickly as there is no self cleaning options with this material.
Aesthetics – Polycarbonate looks dated and has a tendency to make a conservatory look old. This kind of roof makes a conservatory look like a box that has been plonked on the back of a house unlike modern conservatories which are matched to the style of your home.
Weather Resistant – When this material is exposed to the harsh elements in Cornwall problems begin to occur. A Polycarbonate roof will build up and trap heat in the panels which makes the glazing bar caps become loose, panels then slip creating leaks. The sun also causes it to go brittle over time , this is why you often see polycarbonate sheets with small holes in them from hailstones or birds dropping nuts etc. These roofs tend to flex more in the harsher weather conditions which also causes sealant to split over time, again causing leaks to occur.
Acoustic Efficiency – This kind of roof literally has zero acoustic properties, stops no environmental noise, in fact it actually enhances the sound of rain and hail.
Views – A view through a polycarbonate roof is slightly obscured creating a hazy view through the opaque finish of the material.
Natural Light – Not much natural light can enter through a polycarbonate roof due to the opaque finish and tinted hues used to reduce the suns UV rays.
Solid Tile Conservatory Roof / Warm Roof / Cosy Roof
What are the Benefits of a Solid Tile Conservatory Roof?
Energy-Efficiency – Tiled conservatory roofs / warm roofs / cosy roofs whatever you want to call them are the most thermally efficient solution enabling homeowners to enjoy their space during both the beautiful summer and winter months. The copious amounts of insulation produce a U-value of 0.16 W/m²K, with the option to reduce it further to just 0.13 if it is needed.
The U-value is the measure of thermal transmittance, which captures the rate of heat transfer through a structure. When looking for the best U-value, look for the lowest number, the lower the value, the better a roof is at retaining heat. For comparison a U-value of 0.16W/m²K is better than most house roofs.
Aesthetics – Solid conservatory roofs are on trend right now and its easy to see why, when you see how seamlessly a solid tiled conservatory roof blends with your home. The way we all utilise space in our homes is changing, the lockdown has made us all look at how we use the rooms in our homes. The way we use conservatories is also changing from a room that could be used during nice weather whilst we enjoyed the garden, to a dumping ground in the winter.
We all want more from our space and transforming a room that can only be enjoyed during the summer into a room that can be enjoyed all year round takes just a few days. Replacing your polycarbonate or glass conservatory roof with a whole new tiled conservatory roof will totally transform it into what looks and feels like a single-storey extension both inside and out.
Solid conservatory roofs are available in a wide range of styles and colours and built locally to your conservatory’s exact measurements ensuring a perfect fit to your existing frames and look amazing.
Cleaning – A solid tiled conservatory roof requires minimal maintenance, unlike a glass roof or polycarbonate, a tiled or warm roof requires almost no maintenance at all.
Durability – Solid conservatory roofs are just as hard wearing as the roof on your home. Almost all solid tiled conservatory roof manufacturers and suppliers offer 10-year guarantees, however they will certainly last much longer than this. A new solid tiled roof provides an additional layer of strength and support to the structure of your conservatory.
Cost Effectiveness – A tiled conservatory roof is a cheaper alternative to having a whole new construction. Although not as inexpensive a glass or polycarbonate roof it will outlast them by years, require zero maintenance, save money on energy bills and add up to 10% value to your home, so overall a worthwhile investment.
What are the Disadvantages of a Solid Tile Conservatory Roof?
Natural Light – One drawback of a solid conservatory roof is that natural light will be lost, this can be overcome by installing fully glazed panels or Velux style windows, the plastered vaulted ceilings will bounce the light around the space and into neighbouring rooms. The main reason homeowners are opting to install a solid roof is the ‘real room’ look and feel that you get, turning a conservatory into an extension.
Views – A new solid tiled conservatory roof on its own will not give you any skyward views, however, the introducing full glazed panels or Velux windows will, allowing you to enjoy the sky views both day and night and create a beautiful feature inside the room.
Cost Effectiveness – Due to the modern, energy efficient materials, a solid tiled conservatory roof is more expensive than a glass or polycarbonate roof in the short term. When you consider the lifespan of a solid tiled roof compared to the others, the maintenance free aspect and the fact that a solid roof will add 10% value to your home, its actually a far better investment in the long run.
LivinROOF Fully Modular Replacement Roof
The Livinroof can be configured to almost any size and shape with any configuration of glass panels should you require them. You can insert different shaped glazing at any position around the roof allowing you to to create a beautiful, tailored internal design, also allowing you to focus natural light exactly where you need it – you even have the option of high performance glass.
Ultraframe’s Livinroof is the most flexible and configurable replacement conservatory roof on the market no other solid roof is as modular as the Livinroof. Another fantastic feature of the Livinroof is that the pitch can be altered between a range of 5-40.9°. This makes this hybrid roof perfect for customers with either low-pitched roofs or lean-to conservatories in Cornwall.
Ultraroof Tiled Conservatory Roof
The Ultraroof is the strongest and lightest solid tiled conservatory roof on the market, this makes it the perfect replacement conservatory roof for those looking to create a ‘real room’ feel. Externally the Ultraroof has a choice of three different colour tiles that can match perfectly with almost any home.
Internally the Ultraroof has a built in pelmet which sits around the top of your conservatory frames creating the perfect place for LED downlighting or even speakers. The pelmet also gives the structure it’s integral strength, because of this a tiebar will never be needed. The roof structure can also span gaps of up to 4M without the need of a structral goalpost or support.
Classic Glass Roof
The Classic glass conservatory roof is one of the countries most loved glass replacement conservatory roofs with over a million installed over the past 30-years. During the lifespan of the Classic, it has evolved a lot with the latest technology, however it still maintains its classic looks that homeowners know and love.
The new Classic system features High-Performance, self cleaning glass as standard, its both energy efficient and less maintenance than older glazed roofs.
Compatible with intergrated sun blinds that can be fitted during installation or retrofitted at a later date, as well as pelmets that can be added to give the the roof a substantial look and feel.
Ultrasky Roof / Lantern
Ultrasky roof combines modern styling with beautiful natural light which creates stunning glazed extensions that can be enjoyed the whole year round..
The strong design means fewer glazing bars are required allowing more light into the space. The Ultrasky roof extends right out to the eaves beam, rather than a GRP roof, an internal pelmet and choice of external cornice styles to create a beautiful orangery style roof.
The lantern conservatory roof is compatible with structural goal posts and works well over large doorways – The result is stunning views & modern design.
GRP Warm Roof With Lanterns
Best Glaze offer a bespoke GRP Warm roof design and build service which comes with a 25 year guarantee. A GRP Warm roof can be built to suit literally any shape of conservatory.
Perfect for kitchen or dining extensions or creating extra space for entertaining, the possibilities are endless. When couple with lanterns or beautiful edge to edge flat skylights, you can control where and how much light enters the space.
GRP is a very hard wearing surface, perfect for flat roofs in Cornwall, especially around the coast where they may be exposed to harsher weather conditions. Unlike felt flat roofs, GRP will withstand whatever is thrown at it.
Polycarbonate Replacement Roof
Newer polycarbonate replacement roofs are a cost effective way of replacing a roof on a budget. If you have an older conservatory roof that is leaking and beyond repair then a new polycarbonate could end your conservatory woes without breaking the bank.
Many Cornwall conservatories still have Polycarbonate roofs, especially when the homeowner isn’t worried about using the room all of the year.
Planning & Building Regulations In Cornwall
Our experience of building Cornwall conservatories means we have come across all the unique issues associated with buildings in Cornwall, along with parking, lack of access, waste disposal to name a few of the regular problems we regularly overcome. Housing costs in both Cornwall have rocketed over the years which is why we understand the importance of utilising the available space. When it comes to planning permission and building regulations we are experts, having constructed many orangeries and conservatories in Cornwall’s beautiful conservation areas, as well as dealing with sometimes quite complicated Party Wall agreements.
We take every precaution to ensure that our conservatory clients in Cornwall have total peace of mind when dealing with us, we ensure that all the necessary paperwork is in order prior to work starting on the project. We have fought against poor standards in construction for years, which we have seen many times in Cornwall. Over the years there has been some sites that we refused to be involved with. This is why we are Federation Of Master Builders approved and Trustmark Government endorsed, we work to a strict code of practice and to the highest possible standards on every project.
Permitted Development Rights of 2019
Permitted Development Rights changed on the 30th of May 2019, meaning that some Home Improvements do not need planning permission many be installed with implied consent, also known as Permitted Development. As a homeowner you should be well aware of the permitted development rights when planning any major home improvements. Knowing your rights could save you time and money in the long term!
What Is Permitted Development?
Permitted Development (PD) gives homeowners specific rights which enable them to carry out certain types of Home Improvements without planning permission. To make use of PD you must have a good understanding of what is involved and the criteria that must be met — it is also important to stay up to date with any changes that may have been made to the rules.
It is a good idea to check with your local building authority or get your builder/installer to check that your Home Improvements are classed as Permitted Development before going ahead.
Do I Have Permitted Development Rights On My Home?
The chances are that you do, however any extra space that has been added by past owners of your house since 1948 will count towards your Permitted Development total allotted amount.
If your property is in a Designated Area, like a National Park or a Conservation Area then your Permitted Development rights may have been removed or restricted under an Article 4 direction. This is where rights have been removed in the interest of maintaining the character of the local area. This could also be the case if your property is listed.
Changes to Permitted Development Rights In 2019?
One of the biggest changes in the May 2019 rules allowed homeowners to build bigger rear single-storey extensions.
The building of a single-storey side extension up to 50% of the width of the existing property – a single-storey extension to the rear of the house up to 4m in length for a detached property and 3m for a semi or terrace.
Single-storey extensions to the rear of the property up to 8m (6m for semi detached or terrace house) are permissible under Class A (Stipulations apply, contact building control)
Rear dormers and hip-to-gable extensions are also permitted provided the additional volume does not exceed 50m3 (40m3 for semi-detached and terraced properties).
Permitted Development Rules for Extensions
Extensions on a detached property of up to 8m are permitted to the rear if it’s single storey or 3m if it’s double
Semi-detached and terraced homes can be extended up to 6m to the rear of the property if single storey
There are height restrictions but they boil down to a single storey extension not being higher than 4m in height to the ridge and the eaves, and ridge heights of any extension not being higher than the existing property
Two storey extensions must not be closer than 7m to the rear boundary
It must be built in the same or similar material to the existing dwelling
Extensions must not sit forward of the existing building line of the original dwelling
Side extensions must be single storey, maximum height of 4m and a width no more than half of the original building
In Designated Areas side extensions require planning permission and all rear extensions must be single storey
An extension must not result in more than half the garden being covered
You can only do it once and the original building is either as it was on 1st July 1948 or when it was built.
Why Choose Us
We ensure that our Cornwall conservatories are absolutely perfect for our customers by handling the whole project from start to finish. Every detail can be undertaken by us, such as planning permission and the initial planning permission enquiries with the local Cornwall Council.
We then begin the construction of the conservatory base and frames including the chosen conservatory roof, then its on to the electrics, plumbing, plastering and then flooring and flourishes.
You get the personal experience of dealing with a local family run business based in Cornwall and the peace of mind that comes with having an insurance backed guarantee that covers the whole conservatory build. We strive to ensure that every one of our Cornwall client’s conservatories suit their existing homes styles and features and create the perfect extra room.
The Benefits Of Conservatories & Orangeries
One of the main benefits of our beautiful orangeries and conservatories in Cornwall is the control and focus of natural light. We can plan the project with as little or as much glazing that is required.
All of our conservatory roof glass features the latest technology which allows you to make the most of the beautiful sunny days in Cornwall whilst still having a super thermally efficient conservatory.
All of our Cornwall conservatory installations feature low maintenance ‘self-cleaning’ glass panels and have the option for coloured tints to reduce sun glare.
Cornwall Conservatories – Client Reviews
A polycarbonate roof is a great way of replacing an old conservatory roof if you are looking for an initial low cost way of doing so, however, long term a polycarbonate replacement roof will cost more in heating bills, need replacing sooner and not really add any value to your home. A similar story is true of a glass roof replacement, but it will last longer than a polycarbonate roof.
If you are looking to create a real room that can be enjoyed the whole year round, reduce your heating bills, not require any maintenance and add value to your home, a solid conservatory roof will do all of that whilst giving your home a completely new look.
About Best Glaze LTD
We are the Cornwall conservatory specialists and we can help you choose the right replacement conservatory roof option to suit both your exacting needs and your conservatory. Best Glaze LTD offer a range of solid tiled roofs fully insulated & thermally efficient, transforming your conservatory into a room that can be enjoyed all of the year round. Our family run business will handle the whole project from start to finish. We are expert home improvement installers with a proven track record. We will transform your conservatory into an amazing home extension for you & your family to enjoy.
We supply and install Ultraframe conservatory products in Cornwall. Ultraframe are market leaders in Conservatory production. The range of replacement conservatory roofs have been developed from years of technical research and development by skilled engineers.
If you are looking for the very best Cornwall conservatory roof products that adhere to the latest performance standards, finest appearance and must rugged durability, that is exactly what you will get when you choose one of our products for your home improvements.
Inside, our replacement conservatory roofs are nothing short of stunning. They deliver beautiful vaulted ceilings which feature an internal pelmet around the perimeter of the ceiling, where you can install lighting and even speakers. Your brand new room will look, feel and perform just like a natural extension of your home would.
At the ridge at the top of the roof, you can insert or hang lights. If a vaulted ceiling isn’t for you, the Livinroof offers the option of a suspended ceiling, allowing you to continue the ceiling height from an adjoining room or to give your room a more ‘cosy’ feel.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I would Like To Book A Sales Consultation, How Can I Do This?
During the pandemic we are offering sales consultations via Skype for those that are shielding. We are following a very strict Covid19 compliance, we can still do sales visits following social distancing guidelines. We will be wearing full Covid19 personal protective equipment, however you will not be required to wear any. Please Contact Us if you would like to book an appointment.
Do I need Planning Permission For A Conservatory?
Planning permission may not be required for your conservatory. Building a conservatory can be allowed as a permitted development. We advise that you check whether planning permission is required for your build with your local authority in Cornwall.
What Is The Difference Between A Conservatory & Orangery?
The main differences between a Conservatory and an Orangery are easily recognisable when you compare them. A conservatory is usually a glass structure that has either a brick built base or a rendered dwarf wall and a pitched roof that is usually made up of over 75% glass. An Orangery consists of solid walls, large windows and a flat roof with a glass lantern or skylights.
Do I Need Footings For A Conservatory Or Extension?
If you are using traditional wet building methods then footings would be required for a Conservatory, Orangery and an Extension. A typical single storey build would require foundations of between 1000mm and 1500mm in depth.
We offer a cleaner faster installation which is well suited to properties with limited access using Durabase which is super thermally efficient, does not require heavy excavation or services and drains to be moved. Durabase is a modern method of building a Conservatory, Orangery or Modular Extension. No deep footings required, no waste to dispose of and much faster installation times.
Which Is Cheapest, Conservatory, Orangery Or Extension?
Usually the cheapest build is a Conservatory, there is less brickwork required for a Conservatory, there is more flexibility in the design and more options to bring the cost down.
There are of course many variables which affect the pricing of any build, cheapest isn’t always best.
How Long Does A Conservatory Take To Build?
Conservatories can be quick to build with a usual conservatory taking around three to four weeks to finish, larger projects obviously would take a little longer. There are many variables to consider when working out build time, such as the size and complexity of the structure along with things like access to the property. Using a Durabase significantly reduces build times, as a typical base and walls can be erected in a day.
Do You Build Kitchen Conservatories?
Kitchen conservatories are on trend right now with a vast amount of the extensions we build being used as a kitchen extension or dining area. A kitchen conservatory needs be well ventilated to allow both heat and smells from cooking to escape. UK building regulations will need to adhered to and planning permission requirements should be checked before commencing with any builds.
Do I Need To Be Home Whilst A Conservatory Is Being Built?
You do not need to be at the premises whilst a conservatory or extension is being built. We do not need to enter your home at all, which is why having a conservatory build during the pandemic is quite safe, contact is minimal.