Conservatories are one of the most popular home additions in the UK. Whether you live in a bungalow, detached house, terrace, or any other type, there is a conservatory style available for you. Not only do they provide extra space for your family, they can also be enjoyed all year round.
There are a number of factors that affects conservatory costs in the UK. However, there are some things you can do to reduce the cost of your conservatory. So, even though you may have a tight budget, it is possible to find a conservatory for your property at an affordable price.
Conservatory Cost and Factors to Consider
When looking for a conservatory, the question everyone wants to know the answer to is in regard to cost. However, unfortunately every property is different so there is no hard-and-fast rule. There are 5 main factors that affect conservatory cost most and those are the following:
Planning Permission: what many people often don’t realise is that conservatories can be subject to planning permission. In most situations, planning permission is not required for a conservatory. However, if you live in a conservation area, your property is listed, or the conservatory is large or close to your property boundaries, you may have to get planning permission.
If you do have any questions or concerns about conservatory planning permission, definitely speak to your local authority.
Conservatory Size: this is one of the biggest factors influencing conservatory cost. Understandably, the bigger your conservatory is, the more materials will be needed, so the higher the cost may be.
Conservatory Design: when it comes to choosing the right conservatory for your home, there are various designs you can choose from. The cost of your conservatory depends significantly on the design you choose. Do you just want something simple like a lean-to (which will be more affordable) or have you got the budget to stretch to an orangery? Your design choice will come with a price tag. So, work out your budget and consider which conservatory style would be the best for your home.
Material Types: there are 3 main types of materials conservatories are made from today: timber (hardwood or engineered wood), Aluminium, or PVCU/UPVC conservatories. And each provide their own benefits. However, the cost of your conservatory can be affected by the materials you choose. It is safe to say that materials like timber or aluminium are a more expensive option than PVCU.
The Type of Glass Roof: if you want an energy-efficient conservatory, double glazing is your best bet. Double glazing is by far the most popular option for most people. However, you can also choose from a variety of other options such as self-cleaning, low E, and toughened glass. Whether you choose a glass conservatory roof replacement or not, it is worth noting that conservatory roof replacement cost will add another 20 or 30% to the price.
Roof Type: the roof you choose for your conservatory is another factor than can affect price. A conservatory roof made from polycarbonate panels, for example, would be cheaper than a tiled roof.
Finishing: when considering conservatory cost, many people overlook the finishing. What lighting, flooring, furniture, heating, and power outlets are you hoping to have? All of these things also need to be considered as part of your budget.
Why Can’t You Easily Find Conservatory Prices Online?
As you can see from the list above, it is difficult to provide a set price for conservatories in the UK. If you want to get an accurate price for your conservatory, a quote is required. Expert conservatory fitters will be able to measure your property, available space, talk through your requirements, and provide you a quote that is accurate to your property and needs.
The Types of Conservatory
As we’ve already mentioned, there are many different conservatory styles you can choose from and each comes with its own price tag. However, if you’re looking to have a conservatory fitted to your property, with so many designs to choose from, you’re bound to find something that works for you.
Victorian: the Victorian conservatory is the most popular conservatory style in the UK. It is elegant and aesthetically-pleasing, raising property values and providing extra space. Distinguishable by the pitched roof and five facets, the Victorian conservatory is a popular choice for most properties.
Edwardian: the Edwardian conservatory is a similar style to the Victorian. It is ideal if you want a classic style with a timeless appearance. With a four sided pitched roof, the Edwardian conservatory provides plenty of open space and is the perfect space to relax in all year round.
Orangeries: maximise your internal space with the installation of an Orangery. Orangeries provide a traditional elegance and are typically one of the most expensive conservatory styles. Commonly built from solid brick pillars and with large glazed windows, Orangeries let in plenty of natural light.
Gable: with a rectangular floor plan and a triangular front, the Gable conservatory helps maximise natural light in your home.
Lean to Conservatory: one of the cheapest conservatory styles, the lean-to can be easily fitted to the side of most property types to provide extra space at minimal cost.
Garden Room: this conservatory style is simple and suitable for a wide range of property types. It provides the perfect balance between a conservatory and an extension.
Bespoke: if you want a conservatory that is completely different to anything else available, design your own. However, don’t forget that designing a bespoke conservatory may be more expensive.
How You Can Reduce the Cost of a Conservatory
There are many factors affecting the average cost of a conservatory. As we’ve already mentioned, the cost can be affected depending on the design, material, size, roof type, number of windows and doors, planning permissions, building control regulations, furnishing choices, and so much more. However, there are many ways you can save on the cost of your conservatory – before and after you’ve had it installed:
- Use white PVCU as this is generally a cheaper material choice that timber or aluminium.
- Keep your conservatory size below that which requires planning permission.
- If possible, prepare the foundations and ground yourself.
- Install double glazing to save on energy costs.
- Try to avoid ‘peak season’ for contractors, as prices for installs may be higher.
- Install roof insulation so you have a usable space all year round. Enjoy reduced bills, reduced noise, and comfortable temperatures whatever the weather.
- Conservatory roof replacement
Choose an Affordable Style
If your home improvement budget is limited, try to choose a conservatory style that is more affordable. There are so many different conservatory designs to choose from. You’re bound to find something that suits both your home and your budget.
Get Everything in Place Before the Build
Delays and setbacks can be one of the most common causes of conservatory expense. Prioritise getting everything in place before the build commences, such as skips for rubbish, traders, timings, and clearing house access.
Install Your Own Conservatory
One way to afford a conservatory is to save on installation costs by installing one yourself. It is worth mentioning that this may not be a job if you lack experience. However, if you’re an experienced DIYer, installing a conservatory yourself is certainly doable.
A build-your-own conservatory kit can be purchased in the UK for anything from £1,500 to £3,000. Of course, prices will vary depending conservatory style and design. A do-it-yourself conservatory kit will come with full instructions to assist the building process. It is possible to significantly reduce the cost of a conservatory simply by doing the building process yourself.
Save on Cost with an Insulated Roof
If you want to save on conservatory cost and make the most of your space, one of the best things you can do is insulate the roof. Did you know that 25% of the heat in your home is lost through the roof? Installing conservatory roof insulation is the best way to improve conservatory roof prices. Effective insulation can significantly affect the energy-efficiency of your home, significantly reducing your costs.
19 Layer Superquilt Insulation
We use a high-quality 19 multi-layer roof insulating material called Superquilt. This acts as a thermal barrier, preventing heat from escaping during the winter, maintaining a comfortable temperature during the summer. There is no better material for energy-efficiency.
Why Choose Rundle and Dorey?
If you’re considering insulating your conservatory, choose Rundle and Dorey. We are specialists in insulating conservatories. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, there is not conservatory we have not successfully insulated.
Conservatories have been a popular way for our customers to add space to their homes. However, conservatories often have a reputation for being too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. Our roof insulation prevents this problem altogether, helping maintain a comfortable temperature all year round – whatever the weather is like outside.
Our helpful advisors will answer any questions you may have and support you throughout every step of the process. If you would like to see our products or talk through your requirements with us, please do not hesitate to give us a call today on 0800 024 88 60.
Claim Our Reduced Rate of VAT
At Rundle and Dorey, we are passionate about providing conservatory insulation for everyone. Just because we are specialists in what we do, does not mean we are expensive. In fact, we offer very competitive prices and the benefit of a reduced rate of VAT. As an installer of a government recognised energy-saving product, we are authorised to charge a 5% reduced rate on VAT.