Top conservatory styles for the winter

October 8th, 2012

Extending your home has never been more important and with a conservatory you’ll benefit from extra space and light, whilst having an installation to be proud of.

A common misconception is that conservatories can only be fully utilised in the summer and don’t have any particular benefits for the colder months. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Whilst conservatories are brilliant in the summer, with superb access to the garden and plenty of light shining through the large windows, they’re also highly suitable for winter too. With great energy efficiency you can make the most of this added space throughout the year, keeping warm whilst enjoying a dining or living room.

And in the current economic slump, property prices have stagnated or decreased. Research from the UK’s top mortgage lenders shows that a conservatory will add over £9,000 to your home’s value, so it’s proven success for all British homeowners.

But with plenty of materials and styles on offer for you to decide between, what should you opt for to get the most from your money?

The conservatory material

You’ve decided that a conservatory will suit your property down to a tee, but which material should you go for to really maximise your property’s potential and aesthetic appeal?

There are three suitable options for the conservatory material, but if you want to add the most value and ensure a cheaper, more efficient installation, then uPVC is the most viable.

uPVC is notorious for its hardwearing and resilient properties, resistant to both the UK’s changing weather conditions and the sun’s UV rays. It’s a sturdy material that will last for years with little to no maintenance.

What’s more, it’s the cheapest of the materials on offer for a new conservatory, so if you’re looking to make a profit on your home, uPVC is the most suitable. uPVC conservatories are also the most energy efficient, so you’ll stay warmer throughout the year whilst ensuring your energy bills stay low.

For those with a traditional property you might want to consider hardwood. Wooden conservatories offer a rustic appeal that’s unmatched by uPVC and are aesthetically pleasing. However, beware because you will need to carry out maintenance to ensure its longevity and continued appeal.

Wood is prone to rotting, warping and bowing so you’ll need to apply treatment to keep it in tip-top condition. Regular repainting will also be necessary to prevent cracks in the woodwork.


If you’re looking for another option to add a fantastic appeal to your home, then you might want to consider an orangery. Orangeries hold a similar look to conservatories, but are often preferred for providing more value in both financial and aesthetic terms.

With double glazed windows you’ll also ensure the energy efficiency of your orangery installation, keeping energy bills down. Many buyers opt for performance glass instead though, in order to minimise the ‘greenhouse effect’ during hotter months.

Get your money’s worth

With a conservatory or orangery installation, you want to ensure you’re getting the right price for the size, style, material, security and aesthetic appeal. The best way to do this is to compare a variety of conservatory installers.

For up to four FREE quotes from vetted and reputable conservatory installers in your area, simply complete our conservatory quotes form. You can make your own decision under no obligation and be sure you’re making the right choice.