Visiting a conservatory showroom before making any home improvement decisions is a vital step. It allows you to see the products up-close. Walking around a real conservatory instead of just looking at images and imagining it allows you to see how it would fit into your home. What questions should you ask when you’re there?
What’s the thermal performance like?
When it comes to conservatories, this is the most important consideration. In the past conservatories have had a reputation for being too hot in summer and too cold in winter. You want to find out the energy efficiency of the glass and structure to ensure it can be a room you can use throughout the year. If a conservatory isn’t very efficient, you could end up chucking money away by having to heat it continuously.
Which style is best for a dining room?
If you have a plan in mind for what you want to use your conservatory for, ask one of the showroom team for advice about styles. Certain styles lend themselves better to different uses. For example, Victorian conservatories are popular lounges as their rounded shape and large windows are perfect for admiring your gorgeous views. An Edwardian conservatory makes the most of its floor space so could be ideal for a family dining room.
What type of conservatory do I want?
If you’re unsure what style or material you want your conservatory to be, talk to one of the team. They’re there to help you and will have had a lot of experience designing and installing a variety of conservatories. Whether you want to know the latest trends or are unsure how to bring your plans to life, they’ll be able to help.
How long will the conservatory take to install?
Showrooms are a fabulous tool as they let you talk to the experts and gauge an understanding of how long it might take to get the home of your dreams. If the timescale of any work is a concern, find out exactly how long it could take to build and how much disruption this may cause for your family life. You might be surprised with the answer.
Can I see the colour options?
Conservatories can come in a whole variety of colours now. From timber effects perfect for period properties and country homes to bright and bold colours that reveal your personality. Ask to see examples of the colours so you can get a real sense of how your conservatory will look. Colours can look very different in real life compared to a picture on screen.
What size should I choose?
Seeing a conservatory in the flesh will enable you to visualise how it will look in your garden and what size you will need. You may realise that a more modest one would suit your needs, or you may want to go bigger.
We have a combined space of over 15,000 square feet over our three showrooms in Bicester, Northampton and Milton Keynes. Come and visit us to find out everything you want to know about our conservatories. Our knowledgeable team will be happy to answer any of your questions. Please get in touch to book an appointment or for any more information.