Adding a Victorian Conservatory will certainly bring a touch of old world class to any home, the faceted nature of the design, bringing plenty of character and charm.
Infill panels are quite often seen on “half glass” Victorian Conservatories, but as an attractive alternative, brickwork dwarf walls can used as a design feature.
Mixing brickwork into the design can sometimes help blend the conservatory into the existing building, making it look less like something added as an afterthought and more like a true part of the home – giving the extension a more permanent appearance.
The Standard design would use a single hipped roof, but if you wish to have more headroom then a double hipped extension does allow you to increase the roof height.
Whilst mentioning space, it’s worth considering that due to the multi-faceted and angular nature of a Victorian conservatory, you may need to give a little more thought to how your furniture will be arranged.
Low emissivity glass (Low-e) glass is available in clear or coloured options. Low-e Glass has a metal oxide coat which helps control heat gain & heat loss. The “air-gap” between the panes can be varied, from approximately 6 mm upwards to around 20 mm and will have an effect on reducing the sound penetration and energy efficiency.
Generally the wider air-gap, the better the units will perform. It’s also important to bear in mind that when the gap becomes over a certain size it could introduce circulation within the sealed unit and undo its thermal properties.
Sealed glass units can also be filled with inert gasses such as Argon, in order to further improve the thermal efficiency. For added safety & security, in vulnerable low level places that could be subject to high traffic or accidental impact, toughened safety glass should be fitted.
Poly-carbonate Roof Panels
Using Poly-carbonate panels for the conservatory is an alternate option to “heavy-weight” double glazed roof panels. With a strength factor claimed to be more than 100 times that of standard glass, shatterproof and much lighter.
Using Poly-carb might also save money on your overall expenses due to the reduction the structural strengthening needed on the roof sections. For use in lowering glare and “solar heat gain”, tinted panels, such as Bronze or Opal are available.
Some larger conservatories may require planning permission or have to meet certain building regulations, for basic guidance please go to our information pages.
As with all doors and windows, security for conservatories is a key consideration, multi-point locking systems and toughened or safety glass should be fitted as standard.