5 key questions to ask when in a conservatory showroom
25 January 2018 |Advice & Guidance
When you’re planning any home improvements, it’s important to get as much information as possible. A conservatory installation is no exception. The larger the home improvements, the more considered the planning should be. You can start by researching products online. Have a look at a brochure, or drive around the local area to see which conservatory styles you prefer.
Perhaps the best way to find out information is to visit a conservatory showroom. A showroom is the perfect place to get a real feel for a product. You can see the scale of the conservatories and see which doors and windows you like best. Visiting a conservatory showroom is also an excellent opportunity to speak to an industry expert. Here are five key questions to ask on your conservatory showroom visit.
1. How much will it cost?
Affordability is perhaps the most important consideration for any homeowner. Conservatories vary greatly in price, starting at around £10,000 right up to over £100,000. Costs will be influenced by size, material, design, roof, glazing type, and site. It’s also worth enquiring about any finance packages that are available to help spread the costs.
2. Will I need planning permission?
Usually the answer is no, as long as the conservatory does not cover more than half your garden area. There are exceptions, such as installing conservatories on Listed Buildings or in conservation areas, so, if you’re unsure, it’s always best to check with your local authority. Although planning permission is not usually required, your conservatory installation will need to comply with current Building Regulations.
3. How long will the installation take?
When you’re planning a conservatory installation, it’s important to have a realistic timescale. This can help to limit disruption to your daily routine. Of course, timescales will depend on the size and complexity of the installation. A showroom advisor will give you a general idea of what timescale to expect based on a few key points.
4. What options are available?
From fully glazed conservatories to orangeries, loggias, and tiled roof conservatories, the choice can sometimes be overwhelming. By talking to an advisor and explaining your preferences, they can advise you on the best solution to your specific requirements.
5. Which material is best?
Again, this will depend a lot on your personal preferences and the style of your home. As a general guide, uPVC is usually most cost-effective, timber is ideal for period properties, while aluminium provides a durable finish and a contemporary aesthetic.
If you’d like to find out more about FineLine conservatories, come along to one of our showrooms. Located in Maidstone and Dartford, there’s always a friendly advisor at hand to answer any of your questions. Give us a call today on 0808 163 4724 or contact us online to find out more about our range of products and services.