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Conservatory - Glazing specifications

 

The glazing specification recommended for conservatories will vary depending on the direction they face, how much light the site receives & the budget available.

 

See below our recommendations for different locations

 

 

North Facing Conservatory


If you build a north-facing conservatory and wish to use it all year round, you’ll need to plan for good insulation and heating. A north-facing conservatory receives less direct sunlight during the afternoon and evening than a south-facing conservatory and without heating and good insulation you may find it unsuitable for everyday use in the winter.


North-facing conservatories do provide a number of benefits. In summer months they are great places to spend time in during the morning and later in the day will not overheat on extremely warm days, as a south-facing conservatory invariably will. You may also be able to avoid investing in roof blinds.


Our recommendations:


A rated sides glazing & Pilkington Activ Neutral if unshaded or Pilkington Activ clear if shaded location. This glazing combination benefits from a centre pane U-value of 1.2. Activ Neutral has a solar heat rejection figure of 59%. Activ glass is self cleaning. Click here for the brochure.


Budget alternative is clear polycarbonate in the roof instead of glass. We only provide A rated side frames. Clear polycarbonate has a U-value of 1.7 but is noisy during rainfall & cannot be seen directly through. Click here for the polycarbonate specifications.

 


South Facing Conservatory

 

A south-facing conservatory will make the most of winter sun but during the summer it can become uncomfortable as it will heat up quickly and retain heat for longer, especially if there is inadequate ventilation and shading.


Solar reflecting glazing is a must for these locations.


Opening French or double doors, rather than single doors will allow a greater airflow through the conservatory. If space allows, large sliding or bifolding doors will provide even more ventilation.


Despite all this, a south-facing conservatory is one of the nicest places to relax on spring, summer and autumn evenings as they make the most of the sun as it sinks down to the horizon.


Our recommendations:


If you have the budget for it is Climacontrol vertical side glazing & Climacontrol Aqua green bio clean roof glazing. This glazing combination has a class leading U-value of 1.0 & solar heat rejection of 78% for the roof & 56% on the sides. Click here for the brochure. Cool in summer, toasty warm in winter & self cleaning too!

 

Mid range option is A rated side glazing and Pilkington Activ Blue or neutral roof. This glazing combination benefits from a centre pane insulation U-value of 1.2. Activ Neutral & Activ Blue haves a solar heat rejection figure of 59%. Activ glass is self cleaning. Click here for the brochure.


Budget option is A rated side glazing & Heatguard polycarbonate. Heatguard Polycarbonate will keep the heat out but at the expense of darkening the adjacent room & is also noisy when it rains. The insulation U- value of Heatguard polycarbonate is 1.7. The Shading efficiency is just 9% making a cooler room. Click here for the polycarbonate specification sheet.

 

 

East Facing conservatory


East-facing conservatories are perfect for breakfast rooms as they get the benefit of the early morning sun. Easterly winds can blow cold, so you may need to heat an east-facing conservatory and provide insulation with double-glazing and/or dwarf walls to maintain its comfort level.


Our recommendations:


A rated sides glazing & Pilkington Activ Neutral. This glazing combination benefits from a centre pane U-value of 1.2. Activ Neutral has a solar heat rejection figure of 59%. Activ glass is self cleaning. Click here for the brochure.


Budget alternative is opal polycarbonate in the roof instead of glass. We only provide A rated side frames. Opal polycarbonate has a U-value of 1.7 but is noisy during rainfall & cannot be seen through. The only other benefit of Opal polycarbonate is that if the roof is dirty it cannot be seen from inside. Click here for the polycarbonate specifications
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West Facing Conservatory


A west-facing conservatory provides sunlight on bright afternoons. In many respects they are similar to south-facing conservatories but will need some heating in the morning and ventilation via windows, roof vents and double or sliding doors in the afternoon and early evening.


Our recommendations:

 

If you have the budget for it is A rated side glazing & Climacontrol Aqua green bio clean roof glazing. This glazing combination has a class leading U-value of 1.0 & solar heat rejection of 78% for the roof. Click here for the brochure. Cool in summer, toasty warm in winter & self cleaning too!


Mid range option is A rated side glazing and Pilkington Activ Blue or neutral roof. This glazing combination benefits from a centre pane insulation U-value of 1.2. Activ Neutral & Activ Blue haves a solar heat rejection figure of 59%. Activ glass is self cleaning. Click here for the brochure.


Budget option is A rated side glazing & Opal polycarbonate. Opal polycarbonate will darken the adjacent room & is also noisy when it rains. The insulation U- value of Opal polycarbonate is 1.7. The shading efficiency is 42%. Click here for the polycarbonate specification sheet.

 

 

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