Would Your Old Conservatory Pass A Modern Building Regulations Test?
Conservatories are great. They give you much needed extra space in your home and provide you with a relaxing setting in which to enjoy your spare time. Modern conservatories are extremely energy efficient and work well both in the summer and winter months, giving you and your family a welcome retreat regardless of the time of year.
However, this wasn’t always the case. Conservatories of a certain age are nowhere near as effective at regulating the temperature, and it can often be the case that they have issues with all types of weather. If we’re lucky enough to get a summer full of blistering sunshine they do not cope well and are sometimes too hot to relax in. Equally, the winter months are unbearable too thanks to the draughty and poorly insulated shell that many older conservatories have.
The Proverbial Money Pit
Because of their poor insulation, older conservatories are a constant drain on your energy usage. Trying to keep a well insulated home warm with a poorly insulated conservatory attached is like trying to keep water in a sieve, it just isn’t going to happen.
Another issue that many homeowners are finding with their old conservatories is the problem of damp occurring. Older conservatories can create damp areas around the area where the extension meets the original part of the house, and if left unattended this can cause costly problems down the line.
Modern Building Regs Help Combat Such Issues
Thankfully, with the advancement of technology and the knowledge gleaned from years of having conservatories in place, things are changing. Modern building regulations now need to be met in order to pass inspection, and this means a higher quality product for you, the consumer.
Adding an extension to your home will generally require these building regulations to be met, but conservatories can still be exempt if they meet the following criteria:
- The conservatory or extension is less than 30 metres square and built at the ground level.
- Is separated from the original building by doors, windows and walls of external quality.
- Has an independent heating system, such as underfloor heating, which has its own thermostat and timer controls.
- All fixed electrical installations and glazing comply with their applicable building regulations.
If these points are addressed, your new conservatory will perform far better than one that was put in place twenty years ago. Modern materials and manufacturing methods will ensure that your new conservatory is a far more comfortable place to be.
How New Conservatories Differ From Their Older Cousins
Technological advancements in the production of windows, doors, and even the methods of insulation, have increased the overall quality of many modern day conservatories. Here at Caulfield we take great pride in our attention to detail, and our craftsman approach to making the finest conservatories possible means that you will see the benefit of buying from us for many years to come.
By using only the best materials available in our conservatories, alongside our unparalleled knowledge of manufacturing techniques, you will get a product that is built to last. Our conservatories will help to improve your home’s energy ratings too if you are replacing an old and draughty extension. This means lower bills and a fantastic selling point whenever you decide to move from your property.
All in all, a new conservatory should be treated as an investment rather than an expense. Your old conservatory may be costing you a small fortune, but your new one will save you money and add value to your property as a whole.