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Large Conservatory Style

Large or portal conservatories are unique and impressive structures made possible by Ultraframe's technical expertise and years of experience in this specialist field. Large conservatories are built using a supporting skeleton that sits inside the conservatory. This gives the large conservatory structural support and makes it an ideal venue for a hotel dining room or as a cover for a swimming pool or gym.

The large conservatory style requires extra support to take the weight of the roof and give extra stability. At Ultraframe, our dedicated team is always available to provide advice, estimates and technical information about portal conservatories. We will handle the complete management of your large conservatory project, from concept to design, planning and construction, right through to completion.

Large conservatory styles are most often used for swimming pools, allowing you to enjoy your pool all year round without worrying about the leaves, insects and weather issues that you get with an outdoor pool. You'll also save money on chemicals and maintenance by housing your pool in a portal conservatory. The large conservatory style is also perfect for a fitness room, Jacuzzi or spa.

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How wide can large conservatories go without sub-structure support? Usually up to around six metres, although we would use tie bars in the roof. If your large conservatory needs a supporting sub-structure, it's usually made from high- grade aluminium or timber and needs to be fixed to the ground. When budgeting for your large conservatory, you should note that this supporting sub-structure must be approved by structural engineers.

Large or portal conservatories tend to need planning permission and usually building-regulation approval, too. As a reputable supplier of large conservatory styles, Ultraframe would include planning permission and building-regulation approval in our quote.

Some types of large conservatory – certain sliding enclosures and domes – don't need planning permission as they don't fall under the 'permanent structure' category. These large conservatory types are not as imposing as other portal conservatories, but they might fit your budget better. As a rough guide, expect to pay no less than £25,000 for the large conservatory style described here.

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Large Span/Portal Style Conservatory Guarantee

Ultra Installers are required to offer you this kind of insurance cover. Please ensure you ask your chosen Ultra Installer about the details and you see the policy papers. It is their responsibility to provide this to you when you have used the 'Instant Quote' part of the web site which registers your interest in buying a conservatory.

The "Insurance Backed Guarantee" they provide to you should cover these important ingredients:

  • If the retailer takes deposits, this needs to be covered
  • Includes work in progress and failure to comply with the Building Regulations
  • Ensure it covers the full value of your installation
  • Check that its fully transferable, if you sell your home
  • Conservatories are often wrongly seen as a soft target for opportunist thieves because of the amount of glass in the building. This is simply not true, With good security features a conservatory is as secure as any other room in you home.

Portal Conservatory Security

There are a number of things that you can do to make your conservatory as secure as possible:

  • Ensure that you have internal beading on your glass, which prevents people from moving the glass externally.
  • Doors should be fitted with multi point locking systems.
  • Windows should be fitted with a shoot locking mechanism which pushes two bolts into the actual window frame.
  • Force resistant hinges should also be fitted to all windows and doors.
  • Ask your installer if your conservatory is covered by BS7950/7412 which is awarded for improved security requirements of mechanical loading, human intervention and glazing security.
  • If you are having a glass roof ensure you are getting toughened glass.

There are many other security precautions on the outside of the conservatory you can undertake such as security lighting, secure locks on garden gates and even prickly bushes planted round the garden can deter would be thieves.

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