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However, many of these homeowners now want to upgrade their existing conservatory. Their conservatory may be many years old and not as thermally efficient as conservatories built today, they may want to increase their living space or moved into a new home with an existing conservatory. Perhaps there are some technical issues with the conservatory they have inherited in their house move? We have put together three different conservatory makeover ideas, examples of how conservatory owners have tackled some of the potential issues.
We have put together three different conservatory makeover ideas, examples of how conservatory owners have tackled some of the potential issues.
- Replacement Roof - upgrade to a thermally efficient glass roof or consider a solid roof option
- Refurbish - keep the base, replace the window frames and upgrade the roof to either a glass or solid roof
- Demolition - of an existing conservatory and a total rebuild of a different size/shape
Many homeowners want to upgrade their conservatory. Their existing one may be old and not very thermally efficient, or perhaps they want to increase their living space by extending their home. Perhaps there are some technical issues with the existing structure that they have inherited in their house move?
Conservatory Ideas You Don’t Want to Miss
1. Upgrade From Polycarbonate to Thermally Efficient Self-Clean Glass or a Solid Roof with an Internal Plastered Ceiling
An Ultraframe glass conservatory roof is made from Conservaglass – a high-performing type of glazing that performs a dual function. Firstly, it blocks out up to 83% of solar rays, so your room won’t overheat during summer and will stay warm during winter. Secondly, it burns off debris that washes away with the rainwater, which means it won’t require cleaning.
Why not get the best of both worlds? Ultraframe offers two types of solid roof – Livinroof and Ultraroof. Both can incorporate glazed sections of Conservaglass into their structure. If your preference is the Ultraroof, you’ll be able to install Velux windows in place of glazed sections. Either way, your new room will be comfortable and full of lots of light.
2. Get an ‘Orangery’ Real Room Feel by Adding an Internal Pelmet
The Livinroof and Ultraroof both include an internal ceiling pelmet that’s infilled with mineral wool insulation as standard. If you want to make your conservatory look and feel more like a lounge or sitting room, the Livinroof allows you to choose a vaulted or suspended ceiling, the latter of which can continue at the same level as the adjoining room.
3. Put Energy Efficient Glazing in the Side Frames
To further improve the thermal efficiency of your new room, you can ask your installer to fit Conservaglass into the side frames. This will further decrease UV penetration that might cause your new room to overheat during summer and will protect the fabric in your furnishings from losing their vitality due to continued exposure to sunlight.
4. Change the Frames on One Side and add Bi-Fold Doors or Large In-Line Sliders
Bi-fold doors open to almost threshold length, so you’ll benefit from a wider space that will come into its own when you’re entertaining. This design of door will also allow in plenty of vital ventilation that will prevent the build-up of condensation. Bi-fold doors also look extremely stylish and will help your conservatory stand out.
5. Introduce a Roof Vent with a Thermostat and Rain Sensor
Although your Ultraframe conservatory roof will include trickle vents as standard, you’ll also be able to upgrade your new system to include vents. These can be supplied in two formats: manual or automatic.
Our manual roof vents are spindle-operated, while our automatic roof vents are fitted with thermostatic and rain sensor technology that reacts to environmental changes, but without the need for intervention.
6. Make Space Go Further – Create Two Rooms
If you have plenty of space available, you may want to explore a P- or T-shaped conservatory. The shape of these designs allows for the creation of a multi-functional space. For example, a P-shaped conservatory consists of a narrow section combined with a wider one.
Use the thin section as a dining room and the larger one as a lounge to relax in after everyone’s eaten. The choice is yours. Do you want to keep the two areas separate? If you do, then demarcate the two sections using some French doors – otherwise, let the two areas flow together.
7. Change the Colour of Your Conservatory
Customising your Ultraframe conservatory, so that it agrees with the themes and schemes of your existing home, will be easy when you speak to your approved Ultraframe installer. A range of colours and woodgrain foils will be available to you that will suit your home – whether its modern or heritage, large or small.
Speak to Your Nearest Ultraframe Installer
For conservatory design advice and more, use our free search tool to locate your nearest approved Ultraframe installer. They will be able to answer any questions you have about Ultraframe’s conservatories, conservatory roofs, orangeries – or any other products listed on our website. You can also request contact from the Ultraframe team by submitting a short form at the end of the search process.