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Difference Between Conservatories and Glass Extensions

6th May 2013

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An increasing number of homeowners are investing in house extensions for their home, keen to create extra living space and to add value to their property. If you’ve been thinking about increasing available space, you will need to decide whether you want a conservatory or house extension.

Many people assume that house extensions are the same as standard conservatories, but they have many distinct differences which make them the premier choice for homeowners looking for a glass extension. Let’s look at differences between the two.

Conservatory or House Extension?

Despite many apparent similarities, the two extensions have distinctive features which set them apart as two very different builds. Firstly, a conservatory is a property extension with glass walls and roof, available in an array of different styles and glazing options. It is usually supported by dwarf walls. Conservatories often require building regulations in place before work can commence, which can often slow the building process down.

A house extension is similar, in that it is also a structure with glass walls and roof, occasionally supported on dwarf walls, but in comparison, it is built within specially designed pillars which provide a greater degree of structural integrity (making it much stiffer than a regular conservatory, making damage from windless likely).

A house extension is the more energy efficient option, providing a better level of thermal efficiency, which can help you to save money on your energy bills. Also, house extensions are much more visually pleasing, both inside and out – and so you will be able to add palpable market value to your home more easily

Buying a House Extension

By comparing the differences between these two structures, you can see that a house extension is by far the most superior choice if you are looking to increase the size of your home. As well as providing more structural integrity, more thermal efficiency and being much more aesthetically pleasing than a standard conservatory, it is also low cost and doesn’t require building regulations. This means that building work can be completed quickly, letting you enjoy your new house extension in next to no time at all.

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Performance Glass Extension

This cleverly designed extension will enable you to create an open-plan room without doors, while also circumventing the red-tape normally associated with building regulations. The performance glass used throughout the structure will work in tandem with masonry piers or super insulated columns to deliver an extension that’s thermally efficient. The glazing used throughout will invite in light and create a sense of space.



Livinroof Extension

This type of extension allows for the inclusion of wide-spanning bi-fold doors, which means you’ll benefit from a wide access point that’s optimised for light entry and will ventilate your room and help it feel cool during those hotter summer months. The hybrid design of your house extension’s solid roof will allow glazed panels to be inserted into its structure, further enhancing light penetration and adding market appeal.



Ultraroof Extension

The lightweight conservatory roof used in Ultraroof’s design is not dissimilar to the Livinroof. But it allows Velux windows to be inserted into its structure as an alternative to glazed panels. You’ll be able to choose between brick pier or super insulated columns, the latter of which owns superior thermal properties. Internally the plastered vaulted ceiling used in the Ultraroof extension will contribute toward the creation of a comfortable environment that can be used all year round and 24/7.

Which of these house extension designs is better? Each offers superb performance and will provide you with a living space that is both comfortable and stylish.



House Extensions: Other Considerations

Once you’ve chosen your ideal design:

  • Think carefully about the colour scheme. What shade should your frames be, and should you use different hues inside and out?
  • What will you use your new space for? Is it going to be dining room or a study? This will affect your design choices.
  • What furniture will suit your house extension? Rattan will, for example, reward you with a more timeless look.
  • Will your house extension comply with building regulations? It shouldn’t occupy more than 50% of the original land surrounding your home.
  • What materials do you want to use? Will uPVC or aluminium help you to achieve your design objectives and do you have the budget to achieve this?

Find Your Nearest Ultra Installer

To find out more about our range of house extensions, conservatories, orangeries and replacement conservatory roofs, use our free search tool to find an Ultra Installer in your area. They will be able to answer your technical questions and provide you with a no-obligation house extensions quote for your home improvement project.

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