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What Questions to Ask Before Ordering a Conservatory?

15th November 2013

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Building Your Perfect Conservatory: 5 Simple Steps

Choosing to add a conservatory to your home isn't something to be undertaken lightly. Whether you need help choosing the style of conservatory or advice finding the right workman to fit it, there are plenty of questions you should consider before parting with cash. 

To help guide our customers through what can be quite a lengthy and complex research process, we’ve drawn up a list of the questions you’ll need to ask before parting with your hard-earned money and giving your chosen installer the go-ahead to fit your conservatory.

Choosing Your Conservatory: Getting Started

1.Choosing a Trusted Installer

Firstly, find out as much as you can about the conservatory installer. It's great if they come with a personal recommendation from a friend, but if not, make sure you ask them questions such as... Have they done any other conservatory installation work locally? Do they have any customer testimonials and/or pictures of previous work undertaken? What about certificates to authenticate that they are skilled and qualified to carry out this work?

For your peace-of-mind, Ultraframe rigorously assesses its nationwide network of Ultra Installers – not just when they apply for membership, but on an ongoing basis. This way we can be sure they have up-to-date knowledge of our products – which means you’ll benefit from the right advice when asking your conservatory-related questions. Our assessment scheme has been approved by Which? Trusted Traders too for your additional reassurance.

Once you've decided that the installer is right for the job and is going to fit your conservatory to your exacting standards, you can then move on to discuss what sort of product will be right for you. Ask questions such as these...

2. What sort of style do they think would suit your house and personal style?

Every home is different. The good news is that a range of conservatory styles will be available to you when you speak to your proposed installer. They should be able to tell you about the range of products available – for example, a lean-to conservatory is suitable for smaller and one-storey homes – and offer advice on how to customise your product. For example, you could ask what colour schemes are available and whether you can add a woodgrain foil effect to the design.

3. What sort of conservatory can you get with your allocated budget?

Your proposed installer will need to consider your budget when helping you to choose a suitable conservatory. They will be able to discuss which material to choose as part of the design – for example, uPVC is less expensive than wood, but still very effective – and offer advice about other ways to bring the cost of your home improvement project down. Using less glass may be one of their suggestions, as it’s quicker to install than brick and less costly.

4.How long will the installation of the conservatory take, and will there be any other things to take into consideration? 

To minimise inconvenience, you’ll want to know that your conservatory can be installed quickly and without unnecessary disruption and mess. Our products are built to minimise noise disturbance. For example, a replacement conservatory roof fitted by an approved Ultra Installer will have been pre-fabricated at our factory, which means it can be installed within a matter of hours and without causing you any problems.

5. Once you've decided on the style of conservatory you want, it's a good idea to ask about: 

Design. Your chosen installer will be able to do this for you, enabling you to preview how your conservatory will look once it has been completed. This will give you the opportunity to request any changes before installation.

Costings. Before work on your construction begins, make sure you have a break down of the costs that will be involved – as this will prevent any confusion later if there are charges you weren’t expecting to see.

Finally, if you have any doubts about the installer you have chosen to install your conservatory, have a look online to see what their customers have to say about them. Look for logos on their site that prove their accreditation with respected membership and best practice organisations within the double-glazing industry too.

Find Your Nearest Ultra Installer

Look for a trustworthy company to install your conservatory by using Ultraframe’s dedicated search tool. All the fitters listed on our website have an in-depth understanding of Ultraframe’s products and must prove their expertise on an ongoing basis.

If you’d like more information about a specific product, you can submit a form to us at the end of the process. We will then call you to discuss our range of conservatories, house extensions, replacement conservatory roofs and more.

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