How to build a conservatory
steps and tips
1. Planning permission, generally you won’t need planning permission (you can read more on this on our other pages) But it’s better to be safe than sorry, consult your local council or planning authority to double check.
2. Plan, plan and plan, check, double and even triple check all of your measurements and dimensions are correct (I normally check myself and then get someone else to double check) for an extra few minutes of time incorrect measurements will add time and money to your build.
3. Concrete base is laid based as on your plans.
4. Any brickwork such as small front or side walls is constructed.
5. Fix the initial frame to the house this will give initial strength and ensure its in the correct position.
6. Fix/Join the rest of the frames together to create your conservatory framework, all fixings and brackets should be included with the conservatory kit.
7. Connect the doors and position correctly
8. The last frame connected should be the one that connects to the house.
9. Fit the roof ridge and brackets into place.
10. Fit roofing sheets into place.
11. Add guttering and downpipes.
12. Fit any decorative roofing cresting or other aesthetic adornments.
13. Latex the concrete flooring to ensure a smoother surface.
14. Doors and windows can now be double glazed to suit your taste.
Notes on how to build a conservatory
Never completely cover or seal a drain otherwise you may find yourself having to dig through your conservatories concrete base if there are ever drainage problems.
Choose your conservatory manufacturer carefully, cheapest is certainly not best when it comes to PVC, cheap PVC doors and windows can turn yellow after around 12 months, this is due to the least amount of pure PVC being used, it’s then mixed with metallic stabilizers such as cadmium, tin or even lead and then being mixed with chalk, this will give a chalky residue that’s not totally smooth to the touch, this will also trap dirt making it harder to keep white, not only this but its more prone to cracking and mould growth.
On another note and more serious is the security, a cheap window or door will probably have cheap locks which offer little security.
One way to get an indication of the quality of a company’s doors and windows is the warranty or guarantee, if cheap products are used the warranty will only be around 12 months, but if materials are good there is no reason why the warranty should not be 10 or even 20 years.
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