Conservatories vs Extensions

Conservatories vs Extensions: Which One is Right For You?

Published: Wednesday 24th February 2021 | Categories: House & Home

Thinking about and implementing home improvements can be a daunting task and an exciting prospect at the same time. There may be some factors you hadn’t considered when weighing up the different options available to you, so here we’ve put conservatories vs extensions head-to-head to provide you with some helpful pointers in your planning preparations. We might be a tad biased in our opinions on conservatories here, but there are still important considerations to be had.

The benefits of a conservatory

  • It can be the perfect solution to allows lots of light to pass through – brightening up your living space.
  • Conservatories can have various purposes: an office, dining room, playroom or living space – you can customise a conservatory to fit your personal preferences.
  • Fast and fuss-free installation.
  • Provides a good space to host guests and family.
  • Adequate heating, blinds, and ventilation can make a conservatory the perfect space all year round. Not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter.
  • Choosing the right conservatory can improve your home’s space by creating a more spacious feeling.
  • Feel like you are in the garden, but with all the comfort of indoors.
  • Match the brick and uPVC window colour to those that already exist in your house.

The negatives of a conservatory

  • Some styles can be more challenging and more expensive to heat than an extension.
  • Conservatory heating and ventilation need to be carefully considered for consistent temperature control – Elglaze can help you do this and ensure you make the right decision.
  • Polycarbonate roofs let more heat escape than a tiled, glass or Hybrid roof – in most situations, Elglaze would recommend going for a tiled roof option as this will help prevent this from happening.
  • Some roofs can be noisy in heavy rain.

The benefits of an extension

  • Able to build upwards and not just outwards.
  • Extensions can provide you with more space, but this is dependent on type and size.
  • Generally, you have more flexibility with the location for extensions.
  • More robust materials used. However, with modern conservatories, the differences are near negligible.

The negatives of an extension

  • More expensive to develop and require planning permission.
  • Getting the look right can be tricky and expensive based on the materials and finishing required.
  • Extensions will often have less natural light compared to conservatories depending on their design.
  • Unpredicted factors can lead to extra costs on top of those initially budgeted for.
  • Extensions will cause much more disruption during the construction phase when compared to a conservatory install.

This post only touches the surface of the ongoing conservatories vs extensions debate, but we hope you can take away some helpful tips.

At Elglaze, we go above beyond to be the best installers of high-quality uPVC and aluminium windows, doors, and conservatories to homes in Cambridgeshire and further afield. It’s always been our aim to offer fair prices for high-quality products.

If you’re looking for a bespoke conservatory installation or upgrading an existing conservatory roof, then do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly team members.


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