Construction and Specifications

BASEWORK

The majority of our clients tend to be busy people who have neither the time, the inclination, or necessarily the expertise to be the site foreman for their conservatory project which is why in most instances we are asked to carry out the whole of the project from start to finish. Having said this we occasionally come across a client who has met “Mr. Reliable Local Builder”, and would like to use his services. It is no problem to use your own contractor if you prefer and we will give him the same thorough briefing and liaison that we provide to our own builders.

 

CONSTRUCTION

Our conservatories are built from selected Grade A Hardwoods, usually West African Mahogany. The frames and roofs are sturdily built and elegantly moulded. All joints are mortice and tenoned or bolted for strength. Our standard specification is for the use of “storm proof sashes” which overlap the outer frames. This is far superior to the normal casement style sash. The sashes can be hung either on brass butt hinges or on friction hinges which allow the opening sash to stay in the position selected. All the sashes fit snugly and are well sealed with non perishable neoprene draft excluders. Dummy sashes are built where they are to be non openers (e.g. next to opening doors). This ensures symmetrical, equal sight lines which is most important. All conservatory roofs are pre-built in the factory to ensure accuracy.

GLAZING

The double glazed sealed units in the roof, doors and side frames all have a 16mm airgap as recommended by Pilkington Glass and the UK Glass Federation. To compliment this superior specification we offer as standard Pilkington “Low Emmisivity” “K” Glass which gives a better performance than triple glazing. Many companies only offer a 6mm airgap which is inadequate. The additional cost of the spacer bar which determines the width of the airgap is in itself insignificant. The point to bear in mind is that companies utilising such a small airgap do not have a sufficiently wide frame section to accommodate a 24mm sealed unit and this is why they tend to fail to upgrade their specification. All our double glazed sealed units are beaded from the inside for security. Both roof and side frames have toughened safety glass on inner and outer panes which complies with Part N of Building Regulations. The spacer bars in our sealed units are coloured to blend with the chosen colour of the conservatory which avoids visually unattractive silver lines. The sealed units on the roof are “stepped” i.e. the top sheet of toughened glass overshoots by an inch allowing rain to run straight into the gutter rather than collecting at the end of the spacer bar where in freezing conditions it could cause degradation of the sealed unit.

SECURITY

Each opening window has two dual position lockable handles which can be secured in either night vent position or fully locked. The doors have a high security espagnolette multi-point bolt locking system.

VENTILATION

The most frequent complaint about conservatories is lack of ventilation. Our unique lifting ventilation ridge gives between 6 and 8 times as much ventilation as any other system in the market place. It has the added advantage that it can be left partially open at night and when you are out, allowing the hot air to continue to escape, whilst at the same time keeping the rain and unwelcome intruders out. The gearbox and underside of the lifting ridge are attractively concealed by a decorative lattice which can be used to house downlighters if required.

HEATING

As a company we recommend electrical underfloor heating for conservatories.  RUTLAND COUNTY HEATING LTD is our sister company which provides this product and full installation service.  Log onto our website above for more information.

PAINT FINISH

All our conservatories have two coats of microporous paint or stain applied in our factory prior to delivery to site. The microporous products used are flexible and allow the timber underneath to breathe. A final coat is applied on site once the erection and glazing of the conservatory is complete. Quite often our clients like to have a natural finish on the inside which reduces glare and shows off the grain of the wood, whilst matching the colour of the house windows externally. The roof rafters are completely protected from the elements by powder coated aluminium cappings. They are sealed onto the glass with non-perishable neoprene gaskets which make the roof totally maintenance free above the gutter height.

PLANNING

We offer a comprehensive planning service for our clients also encompassing applications for Listed Buildings, an area in which we specialise.