Conservatory Comparison – How to choose between a uPVC, timber or aluminium conservatory

Conservatories are the most popular extension option for UK homeowners. This should perhaps come as no surprise. Thanks to modern advancements in technology, they now provide outstanding levels of performance all year round. They are a cost-effective way to increase your living space and can be specified in numerous styles and can be bespoke designed to suit your home.

If you’re considering installing a conservatory at your home, one of the first things to decide is which material is best for you. At Oakley Green, we install conservatories made from either uPVC, timber, or aluminium. Each material has its own unique characteristics and what’s best for you will depend on your expectations and personal preferences. To help you to make a fully informed decision about your new glazed extension, let’s take a look at the benefits of each conservatory material.

Benefits of uPVC conservatories

A large white uPVC conservatory with bespoke layout

uPVC conservatories are by far the most cost-effective option. This doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on quality. uPVC is easier to manufacture and process therefore bringing down its end cost. With modern thermal break technology and special glass which regulates solar gain, uPVC conservatories can now create an extended living area which won’t get too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

uPVC conservatories are available in a wide range of styles to suit both modern and more traditional properties. They can be specified in a diverse range of colours and can even incorporate realistic wood grain effect finishes. Their durable uPVC frame is extremely low maintenance and with only the occasional wipe down with warm soapy water, your uPVC conservatory will continue to look great and provide the same outstanding levels of performance for many years to come.

Benefits of timber conservatories

wooden windows and conservatory

For certain period properties such as those located in a conservation area, a timber conservatory will be the only option. Timber conservatories, however, are an excellent choice for any home and will add style and class with the natural beauty of real wood. Timber conservatories are certainly a high-end luxury home improvement. They will add value to any home and can be designed and manufactured to meet almost any design specification.

In terms of performance, timber is a naturally insulating material. When engineered for use in a conservatory, a timber frame will help to significantly reduce heat loss and keep your home interior at an ambient temperature. Timber conservatories do require slightly more maintenance than other materials. They may need attention to the paint finish after 5 or more years, this may seem like a lot of work, but you’ll be repaid with a stunning conservatory which, when properly cared for, will last a lifetime.

Benefits of aluminium conservatories

Bifold Doors

Aluminium conservatories offer homeowners a sleek and stylish way to extend their home. Aluminium is an inherently strong and durable material. Its outstanding natural strength means that with super-slim frames, extra-large glass panels can be supported. This allows an abundance of natural light to flood into your conservatory helping to create a bright and airy living area. Aluminium’ s excellent durability provides outstanding weather resistance performance and will never warp, rot, rust or deteriorate.

Aluminium conservatories are the perfect choice when you want to create a unique focal point with your glazed extension. They can be powder coated with your choice of any of over 200 RAL colours for the ultimate in personalisation. Aluminium can be easily formed into a wide variety of shapes so your aluminium conservatory can be designed to fit into your home’s layout, dimensions, and architectural character.

As you can see, each conservatory material has its own unique benefits and characteristics. Whichever you choose, you can rest assured that with Oakley Green, you’ll get a professional installation service with only the highest quality materials with every project. If you’d like to find out more about extending your home with the help of Oakley Green, get in touch today. For more information about any of our products and services call 0117 910 9500 or contact us online.