Glass Extensions FAQ- all your glazing questions answered

Livin Room orangery with stunning decor- glass extensions
If you’re thinking of extending your home, have you considered a glass extension? As well as increasing your space, a glazed extension can become a stunning asset to your home. Improving your home’s value as well as transforming how it looks, and more importantly how you use it.

What are glass extensions?

A glass extension is an extension of your home mainly made up of glazing. They can be used for any room but work especially well as kitchens and living rooms. Conservatories and orangeries are examples of glass extensions as well as frameless extensions. They are the perfect opportunity to add open-plan living into your home. With the addition of bifold doors you can incorporate garden living into your life. Let your outside space flow with the rest of your home. This can give you masses of space for entertaining and enjoying your home.

Will my glass extension stay warm in winter and cool in summer?

Modern glass extensions offer superb thermal efficiency with solar control double glazing, like our bespoke window range. Whether you choose uPVC, timber or aluminium for your frames, you will have a room that can be used comfortably all year round.

Efficient glass effectively block the sun’s more powerful rays in the summer so that the room will never overheat. However, enough light can still flood in to keep the room bright and airy. In the winter, heat is retained to keep the room at a comfortable temperature, no matter what the weather’s doing.

Do I need planning permission for a glass extension?

You shouldn’t need planning permission for a glass extension as long as certain conditions are followed:

  • The glass extension must not cover more than half the area around the original house
  • It must not be higher than 4m or higher than the highest roof of your home
  • It must not extend by more than 3m beyond the rear wall of your original house if an attached house or 4m if detached

Glass extensions are normally classed as a permitted development. However, each project and home is different so it’s always best to check first.

A kitchen that extends out into conservatory

Are glass extensions better than brick?

Glass extensions have the advantage over brick extensions in that they allow in more light. This makes any room feel more welcoming as well as keeping it warm for the whole day. Brick extensions can be a great choice if you want your extension to blend in with your home completely but they can take longer to build. Glass, as a material, looks stunning and makes anything its used for, stand out. It adds an impressive aesthetic to any home and can make your home look as modern or traditional as you like.

Will a glazed extension suit my home?

A glass extension can be the perfect choice for any home. Contemporary glass extensions often have the most glazing or use aluminium frames. This is because aluminium is extremely strong which allows for slimmer sleek frames which give an ultramodern appearance. If your home is more traditional, then a classic conservatory style such as a Victorian or Edwardian design might flow better. Timber frames or uPVC with a wood finish can add to the feeling of authenticity. A kitchen glass extension is one of the best ways you can use your new room. With a lantern roof, light can bathe the room, turning it into a room loved by the whole family.

What type of roof can I have on my glass extension?

When it comes to roofs for glass extensions, there are two options. A glass roof will add to the stunning aesthetics of the structure and allows the maximum amount of light to fill the room. With the same efficient glazing as the rest of the structure, you never need to worry about abandoning the room in extreme temperatures.

A tiled or solid roof could be the perfect choice if you want your glass extension to blend in with your home more. A tiled roof also maintains privacy if your extension will be overlooked by neighbours. With lightweight tiles, the room will feel as comfortable as the rest of your home and like a natural extension that’s always been there.