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Alternatives To Using Concrete Base For Conservatory

alternatives to using concrete base for conservatory

These days, conservatories can be so much more than what many homeowners expect. They can be glamourous, beautiful and simply breath-taking. 

Designing the best conservatory for your property takes a lot of work, especially if you want to join the leagues of the lucky homeowners who own the best conservatories in the UK. However, all that effort creating the perfect design will be for nothing if the conservatory doesn’t have a strong base.

All exceptional constructions start with a strong and sturdy base – it’s an essential of sound building. Whilst conservatories under a certain size are exempt from building regulations, that’s no excuse not to make sure that the base is strong enough to support your dream conservatory design. 

The standard conservatory base is made out of one of the most utilised materials in the building world - concrete. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t alternatives to using a concrete base for conservatory foundations. 

We’re going to be taking a look at the main conservatory base alternatives, and a selection of other alternative materials that can make your conservatory really stand out... 

alternatives to using concrete base for conservatory

A timber base for a conservatory is constructed through the use of long timber lengths that need to be quite thick to be able to support the weight of the conservatory. These are positioned the length of the conservatory and fixed with strong bolts to make sure that the final design is sturdy

The Main Conservatory Base Options

Concrete is a highly popular material for foundations because it is one of the best options for the job. However, not all conservatories are built to the same requirements and not all properties are best suited to additional concrete base structures, so it’s always worth having some alternatives up your sleeve.

When it comes to conservatory bases, there are two main alternatives to concrete: timber and steel. Both materials are sturdy base options and very different to a traditional concrete base. 

Timber Conservatory Base

Timber conservatory bases can be very easy to construct and are well suited to areas where the ground has a slope, as the frame for the base can be altered to make sure that the slope is taken into consideration. 

A timber base for a conservatory is constructed through the use of long timber lengths that need to be quite thick to be able to support the weight of the conservatory. These are positioned the length of the conservatory and fixed with strong bolts to make sure that the final design is sturdy.  

Steel Conservatory Base

For some properties, a steel conservatory base is the ideal option, but it’s not going to work well with every house out there. The benefit of a steel base is that it’s easy to install and the process is relatively quick. Normally when using steel, there is less excavation work required and the scale of the project is reduced.

A steel conservatory base is built using a steel frame, which is comprised of steel beams. The frame will be fixed to the exterior wall of the property and, depending on the style of the conservatory, it may also be attached to the new conservatory walls. 

alternatives to using concrete base for conservatory

Stylish, good-looking and effective, once conservatory roof insulation has been installed the feel of your conservatory will be completely changed. It will be more comfortable in the winter, and a lot less bright and hot in the summer – giving you year-round use of your conservatory!

Other Alternative Materials for Conservatories

Choosing a different style of conservatory base is one way to get your conservatory to stand out from the crowd, but there are other materials on the market that can truly give your conservatory that ‘wow’ factor. 

If you want a conservatory that is breath-taking, both in look and feel, it’s worth considering triple glazing and conservatory roof insulation. 

Triple-Glazed Conservatory Glass

Triple-glazing is the modern answer to energy-inefficient glazing. The enhanced design of triple-glazing, with three layers of glass and two pockets or air or gas, will reduce the amount of heat that is lost from your rooms. 

As there is a copious amount of glass used in a conservatory, choosing triple glazing over the traditional option of double glazing, will help to keep your conservatory much warmer in the winter. 

Conservatory Roof Insulation

Another exceptional way to reduce heat loss in a conservatory and really give your new conservatory the potential of being outstanding is to install conservatory roof insulation.

This addition to standard conservatory roofing is a must if you’re looking to create the kind of space that you can enough all year round. Whilst there is a certain charm to traditional conservatory roofing, it’s difficult to beat the comfort and warmth that proper roof insulation can offer. 

Stylish, good-looking and effective, once conservatory roof insulation has been installed the feel of your conservatory will be completely changed. It will be more comfortable in the winter, and a lot less bright and hot in the summer – giving you year-round use of your conservatory. 

At Home Logic, we can help you to make every part of your conservatory count, from the base that you choose to the glass and insulation that you decide to have installed. For more information about modern conservatories for the modern world, please don’t hesitate to contact us today by calling 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, by simply clicking the button below!