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Build Your Own Conservatory

Attempting to build your own conservatory can be quite a daunting thought. If you are well informed and have the necessary skills to do so it won't be as scary as you think. Remember that if you need help, outsource it - no one is a master of all trades.

A Guide to Building Your Own Conservatory

There are several important steps to be taken and decisions to be made before you build your own conservatory so be sure to take the time to peruse this guide to building your new glass extension..

Obtain planning permission

Obtaining planning permission for your conservatory is key. In many areas planning permission is not required but it is better to make absolutely sure of what you may and may not do in terms of a conservatory build.

Select a Conservatory Design

The conservatory design you select should complement your home rather than overwhelm it. Read this conservatory design guide before you make your final decision.

Choose Your Structural Materials

You can use a number of different materials to build your own conservatory but each of these materials has discernable advantages and disadvantages that need to be investigated and weighed up during the planning phases. Read this summary of the choices you have regarding the structural materials for your conservatory.

Consider Your Glass Options

In order to make the most of your glass room no matter what the season, the type of glass you use when you build your own conservatory is critical. Firstly, keeping conservatories clean can be quite an arduous task. The solution - installing Pilkington Activ™ Clear, a self-cleaning glass. This revolutionary glass is ideal for conservatories and uses the forces of nature to keep panes cleaner and clearer. The next stumbling block is keeping your conservatory cool in summer. Glass extensions like these tend to get incredibly hot in summer and many homeowners choose solar control glass to solve this problem. Pilkington have introduced a range of conservatory glass products that are not only self-cleaning but also have solar control properties.

Find out more about Pilkington Activ™ Blue and Pilkington Activ™ Neutral if you want to be able to enjoy a cool conservatory in summer. The great thing is that all products from the Pilkington Activ™ range can be combined with thermal glass products like Pilkington K Glass and Pilkington Optitherm™ SN. So you'll not only be able to enjoy a clean, clear and cool conservatory in summer but one that's just as pleasant and appealing in winter too.

Building your own conservatory? Search for a glass supplier in your area that carries the Pilkington Activ™ range.