Conservatories can be a stunning addition to any home, providing a relaxing space to enjoy the best of indoor and outdoor living.
But structures with plastic or single-glazed roofs can be difficult to maintain and are often poorly constructed – resulting in rooms that aren’t energy-efficient.
Luckily, with Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, there are ways to refresh tired rooms, control temperatures and help to reduce energy costs. Choosing new, more energy-efficient glazing can make a huge difference to the comfort and efficiency of conservatories.
Replacing an old plastic or a single-glazed roof with a new glass roof which includes an inner pane of low-emissivity glass from the Pilkington K Glass™ range can reduce carbon emissions by up to 50 percent. Lower energy bills means more days for you to enjoy your conservatory in the winter.
Plastic or single-glazed roofs can also be replaced with multi-functional glass products that offer other properties such as self-cleaning and solar control.
Choosing an Insulating Glass Unit (IGU) that combines solar-control performance with self-cleaning properties as the outer pane of glass and low-e glass as the inner pane, will provide thermal insulation and help keep conservatories cooler in the summer and warmer in winter.
Sheltered and north-facing conservatories are best equipped with an energy-efficient IGU that helps heat the room during cold winters. Pilkington energiKare™ does exactly that by reflecting heat back into the conservatory while transmitting solar energy.
On the other hand, south-facing roofs are better served with units designed to reflect heat away from the conservatory, such as the Pilkington Activ™ or Pilkington Activ SunShade™ range.
If you are looking for the best all-round performance for your conservatory, the ultimate solution can be achieved with Pilkington Active SunShade™ Blue as the outer pane of the IGU in combination with Pilkington Optitherm™ S1 Plus ultra-low emmissivity glass as the inner pane. Together they reject 80 percent of the sun's heat, making it the optimum choice.
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