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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q : Do I have to obtain planning permission for a conservatory?

Q : Can I have any size and style, or do you just do set sizes?

Q : What sort of roof should I choose?

Q : What do I do about the base and walls?

Q : Can I use my conservatory as a dining room?

Q : I’ve got a manhole in the way can I build over it?

Q : Is fitting a conservatory very difficult?

Q : Can you help me find an installer?

Q : How Can I Be Sure That My Conservatory Will Fit My Base?

Q : What Guarantee Will I Receive For My Conservatory?

We have compiled a list of the top question our customers ask

Q : Do I have to obtain planning permission for a conservatory?

A : You will normally not require planning consent or building regulation approval to install the average conservatory, however there are instances when either Planning Consent or Building Regulation approval, or both will be required. To find out the facts have a look at our planning section.

Q : Can I have any size and style, or do you just do set sizes?

A : You can have any style and size of conservatory, provided that your conservatory conforms to building and planning regulations. Some styles are more appropriate for certain types of houses. To get a few more ideas have a look at our styles section. We have made it easy for you to understand just what your options are.

Q : What sort of roof should I choose?

A : It is vital that you get the correct advice when it comes to material that you choose for your conservatory roof. So many people have found that they can not use their conservatory in summer because it is simply too hot. There are two materials to choose from, Glass or Polycarbonate.

Polycarbonate is a lower cost option which has been successfully sold for many years and could be the ideal product for you. It is available in five different options:

Clear – Opal – Bronze – Bronze/Opal – Heatshield

Glass does cost more but it is quieter than polycarbonate when it rains. It is available in many different options too and advice from one of our experienced team is recommended to help you make the right decision.

Q : What do I do about the base and walls?

A : We have the solution to these and other problems with a unique steel base and modular wall system from Durabase. This amazing steel conservatory base product has been designed to look exactly like a conventionally built system, without all the drawbacks.

Not only does it look exactly like a traditional base it is actually warmer as the walls are more insulated and the floor is an insulated suspended timber floor rather than a cold slab of concrete. The walls are available in a wide range os 35 different real brick choices. It does not need full foundations and comes ready for you to bolt together making it very easy to erect and is an extremely solid base for your new conservatory to be build on.

For more information take a look at our Steel Base Conservatory section. We have also provided you with a video to show you just how easy it can be.

Q : Can I use my conservatory as a dining room?

A : Yes. You can use a conservatory to replace almost any room or for any purpose, the options are as big as your imagination.

Q : I’ve got a manhole in the way can I build over it?

A : We get this questions all the time. this is one of the great benefits of using our Durabase Steel Base and Modular Wall system. Have a look at all the benefits this system provides. Steel Base And Modular Wall System

Q : Is fitting a conservatory very difficult?

A : No. so long as you have at least basic DIY skills and common sense you will be able to erect a base and conservatory. We provide very detailed instructions that are easy to follow. We also supply a DVD for the conservatory erection. It is true to say that we rarely ever get a phone call from a customer when they are building their conservatory but if you need help we are here to help. Using the Durabase system, some customers have completed their conservatory build over a long weekend.

Q : How Can I Be Sure That My Conservatory Will Fit My Base?

A : The base is always built to the base plan supplied by the conservatory manufacturer so it is always a perfect fit. If you decide to build your own base it is important that we supply the base plan to you.

One of the things we pride ourselves with is the fact that when you buy from us we ensure that all the assemblies are compatible and seleted to fit together perfectly.

Q : What Guarantee Will I Receive For My Conservatory?

A : All our Conservatories come with a 10 year manufacturers guarantee. Our Steel conservatory Base comes with a 25 year manufacturers guarantee.