When it comes to choosing a conservatory, the prime focus is usually the frame, shape and appearance.
It’s important that it’s appearance is perfectly suited to the existing aesthetics of your property.
Purchasing a conservatory is a big deal and one you want to get right. You may not know it yet but your conservatory glass will make all the difference.
Choosing The Right Conservatory Glass
Conservatory glass is often overlooked or pushed back in terms of importance. If you want your conservatory to suit your specific lifestyle requirements then choosing the right type of conservatory glass is key.
Glass is the biggest culprit when it comes to heat loss so it is important that you choose an energy efficient material.
You want your conservatory to look its best, complementing your properties aesthetic while also suiting your own personal taste.
So, choosing the right conservatory glass is one of the most important steps in the entire process.
Conservatory Glass Type
Glass is the predominant material of conservatories, but many people don’t realise that the glass used in your conservatory is just as customisation as the rest of the structure. To make sure that your conservatory suits your specific property and lifestyle requirements, choosing the right glass is a very important step.
This form of glass is not only very hardy, being very hard to break even under excessive force, but is also built with safety in mind.
If the window is broken, the glass has been designed to break into small pieces to minimise damage.
Resilient against fires, getting double glazed safety glass adds that extra layer of protection for your home.
For new buildings subject to major refurbishment, glazing requirements for critical locations are given in the British Standard EN 12600 of the UK Building Regulations.
British Regulations sets the standard and specifies that toughened glass needs to be difficult to penetrate, and if broken, needs to disintegrate into hundreds of small, relatively harmful pieces. It must also be resilient to fire.
This is why toughened glass is usually specified in conservatory builds and it is especially effective when double glazed.
The extra layer of glass adds more strength to the structure, making it less vulnerable to break-ins.
Laminated glass is one of the most durable forms of glass on the market, being incredibly difficult to break and thus providing an outstanding level of security as well as thermal insulation.
When hit with force, this glazing will crack rather than smash into tiny pieces. This is why for safety reasons, it is often used in the windscreen of cars.
However because it can be difficult to break, laminated glass can be dangerous in case of a fire.
On the other hand, if you are looking for added security then this makes it ideal. It is made by bonding two layers of ordinary annealed glass making it very strong.
A conservatory gives access to your home so security should be a major consideration.
This thickness of laminated glass also means that it offers great insulation.
This glass features a special metallic coating that, as the name suggests, reflects heat and prevents it from escaping from within your conservatory.
Getting this option double glazed only strengthens it, but also increases its quality of thermal insulation.
This conservatory glass is also known as Energy Efficient Glass or Low-E Glass (Low Emissivity).
Don’t worry about having to go out of your way to clean your windows.
Self-cleaning glass may sound like a gimmick, but it is a tried and tested feature that saves you time and money.
With a thin layer of photo-catalytic coating that activates in sunlight, it breaks down any dirt that may collect on the windows surface which can then be washed away by the rain.
Never scrub this conservatory glass or use an abrasive cleaning product. You don’t want to risk damaging it’s self-cleaning properties.
Self-cleaning conservatory glass can be used in combination with heat reflective glass.
The perfect choice for period properties, curved conservatory glass can be specified in the design of your new windows so that you can keep your properties existing style while also being available in laminated glass, toughened safety glass and heat reflective glass.
Curved glass is often seen in late-Victorian architecture so if you are looking for your conservatory to complement your existing period property, this conservatory glass is ideal.
Curved glass can be made in laminated glass, toughened safety glass and heat reflective glass.
The best choice to cut through planning permission red tape, especially for listed properties, leaded glass features lead strips inserted inside the double glazed unit.
Looking for that extra bit of privacy, without compromising on the amount of natural light entering your property?
Frosted glass, otherwise known as etched, patterned or obscured glass can be used in either the walls of roof of your conservatory to give you the discretion you need.
This glass comes in a range of different patterns and tints, including floral patterns, snow effect or simple geometric patterns if you are going for a contemporary look.
The patterned side is also best placed on the inside for easier cleaning.
If you are looking to preserve the Georgian or Regency aesthetic of your property, or simply want to bring that extra bit of class to your home, then getting Georgian bars installed onto your new windows is the perfect choice.
Installing Georgian Bars
- Georgian bars are inserted between the different panes of glass, which proves to be a very popular choice for uPVC conservatories.
- Immitation bars are sometimes used, known as Astragal bars, that are placed on either side of the unit to make them appear as if they are separated panes of glass.
Energy Efficient Glass
Choosing the wrong kind of glass for your conservatory can cost you in both security and increased heating bills, with an inefficient conservatory that will not perform to its highest standard.
Making sure that you have the best glass available will mean that you can enjoy the benefits of your conservatory all year round, including the materials you use for your roof.
Installing thermally efficient glass is the best choice, with a special coating featured that will help trap heat within your home and will even mean that your conservatory is cooler during the summer months.
Conservatory Glass Roof
Getting a glass roof to replace your under performing polycarbonate roof is another amazing way of improving the thermal insulation of your conservatory. Glass roofs feature a thermal break and a hollow section within the roof that will intercept any escaping heat and acts as a thermal barrier to prevent cold air from getting in.
U-Values are the standard measurement for the thermal and energy efficiency of glass and double glazing, determined by the rate of heat loss; the lower the U-Value, the more thermal efficiency your glass has. All of the windows that we offer have outstanding U-Values, but if you want to find out more please speak to your chosen installer.