What can I use a conservatory for?
First you need to determine what you are going to use it for, as that will affect the style and cost. With the development of construction methods and materials, it is a practical additional room, giving living space for dining, relaxing with children, entertaining, watching TV — even a gym or games room!
But to make the most of it, you need to think about its location and aspect, how much space is available and what your budget is. If it is just an additional room that will be multi-functional, it may be better to choose a simple, practical design such as a lean-to. If it is primarily for relaxing and entertaining in, you may want to choose a more elaborate style such as an angular Edwardian or a Gable. An impressive lantern, P-shape or orangery will certainly make a statement for your home.
We specialise in all types of conservatories including: (as well as all combination styles)
The versatility of the Dudley Doors Conservatory Roof System allows you to choose any design, be it contemporary or traditional. From the most complex style, to the cleanest minimalist look, your dream can become a reality! Below we have identified the most popular styles for you to browse over.
Victorian-style conservatories give a nostalgic appearance with faceted corners to add character. The design reflects a degree of the ornateness associated with the turn of the century, whilst maintaining the practicality demanded by modern lifestyles.
An Edwardian style conservatory elegantly maximises space, with right angled corners. It combines clean lines with the finishing details that add an air of sophistication to the design, whilst giving you the maximum floor area available within the site.
P & B Shapes
For larger homes, a P or B shaped conservatory continues the nostalgic appearance with enhanced internal accommodation. The bays mirror the architectural styling of many traditional homes, making it the obvious choice where space allows.
The description belies the appearance: no “DIY” feel with corrugated plastic roof, but a more contemporary styling for today’s modern homes that maximise space. The uncluttered lines compliment modern house design.
Every home is different, so there are occasions when a different style is required by desire or limitations imposed by the building. We can design a conservatory to meet all requirements, and the Dudley Doors Conservatory Roof System has been developed to easily accommodate any variation on design or scale — from a porch to a swimming pool.
The Dudley Doors Conservatory Roof System has many unique features that set it apart from the competition!
Clip On Cresting
The cresting and finial are clipped on to the ridge, not in a channel, thus eliminating leaks.
The special ridge capping is positioned and tapped into place. This ridge cap allows the finial to be fitted without any need for screws. Then the cresting is clipped into place.
This component wasn’t designed for looks alone: it means there are no holes in the ridge cap, and no channel where water can collect. Two major causes of leaking are eradicated by this innovation.
Panel Support Trim
The panel support trim makes locating the glazing much more easily and securely.
Aztec's panel support trim combines the end closer with the ring beam infill. This single component locates the glazing into position, making it easier to fit, stronger and more reliable. This also prevents any panel slippage and possible leaks from the top.
Rafter Pins make the initial assembly of the roof much easier.
Each Rafter has integral rafter pins which slot into place at the eaves end and at the ridge. The entire roof can therefore be assembled before any fixings are needed, making it possible for one person to do the job with ease.
Twin Glazing Beads
Twin Glazing Beads enable glazing to be installed one section at a time.
Dudley Doors unique twin glazing capping means each piece of glazing can be fitted individually. Much easier and safer than having to fit two pieces of glazing at the same time. This means no more leaning / climbing on the top of the roof to glaze the last couple of panels.
Wall Bar Flashing
The wall can be flashed BEFORE the roof is glazed!
Dudley Doors unique ridge flashing trim is designed to be fitted before the ridge cap, so the ridge can be flashed prior to completion. It’s not just easier and quicker; it’s a much better fit.
As soon as the wall bar is secured, the mortar beds can be ground down for flashing. No need to wait until after glazing which means no more leaning awkwardly over the roof; and no need to clean dripping mortar off the glazing panels or the frame.
What types of glazing are available?
It is here the roof glazing plays a vital role. Two types of glazing are usually used in conservatory roofs- polycarbonate or glass.
The Dudley Doors system can accommodate 25mm and 35mm polycarbonate with 35mm being the most popular option due to its increased thermal and sound insulation, achieving a u-value of up to 1.5. Clear, opal and bronze shades are available with a ‘heatguard option’ that is very effective against heat build-up.
Over the last few years double glazed units have grown tremendously as the preferred option for glazing conservatory roofs. This is mainly because the problems of seeing ‘dirty’ roof glass and the risk of a ‘green house feel’ from adverse heat build-up have been eradicated by the use of high performance glass. Self-cleaning glass with coatings that protect from excessive heat from the sun and reflect energy back into the building have transformed conservatory roofing. Added to this, the cavity between the glass can be filled with Argon gas which improves thermal insulation even further and reaches u-values of 1.0.
A small selection of conservatories fitted by Dudley Doors & Conservatories