Barnston, Essex United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 14, 2011 -- With a hot, dry summer predicted by weather forecasters, Westbury Conservatories Ltd has today issued a warning to anyone planning to invest in a glazed garden building such as a conservatory: it is at the early stages of planning that steps must be taken to ensure your building choice is right and is fully functional throughout any unexpected peaks in temperature, otherwise the room may not be equipped to cope throughout all seasons.
Jonathan Hey, Managing Director at Westbury Conservatories said: "It is nonsense to undertake the substantial investment of adding a room to your home, only to find it is incapable of functioning as it was originally intended due to temperature increases caused by a hot summer."
It is common for a poorly constructed conservatory to reach uncomfortable temperatures as high as 40oC, if there has been no forethought given to planning for the summer months. Similarly, conservatories also suffer from low temperatures during the winter. So anyone wishing to use their new additional space for more than just two seasons of the year would be wise to consider the following:
-Firstly, homeowners must have a clear idea of the purpose of the garden building, what activities will take place in it and at what times of day?
-Consider the style of garden building. Is a conservatory right for you, or would an Orangery or Garden Room be more suited. Both providing light and space to a conservatory, but with much less glazing. Therefore less likely to be affected by seasonal temperature fluctuations.
-Use a reputable company who employee "architectural designers". They will give you a final product that complements the existing building whilst delivering a light and multi-functional room.
-Consider who will be using the room: young children, adults, pets etc - the more information the homeowner can feed to the architectural designer the better the outcome will be.
-Should you decide upon a conservatory, location is paramount and can dramatically impact on the temperature within the room. Homeowners with a choice of locations available would do best to construct on a south facing outer wall to attract more sunshine.
-Shade is imperative to keep a south facing conservatory cool and if you do not have the advantage of natural shade one solution is to apply high quality film to the windows. This works by not only reflecting the heat from the sun but also nearly all of the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays - which is what causes the fading of furniture and carpets.
-Ventilation is a crucial consideration for keeping a conservatory cool. It is essential that air is able to flow through the building and that colder air can be drawn into the conservatory. Consider the use of either automatic roof vents, extractor fans, ceiling fans or air conditioning.
Jonathan Hey continued: "A garden building, especially conservatories, may require a little more upkeep than the rest of a property, simply because it is often built out at the rear of a property leaving it more exposed to the elements. If poorly joined or maintained, rain water can easily seep in to wood that has been left bare by splintering paint, so it is vital to maintain the exterior as well as carefully plan the internal specification. It is also essential to choose a company who are experts not only in construction, but also timber joinery to minimize the likeliness of shoddy workmanship."
For more information, please contact http://www.westburyconservatories.com/