Conservatory: prices and everything you need to know

Conservatory price guide

The road to clear cut conservatory prices is murky and fraught with dangers. Ok, I’m being a little overdramatic, but it can be a little hard to get your head around all the different decisions that you have to make when choosing a conservatory.

For example, there is the style of the conservatory. Do you go with a Victorian, Georgian, or a lean to style? What about the type of material for the frames, or the type of glass? Will you be fitting it yourself DIY style or do you prefer to get professionals in to handle building and installation?

These questions are just some of the ones you need to have answers for before you go asking for quotes from window companies, as knowing which choices to make can greatly affect the price of your conservatory.

This conservatory price guide is here to make things a little clearer and hopefully allow you to make better formed decisions about your conservatory.

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Lean-to Conservatory

Conservatory price- factors

We all want to save money. It doesn’t matter if it’s on clothes, food, or in this case, conservatories, lowering costs is something that makes everyone a little happier. Here we will take a closer look at the factors that can dictate your conservatory price. The main driving force behind the cost of a conservatory is the material used. It goes without saying that uPVC is the cheapest and will range all the way up to solid hardwood Orangery style conservatories. Naturally, the more you spend, the better the outcome – or is there a bargain to be had? Let’s take a closer look….

 

Conservatory prices based on standard size of 3m by 4m
Style of conservatory and material Cost
Orangery in hardwood £15,000 +
Lean-to in uPVC £3000 +
Georgian in uPVC £8000 +
Victorian in uPVC £8000 +
Custom P or U shape in uPVC £12000 +
Custom P or U shape in hardwood £15,000 +

Conservatory style

Some people are not even aware that there is more than one type of conservatory let alone know which ones cost what. The three main types that we will focus on today are the Victorian, the Edwardian, and the lean-to. There are other, more expensive conservatory types such as P-shaped and other custom styles, but for the sake of keeping things simple, we’ll just be sticking to the three we just mentioned.

Victorian conservatory

Victorian conservatories have a distinct rounded shape that is made up of several glass panels just like a bay window. They usually have quite steep roofs that can made up of glass panels or tiles to match the main building.

This style of conservatory is very popular and will suit any type of building no matter how old or new and regardless of architectural style. Victorian conservatories are usually the most expensive type out of the three featured here.

Edwardian conservatory

Edwardian conservatories differ from Victorian style in that they are more symmetrically shaped. Instead of the rounded bay fronts of Victorian conservatories, they are usually rectangular or square and this gives the inside a more spacious feeling. This makes them great for fitting in a lot of furniture while still retaining the feeling of not being too cramped. Price wise, Edwardian conservatories are close to Victorian style ones, if only slightly cheaper.

Lean to conservatories

Lean to conservatories are so called because the roof slopes off downwards from the main buildings existing wall and it seems like it is leaning on it. Lean to conservatories are a good choice if available space is an issue, such as in a smaller garden, because they have a smaller footprint than the other types. Because of their simplicity, they are easier to set up and also modify and this allows a lot of flexibility in their design. These are the cheapest of the three conservatory types featured here.

Conservatory materials

Knowing which material to buy is paramount if you want to save money on your new conservatory, regardless of the style. The cheapest option for your conservatory framework is plain white uPVC. Although it is relatively inexpensive, it is far from insufficient. Not only does this material provide a good level of insulation and security, it is also durable and very low maintenance. The next step up on the price scale is aluminium. An aluminium conservatory will have smaller and sleeker frames and some people really like the modern look of this, but it will cost you extra for it.

If you have deeper pockets, you might want to go with either softwood or hardwood for your conservatory. The natural look of a wooden conservatory is hard to beat but the increase in price is quite substantial.

Man hours (work needed)

If you are having your conservatory built professionally, you will have to pay for installation costs. Some things that might go into this are laying foundations for the structure, brickwork if you are going for a dwarf wall design, and any other things that might crop up such as removing trees and other obstacles.

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Going the DIY route can cut out these extra costs but I would only recommend doing that if you are experienced in building or DIY or have access to someone that is. Saying that, these days there is so much information available online in the form of videos and websites that if you spent a good deal of time researching and practicing the techniques beforehand, you might be ok. Still, I would advise getting professionals to do it for you.

Size and complexity

The size and complexity of the design will no doubt affect how much your conservatory will cost you. P, U, or other shaped designs are going to have your bank balance taking a bigger hit than standard designs, and larger conservatories will have larger bills attached to them. Lean to conservatories are the simplest and therefore cheapest available. Adding complexity in the form of lighting, fans, the number of windows or doors that open and other features can also drive up prices quickly so just make sure that you really know the cost of these extras.

The type of glass

The absolute cheapest glazing option is polycarbonate but its higher maintenance needs and less aesthetic beauty make it less popular than glass. Standard glass is the least expensive of its type and is certainly easier to clean than polycarbonate, but some people choose to pay extra for toughened or laminated glass for safety reasons, or low-E glass for improved energy efficiency.

Your supplier

Different window suppliers charge different prices, so it is in your best interests to call around and find out what deals are available.

Local companies are usually cheaper than big national firms, so you might want to contact them too to compare. To save a bit of time, you can get us to contact window providers in your local area on your behalf and attain quotes for you. All we need is for you to give us a few details about where your home is and the type of windows you want to know about and we will go to work for you, completely free of charge. What’s more you will not be expected to accept any offer from any of the companies and are free to turn them all down if you so wish.