A Comprehensive Guide to Glazed Extensions for your Essex and Suffolk home
4 April 2023 |News
If you’re considering adding a single storey extension to your home, whether for a living room or dining area, you may be wondering how much of it can be glazed. Glazed extensions are a popular choice among homeowners, as they can bring in natural light and create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces. In this guide to glazed extensions, you can determine how much glazing is right for your home.
It’s important to note that glazed extensions can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on your needs and preferences. The most common types of glazed extensions are conservatories, orangeries, and glass rooms. How much of an extension can be glazed depends on a few factors, including the type of extension you choose, the size of the extension, and any planning restrictions and building regulations in your area.
Conservatories are typically made with a glass roof and walls and can be rectangular or curved in shape. They’re a popular choice for UK homeowners who want to bring in as much natural light as possible, as they offer 360-degree views of the surrounding area. They are double glazed and insulated, usually with a dwarf brick wall below the windows and can be made with up to 75% glazing. As well as the windows and doors, the conservatory roof will also make a difference in terms of how much glazing you might have. A tiled roof will be made up completely of tiles, while a glazed roof will be complete made up of large panes of glass. A solid roof allows you to combine composite tiles with glazing panels, so you can dictate the amount of glazing you wish to have.
Orangeries are like conservatories, but they’re typically more solidly built, with brick or stone supporting walls, rather than being fully glazed, and a glass roof. They’re a good choice if you want to add elegance and a more permanent living space to your home, but still want the benefits of natural light. They provide an ideal balance for letting the light in like a glass extension yet maintaining the feel of a full home expansion. Like conservatories, orangeries can be made with up to 75% glazing.
Glass rooms are a modern take on glazed extensions and can be made with large glass panels that span the length of the extension. The main difference between them and an orangery and conservatory is the ratio of glass to other elements. Like a sunroom, a glass room, or glass extension, will be transparent from floor to ceiling, with the supporting framework the only minimal sightline, and they are a good choice if you want a more contemporary look for your home. Glass rooms can be made with up to 100% glazing.
Which glazed extension is right for you?
Glazed extensions are a popular choice among homeowners who want to bring in natural light and create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces. The size and amount of glazing you choose will depend on your needs and preferences, such as whether you want completely uninterrupted views of the garden or patio or something a bit more private from the neighbours, as well as any planning restrictions or building regulations in your area.
Glazed extensions from SEH BAC
If you’re considering a glazed extension, it’s important to work with a reputable contractor who can help you determine the right size and amount of glazing for your extension. We have over 50 years’ experience installing glazed extensions, including conservatories, orangeries and bespoke conservatories to homes in the South East of England. Available in high-performance uPVC or aluminium, they boast advanced levels of thermal efficiency to help save money on your energy bills and advanced security and will maximise your living space while adding value to your home.
As FENSA-approved installers, you can put your absolute trust in us and our installers on planning permission with local authorities to ensure building regulations are complied with and are continually maintained. Take a look at our seasonal offers, visit your closest SEH BAC showroom, or contact us for our uPVC and aluminium glazed extensions, including conservatories and orangeries, that are perfect for your South East home.