Choosing a Conservatory Company – All in One Guide

If you’re looking for a new conservatory, there are several factors to take into consideration, including:

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  • The price of the conservatory
  • Your confidence in the conservatory company
  • The quality of the product
  • The conservatory company’s brochure and professional presentation
  • The speed of manufacture and delivery
  • Other customer’s reviews of the conservatory company
  • DIY conservatories (self-build conservatory options)

Of course, not all of the above will appeal to everyone and there are probably other criteria not listed above that will be important to others.

Take a look at the infographic below:

The information above has been derived from real customer analysis carried out by ConservatoryLand, a leading DIY conservatory company that manufactures and supplies DIY conservatories to the UK retail market. The company boasts a very high customer satisfaction rate and has received a lot of positive reviews from its customers.

Strangely enough, the company’s analysis shows that the majority of their customers chose to buy from them because of the price, even though the company is not the cheapest supplier. So why is this?

The most probably reason is the quality of the product and consumer confidence. So while the results of their customer satisfaction survey suggest that their customers chose their conservatories on price, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they went for the cheapest conservatories but instead, chose what they thought was the best value for money when taking all things into consideration.

It is a common misconception that consumers buy on price and always look for the cheapest options, otherwise Mercedes and Porsche would be out of business wouldn’t they?

The fact is that the consumer is very wary of buying from an unknown supplier and ultimately wants to be satisfied with the products and service they receive. Whilst price is important, the quality of the product and the after-care the consumer receives are more important. It is best to spend £5000 and get a good quality conservatory that wastes £4000 on a conservatory that looks shabby and doesn’t stand the test of time. I think most would agree with this.

There are many good conservatory suppliers and many bad ones too. Some sell their conservatories on price alone whilst others sell on quality, service, and value for money. Always remember that the conservatory is a major purchase and forms part of your home and you will be living in it every day for many years to come, therefore quality and value for money is paramount.

Kitchens In Conservatories – Is A Conservatory Suitable?

Conservatories have many uses including a general living space, kids’ playroom, games room, dining room, greenhouse, utility room, and even a kitchen.

But how suitable is a conservatory when used to accommodate a kitchen?

Well, there is a positive side to this but several negative reasons why conservatories are not suitable for use as kitchens.

The positive side is that adding a conservatory to your home for use as a kitchen leaves existing space in the home available for other uses, for example, a dining room.

The negative reasons against this include:

  • Conservatories become very hot in bright and sunny weather conditions and the use of a kitchen adds further to the heat build-up which can make for extremely uncomfortable temperatures, especially whilst cooking. Remember, modern solar control glass is thermally efficient and designed to keep heat inside the conservatory as well as keep it out.
  • Due to the large expansion of the glass in a typical conservatory, particularly conservatories with glass roofs as shown in the photograph above, the whole room is subject to condensation and wetness, again caused by cooking.
  • Fitted kitchen units and appliances will hinder access to the conservatory roof and could therefore make cleaning more difficult.

With all this said, if the conservatory is not south facing or is situated in a shaded position, there is a valid argument that in certain circumstances, conservatories can be suitable for use as kitchens.