A conservatory makes a great addition to any home, providing you with extra space to relax or a much needed dining room. While a conservatory may be seen as a considerable financial investment it will add value to your home and make it more saleable if you decide to move some time in the future. There are many different styles of conservatory available and the thing that you most need to bear in mind when choosing a conservatory is how much space you have available.

In a small to medium sized garden the traditional or lean to conservatory is often a favourite, there are several types to choose from and a number of build options. The Gull Wing conservatory is a variation on the lean to or traditional conservatory. Viewed from some angles the gull wing style appears rectangular; however, this type of conservatory is not just a series of right angles. Two corners of a gull wing conservatory face away from the building it is attached to, giving it a more interesting shape than the traditional lean to. If your home has a high wall along one side then you can choose to have just one shaped end. The gull wing conservatory is a title larger than the traditional lean to and is better in a medium sized garden.

The build options for a gull wing conservatory are the same as for a traditional lean to. You can choose a dwarf wall, glass with raised panels or all glass with a choice of single door, patio doors or French doors. With an all glass conservatory you need to decide whether you want your door in the centre, to the left or to the right hand side. If you are not keen on plain white conservatories then you can choose to have it in mahogany or classic oak. You will need roof ventilation in your conservatory and it is up to you whether you prefer an electric or a manual vent.

Flooring is an important part of any conservatory and many companies now recommend solid wood flooring because it lasts longer and is easier to maintain than laminate. Other than in conservation areas, most people choose UPVC conservatories, or unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. Additional strength is added to the roof and door frames with aluminium or steel, UPVC requires little maintenance other than cleaning and conservatories often come with a ten year guarantee.

UPVC is noted for its insulation properties and nowadays it is possible to increase the energy efficiency by having windows with the TriSeal Super Space Bar windows system. Using flexible foam technology, the system provides you with a long lasting energy efficient window system. While many modern window systems are made from steel, the great thing about the TriSeal is that it is a non-metal solution and not susceptible to rust. The system creates a barrier that keeps out steam and vapours, which in turn makes it condensation resistant. Most users report energy savings of up to 15% and a significant reduction in noise.