You don’t have to have a flat roof when you are considering a lean to conservatory; you can choose to have a hip roof style. A hip roof, sometimes referred to as a shed roof, is one that slopes down towards the front rather than lying flat. Many people choose a hip roof because it is often cheaper than a flat one. It is a good idea to find out whether there will be vents in the roof because hip roof buildings can become overheated in the summer months.

Nowadays there is a choice of colours when it comes to conservatories. You are no longer restricted to plain white UPVC conservatories, now you can choose a classic oak or mahogany finish as well. The lean to conservatory is often referred to as a traditional conservatory because it is the most common choice where people have limited space. There are three different build types for a lean to conservatory and it is a matter of personal preference whether you want full height glass in the building, raised panels and glass or one with a short wall and glass, what is known as a dwarf wall.

It is a good idea to check out whether UPVC conservatories are allowed in your area, if your neighbours have them then it’s probably ok. Some councils insist that conservatories should be made from wood because UPVC is not wanted in conservation areas or in areas where there are a lot of listed buildings. One of the best things about UPVC conservatories, apart from the fact that they are generally cheaper than those made from wood, is that they have less tendency to warp and rot than those built from other materials.

When you are shopping around for a hip roof traditional conservatory, look for a company that offers secured by design windows and doors. The secured by design programme is part of a crime prevention project operated by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Conservatory windows and doors that meet the standards of security set out by the association receive the secured by design seal. If you live in an area where burglary is the crime of choice, you will feel more protected when you look for conservatory windows and doors with the secured by design seal.

You need to decide whether you want a single door for your conservatory, French doors, or patio doors. An important element of a good conservatory is the flooring.
Always opt for solid wood flooring rather than cheap laminates, it may be a bit more expensive but you will save money in the long run. Solid wood floors tend to hold the heat better than cheaper alternatives and they are easy to take care of and will last for years. A conservatory is a major purchase that will add considerable value to your home so it is worth taking the time to consider what you really want from a conservatory, and whether it is affordable.