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March 10, 2021
A conservatory is a great addition to any living space. Providing a new environment to relax, socialise and indulge, it’s no surprise that a conservatory can also offer a significant return on investment.
Functional and versatile, an Edwardian conservatory will complement and enhance both a traditional and modern home, and is renowned for its elegant structure which is either square or rectangular in shape, with a high-pitched roof line.
Offering an ideal space to reap the many benefits of natural light by bringing the sunshine indoors, an Edwardian conservatory can be used throughout the year and one of the main advantages of this type of conservatory is that it can be adapted in size to meet the needs of your property.
So whether you live in a modest two-bedroom property or a six-bedroom property, an Edwardian conservatory is considered as one of the most cost effective ways to add a functional living space to your property.
But how much does an Edwardian conservatory cost?
We’ve created a helpful guide outlining everything you need to know about the cost of an Edwardian Conservatory.
The size of the conservatory you opt, and whether you choose an Edwardian conservatory with tiled roof, an Edwardian conservatory with glass roof or Edwardian conservatory with polycarbonate roof will have an impact on the price you can expect to pay. The starting prices below are based on the conservatory being 3.5m by 3.5m.
Starting from: £11,500
An Edwardian conservatory with tiled roof will not only enhance the appearance of your home, but it will also offer exceptional versatility when it comes to creating a brand new living space. Oh and a conservatory with a tiled roof can add as much as 10% to the value of your home.
For this type of conservatory, you can expect to pay a little more than a conservatory with a glass roof or a polycarbonate roof. However, as conservatories with tiled roofs do not let as much light in, it’s worthwhile considering roof windows, which will instantly let a flow of light and air into your new space.
Starting from: £9,500
An Edwardian conservatory with a glass roof offers the ultimate additional living space for modern homes.
Providing a fantastic source of light all year round, a conservatory really is a great space to indulge, socialise and relax.
And this doesn’t mean that it will be hot in the summer and cold in the winter – far from it. Thanks to significant advances in glass technology, there now a whole host of different glass types available that will not only reduce glare by blocking out the sun, prevent leakages and draughts, but will also offer optimum insulation and energy efficiency during the winter months.
There are also glass roofs that can also prevent rain noise too!
Starting from: £9,000
An Edwardian conservatory with a polycarbonate roof is one of the most cost effective options you can choose. And this doesn’t mean that you will need to compromise on quality – far from it!
An Edwardian conservatory with a polycarbonate roof is a great option if you are working with a strict budget.
Although you will have to consider the lack of natural insulation benefits that come hand in and hand with a glass or tiled roof, you will be able to opt for solar inserts for polycarbonate roofing, which allow homeowners to enjoy the luxury of a warm, inviting and cosy conservatory, without the expense.
The price of an Edwardian conservatory will vary considerably across the country depending on where you live and the type of company that you choose to install the conservatory. A large national company like Anglian or Everest could be considerably more expensive but you could benefit from the history of the companies and the fact that the quality of their product is very good. Smaller independent conservatory companies could provide a more cost-effective option but we would suggest making sure that you go and see some of the work that the companies have done in the local area.
Before getting quotes it is well worth considering what ground work needs to be done and whether you need a dwarf wall built. The amount of general building work can have a big impact on the overall price of the installation of the Edwardian conservatory.
Get in contact with us to obtain a few quotations from our reputable panel of manufacturers and installers of quality, affordable Edwardian conservatories.
Spacious, stylish, elegant, a British design classic – the Edwardian conservatory, beloved of many homeowners and bungalow owners. Unfussy and unpretentious, Edwardian conservatories are built on either square or rectangular plots in your back garden allowing the absolute maximum vista for viewing. Noted for their aesthetically graceful three-section (sometimes four-sided) roof sloping up from the outer edges of the frame, the peak of the conservatory elevates decorously to a bold centre ridge.
Edwardian conservatory prices range from £9,250 on a 3.5m2 plot with a durable glass roof right up to £24,350 on a 4m2 plot with beautiful wooden framing and a stylish tiled roof with skylights.
An Edwardian conservatory is a major investment in your home and it’s an investment from which you’ll derive great enjoyment and satisfaction year after year, season after season. It’s a big purchase that you should take the utmost care over and, here at CompareCompanies, we want to help.
The best way to get the lowest price on the highest quality Edwardian conservatory is to encourage competition between local and national trusted installers. We help in that process by passing on your contact details to between three and four vetted and verified companies all of which will provide you with their very best quote. And their quotes will be even better because they all know they’re in competition with each other for your business.
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The price you pay for your Edwardian conservatory depends on a number of factors, the most important of which are the material used for the framing, whether you select a dwarf wall, and the type of roof you choose – we’ll cover all of these later in our article.
The type of door you choose for your Edwardian conservatory exerts a major influence over the price. Inward- or outward-opening single glazed doors are the most competitively priced however you can choose from the more expensive French doors (double doors), sliding doors (patio doors), or bi-fold doors (concertina doors) options depending on your personal preference.
Most Edwardian conservatories are built to standard national specifications because producing them in this way makes the process less expensive for the manufacturer and these savings are then passed onto you. Standard Edwardian conservatories use ready-made bases for anchoring to the ground and to your home – non-standard designs and dimensions require different footings to be dug out manually by your installation team which adds to both the material and labour costs of the finished product.
There are three types of Edwardian conservatory models – full height, dwarf, and full-height with bottom panel. Full height Edwardian conservatories are the cheapest option. The frames reach from the floor of your conservatory to the roof, usually to a height of between 200cm and 250cm. Dwarf walls feature a small brick wall at the base of the conservatory (usually between 60cm and 100cm high) on top of which the stylish glazed walls sit. Full-height glazing with bottom panels feature a solid uPVC panel at the bottom of the structure.
The price of your Edwardian conservatory is also influenced by the number of openings in the glazed panels on the side and on the front. Traditionally, each pane has a smaller pane positioned at the top of the frame which can be opened to allow air in. You can choose panes with no opening panels or panes with more ornate and complex opening systems depending on your personal preference however this will increase the price you can expect to pay.
You also need to consider the interior of your conservatory when getting quotes in addition to any furniture, tables, and blinds you’re planning to buy. Decide for yourself how many power sockets you’ll need for your Edwardian conservatory, the number of light switches you want, the type of floor (tiled, wooden, carpet, vinyl, and so on), as well as the type of heating you want. Underfloor heating systems are very popular choices for homeowners installing an Edwardian conservatory but they cost much less to put in when your conservatory is being constructed rather than after.
Please do book in time with installers as soon as possible and, before they come around on their appointments, make a list of everything you want your Edwardian conservatory to feature so that it can be done on the one installation job to save you time and money.
In this next section in our article about installing an Edwardian conservatory to your home, we consider the different types of frame you can choose. What you do choose makes a difference to not only the price you pay but to the level of maintenance you need to carry out once it’s fitted.
You’ll see tables showing the type of price you should set aside in your budget depending on both the choice of framing material (with no dwarf wall) and the choice of roof – we’ll be covering Edwardian conservatory roofs later in this article.
The most popular and contemporary type of framing for Edwardian conservatories, uPVC offers real price advantages together with a minimal need for maintenance. Compared with uPVC framing 20 or 30 years ago, today’s uPVC conservatory framing is stylish, incredibly durable, UV-ray resistant, available in a range of colours, and slimmer than ever – brilliant for maximising the view outside.
uPVC frames are great for homeowners on a budget but to whom style and modernity is important. Prices shown assume white uPVC framing.
|Size||Type||Frame Material||Roof Material||Prices range from||Prices range to|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||uPVC||Glass||£10,250||£11,750|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||uPVC||Glass||£11,550||£13,050|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||uPVC||Glass||£13,250||£14,750|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||uPVC||Guardian Roof||£13,050||£14,550|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||uPVC||Guardian Roof||£14,200||£15,700|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||uPVC||Guardian Roof||£15,300||£16,800|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||uPVC||Polycarbonate||£9,250||£10,750|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||uPVC||Polycarbonate||£10,950||£12,450|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||uPVC||Polycarbonate||£12,550||£14,050|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||uPVC||Tiled||£13,650||£15,150|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||uPVC||Tiled||£15,050||£16,550|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||uPVC||Tiled||£16,350||£17,850|
Around 15-20% more expensive than uPVC framing, aluminium framing is very modish and on point stylistically right now. Its profile (the thinness of the frames) lends you the most magnificent and near-unobstructed views of your outside area. A light clean of them is only needed every six months or so, mainly for aesthetic reasons, and today’s aluminium frames resist the worst that the British climate and weather can throw at it for superb durability.
Available in a range of wonderfully industrial colours and precision-engineered for longevity, the popularity of this material looks set to continue to rise in the Instagram age.
|Size||Type||Frame Material||Roof Material||Prices range from||Prices range to|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||Aluminium||Glass||£12,015||£13,515|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||Aluminium||Glass||£13,395||£14,895|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||Aluminium||Glass||£15,350||£16,850|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||Aluminium||Guardian Roof||£15,120||£16,620|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||Aluminium||Guardian Roof||£16,443||£17,943|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||Aluminium||Guardian Roof||£17,708||£19,208|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||Aluminium||Polycarbonate||£10,750||£12,250|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||Aluminium||Polycarbonate||£12,705||£14,205|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||Aluminium||Polycarbonate||£14,545||£16,045|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||Aluminium||Tiled||£15,810||£17,310|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||Aluminium||Tiled||£17,420||£18,920|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||Aluminium||Tiled||£18,915||£20,415|
Whether on the back of a contemporary building or on the back of a period property, timber or wooden frames on an Edwardian conservatory look amazing. And it’s for these stand-out looks and for the various stages of intensive treatment the wood undergoes to ensure longevity during the complex manufacturing process that timber framing commands a premium of up to 50% above uPVC frames.
They do require more maintenance than either uPVC or aluminium frames but, even then, it’s minimal with a wipe-down and clean once every six months enough to breath new life and new strength into the environmentally-sourced wood.
|Size||Type||Frame Material||Roof Material||Prices range from||Prices range to|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||Wood||Glass||£14,650||£16,150|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||Wood||Glass||£16,650||£18,150|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||Wood||Glass||£19,750||£21,250|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||Wood||Guardian Roof||£16,550||£18,050|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||Wood||Guardian Roof||£19,300||£20,800|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||Wood||Guardian Roof||£21,800||£23,300|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||Wood||Polycarbonate||£13,550||£15,050|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||Wood||Polycarbonate||£15,350||£16,850|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||Wood||Polycarbonate||£19,050||£20,550|
|3500 x 3500||Edwardian||Wood||Tiled||£17,950||£19,450|
|3500 x 4000||Edwardian||Wood||Tiled||£20,150||£21,650|
|4000 x 4000||Edwardian||Wood||Tiled||£22,850||£24,350|
For most homeowners, part of the dream of having their own Edwardian conservatory is having a beautiful glass roof which, during summer, allows them and their family members to almost bathe in the warming rays of the British sun. However, for others, that glare can be too much making using their conservatories unbearable at certain times of the day – even if they’re using roof blinds to block out as much of the sun from above as possible.
More and more Edwardian conservatories are being fitted with tiled roofs although, at time of writing, glazed and polycarbonate roofs remain the favourite. So, what’s the advantages and disadvantages of each type of roof?
The most affordable type of Edwardian conservatory roof, its other main advantages are that it’s a lot easier for your installer to fit on top of the conservatory frame meaning lower labour costs and its weight. It’s the lightest of all conservatory roofs and this puts the least amount of pressure on the general structure of the conservatory.
A range of options are available for the width of the polycarbonate – varying from 1cm width to 3.5cm width. The thicker the polycarbonate roof you select for your conservatory, the better you’ll be able to control the internal temperature and the better the quality of installation.
It’s genuinely hard to tell the difference between a polycarbonate roof and its more expensive cousin, full double-glazed roofs, if appearance is an important factor to you.
Double-glazed or glass Edwardian conservatory roofs offer superior insulation qualities and a better ability to control the temperature within your conservatory, even more so than the thickest polycarbonate roof.
As you can with the glazing used in the framework of your conservatory, you can choose from different types of double-glazing for your roof. If you live in a noisy area under a flight path or near a busy road, you might benefit from selecting the more expensive noise-control glass which blocks out 75% of the sound let in by the standard annealed glass used on most roofs. If temperature control is particularly important to you, ask your installer about Low E glass.
Glass conservatory roofs cost between 10% and 25% more than polycarbonate roofs although part of this cost will be offset by the fact that they stay in top condition for longer.
Tiled conservatory roofs offer the best insulation (including noise), temperature control, and condensation control compared to both polycarbonate and glass Edwardian roofs.
There are multiple personalisation and customisation options with the choice of tile for your Edwardian conservatory roof. Concrete tiles are available in a wide range of colours and styles and they’re priced very competitively. The ultimate, in many installers’ eyes, tile is a slate tile – they look expensive and stylish but they do carry a considerable price premium over concrete tiles. As we write, synthetic slate-looking tiles are coming to the market so it’s a good idea to ask your installer if he or she knows of a supplier they trust if this is of interest to you. Composite tiles are the cheapest roof tiles available – they are very light and they are also available in different colours and finishes.
The amount of light you want to let into your tile-roofed Edwardian conservatory depends on the number of skylights you ask your installer to fit. The more skylights you fit, the more light will get through but there will be a price to pay for it. In recent tests, tiled conservatory roofs with one skylight let in around 95% of the light of a polycarbonate- or glass-roofed conservatory meaning that there is actually just a minimal benefit on offer to you with each additional rooflight you order.
There is a significant premium for tiled roof Edwardian conservatories over polycarbonate roof Edwardian conservatories – in the region of 35-40%. They take considerably longer to install than other types of conservatories so you will need to be prepared for the disruption at home during fitting to last longer.
A slightly less expensive version of a tiled Edwardian conservatory roof are pre-assembled and pre-fabricated tiled roofs, the main two providers of these in the UK being Guardian and Supalite. There is between a 15-20% saving on a pre-assembled conservatory roof over traditional tiled roofs.
If you chose a Supalite or a Guardian roof, your installer sends across the dimensions and specifications of your roof to the company’s UK-based factory. Your roof is then built in their factory to be sent as a full unit to your home. Your installer then lowers the roof onto your conservatory and fastens it tight – the time needed to do this is much shorter than the time needed to fit a standard tiled roof.
You can choose the style of the tiles used on the roof, different levels of insulation, and the number of skylights. The more modifications you make to the standard factory model, the higher the premium you’ll pay for the roof.
You should make the most of every visit from an installer – they’re a mine of invaluable information about everything to do with Edwardian conservatories and they’re in the best position to let you know what you can achieve with the budget you’ve got. But what are some of the questions you should definitely ask the people who want to do this work on your home for you?
For the vast majority of conservatory installations, they’re what’s known as “permitted developments” for planning and building regulation purposes.
While your prospective installer will be able to give you authoritative advice about whether you need planning permission or not, you may want to put your own mind at rest by connecting the planning department within your local authority before you decide to take any installer up on their offer.
If your conservatory is going to extend more than three metres from the back of the property to which it is attached, you will almost certainly need planning permission. If you live in a detached property, you have four metres’ grace before you need to engage with your local authority.
Likewise, conservatories whose heights are four metres or less do not need planning permission but conservatories which are taller than four metres do need permission.
If your home is a listed property or if your home is in a conservation area or subject to a Directive 4, you will always need planning permission.
Right, you’ve placed your order and now you’re waiting for your conservatory to be installed. How long does the whole process take?
When your installer places an order with the manufacturer (whether third-party or in-house), there is a lead time of between 2 to 4 weeks from the point of order before the material for your conservatory will be ready for delivery to the installer. Once the material has been delivered, it can take between two to eight working days to fit your conservatory based upon its size and the complexity of installation.
Certain types of works will hold up the installation of your conservatory include your conservatory being of a non-standard size, any non-standard design extras or features that are part of your quote, and the length of time it takes to do the groundwork.
Yes. Membership of a professional organisation like a trade organisation or a certification body is your peace of mind that the company you choose works to industry standards, that it uses quality materials during fitting, and that it has good after-sales support for when things don’t quite go to plan.
As a minimum, we recommend that the installer you choose is accredited to one of both of the following certification organisations:
We’re certain that you’ll love the extra space that you’ll benefit from with an Edwardian conservatory. More than most types of conservatory, Edwardian conservatories really create the feeling of creating a connection between the inside and outside of your home. They’re a great place to relax, to entertain, to play with the kids, and, when it’s been a tough day, to retire into for half an hour with a cup of tea and a book.
By getting installers to compete against each other, you can save up to 40% on standard installer quotes. Installers are a competitive bunch and they’d much rather have the opportunity to work with you by dropping their price. That gives you the chance to secure the highest quality Edwardian conservatory at the lowest price possible.
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You may also write to our Data Protection Officers either at our registered office address stated at the outset of this statement or Search Professionals Ltd, The Barn, 1 West End, Whittlesford, Cambridge, CB22 4LX.
If you need more information about data protection you might contact the Information Commissioner: see https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/
The GDPR provides individuals with the rights in relation to personal information about themselves which is held by us as summarised in the table below.
Some of the rights are unlikely to be of practical use. For example, if you wish for a copy or correction or cessation of use of some or all of your personal data we, our suppliers and our other introducing companies are likely already to have eradicated it from our or their system given the short periods your date is retained and its limited use.
Nevertheless, the GDPR principle of transparency in particular provides you with the right to enquire and to be informed and we briefly set out all of the rights here. Further information about the rights and the circumstances in which they apply may be obtained from a number of published sources and from our fact sheets which are available on request.
Information Right – you may require us to provide a more detailed explanation of how we collect, process and use your personal information.
Personal Data Access Right – you may require us to provide an electronic copy of your data free of charge.
Personal Data Correction Right – you may require us to correct your personal information as held by us.
Personal Data Erasure Right – you may require us to permanently erase the personal data that we hold about you.
Data Processing Restriction Right – you may require us to stop using your data for particular purposes such as mailing or profiling.
Data Processing Objection Right – you may require us to suspend using your data if for example it is incorrect or you simply wish to withdraw your consent.
Data Portability Right – you may require us electronically to transfer your personal information to another supplier, for example to facilitate switching.
Automated Decision-Making Right – you may require us not to make decisions about you relying solely only on a computer decision.
Breach Notification Right – if in the unlikely event there occurs a breach of security which is likely to result in a high risk to your rights as a data subject, we must inform you without undue delay.
Rights aside, if you have a change of heart and do not wish us to pass your information to potential suppliers or another introducing company please let us know immediately by email or, should we call you, during our phone conversation and we will remove your information from our and their systems.
You are not bound to enter into a contract with any supplier that provides a quotation to you and can unsubscribe from any communications related to your enquiry from them or us at any time.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your electronic information means information relating to you, which may or may not be capable alone or with other information of identifying you of the kinds illustrated by what follows in this section. Your electronic information is obtained by us in by: (A) the use of cookie devices lodged within your computer (B) information disclosed by your browser and (C) features of your computer recognised and “remembered” by ours.
Cookies save you from re-entering information when you return to the site. This other data is collected by cookies from your navigation around the site. A cookie is a small amount of data, which we send to your computer. The data is then stored on your browser or hard disk. Most web browsers can be set to prevent you from receiving new cookies, notify you before accepting cookies or disable cookies altogether. Details about this can normally be found in the Help facility provided with your browser. If you disable cookies, you will not be able to receive personalised facilities. If you do not want your visits to our website to be monitored in this way you can disable certain cookie functions as described below: If you wish, you can usually adjust your browser so that your computer does not accept cookies. If you do this, you will still be able to browse around the site but certain functions will not be available. Alternatively, you can adjust your browser to tell you when a website tries to put a cookie on your computer. How you adjust your browser to stop it accepting cookies or to notify you of them, will depend on the type of Internet browser programme your computer uses. If your computer uses Microsoft Windows Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, you will need to follow these instructions after clicking onto this link www.allaboutcookies.org. Go to the heading “Manage Cookies”. Click onto the option you prefer, either stopping cookies being installed, or notifying you of them. From the list provided, click onto the programme, which your computer uses. If this is not shown on the list, click on the “help” heading on the bar at the top of this page, search for information on “cookies” – an explanation of how to delete cookies will appear, then follow these instructions.
Your browser generates other information, including which language the site is displayed in, and your Internet Protocol address (“IP address”). An IP address is a set of numbers which is assigned to your computer during a browsing session whenever you log on to the Internet via your Internet service provider or your network (if you access the Internet from, for example, a computer at work). Your IP address is automatically logged by our servers and used to collect traffic data about visitors to our web sites. We do not use your IP address to identify you personally but these logs may contain unique identifiable information left by your computer.