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Victorian Conservatories

The Victorian conservatory is probably one of the most decorative, classic styles of conservatory available featuring beautiful, ornate finishes such as finials along with an elegant shape often incorporating a bay front.

It can be tailor made for properties of varying size and design although it is ideally suited to a traditionally constructed property.

Styles of Victorian Conservatory

Quite simply, the choice is yours!
You may prefer it to be constructed using a dwarf wall or you may favour the more contemporary look of floor to ceiling glazed windows and door.

It is worth noting that a conservatory that has a dwarf wall is perfect for you to be able to have your furniture suitably placed. The style usually incorporates either three or five facets resulting in a stunning appearance.

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Victorian conservatory prices

Are you in the market for a new Victorian conservatory? A lot of homeowners are – they’re rapidly growing in popularity in the UK and it’s not hard to see why. Victorian conservatories are beautiful to look at and even more wonderful to sit in. They look great on both traditional and modern homes and they’re perfect for larger homes with larger gardens. Particularly striking is the roof architecture on a Victorian conservatory and the stunning bay-window style frontage which gifts a widescreen, panoramic vista over your back garden.

The amount you pay for your Victorian conservatory depends on the type of frame it’s made from, the size of your Victorian conservatory, and what the roof is made from. You should expect to pay between £10,250 and £24,350 for an average-sized Victorian conservatory

By shopping around and getting a range of quotes from Victorian conservatory installers, you can save up to 40% on the price you pay. Here at CompareCompanies, we work with dozens of experienced, qualified, and established Victorian conservatory installers in the UK and we can put you in touch with 3 or 4 installers in your local area. We make no charge for our service and you don’t have to go ahead with any of the quotes our installation partners give you.

Latest Victorian conservatory price quotes

To give you an idea of the budget you should put aside for a Victorian conservatory, please see our guide below.

Size Frame Material Roof Material Prices range from to
3.5m x 3.5m White uPVC Glass £10,250 £11,750
3.5m x 4m White uPVC Glass £11,550 £13,050
4m x 4m White uPVC Glass £13,250 £14,750
3.5m x 3.5m White uPVC Guardian Roof £13,050 £14,550
3.5m x 4m White uPVC Guardian Roof £14,200 £15,700
4m x 4m White uPVC Guardian Roof £15,300 £16,800
3.5m x 3.5m White uPVC Polycarbonate £9,250 £10,750
3.5m x 4m White uPVC Polycarbonate £10,950 £12,450
4m x 4m White uPVC Polycarbonate £12,550 £14,050
3.5m x 3.5m White uPVC Tiled £13,650 £15,150
3.5m x 4m White uPVC Tiled £15,050 £16,550
4m x 4m White uPVC Tiled £16,350 £17,850
3.5m x 3.5m Wood Glass £14,650 £16,150
3.5m x 4m Wood Glass £16,650 £18,150
4m x 4m Wood Glass £19,750 £21,250
3.5m x 3.5m Wood Guardian Roof £16,550 £18,050
3.5m x 4m Wood Guardian Roof £19,300 £20,800
4m x 4m Wood Guardian Roof £21,800 £23,300
3.5m x 3.5m Wood Polycarbonate £13,550 £15,050
3.5m x 4m Wood Polycarbonate £15,350 £16,850
4m x 4m Wood Polycarbonate £19,050 £20,550
3.5m x 3.5m Wood Tiled £17,950 £19,450
3.5m x 4m Wood Tiled £20,150 £21,650
4m x 4m Wood Tiled £22,850 £24,350
3.5m x 3.5m Aluminium Glass £12,015 £13,515
3.5m x 4m Aluminium Glass £13,395 £14,895
4m x 4m Aluminium Glass £15,350 £16,850
3.5m x 3.5m Aluminium Guardian Roof £15,120 £16,620
3.5m x 4m Aluminium Guardian Roof £16,443 £17,943
4m x 4m Aluminium Guardian Roof £17,708 £19,208
3.5m x 3.5m Aluminium Polycarbonate £10,750 £12,250
3.5m x 4m Aluminium Polycarbonate £12,705 £14,205
4m x 4m Aluminium Polycarbonate £14,545 £16,045
3.5m x 3.5m Aluminium Tiled £15,810 £17,310
3.5m x 4m Aluminium Tiled £17,420 £18,920
4m x 4m Aluminium Tiled £18,915 £20,415

Victorian conservatory frames

There are three different types of frame you can choose for your Victorian conservatory installation. Each type of frame has different advantages, disadvantages, and budgetary implications.

uPVC frame Victorian conservatory advantages and disadvantages

uPVC frames are best for homeowners on a budget and the uPVC used nowadays is a vast improvement on the uPVC used on windows and conservatories in the 1980s and the 1990s. The technology has moved on greatly and, for homeowners concerned about the environment, nearly all uPVC frames manufactured in the UK today are 100% recyclable.

uPVC is virtually zero-maintenance, perfect for busy households where time is at a premium or where homeowners are living with restricted mobility.

uPVC is available in a range of colours however white is still the least expensive option – ask your installer for more information. uPVC is much more fade resistant than ever before and the time needed to fit them onto your conservatory installation has greatly reduced because of much more precise measurement tools used in the factories producing them.

Aluminium frame Victorian conservatory advantages and disadvantages

Aluminium frames offer the greatest durability and longevity when compared against uPVC or wooden frames. They tend to be between 10-20% more expensive than conservatories using uPVC frames however much of that premium will be paid because they last a lot longer.

For maintenance, all that you need to do is to give the frames a light clean every six months or so. Aluminium frames manufactured here in the UK for the domestic market are specifically made to withstand the changeable and damp British climate and to provide the longest possible lifespan.

One of the major advantages of using aluminium as the framing material for your Victorian conservatory is that the profiles of the frames are much thinner meaning that you’re afforded a much less interrupted view outside. As with uPVC, you can specify the colour of the framing you want for your home but please do be advised that any deviation from the standard colour will attractive a premium to the price.

Wooden frame Victorian conservatory advantages and disadvantages

Wooden frames look amazing but they do carry up to a 40% premium on the price you’d pay for uPVC frames. They’re very durable thanks to the series of weathering and drying treatment methods they undergo during the manufacturing process.

They need more maintenance than either aluminium frames or wooden frames although you should really need to do anything more than clean them two or three times a year and apply a new coat of paint every two to three years. You can do this yourself or call in a professional to do it for you.

If you have a large budget and you want a traditional but stylish aesthetic, ask your Victorian conservatory installer for guide prices and quotes – you should also make sure that you ask about any guarantees on the longevity of your timber framing to ensure that you’re getting the very best value for money.

Victorian conservatory roofs

Glass Victorian conservatory roof advantages and disadvantages

Double-glazed roofing panels look spectacular on top of a Victorian conservatory. The sound and heat insulation qualities of double-glazed roofing panels are also exemplary. Pricewise, they’re more expensive than polycarbonate Victorian conservatory roofs but the better quality of raw material used and the better build quality of double-glazed panels give homeowners a longer general lifespan that their polycarbonate alterative.

Polycarbonate Victorian conservatory roof advantages and disadvantages

Polycarbonate roofs look like double-glazed roofs but they cost and weigh significantly less than double-glazed roofs. In terms of appearance, it’s difficult to tell them apart from each other. Many installers provide a further discount on labour charges for polycarbonate roofs because they’re easier to install and they take less overall time.

However, you’ll enjoy less noise and sound insulation from polycarbonate roof than with a double-glazed roof.

Tiled Victorian conservatory roof advantages and disadvantages

Traditionally, glass or polycarbonate roofs have been the most popular choice for homeowners choosing a Victorian conservatory. There has been, however, an unmistakeable trend towards the installation of tiled roofs in the last few years for a number of reasons.

The move has been triggered because many homeowners find it difficult to sit in their conservatory if the sun is blazing down and their roof is made from double-glazed or polycarbonate panels. In addition, when it’s raining hard, the sound inside a conservatory can be so loud as to make it temporarily unusable.

Conservatories with tiled roofs offer better sound and heat insulation, condensation rarely occurs in them, and it’s much easier to control the internal temperature. Although you do lose some light, you can add as much back to suit you with the addition of as many roof-lights as you like.

Conservatory roof tiles can be selected to match the tiling on your roof or you can choose something unique from a range of materials, colours, and textures.

A Victorian tiled roof will cost considerably more than a double-glazed or polycarbonate roof. They also take longer for your fitting team to install them which may push up the labour costs substantially too.

Guardian Victorian conservatory roof advantages and disadvantages

A less expensive option for homeowners wanting a tiled roof is to select a pre-assembled tiled conservatory roof instead. The two main companies offering this in the UK at the moment are Supalite and Guardian. Most installers will know of both companies if this is an option you want to ask them about.

Your roof is manufactured to the specifications sent to it by your installer and then, when your installer takes delivery, it’s literally lowered onto the top of the frame and securely fastened on. Installation of the roof can be completed within hours and its comparative light weight when compared to a traditionally-installed tiled roof will likely increase the lifespan of the structure of your entire Victorian conservatory.

Questions to ask a Victorian conservatory installer

Now you have chosen what material you want the frame made from and the type of roof that works best for you and your family, what else do you need to know?

>Will I need planning permission?

Most conservatories do not need planning permission. However, it’s always worth checking with the local Planning Office. The types of property where planning permission will be required include listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas (and in Directive 4 areas). If your planned conservatory stretches more than three metres from the back wall of your home (four metres for detached properties) or it is to be more than four metres in height, you will also require planning permission.

Will it add to the value of my home?

According to ZOPA and as reported in the Telegraph, a conservatory might add up to 5% to the value of your home. Mark Hayward, managing director of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), states that "gardens also add significant value, so strike a balance between adding the extra room and minimising outdoor space. The ideal is to have a conservatory or orangery which acts as a segue between indoors and outdoors."

Should my installer belong to a trade body?

Any installer you choose should be part of the Certification and Self-Assessment (CERTASS) scheme or The Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme (FENSA).

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