A conservatory is top of the wish-list for many people wanting to improve their homes, and rightly so. It’s a major asset that adds a feeling of light to a property together with much needed living space.
The room is also versatile enough to be used for a variety of purposes. It could be an extended living area or for dining; somewhere the kids can play; a study or home office; or just simply a relaxing garden room.
A bright and airy conservatory also seamlessly connects your house with the garden, bringing the outdoors in. It’s also a sound investment because according to property expert Phil Spencer, it will add between 7% and 15% to the value of your home.
Maintaining your conservatory
If you’re going to spend thousands of pounds on a conservatory, clearly it pays to maintain it and keep it in tip-top condition, inside and out. However, the high glass roof can be problematic because it’s impossible to inspect the state of the guttering and lead flashing or to reach all the nooks and crannies to clean them.
Some people choose to replace the glass with a solid roof, but why go to the trouble and expense when you can solve the problem quickly and easily with a much smaller investment in your home? A thorough clean once a year is all that’s needed to keep your conservatory looking its sparkling best. If you’re used to doing all the maintenance tasks around the house, you may be tempted to try the job yourself. But are you prepared to take the risk of damaging the conservatory or even sustaining an injury? A professional conservatory valet is a safer and better value solution.
When choosing a company to valet your conservatory, look for one that’s fully insured to give you peace of mind. It’s highly unlikely an ordinary window cleaner will have full insurance so a valet company is preferable. They should use specialist equipment to access the roof and other hard to reach areas safely. Also, ask about the cleaning products the company uses; ideally, they should be eco-friendly and will effectively eliminate dirt, algae and pollutants which can cause discolouration to UPVC sections, corrosion to metalwork and leaking seals. This is where our valet service comes in.
Use your conservatory all year round
Many people abandon their conservatories during the winter because they’re simply too cold to sit in. If you do this, you won’t get the most from your investment and you’ll be missing out on all the room has to offer during the colder months. Imagine dining in the conservatory at Christmas with space for all the family, or seeing in the New Year by watching spectacular fireworks through the windows. How about stargazing with a telescope on those clear, crisp nights or watching the birds in the garden on the feeder placed nearby? Or you could just relax with your feet up for a little me-time.
To make all this reality instead of a pipedream, choose stylish yet practical blinds for the roof, windows and door. It’s vital that the blinds are made to measure and professionally installed like Thomas Sanderson’s bespoke roof blinds teamed with our Duette® EnergySmart blinds.
The blinds’ highly effective insulating properties mean they are especially suitable for conservatories which traditionally lose large amounts of heat through their windows. Your conservatory will be kept cool during the summer and will maintain a comfortable temperature in the winter. You’ll also do your bit for the planet by saving energy and you’ll cut your heating bills!