A Warmer Winter with Apropos ConservatoriesPublished on 29th January 2015
There are certain clichés about glazed extensions that we’re probably all aware of, but one in particular stands right out as an understandable deterrent: conservatories are cold.
The problem is that the statement is grounded in truth; until relatively recently conservatories, orangeries, atria, and every other form of glazed structure you can think of, would have been a wee bit ‘brass monkeys’ in the winter… nicely balanced by lobster pot hot in the summer. Well, thank goodness for technology, is all that we can say! You see, things have changed in recent years, so if you’re considering adding an Apropos glazed extension to your home, we have a few good reasons why changing temperatures shouldn’t give you cold feet.
Glass, at its most basic level, is thermally inefficient. It doesn’t conduct heat or cold, but neither does it retard them, allowing external conditions to permeate and alter the ambient temperature of internal rooms. To some extent, double glazing can help reduce the problem, providing more of a barrier to the elements; the pocket of air between the panes creating a buffer zone to neutralise the temperature. Yet, double glazing is only part of the solution.
While you might be thinking that ‘glass is glass’, at Apropos we offer ten different types of glazing to our customers, not to be clever or over-complicated; each one has been developed to deliver particular features, helping you to make the best of your home.
The most widely used glass, and the one that makes the greatest impact upon room temperature, is Low Emissivity (Low-E). This glass has been toughed and coated with a special layer designed to minimise the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that can pass through, without compromising the amount of visible light that is transmitted. In other words, it helps to reduce temperature flux while delivering optimum clarity and light penetration. Solar control glass, which has the capability to reduce heat transference by up to 65 per cent, is also available. Generally though, Solar Control is only necessary in bright, south-facing locations to prevent extreme heat gain in summer.
In an Apropos structure, Low-E glass (or your choice of other glazing) is combined with our strong, durable and attractive aluminium frames, each one fashioned to a bespoke design to suit our customer’s requirements. Employing our unique ‘thermal break technology’ in construction we are able to regulate the heat that would naturally pass through aluminium, to provide a comfortable ambient temperature all the year round.
It can be hard to banish preconceptions, and if you’ve ever lived with an aged conservatory, there can be little wonder that you might hesitate in enhancing your home with a glass extension. Like many things though, in recent years glazing has changed, along with the technology used to create architecture in glass– indeed, many of those changes have been developed by Apropos! – so these days the only cold conservatories you’re likely to find will be old ones… Or those poorly made by companies other than Apropos!