Home Improvement Plans: FAQs

Published on 17th January 2019
Considering a home improvement project for the New Year?
Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, to help get you started!

Contemporary glass extension


What is the best material for my frameworks?

Aluminium is the best material for a bespoke conservatory. Of course, we would say that…but hear us out.

Aluminium is strong, maintenance free and lasts a lifetime. In comparison, timber frames can be high maintenance and will eventually rot despite application of annual protective coatings. uPVC cannot provide truly bespoke designs and even an off the peg design will eventually see frameworks warp overtime.

Will my glass extension or conservatory be energy efficient?

This is work doing some research on depending on your chosen manufacturer, as some conservatories could easily decrease the overall thermal efficiency of your home. Check that the companies U-value complies with regulations and question any other methods they may have in place.

Yes, all of our bespoke aluminium structures are ‘thermally broken’ to increase thermal efficiency and we boast U-values of 1.59 (exceeding industry guidelines). You can also opt to include specialised glasses to regulate temperature in both warm and cool climates.

Will I need ventilation? 

Ventilation is key in any glass extension or conservatory. Your ventilation should always be at the ridge of the roof and equally spaced throughout the structure.

At apropos we offer both manual and automatic ventilation and are always happy to advise you on your individual needs.

Will I need to apply for planning permission?

Planning permission and building regulations will be required unless your proposed extension meets the guidelines for ‘permitted development’. When in doubt, seek advice from your local council or use the Government’s Planning Portal.

Should you choose to work with Apropos, we’ll happily take the hassle of planning permission out of your hands.

How long will my home improvement project take?

We aim to work on a 14 week timeline. During this period the following will be undertaken:

  • A site survey;
  • The commissioning and approval of  the bespoke conservatory’s general arrangement drawings (GAD);
  • Securing planning approval for the bespoke conservatory, if required;
  • Manufacture of the bespoke conservatory; and,
  • Installation of the bespoke conservatory.
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