What Material Will You Choose For Your Conservatory?

Sure, you have a specific style, colour and layout planned for your conservatory: you may even have chosen some furniture to decorate the space with: but have you stopped to think about what material you would like the conservatory to be constructed from?

Choosing the right material for your needs will allow you to accurately match the conservatory to your property and, when an apt choice is made, will offer you specific advantages over alternative materials;

Let’s take a look at three of the most popular materials for constructing a conservatory, to help you decide which route you want to take…


This ubiquitous metal is widely used in the aerospace industry, thanks to its combination of light weight and robust strength: but when it is used to create a conservatory frame, Aluminium really comes into its own;

Unlike wood or other metals, an aluminium conservatory will be highly resistant to corrosion and will remain rot-free, whilst providing a much stronger, more stable platform for building on.

Due to the flexibility and strength of this metal, it can be worked into many shapes which other materials could not, and, thanks to modern production techniques, you will be able to choose from a huge range of colours and finishes.


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If you are looking for a modern material which provides many practical benefits without hitting your wallet too hard, UPVC is a sensible choice;

Whilst wood can be a beautiful material to construct a conservatory from, like all natural products, it can be prone to cracking, warping, chips and rotting, unless it is cared for properly – UPVC, however, will stay structurally sound and beautiful, without any real maintenance required on your part, except perhaps the odd clean every now and then: it will also typically be a much cheaper option than aluminium.

Aside from being relatively cheap to install, a UPVC conservatory will add value to your property and, in the long run, save you money compared to conservatories constructed from other materials, due to its energy efficiency and low maintenance costs.


Whilst Aluminium and UPVC offer low maintenance, long-lasting conservatories; wood is not without its charms;

Choosing a timber conservatory is sometimes the best option for period properties, where any other material would look out of place and when a touch of old-fashioned class is required.

With proper care and attention, a wooden conservatory can be a beautiful place to relax, which will give you extra usable space and boost the value of your property for years to come.

Jane Silverstein is a home improvement guru who frequently designs Conservatories Sussex-wide.

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