Are Conservatories Exempt From Building Regulations?

So, you may be considering building or adding on a conservatory to a property which you own or currently live in.

There are many reasons to add or build a conservatory, and you might be doing it for a range of different reasons such as adding value to the property, or maybe you just want more space.

Regardless of the reason, it is always best practice to stay up to date with all the most recent building regulations surrounding the planning and building of conservatories.

Are Conservatories Exempt from Building Regulations?

Different building regulations will normally apply when you want to renovate or build an extension to your property.

The good news is that conservatories are usually exempt from building regulations when they meet the below criteria.

  • The conservatory is less than 30m2 when measuring the floor area.
  • The conservatory must be built at ground level.
  • Any heating system is required to be independent from the properties central heating, with its own independent temperature and on/off controls.
  • All electrical installations and window glazing must comply with the appropriate building regulations.

Do I Need Planning Permission to Build a Conservatory?

The decision on whether you will need to obtain planning permission to build a conservatory will entirely depend on the specifications of the conservatory you plan on building.

The majority of conservatories however, do not need planning permission before being built.

This is because ‘Permitted Development’ rules can be applied; however, these are also subject to meeting conditions.

  • Semi-Detached and Terraced houses can make additions to the property up to 6m high without having to obtain planning permission.
  • Detached houses are allowed to add structures of up to 8m high without needing to obtain any planning permission.

You must still first consult with your neighbours to determine that building a conservatory onto your home will not in any way, negatively impact any of your neighbours.

It is also worth noting that you are allowed to build a conservatory or any other single storey extension without needing to obtain planning permission provided they:

  • Are no higher than a maximum of 4m (3m if within 2m boundary).
  • The conservatory you are building will not cover over half of the garden.
  • The roof top point must not be any higher than that of the eaves of your property’s roof.
  • Any side extensions cannot extend more than half of the houses width.

These planning regulations allow the construction of conservatories so that people can increase their living space without having to go through the lengthily process of having planning permission approved.

It is still worth noting that in some cases, a property may have previously had the ‘Permitted Development’ rights removed.

If this has happened to your property in the past, you will need to apply for planning permission to build a conservatory.

insulating roof

What Are The Benefits Of Insulating My Roof?

If you’re thinking about insulating your roof, you’re probably trying to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages to installing roof insulation.

Luckily, there are quite a number of benefits to installing roof insulation.

Here are some of the key benefits of insulation your roof.

It Is Highly Sustainable

Insulating your roof is a highly sustainable method of keeping your house warm.

Whilst there may be the extra cost to installing insulation in your roof space, the savings you will make in the long term are astronomical.

Not only are you saving money on energy bills, but you can feel great that you are contributing less to things like pollution and the use of fossil fuels to heat your home, such as oil and gas.

Save Money On Energy Bills

Whilst also being incredibly sustainable, one of the biggest benefits about insulating your roof is that you can save massively on energy bills.

Roof insulation can help keep your house keep the heat in and remain warm for longer or alternatively can help keep your house cool by trapping the cool air.

This allows you to reduce the number of times things like central heating need to be on for, and better yet can also reduce the length of time it remains turned on.

Over the course of a year, this can really help you make some serious savings on energy bills.

Help Your Home Retain Heat

Roof insulation plays a key role in ensuring your house remains warm throughout the cooler months by helping your home retain heat.

Without insulating your roof, much of the heat that is generated in your home will eventually rise and leave through the roof.

Insulating your roof prevents the amount of heat that leaves your home, thus helping it retain heat.

Keep Your House Cool

Whilst roof insulation can be beneficial in helping your home retain heat, it can also be equally as effective at helping your house cool by preventing any excess outdoor heat from entering your home in the warmer summer months.

This helps keep your house at a much cooler and more comfortable  temperature throughout hot summer months.

Future Proof Your Roof

Installing roof insulation is a great way to help add an extra layer of protection to your roof, which can help reduce the speed that things like serious leaks or mould infestation occur.

Insulating your roof can be a great way to help boost the longevity of your roof, meaning it lasts longer.

Replacing a roof can be very expensive, so insulation helps ensure that your roof will last longer.

There are many more benefits to insulating your roof, it is important to conduct adequate research on what type of insulation will be best suited to the needs of your home.

Sash Windows

Can Sash Windows be Double Glazed?

If there’s one question that we hear all the time, it’s whether sash windows are suitable for double glazing or not?

To help you decide, we’ve put together this short guide to help answer any questions you may have about double glazing and sash windows.

Can sash windows be double glazed?

Sash windows can indeed be double glazed.

Many owners of sash windows ask this question because of the traditional style of sash windows looking so loose and rickety.

This doesn’t mean they can’t be double glazed, though.

Sash windows will actually benefit from double glazing for increased thermal efficiency and better soundproofing.

In fact, it’s the perfect way to modernise sash windows – while allowing them to retain their antique charm.

Older sash windows need to be upgraded to double glazing and then maintained.

The only time that sash windows can’t be double glazed is in some rare instances where planning permission may be required.

Do I need planning permission for double glazing sash windows?

Conservation areas mean planning permission will probably be needed.

Listed buildings also have their own considerations – in most cases, getting planning permission isn’t possible.

What sort of situation would allow you to install double glazed sash windows in a listed building?

It is usually when you can prove that the existing sash windows are gone beyond repair.

Will double glazing cause the sash windows to look different?

Overall, the windows won’t look very different at all.

The frames may have some miniscule differences to the moulding for the inside/outside beads, and the glass will of course have the appearance of two layers.

Unless you’re a window expert, you probably won’t even notice the difference.

How will double glazing improve my sash windows?

In the modern age, almost all windows are now double glazed because of the completely superior insulation that double glazing offers.

It is simply two glass panes fitted into the same window, with some gas between the panes to keep warm air in and cold air out.

If you have poor insulation, that means you’ll be heating the air inside your house, just to then let it all go outside – it’s very expensive and very wasteful.

How long will the windows last?

It all depends on the quality of materials used and how well you maintain the windows.

Look for the best quality materials when installing the windows.

The windows could easily last for over twenty years (and probably much more) if you look after them, saving you money and energy in the long run.

Get in touch

We hope we’ve helped to give you more information about double glazing and sash windows.

If there’s something we haven’t covered, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Loft Insulation

Which Loft Insulation Is Best?

When it comes to loft insulation, there are a few different types of insulation to choose from.

Each type of loft insulation has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages, and each may or may not suit the needs and requirements of your project.

Here are some of the types of loft insulation

What Are The Different Types Of Loft Insulation?

The main types of loft insulation are:

Sheet Loft Insulation

As the name would suggest, sheet insulation comes in the shape of sheets or boards and is designed to insulate the slanted sides of your roof.

It can be ordered to fit specific measurements as well as having the ability to be coated in moisture resistant or fire-resistant coating.

This is a beneficial method of loft insulation in the sense that the boards can be thick.

Therefore more insulation, as well as being able to be covered with plasterboard, ideal for insulating a loft conversion.

However, this can be an expensive method of insulating your loft.

Blanket Loft Insulation

Probably on of the more common and more popular loft insulation methods, blanket loft insulation is rolls of rock, mineral, felt or glass fibre with a foil backing.

It is an ideal choice of loft insulation as it can be easily installed by yourself and is great for insulating wall cavities that lay exposed.

However, some of the materials can be highly irritable, so protective gear must be worn when installing.

Blanket loft insulation can also be quite bulky, and may not be suitable for smaller loft spaces.

Blown Fibre Loft Insulation

This is an excellent method of insulating your loft, however it will need to be installed by a professional as the insulation has to be blown between the gaps of the joists in the roof.

It is relatively fast to install when carried out by a professional.

It can also be made from recycled materials making it a great choice for a sustainable household.

However, it can be very costly and it is not ideal for lofts that are draughty.

Loose-Fill Loft Insulation

This type of loft insulation is generally made from different types of materials that are lightweight or granular, including the likes of cellulose fibre, mineral wool or cork granules.

It can also be made from recycled material.

It is great for repairing or topping up existing insulation and can fit nicely between oddly shaped joists as well as any obstructions.

However, it may eventually become loose in lofts that are draughty.

IMPORTANT: Protective gear must also be worn when using.

Which Loft Insulation Is The Best?

If you are planning to insulate your loft by yourself in a cost-effective way, then blanket loft insulation is probably the best option.

Blown fibre loft insulation is also effective if you can afford to have it carried out by a professional.

However, it is best to use whichever loft insulation is most suitable for your loft.