It’s not often that I get angry but currently there is a wave of stupidity running through the diy conservatory industry. At www.diyconservatoryquotes.co.uk we offer glazed diy conservatories. Our competitors cant, they have to offer separate frames with the glass not in the frames as their conservatory walls have to be screwed together. The cause of my frustration ………. when asked by a potential customer “are your frames glazed”, they are replying yes. Then supplying conservatory frames that the poor customer has to remove the glass from the conservatory to screw the frames together and then REGLAZE them. What a complete waste of time, effort and risking of breaking the glass.
Here’s a piece of advice why not ask “Does your conservatory come fully glazed and can you explain how the frames assemble together?”
I don’t mind healthy competition but this kind of stupidity ruins the customers experience and the potential of future recommendations or maybe they just dont get ANY recommendations !!!!
Andrew Savory (owner)
Don’t pay extra for deliveries of diy conservatories to Scotland. At www.diyconservatoryquotes.co.uk we deliver diy conservatories to the Scottish Mainland for free. If you are ordering for Scotland please remember that the regulations for Scotland are different but if at time of ordering you let us know we can advise you of the additions that you need to consider for your Scottish warrant office. These include trickle ventilation and low emission glass and if you are adding a preconstructed base system such as a durabase. With the durabase its the only base system that we know that can be upgraded (with improved insulation) to make building diy conservatories in Scotland to the thermal regulations required.
How to save time with a Diy conservatory Kit.
Our diy conservatory kits are the fastest and easiest diy conservatory kits to put up on the market. To start with our durabase system was designed with speed and ease of use in mind. I put my 3.5mtr x 3.5mtr durabase up in under four hours from start to finish. Granted I did dig the pad plans the weekend before but they only took me 3hrs. With each pad stone being 450mm x 450mm I would say each one took half a dustbin bag of mud out which I easily lost down the garden. Once secured here’s the key to making sure your build goes well……… Measure the cills twice and screw down once checking all the diagonals. If you do this I guarantee the time you save is worth the double checking. Using Best technology our customers (the majority novice diy’ers) can’t believe that they will have the window frames up and ready to take the roof before the end of day one is up. We get a lot of customers that say they did it faster but if you take this as a guide it is true. What’s the secret? A Fully patented locking system that allows preglazed windows to be installed. We actively encourage you to check out the competition and ask them if their system has the glass in the frames when it arrives at your house. I doubt it. Once the frames are in our comprehensive 70 page manual guides you through the roof and with every individual piece being labelled to match your bespoke roof plan and our technical roof support guys on call (office hours) there’s not an easier way to build your conservatory.
If you have any other queries why not ring one of the diy conservatory quote team on either 01162960728 or 01162960728 and they will happily answer any questions you may have.
Conservatory Prices will vary from diy conservatory company to company. How can the conservatory prices vary so wildly on such a similar product you might be asking? Well the truth is known it’s all down to the quality that you are buying and the specification.
As a Wiseman once said “you only get what you pay for”, so taking this advice on board can I suggest that before you plummet for the lowest price conservatory that you think you are buying and just compare the specification. Here are a few things to look for or the corners that will be cut to get you that cheap conservatory price and you will never be the wiser.
- Unglazed frames. If a conservatory is delivered unglazed the supplier has not had to risk breaking the glass, glazing your conservatory or spend the time sorting every single piece of glass into every aperture. You have to!!
- Fully reinforced Frames. www.diyconservatoryquotes.co.uk frames has full height aluminium from the cill to the very top corner of the frame. No other unglazed system can do this as they only reinforce inside the frames and can’t get the metal into the corners. Some companies don’t even go that far and stop where the transom meets the frame so only the bottom ¾ of the frame has metal in.
- Cheap thin 16mm polycarbonate roofing. These are usually the high street diy stores. Ours are 25mm thick and usually an upgrade is on offer to a 35mm twice as thick as the high street stores. This means double the insulation and more sound proofing.
- Only one handle on double doors. We put two as standard. Why companies do this I have no idea they save a lock in the slave door and a handle. The result is odd looking doors that ruin your brand new building.
- Cheap Handles on windows and doors. Low quality handles is probably the last thing you would think to ask about. Trust me a cheap handle feels cheap and looks cheap. We supply robust handles and doors to our conservatories that are built to last.
- 50mm 60mm frames Thinner frames means less insulation and poorer ascetics. Diy conservatory quotes are all 70mm.
- Cheaper 24mm glass units ours are all 28mm
- Cheap espag window locks ours are all high security shoot bolt locks that fix into the frame
- Cheap door locks ours are all maco high security multipoint locks with hook locks as standard
- Two hinges on all doors not three. Ours have Three to make sure that the door doesn’t drop.
- Gutters and drainpipes are extra, ours are all included.
- Not giving Toughened safety glass and virgin materials as standard. We don’t brag and worry people about this. It’s a basic requirement why advertise it. Unless you don’t have enough other things to inform people. It’s like buying a car without wheels you just don’t do it.
- Delivered by one man on a courier. Finally ours are delivered on our own transport by two men who will carry it down your drive and put it where you want it and stay and check it off with you
- 10 yr guarantee do they give you that!!
I could rant on forever I think everything in life is a compromise but if I don’t tell you about these pot holes then you are going to fall down them. If you get a similar specification as ours I’m sure that the price and service will be similar as well. Make sure you spend your money wisely and don’t buy something you regret for a few hundred pounds spread over the next 10 years.
- Work out the size of your conservatory foot print : Although obvious the size of your conservatory will affect the style you pick. E.g. if you are limited on space stay away from the designs with angled corners like the Victorian conservatory or you won’t get your conservatory furniture inside
- Survey the proposed site : Look around for manhole covers for drains etc. But also stand in the garden and look back at the house and see if there are any toilet over flows or drain pipes that you need to tell the conservatory designer about.
- Decide on your budget : As with every purchase getting the most for you money if paramount. But don’t be fooled by cheap conservatory prices always check the conservatory specification against the price.
- Select you conservatory Style : These can vary and don’t be afraid to ask for something special if that’s what you want. At diy conservatory quote we can draw and design and advise you on all aspects of the conservatory design process.
- Conservatory Colour : Generally the rule of thumb is match the conservatory to your house or bungalows window colour. We offer white, rosewood, light oak or rosewood on white. We stay away from coloured conservatories as getting the ancillaries to colour match is difficult despite what the companies selling them say.
- Conservatory door position : One of the most important considerations when designing a conservatory. The natural temptation is to put the doors, when looking back at the house, middle and centre. Now if you stop and think about this it immediately drives a walkway corridor straight through the middle of the conservatory. The best place is usually on one of the sides.
- Conservatory Roof Type : Generally there are two roof types of conservatory roof. Glass or polycarbonate. If you are new to all this here is a quick and easy guide to roofs. Polycarbonate roofs are cheaper than glass roof. If you are going for a polycarbonate roof make sure you get as thick as you can. Certain high street diy stores are selling 16mm roofs our standard is 25mm but you can upgrade to 32mm. If you decide on a glass roof you instantly are opting for the quieter option if it rains but make sure you don’t lose all your heat from the building. Select a high performance glass and you won’t be disappointed.
- Conservatory Glass type : This is all about heat loss and what you are using your conservatory for. If you want to use your conservatory all year round you need to select a low emission heat saving glass like Pilkington k glass. This glass reflects heat back into the room whilst allowing the suns warming rays to pass through and heat the conservatory as well.
- Conservatory Ventilation : Make sure that you have enough opening windows to get a cooling breeze passing through the building even with the doors shut. We see a lot of customers asking for all top opening windows as they are totally unaware that with a dwarf wall you can have large mid-opening vents.
- Preglazed Window Frames : The latest thing on the market. If you have never glazed a window or toe and heeled a door then you could be in trouble. Knowing how the pack the frames correctly to give adequate drainage is a must. Also who is picking up the bill for any broken or smashed glass whilst glazing ? You !