Conservatory FAQs

All products that Stormclad Home Improvements install are of the very highest quality, featuring thorough design, manufacture and installation methods, we aim to deliver the most durable and practical products on the market, coupled with the most attractive and striking design.

When we are done installing your new conservatory or orangery, we leave the pride and responsibility to you. However, we are always around to ensure that our materials and products remain in the highest working order and can be reached by phone or email for any extra assistance needed. We are also on hand to honour any guarantees. It is also worth remembering that we cannot maintain your products on a day to day basis – that is up to you.


Conservatory FAQs

How much will it cost to build a conservatory?

As every home is different we operate on a design and quote basis, which means we don’t have set prices. If you would like to get a quote, please call our sales team on 0115 970 8077 or complete our quote consultation booking form to arrange a free design appointment.

How long does it take to build a conservatory?

There is no set time, as a number of factors influence the time it takes. But, on average, it takes between 4 and 5 weeks. If you would like to book a quote appointment and receive a free no obligation quote and timeline guidance, give the design team a call on 0115 970 8077.

Can I use my new conservatory straight away?

Yes, of course. As part of the great Stormclad service, we can offer you a complete package that includes decoration and a selection of flooring, including laminate, ceramic tiles and carpeting. We can also supply heaters, underfloor heating and air conditioning.

Your Designer will be able to advise you on a whole host of options, that will enable you to enjoy your new conservatory straight away.

Can I use my conservatory all year round, whatever the weather?

Stormclad conservatories can be used all year round because they have insulated bases and cavity walls, as well as thermally efficient double-glazed units and glazed roofs. Like your home on the coldest of days, the sensible use of heating will also help. The technology built into our glass helps to reflect the sun’s heat in the summer too, keeping your conservatory comfortable all year round.

Do you need planning permission for a conservatory?

At Stormclad, our full design and technical survey procedures mean that the whole build process is managed for you, including Planning Permissions and Building Regulations; so there's no need to worry.

However, under regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008, adding a conservatory to your home is considered to be permitted development. Permitted development is deemed as exempt from planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.

  • No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.

  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.

  • Maximum projection of a single-storey rear extension of 3 metres for an attached house and 4 metres for a detached house.

  • Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of 4 metres.

  • Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of 3 metres, including ground floor.

  • Maximum eaves height of an extension within 2 metres of the boundary of three metres.

  • Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house.

  • Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of 4 metres and width no more than half that of the original house.

  • Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house.

  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.

  • On designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey; no cladding of the exterior; no side extensions.

  • Where work is proposed to a listed building, listed building consent may be required.

* The term “original house” refers to the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.

*Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.

Do I need building regulations for a conservatory?

Building regulations will generally apply if you want to build an extension to your home. However, conservatories are normally exempt when they meet a number of conditions:

  • They are built at ground level and are less than 30 square metres in floor area.

  • At least half of the new wall and three-quarters of the roof is either glazed or translucent material.

  • The conservatory is separated from the house by the external quality door(s).

  • Glazing and any fixed electrical installations comply with the applicable building regulations requirements.

  • You are advised not to construct conservatories where they will restrict ladder access to windows serving rooms in roof or loft conversions, particularly if any of the windows are intended to help escape or rescue if there is a fire.

Any new structural opening between the conservatory and the existing house will require building regulations approval, even if the conservatory itself is an exempt structure.

Please note that requirements in Scotland, and to a lesser extent in Northern Ireland, are different to those in England and Wales.

On 1st April 2002, the Government introduced Part L, amending the Building Regulations for the first time to require replacement windows and doors to meet tough new thermal performance standards. The new standard applies when new doors replace an existing window or you change the doors between the house and the conservatory, but not when you keep the existing lockable French doors or patio doors between house and conservatory.

Can I just replace my conservatory roof?

Yes, you can just replace your conservatory roof. Replacing your conservatory roof is a cost-effective way of renovating your old conservatory. Dependent on your home’s location to the sun, you may wish to invest in our cutting-edge SMARTGLASS® Ultra 86 roofing system. Utilising high-performance solar control glass that astoundingly reflects 86% of the sun’s rays, this distinctive glazed roofing system allows you to retain classic conservatory characteristics yet allows you to use it all year round.

Do you make conservatories to order?

At Stormclad all of our conservatories are manufactured to your individual requirements. They can be personalised with a range of design features and we also have a selection of accessories for you to choose from.

We’ve got an odd shaped space – will it still be possible to have a conservatory?

Because all of our conservatories are made to your specific requirements, we can design anything that’s physically possible for you.

I’m really impressed with my Stormclad conservatory. Where can I leave a review?

Stormclad always aim to provide the highest quality of service, so it is reassuring to hear that this has been delivered. We will be sure to praise the Stormclad team for their efforts.
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