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Ensuring Your Extension Can Cope With the Weather

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 198

In recent times we have witnessed considerable fluctuation in temperatures throughout the year. With summers starting as early as April and snow sometimes as late as March it can be hard to predict the weather at the best of times. As a result if considering a glazed extension such as a garden room or conservatory it can be vital to ensure adequate planning has been undertaken to ensure that it can cope with whatever temperatures nature throws at it.

Due to the high density of glass, conservatories can often reach temperatures as high as 40oC during the summer months. Alternative types of extension such as garden rooms, which typically feature a tiled roof, or an orangery with a flat roof and roof lantern can help to minimise the amount of sun exposure and heat radiation within the room.

In addition to the above, there are also a range of considerations that should be factored into account at the design stage to ensure that the room can be used year round.

Consider what the main purpose of the room is, who is most likely to be using it and at what times of the day. The needs of different audience groups can vary greatly, for example if it is going to be used predominately as a child's play room then it is vital to ensure that adequate ventilation and temperature control is in place.

The chosen location of the extension can dramatically change how much heat generation or insulation an extension receives. South facing extensions will attract more sunshine, but if there isn't any natural shade it can be worth applying a high quality film to the windows to reflect ultraviolet rays and to help prevent fading carpets and furniture caused by sun exposure.

Ventilation is crucial consideration for keeping glazed extensions cool. It is essential that air is able to flow through the building and that colder air can be drawn into the extension. Consider the use of either roof vents, extractor fans, ceiling fans or air conditioning.

However, it is not just the summer months that need considering when designing an extension, but to think about ways to insulate the extension in the colder months. Generally speaking a glazed extension with a tiled roof, such as a garden room will provide greater insulation than a completely glazed roof. Nevertheless, it is still important to consider heating options.

There are a range of heating options such as underfloor heating, which is completely invisible within the room and extremely efficient...as well as having that lovely sensation of warmth under foot. Radiators and trench heating are also alternative options, often suited to a more traditional room. The most suitable type will often depend on the design and budget of the extension.

It is therefore important to thoroughly consider the practical elements as well as the aesthetics when designing your dream extension. Take the time to think through these considerations, and discuss them with a reputable designer to ensure that you will have a great room that can be used all year round.

Article submitted by Jonathan Hey, Managing Director of Westbury Garden Rooms. Westbury Garden Rooms has over 20 years experience in building bespoke garden Rooms and is a top 3 UK leading designer/manufacturer of bespoke orangeries and garden rooms.

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