Why Is The Lean To Conservatory So Popular?
The attraction of the lean to conservatory may be due to its practical and simple design. It is associated with Mediterranean where it is popular because of its versatility and ability to make the most of the natural light.
The straight forward simple design can cost less than other conservatory styles to buy, and the beauty of a lean to conservatory is it has the potential to be anything you want it to be.
What does it look like?
Generally the Lean To is either square or rectangular in its shape. The rectangular version runs length wys along the back of the property and has a flat angled roof the slopes forwards which allows the rain to run off. The roof gives the appearance it is leaning against the house therefore this is where id gains its name.
The height of the roof is typically lower than other designs that have apex roofs, this therefore makes them a good choice for homes that have a low-lying structure and bungalows.
A standard lean to will have dwarf walls with glazing on all three sides, as well as a glazed roof. But there are other designs that are possible, which is another reason why this style is so popular the flexibility to change to overall look and feel is a desirable attraction for the homeowner.
The three parts of a lean design that can be changed are the base, the roof and the ventilation.
The base of a lean can be a small dwarf wall – typically about 60 centimetres high. The second option is to have full height glass panels. And the other possibility is to have raised uPVC panels at the foot of the conservatory (this option is the least expensive).
With regards to the roof, it is possible to have a glass roof, or one made of polycarbonate. Glass will let in more light, but polycarbonate is cheaper and easier to maintain.
Ventilation is an important element in lean to conservatories, and homeowners have a choice between manual or electronically operated roof vents.
If you are on a budget uPVC frames will be the cheapest option to install and maintain. Timber frames are also available but are more expensive to install and also require maintenance so therefore will be more expensive to maintain.
The cost of a lean to conservatory
Timber and bespoke designs will be more expensive than the standard ‘off the shelf’ designs.
The cost of a lean to conservatory will vary depending on the size, materials used and the manufacture. An example of pricing a small conservatory measuring 3 metres wide by 1.5 metres deep will start from around £3,500. And a larger design, say 5 metres wide by 4 metres deep will cost at least twice as much.