Everyone loves a conservatory and as the popularity and demand grows more and more people are taking the decision to purchase one and have a new addition to their home. A conservatory doesn’t look much, in most cases it doesn’t even look capable of holding its own weight but this is not true. There are many factors that help the conservatory be structurally stable and this is what I am going to show you today, I might even change your mind and views if you’re feeling ambitious!
When it comes to a structure I always say the same thing. Foundations are such an important factor in ensuring a conservatory will be structurally safe. Think of it as a blank slate to build on. It provides the support and level surface required to be able to build and construct to measurements and building regulations. Some people get sick of me talking about them but when it comes down to it they will thank me later when their building doesn’t collapse and I’m sure you would do the same. If you skip corners then you might as well throw money down the drain as you will only be paying to correct the mistake later.
This is where it gets a little tricky as conservatories vary in different shapes and sizes but as a general guide let’s go with a conservatory like the one shown in the image below.
As you can see from the image above this type on conservatory contains some brickwork. This provides added structural integrity and offers some insulation as this would be a cavity wall so it saves your some money here and there on your bills. Above this the rest of the structure is UPVC which is a plastic like material but is so much stronger. The best thing about this is that it is also lightweight and affordable so the overall costs are low but the quality of the product means well, it’s as safe as houses! UPVC is used throughout the world and it really is a special material as far as its strength, weight and overall looks in concerned. The double glazing glass doesn’t so much structurally but once again helps save some money on them heating bills.
Once again referring back to the image you can see that when we remove the glass panes that there isn’t that much to the roof. It’s the way it is built is the key. This isn’t just thrown together. Through the use of weight distribution it allows to overall weight of the roof to be passed onto the walls structures. This is very common and it is used with roofs throughout the world. This all makes the whole structure dependent of itself. The roof passes on to the UPVC sides which then pass onto the walls all the way right down to the foundations. It’s like a military operation the way a conservatory is manufactured and built. Almost mind boggling!
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