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uPVC Conservatories - Benefits & Prices
Un-plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC) is one of the most popular conservatory materials in the UK thanks to its low cost and durability. uPVC conservatory fittings are ideal for modern homes, however older period homes tend to suit aluminium conservatories or a hardwood conservatory to maintain the overall look of the property.
Benefits of a uPVC conservatory
The biggest benefit of opting for uPVC is its low cost. As a material, uPVC is usually the cheapest option on offer ahead of metal and timber. It can be used to construct a range of conservatory styles and has a surprising level of customisability.
More styles and colours are now becoming readily available with timber-look designs entering the market too – providing a cheaper alternative to the real thing.
Despite its low cost, uPVC has fantastic insulation properties – keeping your conservatory warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
It is also remarkably low maintenance; all you need to do is give it a quick wipe down with a cloth to keep the structure clean. Unlike timber conservatories, uPVC doesn’t require varnishing or painting on a regular basis and should keep its colour for a long period of time.
Whilst it’s not the strongest conservatory construction material when compared to something like aluminium, uPVC is still very durable and secure. It also holds up nicely against the elements as it won’t swell, rot or warp in damp weather – a definite benefit over options like timber.
How much does a uPVC conservatory cost?
uPVC conservatory prices will vary depending on the size and shape of structure you want, however it will certainly be the cheapest option compared to timber and aluminium. As a rough outline a 3m x 3m uPVC lean to conservatory with a flat roof costs around £6,500 including materials and installation.
A Victorian or Edwardian conservatory of the same size would potentially cost between £7,500 and £7,900.
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