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PVCu, HARDWOOD or ALUMINIUM?

PVCu

This is an excellent, highly insulate material which benefits from little or no external maintenance. It is readily available and well tested and the lowest cost option of all three materials. It is mainly seen in white but also available in Mahogany and Cherry Oak woodgrain styles. PVCu is by far the most popular material for conservatories today.

For some, however, PVCu lacks authenticity when it comes to the more traditional designs. It is not acceptable to planners for use on listed buildings and not popular with planners in conservation areas.

HARDWOOD

For a truly traditional design with an authentic look, this is the one to use. Just about any traditional design or feature can be recreated - incorporating the contemporary benefit of double-glazing. This is the "perfect" material for listed buildings. While it will require some periodic maintenance, modern paint finishes and stains ensure that this is increasingly less of an issue. Available in a variety of stains (mahogany, light oak, etc.), as well as various painted finishes (white, cream, green and brown), for bespoke designs particularly, this will be the most expensive choice of material; but then again it will look very special.

ALUMINIUM

The features of this material are very similar to PVCu, although it is more expensive and not quite such a good insulator. It is a good choice for commercial locations and any situation where strength is a major issue. Note, that a lot of PVCu conservatories, although clad in PVCu, almost always use aluminium in the roof structure precisely for this reason.

My preferred roofing system for both PVCu and aluminium conservatories is the Ultraframe Roofing System. Ultraframe is Europe's leading supplier of conservatory roofing components, with an exceptional reputation for quality and service.

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