Author: Adrian Bulmer

Things to consider when refurbishing your conservatory Refurbishing your conservatory, there are lots of things to consider when you are having a conservatory installed. There are lots of things to think about too, when you inherit one with a property.These are our top tipsChange the roofThe concept behind conservatory roofs is to be lightweight. This is in both build and engineering. Something to consider if you are planning on changing the roof on your conservatory. Are the existing walls able to support a heavier, solid roof? It is possible and very popular to add a new solid roof to an old frame. The industry often refers to it as ‘retrofit’. A lot of homeowners are taking this option. They are choosing to refurbish their existing conservatory with a new roof. This transforms the space into one they can use all year round. Of course, if you want to start again from scratch...

One of the great things about choosing RTE is our next generation Smart Conservatory. You can create a space to be proud of no matter what the weather! With Solid Smart Roof or Smart Glass Roof and Smart Heating, you can enjoy all year round conservatory comfort. Creating your ideal living space. RTE Fabrications, trusted experts in the area for conservatories and home improvements. We’re so proud of our new SMART addition we want to tell you more about the technology and design behind it. Solid SMART Roof- Enjoy year-round comfortThe Solid Smart Roof is an extra light-weight tiled roof system. The ideal replacement for ageing polycarbonate or plain glass roofs. An alternative choice for new installations. The Solid Smart Roof lets you create a cosy and desirable extension. Giving equal levels of comfort 365 days a year. SMART Glass Roof- The clear choice for your conservatoryThe Smart Glass Roof in new...

We can give you 4 reasons why you should upgrade your Roofline Fascias!Roofline fascias - we all know the importance of a strong, sturdy roof on your property. But how often do you check and maintain your properties roofline? It can be easy to forget the importance of a strong roofline when you are doing upgrades in and around your home. It is just as important as your roof, as it helps to keep your drainage system working efficiently. Rooflines consist of many parts that work together to protect a property. Like everything else, they all need maintenance to keep them in good working order. But why are roofline fascias so important? Neglecting your roofline can lead to a string of roof-related issues. Leaks, weak gutters and rot all potential risks. The good news? Upgrading to UPVC roofline you will reduce the chances of this happening! What are Roofline fascias? Roofline consists of...

When it comes to your property, there are improvements you can make that can increase the value of your home. From adding double-glazing, through to an attic conversion. How about a new central heating system? Many homeowners make a range of different enhancements, in a bid to boost their property’s value. A popular home improvement that makea a big difference to the value of your home is a conservatory. A way of extending your space with a modern, stylish room. Used for anything you want it to be, a conservatory can be more affordable and less hassle than an extension. Allowing you to add value to your home at minimal cost to you. Does a conservatory actually add value to your home? Of course. By adding an extra room to your home, you will increase its desirability to potential buyers. Experts note that a well-built conservatory could increase your home’s value by...

VAT on Conservatories for New Build Properties – Explained!Did you know, currently, new homes are zero rated for VAT in the UK? If you are planning to buy or build a new house, it is worth considering including a conservatory in the plans. You can legitimately avoid paying VAT on conservatories on a new build!Even if your new home is part way through it's build, you may still be able to avoid paying VAT. This is applicable on a conservatory if the construction of it is finished. The deadline would be before the dwelling is signed off as complete by the local authority.In cases where only the groundwork of the conservatory is completed prior to the completion of the building, then only that work can be zero-rated.We have carried out many quality zero-rated Conservatory installations on new properties. We can provide all the help and advice you need to add your...

Why should you consider replacement windows? Windows play a variety of important roles around the home. Improving your home security. Helping energy efficiency, right through to improving your family’s quality of life. They can offer better ventilation and more access to natural light. Tired, damaged windows are clearly not at their best. They not only cause a security issue, they affect the comfort of your home. So, it is crucial to identify the many signs around your home that tell you its time replacement windows. But how do you know when it’s time to replace and not repair? Here are the 5 biggest tell-tale signs. Don't put off your replacement windows any longer. Your energy bills are highIn a nutshell, the more heat that is able to escape your home through poor windows, the more you will be using your central heating. Consequently the bigger your bills. A very simple test is to...

We continue exploring the various conservatory styles in this week’s blog. Today it’s the turn of the Victorian conservatory. It’s a distinctive and enduring design, and has the honour of being one of the most popular styles in the whole of the UK. When we take a look in closer detail, there are all sorts of reasons why!  What is a Victorian Conservatory?We went into detail about Victorian conservatories in last week’s blog, To recap on some of their main defining features:An angled bay front. As opposed to a square, rectangular front featured in Edwardian or Pavilion conservatories Three to five wall facets, giving the conservatory a rounded effect A peaking apex roof (which mimicked the style of many Victorian houses at the time) A series of ridges across the roof’s peak. The conservatory’s sides and end all come together. This helps contribute towards some of the more Gothic styles  Why...

Here at RTE, we pride ourselves on our versatility. We do many different conservatory styles. Of course sometimes it can be tricky to know the differences. But don’t worry – we’re here to help! Victorian Conservatories  This is one of the most popular conservatory styles in the UK, and it’s not hard to see why! It’s a timeless and enduring style. A charming historical quality, as well as an undeniable sense of flair. The most defining feature of a Victorian conservatory is its angled bay front. With three to five wall facets (depending on your preference, of course). Topped off by a ridged apex roof that creates an elegant rounded effect. It was first designed in the middle to late 19th century. If you have the room for it, a Victorian-style conservatory will no doubt always be a very tempting choice. Edwardian Conservatories  Also known as Georgian conservatories. Edwardian conservatories have some similarities in...

Been thinking about getting a conservatory? It’s possible that you’ll have seen orangery come up once or twice in your research. They sound like very similar buildings. The visual differences aren’t always that obvious either, so it’s easy to get the two confused. So, what exactly are the differences between them?  What is an orangery?Orangeries have a bit of interesting history behind them. They originated back in the Renaissance, in the 15th and 16th century. To begin with they were only built by the rich. Italian nobility used them to grow exotic plants and citrus trees. Creating an area that protected them from the worst effects of the weather. As you can imagine, it’s from these citrus trees that the ‘orangery’ took its name.So that was back then. What about now? Today, orangeries are still typically huge extensions that made to impress. Unlike conservatories which are mostly glass, their constructions use...

Before you start building your conservatory, there are a couple of things to be aware of. The legislation is basically split into two categories: planning permission and building regulations. To sum them up, planning permission is concerned with the way the construction of your building affects the surrounding area, whereas building regulations ensures the immediate health and safety of people in the constructions themselves. This week, we’re taking a closer look at building regulations.