We often get asked “Do we need planning permission for a conservatory?” There are some rules and regulations you’ll need to be aware of when building your conservatory. There are general building regulations. They ensure that your conservatory is safe and secure for anyone using it. Then there are planning permissions. These are more concerned with the location and aesthetic value your conservatory. The effect it has on the surrounding area, and whether it impacts on your neighbours. At RTE Fabrications, we suggest familiarising yourself with both before you get started!  Planning Permission for a ConservatoryWe’ll kick off with the good news – generally, you won’t need planning permission for a conservatory. Unless it’s particularly ambitious in size, it often comes under ‘permitted development’. This allows you to build as long as it’s mainly your home it’ll be affecting. To be exempt from planning permission, your project does have to follow these...

Making it up as we go Why conservatory manufacturers RTE Fabrications use in-house manufacturing Conservatory manufacturers RTE Fabrications, are not a huge multinational corporation. We keep our operations focused and tightly controlled by handling everything ourselves. We don’t outsource or use outside companies, and manufacturing is one of the many things we keep a tight handle on. There are many advantages to keeping things in-house. Here are a few. Quality of MaterialsThe biggest advantage of in-house manufacturing is a greater degree of control. Which means a rock-solid guarantee of quality. Safety is also a key concern in this particular respect. In the construction industry, safety is always an absolute priority. For employees and customers alike. In-house manufacturing eliminates any possibility of the use of shoddy or unsound materials. We source only the best and most reliable materials to create our products. That includes our porches and conservatories. Assuring us of their end quality,...

Conservatories Originally invented by the Romans. They used them to look after exotic plants and fruits. (Conservato means to store and preserve, while ory means ‘a place for’.) Today around 1 in 5 households in Britain have one. They’ve evolved into structures with a far more diverse range of purposes. It explains why it’s become so popular to buy conservatories in Blackburn and Darwen. Why choose a conservatory?The versatility of conservatories is often considered a major advantage. Modern households have a lot more space requirements. Indoor space can be an uphill struggle, especially for families. A conservatory can work as a cost-effective alternative to an extension. It can provide valuable space to relax, eat, work or even sleep. During their construction, bespoke conservatories can take the form of a specific purpose. Often a home office, playroom, dining room or secondary living room. But, there’s nothing to say you can’t change your mind...

What are UPVC windows? UPVC stands for Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride. Sometimes known as rigid PVC because it doesn’t flex. It’s a safe and stable material. Alternative uses for it include dental retainers and sporting mouthguards. UPVC has been the material of choice for windows over the last several years. It’s not difficult to see why. UPVC windows provide a whole host of benefits for homeowners. Both practical and financial.  Environmental One of the reasons that UPVC windows are so popular with installers is that it’s so easy to manufacture. There’s far less energy expended in its construction. Less than there is for other materials, making it eco-friendlier. It’s also recyclable at the end of its long lifetime. Not a word usually associated with plastics, meaning that it’s less to go in landfill. It can also be eco-friendly in a more indirect way. For example, wooden frames need the expenditure of trees and forests....

Conservatory design In this blog, we’re taking a closer look at our conservatory design service. You can choose from an existing model in our range. Or you can opt for a completely bespoke design. There are certain standards you can expect from our five-star service. We have conservatory design ideas from traditional to contemporary. Ideas and inspiration The first step on the road to your perfect conservatory design is to get inspiration and ideas. We know that every single one of our customers is different. It is why we encourage you to seek out conservatory designs. Find layouts and features that you like the look of before you come to us. Search online or browse through printed brochures. Make a collection of conservatory designs that fit your ideal. It will give our design team a firm starting point.It’s also important to know where your priorities lie in the project. How flexible are you...

3 reasons why a porch is always a great addition to your home! As porch builders we are proud to have designed and installed thousands of porches across the North West. Each one designed to blend in beautifully with the home. But why should you own one? We can give you countless reasons, but here are the main 3 benefits. Of course for those who own a porch from RTE Fabs you are already enjoying these!If you’ve never owned a home with a porch, it can be hard to appreciate how useful they are. Porches come in all shapes and sizes. But they are all united in one fact. Not only do they make for a stylish addition to your property, they also offer greater insulation too. Improved Security Security is one of the main concerns of any responsible homeowner. You can have a quality secure door but with a secure porch you...

Smart Heating for your conservatory Often people only get to use their conservatory during the summer time, and when it gets to winter it’s too cold to use. Well, thanks to SMART Heat radiators they provide fast and efficient heating when you need it.With smart radiators, they heat will heat up to full temperature within 30 minutes. A 10-minute charge will give you 40 minutes of heat. This will allow you to spend the time you like in your conservatory and not have to worry about the cost of heating it.EHC have a selection of low-profile electric radiators. All designed to complement your existing system. Which are ideal for use in conservatories or rooms with low window sills.Smart radiators come with the option of a floor standing radiator or castors. Giving you the ability to place your radiator anywhere within your conservatory. What’s even better you don’t have...

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...