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UPVC ConservatoriesUn-plasticised polyvinyl chloride or vinyl, as it is commonly known in the United States is an incredibly versatile material. Its unique properties make it very easy to mould and shape into any form required. This is done by heating it till it becomes malleable then it is simply cooled and it becomes ridged and strong. While all PVC frames require reinforcement, the uPVC used for making conservatories need extra amounts of it due to the weight of the roof and the large panels of glass. Usually, aluminium or galvanised metal is used as reinforcing agent.

uPVC conservatory extensions which are manufactured are usually either white or brown, but thanks to innovative applications of technology, the extrusions can be foiled to create finishes like 'rosewood' and 'walnut'. This creates a more smooth finish and at the same time the textured finish on the foils manages to copy the look of real timber more accurately. Also, recent developments in paint technology have allowed specialist companies to paint the PVC frames in any RAL colour that the owner wishes to have.

Since its inception a couple of centuries ago, the design of the conservatory has evolved significantly. With the level of flexibility provided by the uPVC, architects and designers are pushing the boundaries of style and fashion. For those who wish to have a conservatory with a more traditional design, the uPVC frame can be bent and chamfered to create a more contemporary conservatory.

Almost all kinds of conservatory can be built using uPVC. These include contemporary styles like the Edwardian, Victorian or the lean-to, etc, to more modern styles like the hipped designs and the P, T or L shaped conservatories or bespoke conservatories. When you are making a decision on the style of the conservatory, there are a myriad of things that you need to take into account.
As a general rule, the style of conservatory that you choose should be in sync with the architectural style of the house, a Victorian conservatory will clash heavily with a modern style house and overall appeal of the house will be lowered.

When choosing a colour, it isn't compulsory to match the colour of the conservatory, with the colour of your windows, but it is preferred.

Remember to plan out the size and the furniture placement and the use for the conservatory before hand, so as to avoid complications after the observatory has been built.

Lastly, before you start work on the conservatory, make sure that the conservatory extension does not require any sort of planning permission. As a precaution, it is best to choose multiple designs of conservatories and see if any of them require planning permission. If there is a design which doesn't require permission, it is best to use that. In case you still wish to use your chosen design, then its best talk to neighbours about planning permissions in the neighbourhood.