Hardwood Orangery Prices

Author: metalfrog | News | 0 comments | 10:29 10th November 2014

Hardwood Orangeries start at around £45,000 including V.A.T The Hardwood Orangery pictured here links the farm house to the barn and is currently under construction. Hardwood Projects like these start from around £80,000 with a ceiling of around £220, There are many materials to choose from when planning a conservatory. The first thought for most people is timber; however, there are occasions when alternative materials can be considered - If you own a Listed Building (II II* or I) or live in a conservation area, timber will usually be your only option available. Most architects and professional designers will agree timber is the most suitable material for constructing beautiful Orangeries. Timber offers flexibility in design that no other product can. Inspirational designs and ingenious concepts can be created in timber much more readily than any other material. Hardwoods, particularly the tropical hardwoods like Sapele, Meranti/Luan and Iroko are some of the more commonly used. These timbers are preferred by joiners because they are easy to work with and the end product is very reliable. The hardwoods will keep their stain or paint finish for 2-4 years -depending on the location (South facing Orangeries and Orangeries near the coast will need painting/staining more frequently than conservatories facing North, or in the shade) Hardwoods are not necessarily ‘harder’ as the name would suggest (Balsa is also a Hardwood) but they tend to have tighter fibres which gives the wood a stronger and more stable structure that limits the expansion and contraction – which results in improved resistance to moisture. The serious issue with all tropical hardwoods is sustainability. Some hardwoods are grown in sustainable managed forests but some are not. Europe purchases an enormous amount of timber, and merchants buy timber from many sources in order to fulfil demand. The ‘Chain of Custody’ from the forest to the merchant for much of this timber is difficult to prove, as recognised by ‘The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’ report in 2006 which concluded: Illegal timber is currently a fact of life within the UK timber trade. It is therefore virtually impossible for even those companies that are attempting to eliminate illegal timber from their chain of supply to guarantee that they have done so The timber industry, importers, merchants and federations are all working together with the government to drive the UK’ timber industry toward total sustainability, and conservatory companies certainly have a responsible role to play. Softwoods are generally more sustainable as most come from the EU. They are commonly used by developers and builders for the windows and doors in new developments and are a cheaper alternative to hardwood, but not generally recommended for the construction of conservatories. Softwood tends to move more than hardwood, and whilst this is restricted by the brickwork surrounds of windows in houses, the same does not apply on many orangery and particularly conservatory designs – the conservatory tends to be a structure which is primarily self supporting. Softwoods tend to have a looser fibre structure than the hardwoods which makes them more likely to expand and contract. This causes the racking and twisting of the wood which causes the paint/stain to wear off and moisture to enter – causing the wood to expand and contract further. Another timber that should be mentioned is European Oak (hardwood) mostly grown and managed in sustainable forests in Eastern Europe. For the construction of conservatories, the Oak is seasoned – removing much of the moisture content in the wood – to produce a timber that is versatile and strong and can be painted, stained or oiled. Another timber product that is available is engineered timber. This is made by gluing and laminating (this timber is also referred to as Glu-Lam) sections of softwood together so that the grains run in opposing directions, which helps restrict movement, Engineered timber is structurally very sound although its cost, like seasoned Oak, can be prohibitive. Whilst timber is beautiful and on some projects – listed buildings for example – the only material that can be considered, there are occasions when alternative materials might offer some benefits that timber cannot. Aluminium should be used in one way or another on all orangery and conservatory projects. Every timber conservatory should have a powder coated external aluminium capping bar which provides an almost completely maintenance free roof. Un-plasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride / uPVC For the self respecting conservatory connoisseur, uPVC is a material that rocks few boats. However, like it or not, there is a place for uPVC in the conservatory market. I do not think it is necessarily the material that people object to – more the industry that has embraced the material and created a monster of it! uPVC has had a tough time, more to do with the unprofessionalism in some areas of the double glazing industry. The uPVC kit conservatory will never perform anywhere near the standards that you would want, due to frequently poor design work by inexperienced salesmen – who are concerned more with their commission than your interest. uPVC has also been associated with companies that build to the absolute minimum specifications to maximise quick profits before moving on to the next unsuspecting customer. However, uPVC can be used to produce products that can complement many houses, and some of the window systems can also be adapted to the construction of conservatories. There are new systems evolving all the time – with the current advancement seemingly focussed on paint finishes that dramatically alter the feel of uPVC products – with some success. See our upvc price page for more details....  

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