In recent months, conservatories have received some bad reviews in the press. From having a negative impact on energy efficiency to reducing the desirability and even value of a home, the once loved conservatory seems to have had its day.

Older conservatories vs modern upgrades

White upvc bespoke conservatory with upvc patio doors

This negative view of a conservatory, however, is somewhat misleading. It’s true that some older conservatories can be dated, with poor thermal performance and an old-fashioned appearance. If you have a conservatory that is more than 10 years old or one that features a polycarbonate roof, then it’s probably a good time to consider an upgrade.

If you’re concerned that your old conservatory is detracting from your property’s value and desirability, then there are several things to consider. Here are 5 ways a conservatory can still add value to your home.

1. Install a modern replacement conservatory

At Lifestyle Windows, we install a range of modern high performing conservatories. With outstanding energy efficiency capacity, they can achieve thermal performance ratings to match the rest of your home and will certainly make your property more appealing to any potential homebuyers.

2. Convert to a contemporary orangery

Orangeries combine the large, glazed areas of a conservatory with the brickwork and solid perimeter ceiling associated with a traditional extension for the best of both worlds. Converting an existing conservatory to an orangery is a great way to increase your property’s value.

3. Upgrade to a tiled roof

White uPVC conservatory with a tiled roof
Adding a tiled roof to your conservatory can transform both its appearance and performance. If your old conservatory has a polycarbonate or old inefficient glass roof, a tiled roof will create a cosier feel similar to a classic extension.

4. Extend your kitchen diner

A kitchen extension is a classic way to improve any property. Adding a conservatory that connects to your kitchen is a great way to create an open plan cooking dining area perfect for a family home. The great thing about a conservatory extension is that it features your choice of internal connecting doors that can be opened up wide for open plan living and securely closed for a cosier more relaxing feel.

5. Install a modern glass roof

Modern glazing has improved a huge amount in the last few years. New innovations such as solar control and self-cleaning glass have made conservatory roofs far more energy efficient and low maintenance. When you want your conservatory to be at a comfortable temperature all year round, a new glass roof is an excellent choice.

Modern conservatories can still add value to your home

conservatory refurbishment

As you can see above, there are still many reasons to install a conservatory at your home or upgrade an existing conservatory. Almost all homeowners would like some additional living space. With a conservatory, you always have the option of additional space and with a simple upgrade your old conservatory could soon become the year-round extended living space you’ve always dreamed of.

At Lifestyle Windows, we have installed and upgraded hundreds of conservatories and home extensions across the East Midlands. Have a browse of our case studies to get inspiration for your own home improvement plans. You can also have a look at our dedicated conservatories and extensions pages to see the superior quality of our home enhancements.

Lifestyle Windows conservatory village show centre

If you’d like to see for yourself the superior quality of our glazed extensions, why not pay a visit to our stylish showroom and conservatory village. Located on West Street in Ilkeston, we are easily accessible with free parking for customers visiting us from across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and beyond.

Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team, get in touch today. For more information about our conservatories or any of our products or services call us on 0800 783 6502 or send us a message online and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

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