Hardwood conservatories - Traditional, resilient and affordable

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In the past conservatories were specially used as a place to grow exotic plant life, flowers or even fruits brought back from foreign countries. Hardwood conservatories especially date back to the 18th and 19th centuries where fruits like grapes or oranges were stored and also cultivated. The most elaborate hardwood conservatories were warmed up by timber or coal heated air through under floor ducts.

Yet, in this modern era, people are less likely to utilize hardwood conservatories for storage or cultivation of plants or fruit (green-houses are more widely used today for this purpose.) Today, hardwood conservatories are more frequently used as a place to relax or entertain guests. Often wrongly described as sunrooms (constructed from either aluminium or PVC), hardwood conservatories are actually of higher quality with more intricate detail.

Hardwood conservatories vs. UPVC conservatories

From an aesthetic point of view, hardwood conservatories are a more traditional and appealing substitute for plastic UPVC conservatories. Aside from aesthetic reasons, hardwood conservatories are also more durable and longer lasting than standard plastic conservatories.


There’s various sorts of hardwood used to make conservatories, like teak, jatoba, mahogany, western red cedar or sapele. Teak is usually a common option since it is naturally resistant to weathering, yet can be out of some consumers’ price range. If a different type of hardwood is picked to produce the conservatory, it is important for it to be stained or covered with vinyl to prevent weathering. Hardwood conservatories constructed from materials other than teak however have the same level of sturdiness.


When considering any kind of extension or addition to your property, it’s crucial to put lots of time and thought into it. One of many key things to take into consideration is the conservatory’s style.

There are a variety of hardwood conservatories to choose from, starting from a more classic as well as traditional looking conservatory, to one that’s more modern and up-to-date. It’s also possible to put classic and modern together. For instance, you could pick a traditional look along with modern enhancements - double glazing for warmth and comfort, and a contemporary paint finish, making a conservatory that’s practically maintenance free.


1.  Increased living space

Just like any kind of conservatory, hardwood conservatories increase living space and can be an attractive extension to your property.

2.  Material

Evidently, hardwood conservatories are made from timber, a natural and energy efficient material. Using wood is also good for the environment, since less energy is used to make hardwood conservatories compared to UPVC conservatories. In the building of hardwood conservatories, older trees are utilized and new ones replanted, and for that reason decreasing the level of CO2 in the atmosphere.

How and where to buy hardwood conservatories

When selecting a company which offers hardwood conservatories, you must select one you feel comfortable with. They must have sufficient experience and expertise in the sector, and should show interest in questions or concerns you may have.

It’s also important to know exactly what the company will do for you. Find out how the company builds hardwood conservatories, and make sure you know everything about the project they will be carrying out.

Price of hardwood conservatories

Hardwood conservatories come at a range of prices, so make sure that you get an estimate before any building work takes place to avoid any surprising fees or costs. It is also worth finding out if there is any work you can do pre or post production to save both time and money.

Decorating hardwood conservatories

Once your conservatory has been built in a style and at a budget that suits you, you can start plans of how you will decorate it. You can find many different styles of conservatory furniture from a range of manufacturers online or in-store.

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Abdirahman has 15 articles online

The author works closely with Conservatory Quote Online, a company that allows you to receive competitive quotes from top UK manufacturers for all types of conservatories, including with hardwood conservatories.

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This article was published on 2011/09/24