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Frequently Asked Questions

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Below are the answers to questions we are frequently asked, if there is something you would like to know which isn't listed below just get in touch, we'll be happy to talk through any of your concerns or questions.

Conservatory Frequently Asked Questions

What are the colour options for conservatories and Orangeries?

West Midlands Double Glazing uPVC conservatories are available in gloss white or in a mahogany, golden oak, rosewood , white, cream or black woodgrain effect.

West Midlands Double Glazing timber conservatories are treated with either three coats of micro-porous paint or two coats of natural stain which allows the timber to breath and provides a fully finished product.

We also offer a choice of many colours and five standard natural wood finishes (Mahogany, Teak, Walnut, Light Oak and Antique Oak). Other standard RAL options are available at an additional surcharge.

Aluminium conservatories and glass extensions are available in six colours (White, Black, Mocha Brown, Dove Grey, Magnolia and Charcoal).

Our consultants will be able to show you the colour options and talk you through the materials that might be best suited to the overall style of your house.

What wood is used in timber Conservatories or Orangeries?

West Midlands Double Glazing Conservatories are made from from hardwoods which include PEFC certified Idigbo and FSC & PEFC certified Laminated Red Cedar.

All the hardwood used conforms to BS1186 class 1 and is naturally resistant to wood rot and fungal attack. The natural oils present in the timber also make it resistant to moisture penetration.

Our consultants will talk you through your various timber options and their benefits when you make an appointment for a free, no-obligation home visit.

Does West Midlands Doubl eGlazing use FSC or PEFC certified timber?

Our hardwood timber comes from carefully managed sources and is fully PEFC certified.

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is the world’s largest forest certification organisation. PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is also a well known international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC UK is a registered charity and is supported by NGOs including WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust. Timber used in West Midlands Doubl eGlazing Conservatories includes some FSC Laminated Red Cedar.

What is an Orangery?

Popular in the 18th and 19th centuries an Orangery, as the name suggests, was a place for the cultivation of oranges, lemons and other exotic plants.

A West Midlands Double Glazing orangery offers period features such as pilasters and decorative fascias combined with the latest energy saving and security features to create a living space that is both useful and elegant. West Midlands Double Glazing Orangeries are available in hardwood or uPVC.

How long will it take to complete my Conservatory?

It is not possible to give exact timescales as every one of our conservatory is bespoke. Timing will depend on the design you opt for.

If your design requires Planning permission this can take up to eight weeks and if Building Regulations are required this could be another four weeks. However we’ll take all of the hassle and stress out of the planning and building process so all you need to do is think about decoration and furnishings.

Do you install conservatories on commercial premises?

West Midlands Double Glazing only install conservatories on domestic properties.

What guarantees do you offer?

A new conservatory is a significant investment for any home, and that’s why West Midlands Double Glazing conservatories are built to last and come with a set of long-term guarantees to ensure that you keep getting the best from your purchase for years to come.

See our conservatory benefits section for more details.

Can I use my conservatory all year round?

West Midlands Double Glazing uses the latest state-of-the-art technology , to ensure that your conservatory remains warm, quiet and secure whatever the weather.

See our conservatory benefits section for detail.

How safe will my conservatory be?

We use the highest specification toughened glass in our conservatories along with the latest security features in locks for your added security.

See our conservatory benefits section for detail.

Are there any restrictions for my proposed Conservatory design?

Any limits on size and design will usually depend on your chosen style of conservatory and the size of your property, together with any restrictions determined by planning permission and building control.

How much will my conservatory cost?

As all our conservatories are tailored to your detailed requirements we are unable to provide standardised costs on this website.

Our consultants will visit you, discuss in detail your vision, take measurements and comeback to you with a free no-obligation quote.

Are you members of the GGFi, Conservatory Association or FENSA?

West Midlands Double Glazing are members of GGFi which means we are required to protect consumers deposits, to raise standards in the industry for both product and installation processes and offer independent arbitration through the GGF should the need arise.

In addition West Midlands Double Glazing are members of FENSA. FENSA stands for Fenestration Self Assessment Scheme and is the leading body providing homeowner protection in the double glazing industry. FENSA ensures that installations comply with the Building Regulations for England and Wales and, although most conservatories are exempt from Building Regulations, you can be ensured that the quality of the installation will meet Building Control and FENSA requirements.

Do we need planning permission?

Some conservatories will require planning permission from your local council. This depends upon several factors including the size of the conservatory, the classification of your property type and how the conservatory will be integrated into the house.

West Midlands Double Glazing will, where possible take care of any planning requirements for you, contacting your local authority, preparing and submitting plans, and managing the application through to a determination, whilst always keeping you well informed of the progress at every stage.

West Midlands Double Glazing submits each planning application, where feasible, through the governments Planning Portal Website to reduce lead time AND provide a better service for each application.

What is the difference between Planning and Building Regulations?

Planning Permission and Building Regulations are often confused. Both are the responsibility of the Local Authority.

Planning Permission deals with the aesthetic effect of a new extension on the surrounding homes and neighbourhood, whilst Building Regulations defines how the conservatory must be constructed in regards to structural stability and thermal efficiency.

Most Conservatories are currently exempt from Building Regulations but West Midlands Double Glazing will assist in determining what applications are required and will deal with any planning and building requirements for you, whilst always keeping you well informed at every stage.

As every West Midlands Double Glazing conservatory is constructed within Building Regulation guidelines you can be rest assured that even if a Building Control application is not required your conservatory is built to last.