Do you have a question about conservatories, orangeries, windows, doors,
garage conversions, planning permission, building regulations etc.....
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This service is completely free of charge and we will always endevour to give you
accurate and impartial advice on all aspects of home improvements.
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Atlas- A World Of Quality And Choice
Atlas are a family run business which started trading over 30 years ago. The Atlas trading name has now been acquired by a manufacturing company based in Wickford in late 2012. This now means Atlas can provide an even more efficient service to our existing loyal customers and to any prospective customers. We have installed thousands of windows and conservatories and our reputation is second to none.
Over 85% of our business comes from existing customers and recommendation to family and friends, a testimony to our commitment in providing quality products and service at excellent value for money.
No matter how large or small your planned home improvement we are pleased to provide you with expert advice and a hassle free, written quotation and specification. We have a wealth of experience and have the knowledge and resources to handle the most complicated window, conservatory, orangery or garage conversion job, we can advise you on all aspects of design, materials, planning permission, building regulations, structural calculations etc...
If you would like to arrange for one of our surveyors/designers to visit you to advise on any aspect of home improvements, call us today on 01268 578118, e-mail us on Atlas or leave your details here ► and we will get back to you very soon.
Do you have a question about conservatories, windows or doors? We are here to help!
We have answered few of the more frequently asked questions below but you can ask our expert any question and he will pleased answer it for you, completely free of charge......................Ask an expert ►
Do I need planning permission?
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As a rule of thumb you can build an
orangery, conservatory or single story extension onto the back of your house without planning permission provided: The proposed extension plus any previous extensions don't project more than 4m in the case of a detached property and 3m in the case of a semi-detached or terraced property.
There are several other factors which dictate the requirement for planning permission.
Any new structural opening between the conservatory will require building regulation approval, even if the conservatory itself is exempt.
If the physical barrier i.e. window, door or wall between the conservatory and original house is to be removed, as part of building control approval a SAP test (Standard Assessment Procedure) will be required.
The more convoluted answer is that it all depends on the quality of the insulation used in the floors and walls as well as the glass and sealed unit technology used.
How you heat and ventilate the orangery will also have an impact on how much use you get from it. If you would like to discuss how you can have an orangery which is comfortable and energy efficient throughout the entire year
An orangery can either glass or polycarbonate in the lantern roof area. The quality of the glass and polycarbonate can vary, our expert will be pleased to advise you on all options.
In terms of cost polycarbonate will normally be the most cost effective whilst glass costs can glass costs can be substantially more depending upon degree of protection from the sun and insulation values.
Apart from cost, the type of roof material you choose should depend on several factors including which way the proposed conservatory faces in relation to the sun. The proposed use of the room should also be a deciding factor. Our design consultant will be pleased to offer you more advice.
We offer a free design service to help you decide on the style and specification which best suits your needs and budget. Our free service includes:
Initial site visit to ascertain your requirements and survey the site proposed for your conservatory.
Produce a full design proposal including computer aided drawings (proposed conservatory super imposed onto your house if possible).
Full written specification including (if required) base and brick work, drainage, frame & roof materials, frame & roof glazing options, any additional building work, electrics, heating, flooring etc...
Advice on planning permission and building regulations.