Building Regulations should also be considered and will cover areas such as electrical work, safety and structural stability.
In the Building Regulations, for England and Wales conservatories are exempt if they are:
Built onto domestic dwellings
Divided from the rest of the house by a door – a partition door or french window is most usual
Under 30m2 in floor area
Built at ground floor level
Glazed in compliance with safety glazing requirements of approved Document N of the Building Regulations and BS 6262 Part 4 2005
The roof must be 75% glazed and the walls 50%
Heating is able to be operated separately from the house
Benefits of dealing with a Conservatory Association member
Only reputable and financially sound companies are permitted into membership.They must have been trading for three years and pass vetting at local and national levels before joining.
Conduct is governed by a Code of Good Practice.
Members are obliged to use only products that comply with the relevant British Standards Institution and Conservatory Association specifications.
Conduct is regulated and monitored by the Conservatory Association which is in turn controlled by its parent body, the Glass and Glazing Federation, the industry watchdog.
Any disputes between a customer and a member can be conciliated at no cost.
Deposits are protected by the GGF deposit indemnity fund (subject to the exercise of the Fund Administrator’s discretion) for up to 25% of the purchase price or £3,000 whichever is lower