There are many things to consider when purchasing a self-build conservatory.
First and foremost, do you have enough space?
Do you know which type of conservatory will suit your home the best?
Will it add genuine value to your home?
If you can answer yes to all of these questions – then it’s time to decide which direction you want your conservatory to be facing – which believe it or not, is quite a big consideration.
Building a North Facing Conservatory
There are a number of benefits attached to building a north facing conservatory – especially in time for summer.
This is because there is less direct sunlight shining on a conservatory facing in this direction.
This means that your conservatory is far less likely to become uncomfortably warm when the outdoor temperature is high, so you can enjoy sitting in the light surroundings without even having to go outdoors – which is often why we buy conservatories in the first place.
The flipside to this however, is that the conservatory is significantly colder during winter.
Less sunlight means less heat – and if you want to use the conservatory when the temperature is cooler, then you might need to invest in an electrical heater to generate the warmth for you.
Building a South Facing Conservatory
A south facing conservatory is the ideal option for people intending to spend a lot of time in there all year round.
When facing in this direction, the conservatory is fully exposed throughout the hours of sunlight – making it an extremely pleasant and bright place to sit in most of the year.
Therefore, investing in an electrical heater is probably unnecessary – as high exposure to sunlight will keep the conservatory naturally warmer during the winter.
However, when the warmer months arrive, and the sun is high in the sky for a much longer duration – a south facing conservatory can overheat as the day progresses.
This is because it will actually retain heat for a much longer period.
Therefore, adequate ventilation is a must.
This means that purchasing a conservatory with the option to include Bi-fold or patio doors that you can slide wide open on hot sunny days could be a sensible choice.
On the other hand – it might be wise to even install air conditioning if your garden is enclosed from the wind, and therefore less exposed to a natural breeze.
Building an East Facing Conservatory
If you’re an early bird, then an east facing conservatory is the perfect choice for you.
As the sun rises, your conservatory will get the full benefit when facing in an easterly direction.
This makes it a nice area to enjoy breakfast – and you can spend virtually all morning in a bright cosy environment.
This makes it an ideal option for people with busy full-time jobs that want to make the most of their conservatory in the limited time they have to do so.
The downside to an east facing conservatory is that the wind typically blows colder when coming from an easterly direction.
As a result, we would definitely recommend energy efficient double-glazing for extra insulation.
Building a West Facing Conservatory
On bright evenings, a west facing conservatory is the ideal place to be – especially if you want to watch the sun go down.
Again, it’s great for busy 9-5 people who like to make full use of their conservatory in their downtime.
Although they tend to be much cooler in the mornings, a west facing conservatory heats up throughout the day as the sun rises and sets.
Therefore, much like south facing conservatories, they retain heat for longer – which means they need to be kept well-ventilated to avoid overheating.
Now you’ve read our guide, why not get a free conservatory quote?
Alternatively, give us a call on 0800 952 8000 for more advice on conservatory positioning.