Existing features of a property play an important role in determining the location and orientation of a conservatory.
The site must have proper access for the delivery, storage, and installation of construction materials for all necessary subcontractors, such as masonry, plumbing, and electric.
If the site’s location requires access through a property that does not belong to the homeowner, arrangements and agreements need to be made prior to work commencing.
If the location is on a rooftop in an urban area, crane access and/or a freight elevator will be needed to transport materials, which make component size and project design critical to successful planning.
Conservatories are not limited to ground floor installations. In urban areas where vertical expansion is the only option, rooftop conservatories provide creative solutions for entertainment and dining areas.
Other applications for elevated conservatories include attachment to a balcony or terrace. These installations often provide unique views of a city or surrounding landscape.
Solar Innovations, Inc.’s in-house engineers ensure conservatories meet specific wind and snow loads for elevated applications.
When choosing the location of a conservatory the structure’s solar exposure must be taken into consideration. A misconception about conservatories is that they must face south in order to properly function, but each Cardinal direction has its own effects and benefits.
A south-facing conservatory will receive the most consistent amount of direct sunlight and passive heat gain. This may be beneficial to some plants, but, without a cooling system, may create an uncomfortable living space during the summer.
North-facing conservatories maintain diffused light levels throughout the day, which may be desirable for an artist’s studio or home office, but may require a heating system during winter months.
Eastern orientated conservatories function well as a kitchen extension or breakfast nook because they receive early morning light and warmth.
Western orientated conservatories receive the majority of their solar exposure during the afternoon and evening hours, making them ideal for dining rooms or children’s playrooms.
For most conservatories, ventilation accessories (doors, windows, and ridge vents) and shade options can be utilized to modify solar exposure and achieve a desired comfort level.
Trees and Solar Blockages
Conservatory customers are often worried about trees surrounding the proposed conservatory site, because they are concerned that a falling tree or branch may damage the conservatory.
Existing trees may actually be beneficial to the heating and cooling of the conservatory. During the summer, deciduous trees can provide shade to help cool the conservatory, and during the winter the trees will allow solar gain as they shed their leaves.
Solar Innovations, Inc. uses tempered and laminated glass to reduce the risk of breakage or cracks in the event that a conservatory endures such an impact. Even if damaged, aluminum caps can easily be replaced.
Solar’s experts can evaluate the possible effects of tress and neighboring buildings.