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By Garry John
The conservatory is a popular addition to homes around the world and in
particular in colder climates. Conservatories began their existence in the
1700s as Dutch farmers looked to find ways of protecting their plants during
the colder winter months. These early greenhouse structures evolved not only
into the common garden greenhouse but also the conservatories we see today.
The original concept in all probability did not have in mind the idea of
creating a transitional space between the dwelling and the out of doors.
Of course the initial idea behind those who created the first versions of
conservatories was to provide a means to prolong the life of plants during
the chill of the northern European winter months.
Today the equivalent commercial greenhouses are typically made of aluminium,
whilst the manufacture of aluminium has been slow to progress. However, in
recent years as technology has progressed, aluminium conservatories have
become a serious rival to the PVCu conservatories so popular since the 1970s.
The New Generation Aluminium conservatory has a strong slim frame which lends
itself perfectly to the sleek lines and rectangular design of Edwardian
The modern aluminium can compete against the major strengths of its PVCu
rival and indeed the finishes are so advanced these days the timber
conservatories are also threatened. A major consideration is security and
this is one area that aluminium comes out on top over PVCu. Aluminium frames
do not need the large expansion gaps that PVCu frames have and which can
be a weak point vulnerable to a would be intruder.
In the main, aluminium conservatories are versatile, strong and durable as
an extension to the home. The increasing popularity has meant that in recent
years it is much easier to find a capable supplier and builder that can readily
construct a versatile and durable aluminium conservatory. By working with
the most reliable people in the task of designing and building an aluminium
conservatory, it is possible to create a spectacular addition to the home
that will solidly stand the test of time. Although it could be argued that
a conservatories looks it best when made of timber, there can be no doubt
that the aluminium version is preferable to the PVCu conservatories that
became so popular towards the end of the twentieth century.
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