A new conservatory is not only a useful and functional extension to a home, it can also have a stylish and attractive design that adds to the property’s appearance, both inside and outside. There is a range of different designs available, and each of them has its own unique characteristics and advantages. Homeowners are also faced with a choice when it comes to the frame of the conservatory itself.
Many people opt for a uPVC frame, favouring its relatively low price and practical benefits. The perception is that uPVC frames are easier to clean and maintain than other types of frames. While there is an element of truth to this, there are also distinct advantages provided by a timber frame, with many homeowners preferring its more natural and traditional appearance. If you are thinking of getting a conservatory with a timber frame, the good news is that it need not be overly expensive, and nor will it require as much maintenance as you might think.
The advantages of timber framed conservatories
A wooden frame is able to give a conservatory a character and charm that will make it a beautiful addition to any home, particularly those which boast a more traditional aesthetic in terms of the interior design. Wood offers an attractive look and feel that, in the right setting, cannot be bettered by any other material. As pleasing to the touch as it is to the eye, a timber frame will give your conservatory a long-lasting appeal that will make any extra initial expense seem worthwhile.
Types of timber for conservatory frames
The fact is that timber frames need not be prohibitively costly. It all depends on the type of wood you choose. While some of the hardwoods that you can use to frame your conservatory can be expensive, there are other types of timber that come at much lower prices, for example:
Idigbo: This wood comes from western Africa, and when treated it has an appearance very similar to oak, although it comes at a much lower price point. It is also light and durable. Currently, idigbo is the most commonly used type of wood in UK timber framed conservatories.
Luan: This wood comes from the Philippines, and it is an inexpensive alternative to pine. It is an extremely plentiful type of wood, which explains its comparatively low price, and it is typically able to last well over 20 years.
Brazilian cedar: This is an excellent low cost substitute for mahogany, so if you want the look and feel provided by a beautiful dark wood, without the expense, this is a good option for you.
There are many other types of timber that make attractive and durable conservatory frames, including pine, Brazilian mahogany and American oak.
Looking after your timber framed conservatory
Timber has been used as a building material for thousands of years, and there is a good reason why: not only is it attractive and stylish, but it is also hard wearing and durable. Contrary to popular opinion, having a conservatory with a timber frame does not necessarily mean a lot more maintenance. Giving the wood a re-treat every few years or so, should be enough to keep your frame in perfect condition so that it will look fresh and appealing for many years to come.