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Designing a conservatory: a comparison of different types

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The extension of a winter garden increases the value of the house because it means a plus in living quality. Most winter gardens are individually planned and adapted to the respective building and the needs of the owner. There are various types to choose from for winter garden enthusiasts, for example the cold winter garden and the warm winter garden. The different building materials are also important distinguishing features: Follow us on an excursion through the vast winter garden world and let yourself be inspired by the numerous possibilities if you would like to design a winter garden yourself.

Design the winter garden – the cold winter garden for plant lovers and bargain hunters

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The cold winter garden is not suitable for living in winter because there is no heating here. However, it is possible to overwinter sensitive plants, because the greenhouse effect ensures that the air is warmed up by solar radiation even in the cold season. This type of winter garden is the cheapest option; single glazing is often used so that the outside can be heated up quickly. A heating system is not included in the price and the building materials are definitely cheaper than the temperature-controlled and warm models.

For homeowners who already have a patio roof, adding a cold winter garden is just a small step: Simply attach the appropriate glass fronts all around and the new plant oasis is ready. The advantages at a glance:

– to be built inexpensively

– Single glazing is sufficient

– without an integrated heating system and yet frost-free

– no insulation required

– Greenhouse effect for overwintering frost-sensitive plants

Design a tempered winter garden – for friends of exotic plants

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The temperature-controlled winter garden is neither a warm nor a cold winter garden. In this extension you have the opportunity to generate a constant temperature in winter, which is between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius. To achieve this, both the greenhouse effect and a reduced heating system are used, but the resulting energy costs remain very manageable. South African and South American plants feel particularly at home in this well-tempered environment, creating an exotic paradise for flower lovers.

If you are looking for a little cool down in winter compared to the heated rooms, you can of course make yourself comfortable in the temperature-controlled winter garden. Exotic plants are not a must here, just a widely used option. The advantages of this type of winter garden at a glance:

– cheaper to create than a warm winter garden

– Combination of the greenhouse effect and heating

– Insulation only necessary to a limited extent

– Paradise for exotic plants

– Conditionally usable as living space in the cold season

Design the warm winter garden and ensure increased living quality

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The warm winter garden offers a full-fledged, light-flooded living space for people who love the sun and comfort in every season. Since the creation of such an extension is a lot more complex than with the cooler variants, there are of course more costs. Depending on the size and design, this type of winter garden costs EUR 30,000 or more (Source: The warm winter garden needs efficient insulation, insulating glass windows and suitable heating. In the summer, shading is also recommended so that the sun does not cause tropical temperatures. Some warm winter gardens also have a ventilation system, but for many users it is sufficient to open the doors and windows wide every now and then.

In short, the warm winter garden combines the following advantages:

– Can be used all year round thanks to insulation and heating system

– Also suitable for plants that are sensitive to the cold all year round

– Comfortable temperature even in midsummer thanks to shading

– Sun space for every season

– Additional living space, usually cheaper than a solid extension

Designing a winter garden – the various materials for winter gardens

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The second big difference lies in the different building materials that have different properties. The choice of material naturally also has a financial impact, whereby the plastic winter garden is usually the cheapest.

Conservatory made of plastic – easy to care for and inexpensive

Plastic as a building material is not for everyone, but it is worth taking a closer look at this option, especially in the winter garden. Because in this case the glass surfaces will ultimately dominate the picture, the plastic frame is mostly in restrained white. The material has some interesting advantages: It is inexpensive to purchase and extremely easy to care for. The plastic does not have to be painted or specially cared for, maybe you should grease the seals on windows and doors every now and then. The material also has good thermal insulation properties and is available in many different versions and designs. In high-quality winter gardens, reinforcements made of galvanized steel ensure that the statics are correct despite the slim design.

Conservatory made of wood – natural and warm

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Wood as a natural material is perceived as particularly warm and inviting, which is why many winter garden fans choose this type of construction. The costs are usually higher than the plastic winter garden, there are many woods to choose from in different price ranges. If you choose an inexpensive softwood for the construction of your winter garden, you save a lot of money compared to the noble hardwood variant. Remember that wood needs regular maintenance, especially outdoors. Depending on the existing coating, type of wood and weathering, a new coat should be applied approximately every 2 to 6 years. The heat-insulating effect of wood is higher than that of plastic, and there is a special variety of individual design options, as you do not have to fall back on prefabricated elements.

WinAluminum patio – light and yet stable

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Aluminum is also one of the preferred materials in conservatory construction, it has an unobtrusive, elegant look and is very strong. In addition, this metal is unusually light, its properties allow many different types of construction. The aluminum also withstands the weather very well, so it does not require any special care. However, aluminum does not have any heat-insulating properties; a thermal separation of the external and internal elements is essential in the warm winter garden. This also prevents the formation of condensation. Expert work is therefore particularly important when building an aluminum winter garden so that the construction project really succeeds. Aluminum winter gardens are somewhat more expensive than wooden winter gardens, but due to the high flexibility paired with excellent resilience there is the possibility of erecting large structures and glass roofs.

 Design a winter garden – wood looks natural and inviting

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