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How much does Conservatory Installation cost?

What is the price of Conservatory Installation?
£9,000 - £15,000

How much does Conservatory Installation cost?

Want to make the most of your property by adding a conservatory? Read our handy guide to find out how much your conservatory installation team will charge for their services.

What is a Conservatory?

A conservatory is a construction that can be added to a property, to provide more living space at a reduced cost compared with an extension. Conservatories are made from a combination of glass panels that are held together by a frame and include openings such as a door and windows. They are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, making them suitable for practically any property type. 

The popularity of conservatories continues to be maintained, especially as the average conservatory takes just 1-3 weeks to be installed. Once finished, you can use your conservatory for a wide variety of purposes, including a dining area or lounge room if your current provision is quite small. Equally, they work well in offices or home gyms too. Conservatories are also easy to maintain, making them a stunning, fuss-free addition to your home. 

How much does Conservatory Installation cost? 

The cost of conservatory installation ranges between £9,000 and £15,000 on average.

The main factor affecting the cost of installation is the size you opt for. Smaller conservatories such as a lean-to style can be installed for as little as £5,750. The most expensive style is orangeries, which can cost up to £50,000 for the grandest designs.

Conservatory Installation average cost
Average cost£9,000
Minimum cost£5,750
Maximum cost £15,000

The spec of the finish is also going to play a part in the cost of installing a conservatory. For example, you could opt for typical uPVC frames or go high end with aluminium frames. Some property owners even use natural stone to blend in with the rest of the property. Likewise, the doors can also be standard French doors or modern bi-fold doors that offer a seamless transition with the outside. 

One advantage of having so many options with conservatories is that it gives you the chance to control not only the outcome of the project but the budget too. So whether you’re planning something budget-friendly incredibly ambitious, your contractor can work with you to make it happen. 

What changes the price of Conservatory Installation? 

The cost of conservatory installation varies depending on several factors, including: 

  • Conservatory type

  • Conservatory size

  • Frame materials

  • Wall and base construction

  • Roof style

  • Glazing type

  • Initial work required

  • Location

Conservatory type

Conservatories come in a wide range of styles and designs, with around 7 main types to choose from.

The cheapest and easiest to install is a lean-to conservatory, starting at around £5,750. These are ideal if you are short on space, or if the area is awkwardly sized, as a lean-to can often fit between tight gaps. The one downside is that if the learn-to is quite small, it won’t be big enough to fit any furniture in.

An average priced conservatory would be a Victorian type, which benefits from the characteristic rounded appearance and a high sloped roof. Expect to pay anywhere between £8,000 and £10,500 for a Victorian style conservatory to be installed.

Average cost of Conservatory Installation based on the type of conservatory
Type of ConservatoryHighest average priceLowest average price
Lean-to£7,600£5,750
Edwardian£10,000£8,000
Victorian£10,500£8,000
P-shaped£10,500£8,500
T-shaped£13,000£11,000
L-shaped£13,000£11,000
Orangery£50,000£14,000

The most expensive type is an orangery, which technically isn’t a conservatory but has many similar properties. Orangeries are a lot more comprehensive in construction and are often made out of brick with a reduced amount of glass in comparison. They can cost between £14,000 and £50,000 to install, depending on their size and spec. 

Conservatory size

Conservatories can be a mere few feet in size, right through to hundreds of square feet as is the case with an orangery. Size alone won’t dictate the cost, but the larger your conservatory, the more materials it will require to build. It will also take longer to construct, and with the increased labour costs comes a larger price tag overall. 

Frame materials

Conservatories can be made from uPVC, wood, aluminium, bricks, natural stone and more. Within every aspect of the construction (including inside) there are a plethora of materials to choose from. Like with any building project, some materials will cost more, and others will be cheaper. The more high end you go, the more the project will cost. 

Wall and base construction

There are two main styles of conservatory construction. Either you can have a dwarf wall built from brick at the bottom, or have the entire construction made from your frame material such as uPVC. Dwarf walls are more expensive, but have the advantage of providing additional structural integrity to your conservatory. 

Roof style

Conservatory roofs can either be made from glass panels, tiles or a mixture of both tiles and glass panels. Tiles (also known as solid roof conservatories) are always going to be more expensive, not just because of the initial purchase cost but the time they take to install versus a large glass panel. Though, one advantage of tiling your conservatory is that it will blend in with the look of your property better, while still being cheaper than an extension.

Glazing type

Your conservatory installer will give you a range of glazing options, which each range in performance and therefore price too. On the lower end of the scale is standard annealed glass, which is cheap and performs well. The most expensive glazing type is laminated glass, which has additional safety features in case it breaks. Laminated glass is anywhere up to 40% more expensive than standard glazing. 

Initial work required

If your contractors need to spend the first few days removing any remnants of a previous outbuilding or patio, then this will be more expensive. They’ll need to get to a stage where the ground is clear and level before they can begin work, so the further away the designated site is from the ideal starting point, the more expensive your conservatory will be. 

Location

Depending on where you live in the UK, the cost of having a conservatory installed will vary. 

For an average size (3500mm x 4000mm) Edwardian conservatory with fully glazed walls, the cheapest area for installation is the North East, at £8,250. The most expensive area is London, costing £11,750 on average.

Average cost of Conservatory Installation based on the location
LocationAverage conservatory cost
Midlands£9,995
London£11,750
North East£8,250
North West£9,000
South West£10,500

As with any building project, it’s imperative to collect plenty of quotes, as the price will differ even between local traders in your area. 

No two conservatories are the same either, which is why the quote needs to be specific to the size, shape, materials and finish you have in mind. This will ultimately dictate the cost more reliably versus national averages.

Is it worth getting a Conservatory?

The beauty of a conservatory is that it merges the outdoors with the in. As well as adding value to your home, conservatories are incredibly versatile. They create an ideal space to read a book, work from home or simply enjoy some family time in. All while being much easier and cheaper to construct than a traditional extension, with minimal maintenance required. So if you are looking to increase the natural light in your home and gain extra living space in the process, a conservatory is an excellent choice. 

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