How Much to Build a Garage?

Building a garage can be a great way to give your home extra space and increase the price of your home, sometimes to the tune of 5-10% its original value. Garages aren’t just for housing cars – in fact, more UK residents than ever are converting their existing garages into spare bedrooms, additional living spaces, or workrooms.

Whatever reason you want to build a garage, ensuring you find the right contractor for the job is essential for making sure you get exactly the result you want.

How much does it cost to build a garage?

Sometimes, people underestimate the cost of building a garage.

Think of it this way – a garage isn’t a shed or a temporary structure. It’s similar in size, material, and function to a single-storey extension and those can cost upwards of £30,000 to fully construct.

When working out the cost of your garage build, there are several factors to consider, all priced differently. For the most basic type of garage, you should expect to pay a minimum of £18,000. A budget of this scale will allow for a brick-built garage that compliments the visual appearance of your home, is 36m². Its dimensions will be six metres in width, six metres in depth, and two-and-a-half metres in height.

The figure breakdown should be as follows:

  • Foundations – trench digging, filling – £2,520
  • Ground floor slab – reinforced and backfilled – £2,700
  • External walls – these comprise of steelwork, lintel, and piers, or timber – £3,900
  • Roof structure – £1,190
  • Roofing – felt, battens, tiles – £1,260
  • Facias, gable claddings, soffits, and bargeboard – £1,350
  • Sufficient guttering and drainage – £1,200
  • Electrical provision – this includes wiring, an outlet, and the labour – £1,000
  • 2 garage doors, window, and an access door – £3,000
  • Additional areas – this could include paintwork, security, and shelving – £500

As you can see, the total comes to £18,620. And that’s for a basic garage, without cavity walls or insulation, and with the roof at a 25° angle.

If you wanted to add plumbing for taps, better roof covering, and sealing for the concrete slab, your total could rise to at least £25,000.

Garages may vary…

In the UK, the most common type of garage is the ‘large single’, which usually measures 10ft by 20ft (3m x 6.1m), thanks to the increasing popularity of people carriers.

However, if you own a particularly large family car, such as a Ford Mondeo (measured at around 15ft by 6ft or 4.6m x 1.8m), it’s wise to consider building your garage wider. If you build it too small, you’ll find yourself having to let all your passengers out before you drive into the garage and then parking in such a way that you can squeeze out of a barely open driver side door.

The cost which will vary the most is likely to be that of the garage doors. They come in many different styles and types and can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Garage door types

Depending on your personal preferences, you can choose from the following types of garage door:

  • Canopy Up and Over – most traditional style of door. Usually manual. Opens upwards and outwards, pushed up into a ‘canopy’.
  • Retractable Up and Over – Similar to the up and over style, but remotely controlled. The door slides up into the garage on horizontal runners. Springs cope with the heavy weight.
  • Sectional Doors – the door is split into horizontal panels which run on curved tracks. They can be manoeuvred into the garage roof using a remote control. They don’t swing out and can go much higher than other garage door options.
  • Around the Corner – Similar to sectional doors, except they roll into the side of the garage. Useful for larger garages as they can part in the middle.
  • Side Hinged – simple doors which open in the middle, never going into the garage. Can open one leaf of the pair, so great for garages used primarily for storage or pedestrian access.

Your garage door can be chosen to suit your individual needs and budget. A simple canopy up and over is going to cost the least and be the easiest to install, whereas an electronic sectional door will cost you that little bit more and require more labour. It’s all down to what you need and what you’re willing to spend. 

Building a Garage Cost FAQ 

Why would someone want a garage?

Garages are ideal for freeing up space on the front of your property by providing you with a designated area to park your car. A garage and drive combination make a house look neat as well as allowing parking space for visitors.

Additionally, garages can act as storage or work space, and even an additional living or sleeping area. Many houses in the UK have an external ‘garage fridge’ where they store food that won’t fit in the (traditionally smaller) kitchen fridge-freezer.

They’re also handy places for storing tools, bikes, or garden equipment. If you don’t have a shed, garages tend to be able to fit both cars and equipment in one place, so it’s a double investment. 

What are the disadvantages of a garage?

Although garages are great additions to most homes, they aren’t without their disadvantages.

If your property is particularly small, the ‘permitted building’ regulations may mean your garage doesn’t give you much extra space.

As any single-storey extension must not take up more than 50% of the space surrounding your property, if you don’t have a large garden and only have a small space in which to build your garage, you may find that your garage takes up valuable drive or leisure space.

Additionally, should you wish to convert your garage into a liveable space in the future, you’ll need to consider wiring and insulation costs, either in the original build or later down the line. Building a garage requires a degree of planning. 

Are there alternatives to a garage?

If you don’t already have a drive, and all you’re looking for is somewhere to park your car off the street, consider having your front garden covered over. You’ll need to budget around £45 to £60 for every square metre laid of a tarmac driveway – this may be a more cost-effective solution if you’re struggling to budget for the cost of building a garage.

If what you’re looking for is simply additional storage space, consider buying a shed or storage unit. Both are readily available pre-fabricated from most garden centres or commercial timber merchants. Alternatively, you could look into converting your loft, or a part of it. 

Will I need planning permission for a garage?

Government rules governing outbuildings apply to garages, too. If you want to build a garage, it falls under the ‘permitted building’ category, meaning you won’t need planning permission. More information on ‘permitted builds’ can be found here.

In the case of a detached garage, the building:

  • must comply with electrical safety requirements of the Building Regs (Part P)
  • must be under 30m² in floorspace
  • must be single storey and not contain sleeping accommodation
  • must be built from non-combustible material and be no less than 1m from the boundary of your property

However, when you draft your plan, make sure to check with a local building control officer, to avoid any complications.

 Who can I buy a garage from?

There are thousands of contractors and supply companies over the UK who will be able to complete your garage build to a high standard, leaving you very happy and satisfied with the work. However, larger companies with multiple branches nationwide will often have to charge more, as they’re subject to higher running costs and larger overheads.

If you’re looking for a reliable local company to complete your garage build, you can use the Tradesmen Prices form at the top of this page to receive 3-4 quotes from experienced garage companies in your area. 

Should my garage builder be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

As building a garage will require several specialist skillsets, it’s unlikely your build will be completed by a single labourer. Here are the likely types of contractor you’ll encounter, and the certifications you may want to check for:

How long does it take to build a garage?

Depending on the size of your garage, and the company doing the work, it could take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to complete the job.

If you’re doing the work yourself, one benefit is that you can leave it until you want it done. However, if you’re looking at having a medium-sized garage constructed by professionals, you may want to ask the contractors themselves.

For a single bricklayer and a labourer to dig the footings, you can estimate around 2 days of work, depending on weather conditions and speed. A day should be sufficient to get the bricks to damp course, and another two would be advisable to fill the base and let it settle. Then, the brickwork should go up in around two days (assuming the build is standard brick-built) and after that, leave three or four days for the roof.

Two weeks is a good estimate of the length of time taken to build a garage, if no complications occur, the work is completed quickly, and the weather is favourable.

However, all builds vary, so ask your contractors for more information. 

Before I get a garage, what should I ask a potential builder?

You should consider asking the following questions to whoever will be building your garage:

  • How much will each step cost?
  • Will you need to flatten the ground beforehand? Will that need time to settle?
  • How long will the construction work take?
  • How much should I be paying for my material supply?

Your contractors should be able to smooth over any concerns you may have and explain to you how long the build will take. If they’re working from your plan, perhaps consider asking for their professional opinion – could they make any changes to benefit the build in the long run?

Why should I get quotes for a garage from Tradesmen Prices?

It can be difficult finding quotes from genuine tradesmen for your garage build. The cost of a brick-built garage will differ compared to the cost of a timber-built garage, for example, and you may need to employ different people to do these jobs for you.

It’s important to know that the cost of building a garage in the UK will change depending on who does your work. Comparing quotes is the best way to find a price that sits comfortably within your budget without compromising on high quality work and finishing.

Using the Tradesmen Prices form above, you’ll have access to 3-4 quotes from genuine, local, and experienced tradespeople for the cost of building a garage. We’ve checked their credentials and history, so you can rest assured you’ll be put in touch with professional contractors who care about their customers.

Solar Panels Cost Guide

Solar panels now feature on the roofs of over half a million British homes as their installation has surged in popularity over the last decade.

For those looking to improve their home, it provides a unique benefit. When you install new windows, a conservatory, or a kitchen, you have to wait until you sell your house to see financial gain from your investment.

With solar panels, it’s different. As soon as they are installed and up and running, you see the benefits in your pocket every month through lower electricity bills.

Why should I get solar panels?

Money isn’t the only reason to invest in solar panels for your home though, although it’s important.

With growing concern over global warming, much of which is caused by fossil fuels used by power stations to create electricity, solar panels offer environmentally-conscious homeowners the opportunity to reduce their own carbon footprint.

Solar panel costs

For solar panel installations to your home, you’ll need a budget of between £1,500 and £8,000.

Each solar panel you install on your roof will add to the cost. However, each solar panel will also generate revenue from your home and cut down on your electricity bill for the following 25 years.

A solar panel generally measures about four square metres. It will produce 425kWh in electricity for every year it’s in operation (that amount will go down slowly over the years as the solar panel reaches the end of its productive life) and the cost per panel, including installation, will be around £450.

For most of the last twenty years, the price for each solar panel has come down because the techniques used to manufacture them have got better as has the technology behind them. Please be aware that most people in the industry don’t see prices continuing to go down over time because there isn’t much room for savings left. Now may well be the best time to invest.

In 2010, a 2kWh solar power installation would have set you back around £8,000. Today, homeowners will pay £3,400 to £4,000.

To get quotes from 3-4 experienced and reputable solar panel installers in your area, please fill in the form below. There’s no obligation to buy from any company and our service is free.

Solar panel installation

When you see solar panels installed on other people’s homes, most of them will be a 3kWh systems. Nestled next to each other above the roof tiles will be twelve of these panels.

This type of system will generally cost you between £5,000 and £8,000 to install.

However, unlike most home improvements, cost is not the only consideration. Take a look at the questions we get the most here from Tradesmenprices.co.uk.

Solar panel FAQ

What are the types of solar panel?

There are two main types of solar panels – the solar panels themselves and a newer development called solar roof tiles.

You’ll probably already be familiar with standard solar panel technology as there are so many homes in the UK that have invested in this money-saving technology. As mentioned earlier, they tend to be four square metres in size and fitted snugly next to each other on a house’s roof. There are different types of solar panel technology available all offering different benefits.

Solar tiles use exactly the same technology but they look different – in fact, they’re meant to look as close as possible to normal roof tiles meaning that many people wouldn’t actually be able to see you’ve had them installed. They are much more expensive than solar panels because the individual tiles are higher in price and it takes a lot longer for a fitter to install them.

Solar tiles are often used on listed buildings or where a customer’s home is in a conservation area because they’re much more likely to get planning permission than solar panels.

Solar panel benefits

The biggest benefit you receive when you install solar panels onto your home is monetary. You save money on your electricity bills and you also get money back through something called the Feed-In Tariff.

The Feed-In Tariff was reduced by the government by two thirds in 2016 but, despite that, the money you receive for the electricity your solar panels generate still make it a worthwhile exercise.

There are two parts to the Feed-In Tariff. The generation tariff is paid to you and it’s paid on every kWh of electricity your solar panels produce. The export tariff is an additional payment for electricity your solar panel generates but which you then sell back to the National Grid.

At the time of writing, these are what the tariffs are currently paying out to homeowners:

Time period Date range Generation Tariff Export Tariff
Q1 1st Jan – 31st Mar 2018 3.93p per kWh 5.03p per kWh

The government will only pay out these rates to homeowners whose Energy Performance Certificate rating is D or above. If you live in an E, F, or G rated home, the rates you receive are a lot lower.

The payments you receive on your system are free of tax meaning that, if you fill in a Self Assessment form, you don’t have to list the money you receive as income. The Feed-In Tariff scheme is locked in at the price at the time your system was installed and will continue to pay you at that rate for 20 years.

How much money would this actually mean for your household? A 3kWh system will generate you, at the current Feed-In Tariff rates, around £250 worth of revenue and savings from your system for the first twenty years – that covers a typical £5,000 installation.

You can also receive additional payments from the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme. Once your panels have been signed off as installed by your solar panel company, you will be paid 20.06p for every kWh generated by your system for seven years, if you stick by their rules.

Solar panel drawbacks

Given that most solar panel systems break even over time, it’s a cost-free investment. However, to make the money, you do have to spend money up front.

Many installers work with Financial Conduct Authority-approved personal finance companies. Rather than paying for a solar panel system upfront, you can ask your installer to apply for finance on your behalf to purchase your system.

While your loan is active, the amount of money you earn from the Feed-In Tariff and, if you have joined it, the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme, will cover some but not all of your repayments. Once your loan has been paid off, you can use all of your earnings from your solar panel system to offset your electricity bill.

Although we live in a beautiful country, it’s not the South of Spain. The sun does not always shine here and when it’s not sunny, a much lower of electricity is produced for your home. If yours is a working household, the chances are that most of the electricity will be generated while you’re out the house, further reducing the benefit.

If you roof faces north, there will be no benefit to installing solar panels. You will only see the full benefit in terms of the electricity produced if your roof is south facing. For rooves facing east or west, there is a reduction in the amount of electricity generated by about 15%.

Solar panel planning permission

In most cases, you won’t need planning permission to install your solar panels. They are what is know as a permitted development.

There will be certain rules you have to follow with your solar panel installation. The panels must not be installed at a point which is higher than the highest part of your property (but that does not include your chimney). It must be fitted sensitively so it doesn’t stand out any more than it needs to. And the solar panels themselves must not be installed higher than 20cm from your roof’s surface.

It is possible that a building control officer might want to visit your home prior to your installers starting the work.

You will have to get planning permission if your installation does not meet the regulations set out above. If you live in a listed building or on a world heritage site, a different type of permission will be needed.

Solar panel installers

There are over 1,000 solar panel installers in the UK meaning that, when you come to the decision to invest in them, there will be healthy competition for your custom. This offers you peace of mind that you won’t be paying too much for your solar panels, that they will be installed correctly, and that they will be of high quality.

It’s always better to go for multiple quotes and never be pressurised by any sales representative to sign before you’re completely ready and happy to go ahead.

Should my solar panel installer belong to any organisation?

It’s really important that you choose an installer who is registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). They have an online list of their members here.

The MCS is there to offer homeowners and businesses wanting to install solar panels an assurance on quality. MCS is part of the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.

In order for you to be paid your Feed In Tariff and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme, your system must be put in by a member of the MCS.

It’s also worth considering choosing a member of the Solar Trade Association (STA). The STA is a not-for-profit body and to join the association, installers, distributors, and manufacturers must follow their strict code of conduct.

How long does it take to install solar panels?

Generally, your solar power system will only take one or two days to fit, although that may stretch into a third or fourth day depending on the complexity of your installation. Be wary of those if they quote a time that feels too long for a roof of your size – you may be being overcharged.

When you get quotes for your solar panel system, the company representatives will send out a qualified surveyor and a customer service representative to your home. At this time, they will give you an indication on how long the system will take to install.

What questions should I ask my solar panel installer?

The best experiences that customers have with solar panel companies are when you feel that they properly understand what you want from your new system. Clear communication and a mutual understanding of each other is very important.

Don’t forget that before, during, and after installation, your solar panel installer is there to help you and answer any questions you may have.

Try to get answers to the following questions:

  • Which type of solar panel do you recommend that I install and why?
  • Can you offer finance to spread out the cost of the system?
  • Will you calculate how much my solar panel system is likely to save me over a year?
  • How disruptive will the installation be?
  • What happens if one of the panels fail? What are my rights then?

Solar panel quotes

Buying in solar panels for your home is an investment in both the long-term value of your home and the amount of money you can reduce your electricity bills by. They take a few days to install and it means you’ll be changing the appearance of your home.

Make sure you give yourself all the facts first and that there are multiple potential suppliers competing for your business second. You can get 3-4 quotes from quality-assured, local, MCS members by filling in the form at the top of the page.

Best Combi Boilers for 2018

There are many companies manufacturing boilers that your installer might suggest suits your needs best.  Here is Tradesmenprices’ run-down of Britain’s best combi boiler makers and the prices you can expect to pay for boilers before the cost of installation is added.

Also, where we it’s available, we’ve added extra information about the range of flow rates (how much water can travel through your boiler at any one time and how fast it comes out of your tap or shower) and boiler output.

Boiler output is a way of describing the size of a boiler. The bigger the output, the better. If you get a boiler that’s too small, you won’t get much heat in your home and it won’t produce enough hot water to run a bath. If you get one that’s too big, that’ll cost you money in higher utility bills.

Tradesmenprices rule of thumb – for most flats and smaller homes, 24 to 27kW output will be fine. For bigger houses with 3 or 4 bedrooms, 28-34kW should suit your needs. Anything larger, go for 35kw and above.

Always make sure that, when you get a quote, you ask your tradesman the reason behind their recommendation.

Worcester Bosch

Scoring 5 out of 5 on Trustpilot over 5,554 reviews (at time of writing), Worcester Bosch is Britain’s leading boiler manufacturer by the number of boilers sold.

Formed in 1962 and becoming part of the larger Bosch Group in 1992, all of Worcester Bosch’s current range of boilers have an energy efficiency rating of 90% or above.

There are currently 13 Worcester Bosch combi boilers available:

  • Height in range of boilers – 680mm to 850mm
  • Width in range of boilers – 390mm to 600mm
  • Depth in range of boilers – 280mm to 600mm
  • Minimum flow rate range – 9.8 litres per minute
  • Maximum flow rate range – 20 litres per minute
  • Minimum boiler output – 24kW
  • Maximum boiler output – 42kW

Baxi

Scoring 98% on 509 Reevoo online customer reviews (at time of writing), Baxi have been important UK manufacturers in the boiler market since 1866.

There are currently 18 Baxi combi boilers available:

  • Height in range of boilers – 700mm to 780mm
  • Width in range of boilers – 390mm to 450mm
  • Depth in range of boilers – 290mm to 345mm
  • Minimum flow rate range – 9.8 litres per minute
  • Maximum flow rate range – 16.4 litres per minute
  • Minimum boiler output – 24kW
  • Maximum boiler output – 40kW

Valliant

Established in 1874, Valliant’s entire range of domestic boilers were the first to win the Quiet Mark accreditation – the first in the industry – and joined Britain’s list of “Superbrands” the year after.

There are currently 8 Valliant combi boilers available:

  • Height in range of boilers – 720mm to 800mm
  • Width in range of boilers – 440mm to 480mm
  • Depth in range of boilers – 335mm to 597mm
  • Minimum flow rate range – 9.4 litres per minute
  • Maximum flow rate range – 15.2 litres per minute
  • Minimum boiler output – 24kW
  • Maximum boiler output – 38kW

Viessmann

An international company with a dedicated UK presence since 1989 in Telford, Viessmann are focused on delivering effective and efficient boilers to British homeowners – in their current range, 98% or higher of the energy used by one of its boilers is turned into heat.

There are currently 16 Viessmann combi boilers available:

  • Height in range of boilers – 700mm to 1,875mm
  • Width in range of boilers – 400mm to 600mm
  • Depth in range of boilers – 340mm to 595mm
  • Minimum boiler output – 19kW
  • Maximum boiler output – 35kW

Glow-worm

Derbyshire-based Glow-worm started manufacturing boilers in 1934. It was bought by Valliant in 2001 but has retained the Glow-worm brand in the UK because of the high regard the British public has for the company.

There are currently 13 Glow-worm combi boilers available:

  • Height in range of boilers – 700mm to 890mm
  • Width in range of boilers – 390mm to 500mm
  • Depth in range of boilers – 338mm to 561mm
  • Minimum flow rate range – 9.8 litres per minute
  • Maximum flow rate range – 19.1 litres per minute
  • Minimum boiler output – 24kW
  • Maximum boiler output – 35kW

Ideal

Proud holders of a Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended award, the Quiet Mark accreditation, and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its boilers, Ideal have been producing boilers since it was founded in 1906.

There are currently 18 Ideal combi boilers available:

  • Height in range of boilers – 700mm to 830mm
  • Width in range of boilers – 395mm to 445mm
  • Depth in range of boilers – 278mm to 330mm
  • Minimum flow rate range – 9.9 litres per minute
  • Maximum flow rate range – 16.4 litres per minute
  • Minimum boiler output – 24kW
  • Maximum boiler output – 40kW

Potterton

Over seven million households have a Potterton boiler. Now part of Baxi Heating, the company has been making boilers for homeowners, house builders, businesses, councils, and housing associations since the mid-19th century.

There are currently 18 Potterton combi boilers available:

  • Height in range of boilers – all at 780mm
  • Width in range of boilers – all at 450mm
  • Depth in range of boilers – all at 345mm
  • Minimum flow rate range – 9.8 litres per minute
  • Maximum flow rate range – 16.1 litres per minute
  • Minimum boiler output – 24kW
  • Maximum boiler output – 40kW

Since 2005, all boilers in the UK have had to be what is known as ‘condenser’ boilers. These are water heaters fuelled either by gas or oil. They usually achieve over 90% energy efficiency making them a popular choice across the country.

There are two types of condenser boiler – conventional and combination (combi).

From these two, combi boilers are the most popular, accounting for more than half of all boilers installed across the UK. They’re widely considered the best type of boiler for smaller homes in particular.

Types of Combi Boiler

There is only one type of combi boiler although they can vary in size and capacity depending on the type of home they’re made to fit.

Combi boilers are gas-fuelled and get their name from their ability to combine both central heating and hot water facilities into a single unit. They work by heating water directly from the mains so you don’t need to make space for a hot water storage heater or cold-water tank.

In houses with one bathroom, combi boilers are a great choice as they supply water at mains pressure, meaning you can enjoy a steaming hot power shower without worrying about the tank running out or a lack of pressure as the water levels decrease.

Additionally, they’re far smaller than conventional boilers and they can be installed in kitchens or utility rooms, often fitting inside a cabinet to minimise any unattractive looking appliances on show.

Combi boiler cost

The cost of a combi boiler cost will vary depending on the size of your home, as well as the brand, and who you buy it from. Associated costs include boiler cover plans and boiler maintenance fees.

Is your:

  • Existing combi boiler being changed for a new boiler and being installed in the same location?
  • This could set you back around £1,995.
  • Existing combi boiler being changed for a new boiler and it’s being installed somewhere else in your home?
  • This may cost you around £2,600.
  • Existing regular boiler (and its hot water cylinder unit) being replaced with a brand new combi?
  • As this requires more work, this could cost you around £3,000.

The above examples reflect what it would cost you for a mid-range combi boiler installed at a standard labourer’s rate. It’s important to note that depending on where your new combi boiler is installed and which type of boiler you had before. These prices will vary so it’s advisable to get as many quotes as possible before having one installed.

You can use the Tradesmen Prices form just below to secure 3-4 combi boiler quotes with no obligation from local boiler expert. It’s a great way to make sure you pay only what you need to for your new system.

Combi Boiler FAQ 

Why would someone want a combi boiler?

Combination (combi) boilers are a popular alternative to traditional conventional boilers as they can provide an unlimited supply of hot water on demand.

They are space saving, quiet, and typically cheaper to install than a traditional conventional boiler, though this does depend on which boiler you currently have. 

What are the disadvantages of combi boilers?

All boilers have their drawbacks which is why there are so many different types available. It’s important to choose the boiler that does exactly what you need it to do. Combi boilers may be efficient and cost-effective, but they do suffer from several drawbacks. They are:

They require a good level of mains pressure to work effectively.

Because combi boilers heat water directly from the mains, they don’t work well in properties where the mains flow is weak. If this is a problem where you live, you may want to consider a different type of boiler.
They aren’t compatible with all types of shower.

Power showers will not work with a combi boiler as the water pressure is at mains level. However, if your mains pressure is strong, you may be able to achieve power shower pressure through your usual showerhead.
They can’t run more than one shower or bath at a time.

This is a combi boiler’s main drawback and the reason that properties with several bathrooms or taps benefit more having a conventional boiler system. Because combi boilers supply water directly from the mains, running two different hot taps draws the water two separate ways, resulting in decreased water pressure.

They don’t feature a backup water heater.

If your combi boiler malfunctions, there is no backup heater meaning you will be without both hot water and central heating until it is fixed. 

Are there alternatives to combi boilers?

There are several alternatives to combi boilers. The most common alternative to a combi boiler is having a conventional boiler installed.

Conventional boilers use gas to heat a tank of water through cast iron heat exchangers. They are common in older or larger properties where several people may need to use the hot water at the same time (for example across multiple bathrooms, the kitchen, and so on). They do require more space than combi boilers do, which is why they are less common in smaller properties like flats or bungalows.

However, newer conventional boiler models are smaller than their previous counterparts, and have increased efficiency, too, making them still a fairly popular choice in the UK.

If your property is off the main gas grid, you may benefit from oil-fuelled boilers, or Liquid Petroleum Gas fuelled heating. 

What are the main benefits of combi boilers?

Combi boilers are compact, fitting into kitchens with ease, and relatively quiet compared to conventional boilers – the most you might hear is a quiet rumble as the heating or hot water is turned on.

They also supply water directly from the mains, which means hot water is always available and there is no decrease in water pressure, even after extended periods of use.

Combi boilers also come in a broad range of styles and sizes, so there is nearly always going to be a model that will suit your home. 

Who can I buy a combi boiler from?

Thousands of companies across the UK offer the supply and installation of combi boilers. The reason for their popularity among both consumers and installers is that they’re widely considered to be a more eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to conventional boilers.

You may find that if you live in a council property where the boiler needs replacing, you could access a grant or subsidisation for a combi boiler. The government funded ECO scheme is behind this initiative, and you can find out if you are eligible for it on their website.

If you want to buy your combi boiler through an independent company, it’s worth knowing the difference in pricing between small and large organisations, and why they occur.

A larger company will have to pay sales commissions, and they’ll be subject to higher running costs. This means the price you pay is significantly higher than what you would pay a smaller company for the same combi boiler and installation.

If you have a quote for a combi boiler already, you may want to compare it with a few more through Tradesmen Prices. If you fill in the form at the bottom of this page, we’ll put you in touch with 3-4 local tradesmen who will be able to offer you competitive prices for the supply and installation of your new combi boiler, as well as advice on which model you would benefit from choosing. 

Should my combi boiler installer be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

Your engineer must be on the Gas Safe Register (this used to be known as Corgi Registered). The Gas Safe Register contains both individuals and companies with the knowledge and experience to handle installations, repairs, and maintenance of any equipment which runs on gas. To check if an installer is on the Gas Safe register, you can click here.

If a potential installer is a heating technician, look out for MCS certification or OFTEC accreditation. 

How long does it take to install a combi boiler?

If you’re looking at a straightforward combi boiler swap (i.e. swapping one combi boiler with another, in the same location) the job should be done in a day. In fact, if the engineers start in the morning, the installation may be finished by the time you come home from work.

Installing a new combi boiler in a different location to your old one will take longer as your pipework will need to be diverted. Depending on where the new combi boiler is being installed, you can expect the work to take 1-2 days.

Should you wish to change an older boiler for a combi, this may take around 3-4 days. Of course, this depends on the complexity of the installation and how much access the engineer has to it. They will need to remove the old hot water cylinder and re-pipe the entire central heating system.

Before you get your combi boiler installed, your central heating system will have to undergo a ‘flush’. This is to get rid of any debris inside the system such as rust from the insides of your radiators. This can be achieved using a hot chemical flush, or a power flush.

Depending on the age and size of your central heating system, it’s likely you’ll be choosing one or the other – older systems (especially those containing old pipework and copper joints) can suffer strain from a power flush, causing leaks to occur.

Depending on how many radiators there are in your property, a power flush can take up to 8 hours whereas a hot flush takes around 1 or 2 hours. 

Before I get a combi boiler, what should I ask a potential installer?

Since working with gas is a specialist area, it’s wise to ask your potential combi boiler installer to prove that they’re Gas Safe registered.

Additionally, you may want to consider asking them: 

How long will it take to install my combi boiler?

Although this page can give you a good estimate, the actual installation time of your boiler is entirely down to your individual situation. Your potential boiler engineer will be able to confirm how long the installation will take, as well as speak to you about any complications that may arise. 

What boiler output size do you recommend?

Choosing the right size boiler is essential. The right size boiler will produce the hot water you need and won’t run up your energy bills higher than expected. Make sure that, with every tradesman you get a quote from, you ask them the reason behind their boiler output size recommendation.
Will I need to redecorate?

Re-piping can sometimes cause disruption in your home, so it’s worth asking your engineer if they’re going to redecorate or simply clean up after they fit your combi boiler.

Which boiler cover plans are available to me?

As with any appliance, combi boilers require servicing to keep them in top condition and working effectively. Ask your combi boiler engineer about coverage plans, and how much they will cost. Often, you’ll be offered full boiler cover (including annual maintenance, call-outs, and part replacement) at a monthly premium, but plans will differ depending on your provider.

Why should I get combi boiler quotes from Tradesmen Prices?

At Tradesmen Prices, we work with local suppliers of combi boilers to bring you 3-4 quotes you can compare against ones you may already have. We check their history and credentials to make sure they:

  • Are genuine traders
  • Are Gas Safe Registered
  • Will offer you competitive prices

Also, because you’ll have several quotes, you’re likely to see prices decrease as they compete for your custom. Fill in the form above to get started.

A Guide To Replacement Windows

Whether you’re looking to improve the appearance of your home, retire broken or worn out frames, or simply add extra value to your home before it goes on the market, window replacements are many homeowners’ first choice.

Depending on where you go for your window replacement, the prices can vary greatly. That is why it is so important to choose the right system and the right installer for you. It’s a big investment on any home and it’s important that, when you’re making your decision, you have all the facts to hand.

It is really important to remember not only the cost of actual windows when choosing the system for you but also the cost of labour to install them and any other materials that are used.

If installation is not included in the original price you’re quoted, be sure to ask the window supplier if they offer the service. If they don’t, you will need to find a separate builder or specialist window contractor to fit the windows.

To get a good idea of what is a reasonable charge for installation in your area, many experts recommend that you try to get around three to five quotes before settling on a provider.

In many cases, large household-name window fitting brands tend to carry higher installation fees than smaller, local family-run businesses. That is because these smaller companies have lower running costs. Lower running costs means that they can offer you greater savings.

By filling in the form below, we’ll help match you up with 3-4 experienced local glaziers who can provide you with a quote on replacement windows for your home.

And it’s with that information that you’ll be able to make the right decision on replacement windows for your property based on price, quality, and how the company is run.

What are the different kinds of replacement window?

Replacement window can replace any existing window – your replacement window can be done either as a “new construction” or as a “retrofit window”.

New construction windows are total replacements. They involve cutting back the four to eight inches of wall either side of your existing window, taking out the flashing paper, then removing the window. The flashing paper is the waterproofing component that keeps moisture out of your home.

Your contractor will then install your replacement window, apply new flashing paper, then replace the removed wall. They tend to cost more than retrofit windows, but this way of doing it allows the new windows to be exactly the same size as the old ones.

Unlike new construction windows, retrofit windows do not require the installer to remove then entire perimeter frame. Instead, they are installed on top of the original window frame, making the installation quicker, easier and cheaper than a completely new installation – with many of the same benefits of a new construction.

This process requires a different installation method, and as the new window must sit inside the old frame, it also means your new window may be slightly smaller than the original one too. In the majority of cases, however, this is barely noticeable.

How much are new windows?

As previously mentioned, the cost of your replacement windows can vary greatly depending on the level of service you need and the type of installation you’re looking for.

So, how much do new windows cost usually?

As a rough estimate, new windows cost around £400 each with installation. But, if you live in London, you can expect to pay as much as 10-15% more for your replacements.

Another factor that can affect the total amount you pay is the style you choose to replace your windows with.

Styles of windows

Work out how many windows in your home need replacing and how large they are. It may be worth, once you have received your three quotes from local suppliers using Tradesmen Prices, asking them to each send a sales representative to help you figure out which styles of window are available so you can choose the one that fits both your practical and aesthetic requirements.

Some of the choices offered by most window replacement companies include:

  • Plain glass
  • Leaded glass
  • Georgian bar glass
  • Casement windows
  • Bay windows
  • Bow windows
  • Sash windows 

In most cases, a like-for-like modernisation may be the quickest and simplest option but this can also be a chance to try something different for your property. The chances are that you’ll only have replacement windows installed once every 10-15 years so if you want to add something to your home that you don’t currently have (like a bay window), now is the time to get the information you need to make a decision.

Once you have decided on which style of window you would like, you’ll also be given the chance to choose your preferred finish option.

A change in colour or materials can add something new to your home but bear in mind that it will impact on your window replacement cost.

If you’re happy with standard white UPVC, the cost of new windows will be cheaper than, say, if you wanted woodgrain frames.

These choices will definitely have an effect on your total replacement windows cost so make sure you get an accurate estimate when looking for a window installer. For quotes from three or four reputable replacement window installers near you, please fill in our form above.

Window replacement frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Why would someone want replacement windows?

If the windows in your home are damaged or broken, you will almost certainly need a replacement. But this is not always the reason many homeowners choose to make the switch.

According to the Energy Savings Trust, A-rated energy efficient window replacements on a semi-detached could save a homeowner as much as £120 per year on their energy bill. Old and inefficient windows can cause heat to easily escape your home whereas newer models are designed with insulation in mind.

Others also choose to replace their windows simply to renovate their property.  A home makeover is a good enough reason as any to replace outdated-looking windows.

Over time, the colour of your windows can fade. Exposed to the elements, it is also common for frames materials to become worn looking too. New windows transform the appearance of a home whether just to make it look nicer or perhaps in preparation for a house going on the market.

However, updating is not always the aim of window replacements. Previous owners of a historic home may have seen fit to put in white vinyl windows but that doesn’t mean you should have to live with them. It is fairly common for homeowners to replace modern looking windows with wooden ones in order to restore the historic charm of their home. 

What are the disadvantages of replacement windows?

Despite their resilience to leaks and completely customisable appearance, new construction replacement windows usually require the wall either side of the window to be damaged in order to remove the old frame. Not only does this increase the cost of the installation, the process also takes much longer than a retrofit window.

Retrofit windows are both cheaper and quicker than full construction windows, but wider frames can mean glass area is easily lost. They are also more prone to leakage than a brand-new installation. 

Are there alternatives to replacement windows?

In some cases, it may be possible to repair the window rather than replace it. This can be done for minor blemishes and issues such as a broken handle or small draught.

However, simply repairing a window is not always effective. If the window frame is obviously broken or warped, if the glass is consistently fogging up, or if the windows are forever getting stuck when you try to open or close them, then a repair is in order. 

What are the main benefits of window replacements?

Other than improving the appearance and value of your home, replacement windows are greatly favoured due to their energy efficiency.

Newer models of windows are built to have excellent insulation levels which means less heat will be able to escape your home. That means you can greatly reduce both your energy bills and your carbon footprint – effectively killing two birds with one stone. However, some windows are better at this than others.

Energy efficiency ratings for windows range from an A to an A+++. The more pluses your windows have, the more energy efficient they will be. They will also cost more up front but will help you save money on your bills in the long run.

 

Will I need planning permission for my replacement windows?

In most cases, you won’t need planning permission to add or replace new windows, whether they are retrofit or a new construction.

However, if your home falls under any of the following categories, you will need to apply for planning permission from your local planning authority. You’ll need planning consent for replacement windows if your property is:

  • A flat
  • A listed building
  • In a conservation area
  • Under an Article 4 Directive

If you fall into any of these categories, you’ll need to either apply for planning permission online, or contact your local council for further advice.

Why should I get quotes for replacement windows from this website?

Replacing your windows take a long time and that’s before any installation work has even begun! Even when you have decided on the type and style of window you’re looking for, finding a tradesman who is able to carry it out just as you would like is often be easier said than done.

With Tradesmen Prices, we’ll help you find 3-4 experienced window installers in your area that can replace your windows so that you get the outcome you want. Whether it’s a retrofit sash window or a new construction bay, let one of our tradesmen provide you with a free quotation with no commission-hungry salesman coming to visit you.

All you need to do is fill in your details in the form above, and we’ll send you quotes for the top three businesses in your area.

Central Heating Cost

If you want to keep your showers hot and your rooms nice and cosy, a central heating system will do the job.

As you’ll be aware, most homes have central heating systems already installed. Sometimes though, it’s necessary to look for an upgrade to maximise efficiency or if your boiler starts breaking down regularly.

The prices of central heating systems can vary greatly depending on several factors – including the central heating system you already have, the type you want to upgrade to, and the parts you’ll need to buy for the upgrade.

There are hundreds of companies across the UK who will supply, fit, and offer service plans for your central heating system. However, if you want to compare the cost of a central heating system installation, you can use the Tradesmen Prices form just below.

We provide you with 3-4 quotes from reputable companies, local to you, who will be able to carry out your central heating installation. You can compare their quotes with others you may already have received which will give you a broader range of tradesmen to choose from.

Types of central heating systems

Central heating systems come in three types: wet systems, warm air systems, and storage heaters. However, you’ll more commonly hear the first two referred to as gas, and the latter as electric.

Wet Systems

In a wet system, a gas-fired boiler heats water, which is piped to radiators and taps around the property, providing heat.

Warm Air Systems

Warm air systems were popular during the 60s and 70s in the UK and consist of a network of ducts which open into rooms around the house. Air is heated by a gas-fuelled boiler and distributed through the ducts.

Storage Heaters

A storage heater system utilises ‘off-peak’ electricity (Economy 7/Economy 10 electricity used overnight) to heat bricks capable of storing large amounts of heat.  This heat is gradually released during the day. Storage heaters are typically single installations and do not feature a circulation method for diverting heat around the home – the heater distributes warmth in whichever room it is installed.

Cost of central heating systems

Often, your central heating system will benefit simply from replacing your boiler or radiators or perhaps by having new pipework installed.

However, if you’re a homeowner wishing to upgrade from electric storage or warm air heating to a wet system, you can save hundreds in heating bills each year even after the cost of investment in your new central heating system.

Example 1 – Cost of new central heating system installation

Let’s say that you own a four bedroom, two-storey house, and you want a low-budget gas central heating system installed. You’ll need to consider these factors in your decision:

  • New condensing boiler installation, including supply and labour – (£1,150 average)
  • Nine radiators, including supply and labour – (£1,100 average)
  • Water tank, including supply and installation – (£200 average)
  • Miscellaneous extra parts, including supply and labour – (£265 average)
  • Pipework, including supply and installation – (£865 average)

In this case, the total comes to just under £4,000. The cost of new central heating systems will vary depending on:

  • Your choice of boiler,
  • The sizes and style of radiators you choose to install, and,
  • How easily the central heating system can be installed – consider how long it will take to move your furniture and you belongings around so that the fitters can install your pipework.

Example 2 – Cost of new central heating system installation

Let’s say that you own a small, two-bedroom bungalow, and you want a gas central heating system installed. In this case, the job will likely take about 3 days and the cost of your central heating installation will round out at around £2,500 if you choose to install a combination (combi) boiler.

The price can be broken down into the following parts:

  • Gas combi boiler, including supply and installation – £1,060
  • Radiators, including supply and labour – £830
  • Pipework, including supply and installation – £230
  • Extra parts, including supply and labour – £230

Of course, this estimate is purely hypothetical. To get a quote through Tradesmen Prices for central heating installation tailored to you, fill in the form at the top of this page.

Central Heating FAQ 

Why would someone want central heating?

Central heating systems provide warmth to the whole of a property.

In the past, most buildings required an individual source of heat in each room to keep them warm which was costly and inefficient. Often, this was a wood or coal-burning fire that contributed to pollution as well as being dirty and distributing heat around your home unevenly.

These days, most homes are fitted with a central heating system, the most popular being gas-fuelled ‘wet systems.’

Gas central heating systems consist of a network of pipes which stem from a single heating element (a boiler, usually). The pipes spread throughout the home delivering heat carried by water to radiators and taps. The temperatures can be controlled either individually or from a main thermostat. 

What are the disadvantages of central heating?

Depending on which type of central heating you want to install, you may find one will work better for you than another.

The most common comparison is whether gas or electric central heating is better for you. Put simply, electric heating is going to cost you around three or four times more than gas and it’s also a little more complicated to manage.

Electric central heating systems will cost you around £2,000 per year for a house consuming 13,500kWh annually.

Compare this to an average gas central heating bill of around £500 per year and you’ll see that electric central heating systems aren’t as cost-effective.

However, gas central heating systems require regular maintenance and can suffer from malfunctions in their individual parts, whereas electric central heating systems need little servicing and won’t require the installation of pipework.

Are there alternatives to central heating?

If you aren’t connected to mains electricity or gas, there are two main options for providing your home with central heating: traditional central heating systems fuelled by oil or Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), or new, renewable heating systems.

In the UK, the type of off-grid central heating that’s installed the most here in the UK runs on oil or LPG. Why? Because an oil boiler costs the least to run. They’re designed to be efficient in their energy use and you can expect to get many years’ usage from them.

If you had your oil-fired boiler installed seven years ago or more, installing a brand new one which features the most up-to-date heating controllers can reduce your energy costs by up to 30% a year.

LPG is more expensive than oil, but costs around half as much annually as electric storage heating.

If you’re looking at renewable energy to power your central heating system, you may want to consider heat pumps or biomass (typically wood) fuelled central heating systems. How much you’ll pay to run the system is similar to oil heating however installation costs can be higher. For more specific information on this subject you can click here to visit the OFTEC website. 

What are the main benefits of central heating?

Central heating systems are effective in distributing heat around your home in an efficient way. Rather than having to heat each room individually, more modern systems benefit from automated temperature control in order to save you money.

Central heating systems also provide you with hot water and the individual parts which make up the system can be personalised depending on your needs. 

Who can I buy central heating from?

Across the UK, there are thousands of companies who will be able to install your central heating system.

The cost of the central heating system will vary depending on who you choose. Larger companies have much bigger overheads and they pay their reps sales commissions. Smaller companies operating without those costs meaning that a lot of homeowners actually save money by going small and local.

Fill in the Tradesmen Prices form at the top of this page for 3-4 quotes from local companies who can install or upgrade your central heating system.

Should my central heating installer be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

When your central heating system is installed, it’s important to make sure the engineer is Gas Safe accredited. You can check their status on the Gas Safe Register.

You may also want to check for a Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Engineering (CIPHE) registration. You can visit their site to see a list of their members.

How long does it take to install central heating?

If your home doesn’t have a central heating system yet, the cost to install one into an average three-bedroom property will cost between £2,235-£4,200. This is based on a tradesperson’s rate of around £200 per day, plus £100 per day for a labourer if they’re needed.

The process itself typically takes around 3-5 days.

Before I get my central heating system installed, what should I ask a potential installer?

The engineers who install your central heating system should be able to answer your questions so that you can have all the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you.

You could ask them:

  • How long will the installation take?
  • Are you Gas Safe Register certified?
  • Are you qualified to work with this particular boiler/fuel type?
  • Is there a maintenance or cover plan available for my central heating system?

Additionally, once the central heating system is installed, you may wish to ask your engineer:

  • How do I use the controls on my new boiler?
  • How do I maintain efficiency of my central heating system?
  • What number do I call if there is an urgent problem? 

Why should I get quotes for a new boiler from Tradesmen Prices?

When you apply for quotes through Tradesman Prices, you will be given 3-4 quotes from local central heating system installers. We check their history and credentials so you can have peace of mind that they’re Gas Safe accredited and experienced in their field.

Having several quotes to compare means you can normally secure a discount on the price you pay as there will be a few companies competing for your custom.

You can also compare quotes you’ve already received with the ones that Tradesmen Prices will give you. Fill in the form above to start your quote application.

Plastering Cost Guide for 2018

Plastering a room in your home can make the world of difference. Not only can it provide a neutral and long-lasting surface for your walls, but it makes all future decorating a lot easier.

Whilst some people may choose to complete the job themselves, achieving a perfectly smooth and even surface is near impossible for someone who is untrained and inexperienced. When you have a reputable and qualified plasterer, you can rest assured that the work will be of a professional standard.

So, how much does plastering cost?

The price for your plastering will also depend on the size and condition of the room, of course, but it will also depend on who you work with.

Most large home improvement companies carry higher prices in order to pay for advertising and multiple branches. Smaller plastering companies, however, tend to have much lower running costs; meaning they can generally offer lower prices for the same work.

To get quotes for fully trained plasterers near you, simply fill in your details in the form below. We’ll use them to match you up with 3-4 experienced local plastering companies that will best suit your needs.

The most common types of plastering jobs

New plaster walls

This is a popular choice for homeowners particularly when they come to selling their property. New plaster walls provide a blank canvass for potential buyers to put their own stamp on the house if they move in and also helps remove and wear and tear visible on the old walls.

The job starts by stripping the existing plaster and replacing it – the process involves dry lining, skimming, and finally applying a cosmetic finish to the plaster. 

How much does it cost to plaster a room?

To plaster a medium sized room, you can expect to pay anywhere from £480 to £766, and the work will typically take two to three days to complete. To find out quotes from local plasterers for your room, please fill out our form below. 

Skimming walls

When a wall has become uneven, chipped or even cracked, it will need to be replastered.

Skimming, also known as top coat plastering, is the most common type of job for plasterers and can usually be carried out by a single person on their own. They simply skim over your existing plaster to correct any blemishes that may have appeared. 

How much to skim a room?

Replastering costs also depend on the size of your room but will usually range from around £255 for a small room to £400 for a large room.

How much to plaster a ceiling?

Plastering the ceiling of a medium room will typically cost between £255 and £363 but prices can range from £175 to £613 depending on the size of the room.

Plastering FAQ

Why would someone want plastering?

If you want to redecorate your home to the highest standards, it is very likely that you will need a plasterer. Particularly in older homes, years of wear and tear can cause walls to become dented or bumpy. While the structure of the wall may be absolutely sound, these imperfections can be an eyesore.

And, it is likely that any further home improvements will depend on having a smooth and even surface beforehand. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or a new layer of wallpaper, bumpy walls can be difficult to decorate and ruin the look of the end-result.

Plastering can both provide the foundation for future decorating or work as a standalone neutral décor option.

Rendering a dry wall smooth can be extremely difficult and generate a great deal of dust. Rendering a plastered wall, on the other hand, both creates less mess and takes less time since it does not need to be dried in order to apply multiple coatings.

When looking to sell a property, many estate agents recommend making the house a blank canvass to allow potential buyers to better imagine the home as their own.

This could involve covering a brightly coloured wall, smoothing out an Artex ceiling, or simply coating each room to create a neutral, uniform appearance throughout the home. Many landlords also choose to plaster their properties to achieve this look before letting them out.

Unplastered walls are also a lot less durable than those that have been plastered. This is because a chemical reaction occurs when the water escapes the plaster mixture, making plastered walls incredibly strong.

It provides a strong and solid foundation to the bare walls, meaning it can support more weight; be it wallpaper or a hanging picture.

What are the disadvantages of wall plastering?

A common problem with plastered walls is that they can be easily damaged, depending on the type of plaster in your home.

Traditionally plastered walls, usually seen in homes built around 1950, tend to display damage in the form of cracks, busted corners, or have small chunks missing. Plasterboard, on the other hand, is usually only damaged by nail holes. In some cases, skimmed plasterboard can also develop hairline cracks.

These issues are common signs of wear and tear, but they can be difficult to repair sometimes – particularly if the plaster has also become discoloured over time too.

Water can also be extremely damaging to certain types of plaster. If the plaster on your ceiling starts to develop brown water stains, it could be the first sign of a leak. If this happens, you may be able to resolve it with a stain blocking primer and by sealing the leak.

But if you notice part of the plaster is bubbling or bulging, either with or without water stains present, then the water damage is much more severe.

In this case, the affected portion of plaster may need to be removed and patched up. If left untreated, mould could potentially develop in the water damaged area.

Water and plaster do not tend to mix well so, if it is a leak that is causing the damage, make sure you fix it beforehand.

Since plasterers must be specially trained in the application, plastering prices tend to be higher than those of other alternative methods. However, many would argue that the cost of plastering is an investment due to its durability; keeping your home looking better for longer. 

Are there wall finishing alternatives to plaster?

Plaster can be used to both prepare a wall for further home improvements or as a standalone final look for your home. If you’re looking for alternative to plaster to refinish your wall, there are a number of other options you could consider, depending on your budget and the final look you would like to achieve.

For example, you could refinish a wall using:

  • Tiling,
  • Bare brick,
  • Concrete, or
  • Timber panels.

However, if you’re planning on painting or wallpapering your home but have bumpy or uneven walls, a plaster skim coat will provide you with a blank and smooth surface before you start.

You may also be able to create an even surface by sanding and filling any peaks and troughs in the wall. This DIY option will be able to treat the most noticeable imperfections in the wall; however, it will be extremely difficult to achieve a uniform level across the entire surface using this method.

Lining paper is also a common alternative to wall plastering or skimming. The paper can be applied to walls like typical wallpaper to help create a more even surface for painting or finishing.

It is sold in different grades of thickness depending on the condition of the wall surface you need to cover and can also be applied in layers. It is often best to paint over this kind of paper in lighter colours to help cover the slight unevenness that will still be visible.

If you’re looking for an alternative to plastering your ceiling, Artex can provide a more traditional DIY option. Artex is common in older properties in the UK and is recognised by its stippled and swirled patterns – making it easier to refinish a ceiling without the need for expert plastering skills. However, Artex is not suitable for smooth, modern looks.

Who can I hire to plaster my home?

Some people choose to attempt this home improvement themselves but this is not always the best option.

Depending on the condition of the wall and the effect you’re hoping to achieve, it is likely you will need to hire a professional plasterer for your project.

That’s because plastering can fall under two different categories: solid and fibrous.

Solid plastering involves applying plaster finishes to create a perfectly smooth surface on walls, floors and ceilings. Fibrous plastering is used for more intricate needs, such as creating ornamental columns or ceiling roses.

Some plasterers may also offer a ‘dry lining’ service, which is essentially building you a new indoor wall and floor partitions out of plasterboard. Not all plasterers offer this service, so it is important that you check with each provider.

To find trusted local plasterers in your area, please fill in your details in the above form.

Should my installer be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

Whilst this may not be an essential requirement, there are several trade bodies which represent plasterers. Members of these organizations will be held to a certain standard, meaning you may feel more comfortable having them complete your work.

For example, they could be a member of:

How long does it take to plaster a room?

Shopping around for your plastering project, you may have noticed that many companies advertise their plastering prices per square metre rather than by the room. Of course, not all rooms or walls requiring plastering will be the same size or condition, so it can be hard to set a definitive time it will take to get your plastering done.

In most cases, however, a professional plasterer will be able to complete a single room in one to two days.

Before I have my room plastered, what should I ask a potential plasterer?

In some cases, plasterers will include photos of their previous work on their websites to let you get a feel of the quality of their work. If they don’t have any on there, or if they do not have a website at all, then you can always ask them yourself.

It can also be difficult to find the right plasterer for you if the company only advertises a single plastering cost. Make sure you tell them about the current condition of your wall and the results you’re hoping to see. Then, you can find out what exactly is possible, and how it may affect how much your plastering costs.

Why should I get quotes for plastering from this website?

To find 3-4 reputable and experienced plasterers near you who will provide you with fully-costed quotes at no obligation, you can simply fill in your details in the form above. We’ll work to match you to trusted local traders in your area for you to choose from.

New Boiler Cost

As the most important part of the central heating system, your boiler is necessary for keeping your showers warm and your rooms cosy.

However, if your boiler is in need of replacing, it can be difficult to find the right company for the job when you’re faced with so many different quotes and prices.

There are, of course, reasons for the cost of a new boiler to vary. This will be down to the model or even the location you want it to be installed.

Each company will have their own prices and overheads which is why it’s important to shop around and compare as many quotes as possible.

Tradesmen Prices offers you 3-4 quotes from local, accredited tradesmen, so you can pay the best price for your boiler installation, without having to compromise on quality or the brand you want.

How much will a new boiler cost?

The cost of a new boiler will depend on several factors, including the type of boiler you want to buy, the type of boiler you already have, and where you want to have your new boiler installed.

Replacing your boiler is a significant investment and the price will reflect that.

For an example, let’s say your engineer installs a new condensing boiler, with minimal pipework modifications needed. There will be TRVs alongside existing controls, and the boiler will be put into a standard two-bedroom property with seven radiators.

Here, you’d be looking at a price of around £1,750-£3,000. However, even that could change depending on:

  • The company doing the installation
  • Where you live

If your back-boiler system has been entirely condemned, you may be looking at installing a combi boiler – these provide both heating and hot water and they are more energy efficient.

Combi boilers can range in price from £650 to £2,000, depending on brand and size. Replacing a back boiler with a combi boiler is expensive as the installation can include removing water tanks and relocating gas pipework.

You can expect to pay between £2,000 and £4,000 for a back boiler to combi boiler replacement, depending on how complicated the installation is.

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What types of boiler are there?

Finding out which type of boiler is right for you is the most important step in buying a new one. Since 2005, all new boilers must be condensing boilers.

They come in two types: conventional, and combination (combi). 

Conventional boilers

These boilers use a storage tank to supply your hot water. In the tank, cast iron heat exchangers heat up the water, meaning they can supply a large amount of hot water at any given time. However, one disadvantage of conventional boilers is that once the tank runs out, there is a delay before hot water can be accessed again.

They require a lot of space and are usually placed in the loft of a house meaning installation can be fairly complicated.

Though older conventional boiler models can be inefficient, newer models are typically smaller as well as more energy efficient than before.

Combination (combi) boilers

These boilers supply water directly from the mains, bypassing the need for a storage tank and providing an unlimited supply of hot water.

They are typically much smaller than conventional boilers and can be fitted in a kitchen, often behind a storage cabinet.

Since they provide water at mains pressure, you don’t need to install an additional shower pump if you’re looking for a strong, hot shower.

New Boiler FAQ Questions 

Why do people get a new boiler?

Your boiler is responsible for around 60% of your energy bill according to Energy UK. The average life span of a boiler is 15 years, so as a boiler approaches the end of its intended life, people start thinking about buying a new one.

The main reason for this is maintaining efficiency. Over time, appliances become less efficient even with regular servicing. Boilers in particular have to work harder to heat your home the older they get and can suffer from a higher risk of malfunction.

So, it makes sense to invest in a new boiler to save on your energy bills.

What are the disadvantages of a new boiler?

Depending on the type of boiler you buy, there will be both pros and cons.

If you’re thinking of installing a combi boiler, there are a few disadvantages, including:

Reduced water pressure – combi boilers heat water ‘on demand’, meaning they need a reliable water supply at any given time. If someone is using a hot tap at the same time as someone else in different parts of a property, the combi boiler system will cause decreased water pressure. This can be frustrating and is why properties with poor mains supply or multiple bathrooms are advised to go for conventional boilers instead.

Expensive repairs – combi boilers contain expensive electric parts, so repairs are more expensive than for conventional boilers.

Combi boiler failure – because combi boilers supply both central heating and hot water, if a malfunction occurs you will be left without either of those things.

Installing a conventional boiler, by comparison, will take up more space because the water pump and heating systems are separate. Conventional boilers can have low energy efficiency because they require so much insulation. Also, you can only use as much hot water as is in the tank at any one time. 

Are there alternative options to getting a new boiler?

If your boiler is still in good condition, regular servicing can extend its lifespan.

If you’re interested in renewable energy for your home, you could look at greener energy options like heat pumps, or solar energy. Installing solar thermal panels to supplement your current energy supply could reduce strain on your boiler, meaning it won’t have to work as hard.

What are the main advantages of getting a new boiler?

The main resaon for getting a new boiler is improved energy efficiency. Older boilers are typically G rated, meaning they work at less than 70% efficiency. New condensing boilers are rated A, and could save you around £200-300 per year, depending on your gas bill.

Another advantage is improved heating control for your property.

When upgrading to a modern boiler, you may wish to improve your central heating system in the process by having Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) installed. These allow you to control the temperature of each room separately and shut off when the room reaches the desired temperature to conserve energy.

A room thermostat placed near a radiator without a TRV can switch the entire boiler system off which saves you money and would not be possible with an older boiler model.

New boilers are also quieter than older models as well as smaller – this means you can house your boiler in your kitchen or utility room without having to worry about distracting noises.

Where can I buy a new boiler?

Finding the right boiler can be difficult as each home has different needs and budgets.

When buying a boiler, it’s important to consider the reliability and dependability of the model. There are thousands of companies across the UK which can supply you with and install your boiler but not all of them will charge the same price for the same model.

Use the Tradesmen Prices form at the top of this page to get quotes from 3-4 experienced local boiler suppliers, including the model and installation prices.

Should my new boiler installer be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

Though you may have installed your washing machine or fridge on your own, your boiler must be installed by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. This accreditation means they can work safely and legally on gas appliances.

Tradesmen Prices only works with Gas Safe registered engineers but if you want to check the Register for a company or engineer yourself, you can do so on the Gas Safe Register website.

Additionally, your installer may need to be OFTEC accredited and MCS certified if they are primarily a heating technician. Check the websites to see if they are covered under either of these schemes for maximum security in their abilities.

How long does it take to fit a new boiler?

The time taken to fit a boiler depends on which type of boiler you’re having installed.

If you’re getting a like-for-like boiler swap (i.e. your current boiler is being replaced by an identical model) your installer will likely take a day to complete the removal and installation. They should be able to use existing pipework as it will match up with the new boiler.

If you want a new boiler fitted in a new location, expect the installation to take 1 to 2 days. This is because your Gas Safe engineer will need to run additional pipework, and safely cap off existing pipework. They may also need to make adjustments to pipework leading to your radiators, to ensure they can get hot.

Changing one type of boiler for another is known as a system upgrade and may take around 3-4 days depending on the complexity of the installation and the ease of access the engineer has to it. If you’re switching from a conventional boiler to a combi, the installer will need to remove the cylinder from your old boiler and then re-pipe the central heating system. Going the other way (combi to conventional) will take extra time due to the installation of a cylinder and extra pipework.

When getting a boiler fitted you should also consider the time taken to flush the system for debris such as rust from the inside of your radiators. Flushing your heating system can either be done using a hot flush with chemicals, or a power flush for even better results.

Though a hot flush will do a good job of getting debris out of your heating system, a power flush will ensure the system is totally clean. However, a power flush can sometimes cause strain on older pipework, radiators, and copper joints.

A hot flush takes around 1-2 hours whereas a power flush can take up to 8 hours depending on how many radiators are in your property.

Before I get my new boiler, what should I ask a potential installer?

Your installer should be open to any questions you may have in order to make you comfortable.

Always ask them if they’re qualified to work on your specific boiler. Some boilers, such as LPG models, require separate qualifications, so it’s always wise to check with your engineer that they have the relevant documentation before they start work on your installation.

Additionally, will also need to ask them how long the installation will take as this can vary depending on your chosen company as well as the boiler itself. Re-piping can cause disruption through your house, so you may wish to ask them whether they will redecorate or if you’ll be expected to do it yourself.

It’s also worth asking about service plans, cover, and guarantees. These differ between companies, but generally you should expect to pay a monthly premium which will cover:

  • Annual servicing
  • Quick engineer call-outs, with part and labour costs already covered

Boiler cover plans will vary in price and what they cover between companies.

For a boiler-only heating cover, repair of your broken-down boiler and control maintenance will be included. Ask your installer whether an annual check is part of the plan – if it isn’t, you may be able to add it in for an extra charge.

Full system boiler cover includes repairing your boiler, its controls, and system parts such as radiators, pump, and flue. Ask your installer about annual checks, as well as safety and service information.

Why should I get quotes for a new boiler from Tradesmen Prices?

When you apply for quotes through Tradesman Prices, you’ll be put in touch with 3-4 local boiler suppliers and installers. We’ve checked their credentials and history, so you know they’re genuine.

Additionally, because several businesses will be competing for your custom, you’ll be able to see the prices come down, even though the boiler and installation quality will remain the same.

You can also compare quotes you’ve already received with the ones that Tradesmen Prices will give you. Fill in the form at the top of the page to start your no-obligation quote application.

Double Glazing Prices in 2018

If you want to reduce your energy bills, keep your home insulated, or even just increase the value of your property before you sell, double glazing could be the solution for you.

But, when looking for a provider, many people are left confused at the number of different double-glazing prices out there.

The fact of the matter is, it is hard to put an exact figure on the cost of double glazing, as the price can vary depending on a wide variety of factors.

The type of home you live in may mean prices are generally higher or lower than average, and the quality of both the windows and the installation are usually reflected in the price too.

If you wish to have the double glazing fitted on ground floor window, the installation will be much simpler than that of a second- or third-storey window.

The installation company you choose, be it a small local vendor or a national brand name, will also have their own price lists, which is why it is essential that you shop around for quotes before you commit to one supplier.

In most cases, larger companies will charge a premium in order to pay for their TV advertising and large commissions to their sales representatives across the country. Smaller businesses, on the other hand, tend to charge prices more in line with their materials and labour due to cheaper running costs.

Comparing price lists for different vendors can be difficult, taking up both your time and your effort to find that many choose not to advertise their prices at all.

With Tradesmenprices.co.uk, you can compare double glazing prices from our selected range of 3 skilled double-glazing contractors in your area. The companies we work with don’t pressurise you into buying by a commission-driven salesperson.

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How much does double glazing cost?

Of course, you will want to find the best possible price for your double-glazing installation. But telling the difference between a “fair price” and “paying too much” can be difficult for people not in the industry.

So, how much is double glazing really? What is the average cost of double glazing per window?

As of January 2018, the average double-glazing windows cost – based on a 60×90 UPVC window – can range from between £350 and £500 each.

However, many installers also offer packages for multiple installations which can make your total cost per window much cheaper. For example, the average price in the UK for four small double-glazing windows in an apartment is just £1,400 to £2,000.

In houses, however, windows tend to vary in size throughout the property. For twelve double glazed windows in a three-bedroom house, you could expect to pay anywhere from £5,250 to £7,500. 

What types of double glazing are there?

Double glazed windows can come in four different core styles. They are:

Casement

This type of window is the simplest design. Swinging open from hinges (one, two or more) from either the side or top, this type of double glazing can be hinged in order to stay open for extended lengths of time – perfect for ventilation.

Sash

These windows are usually found in older properties and are favoured for their striking aesthetic effect. They are made up of two to six smaller panels separated by bars.

Tilt Turn

This is a more modern design of window which is becoming increasingly popular due to their versatility. Tilt turn windows open inwardly into the room from a hinge placed at the bottom.

That makes them both effective for stopping rain entering your home and much safer around small children.

Dual Turn

These windows are essentially the same as tilt turn windows, but with the popular appearance of a sash window.

Double Glazing FAQ Questions

Why do people get double glazed windows? 

The main reason many people choose to get double glazing is energy efficiency. Many would argue that the cost of double glazing is easily made back in savings from heating bills.

It does this by using two panes of glass with a gap in between, which is often filled with gas, which works as an insulating barrier to keep heat inside the home. This means less energy is wasted, as it cannot escape outside.

Say you live in a semi-detached home, with electric heating and single-glazed timber windows, you could potentially see savings of as much as £446 each year if your switched to A+ rated energy efficient windows.

Double glazed windows are now considered a standard fixture in many new build homes and are the most common replacement for outdated, failing or damaged windows.

Another reason many people choose to get double glazing is that single glazed windows can be extremely inefficient in both retaining heat and keeping out noise.

What are the disadvantages of double glazing?

The main advantage of double glazing can also be considered its main disadvantages too. They are extremely effective in trapping heat in your home which, whilst ideal in the middle of winter, can cause problems during the summer months.

Whilst many double-glazing providers may be able to offer tints on your windows to filter out heat from the sun, making your home cooler throughout summer, this will increase your double-glazed windows cost.

Another common issue with double glazed windows is that they cannot be repaired. So, should the seal around your windows break, you would not be able to separate the panes to fix the problem. That means you would have to pay out to have them replaced.

UPVC windows cost less up front than wooden frames but, again, they are irreparable. If they were made from wood, their lifespan could be extended with good maintenance and regular repainting.

Are there alternative options to having double glazing installed?

In older homes in particular, some people choose to have their windows upgraded rather than replaced with double glazing.

This could be due to the fact that brand new double-glazed windows cost more than secondary glazing does, however this is not the case for everyone. Secondary glazing works by placing another panel of glass within the frame on the inside of your existing single glazed windows in order to form a gap.

The gap will then help to insulate your home and keep it warm, functioning just like double glazing. To do this, your current windows will need to be the correct type and in good condition, with at least a 1cm gap between the original and the secondary glass.

Some people also prefer triple glazed windows to double glazing, adding wider cavities between the two glass panes to further insulate your home.

What are the main advantages of double glazing?

Double glazing is used to stop heat from escaping your home. Not only will this help to reduce your carbon footprint, but it could also help cut down your energy bills by hundreds of pounds every year.

These modern windows are also perfectly equipped for urban areas, thanks to their sound insulation properties. The air gap in double glazing works to block out noise pollution, meaning your home will be both warmer and quieter.

Double glazed windows are also tougher to break than simple single glazing; giving your home an additional layer of security too.

When would I need planning consent for double glazing?

Planning permission is not always necessary for double glazing, so more often than not, you can go ahead with your home improvements without any issues.

Double glazed windows are considered a minimal alteration, so if you live in a “dwelling house” – that is, a property built for the purpose of being used as a home – it is likely you will not need planning consent for installation.

However, if the property falls into one of the following categories, you will need to apply for planning permission. They are:

  • Flats
  • Listed buildings
  • Homes in conservation areas
  • Houses under an Article 4 Directive

Your local planning authority will respond to your application by either granting permission, denying it, or allowing you to change the windows within certain guidelines.

This could restrict the style, colour, or material of frames you are allowed to replace the old windows with. In conservation areas, it is common for councils to only allow ‘like for like’ installations in order to preserve the style of the property.

It is recommended that you contact your local planning department before starting any home improvement projects. You can apply for planning permission online here, or get in touch with your local council.

Where can I buy double glazing?

There are hundreds of thousands of double glazing installation companies all across the UK, but finding the right one for you can be difficult.

Some of the biggest double-glazing companies are household names, but not always for good reason. Not only will using a smaller, local company for your double-glazing cost less on average, but they’re often of the same if not better quality too.

If you would like to receive a double-glazing quote from a reputable local supplier near you, please fill out our form below.

Should my installer be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?)

Selecting the right installer for your double glazing is not just a case of finding the right price, it is also important to ensure that they are competent in what they do.

A good way to do this is to look out for the Trade Associations trademarks on their website. If they have these, they should be certified and approved by that particular association. This could be:

How long does it take to fit double glazing?

This can depend greatly on the condition of your old windows and the site.

The installation engineers will need to safely remove your old windows before they can install your new double glazing. Under normal circumstances, a team of two installers will be able to complete between three and six windows each day.

Before I get my double glazing, what should I ask a potential installer?

You should never get double glazing without shopping around first. Not only does this ensure you find the best possible double-glazing prices, it also gives you the chance to find the most suitable installer and best quality windows for your money.

When you get your double-glazing quote from a supplier, make sure you ask what the energy rating of the windows you will be receiving will be. All windows are given an energy rating by the British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC) to show their thermal performance. The highest performing windows for energy efficiency will be rates A, with the lowest rating of G.

You will also need to ask how long they estimate the installations will take, as this can vary between providers. Some windows, such as timber systems, may need decorating and finishing after they are installed. Make sure you ask if you will need to decorate after the installation.

It is always best practice to compare a variety of quotes from different companies in your area to make sure you get the best professional for your installation.

Why should I get quotes for double glazed window prices from Tradesmenprices.co.uk?

With Tradesmenprices.co.uk, we’ll put you in touch with 3-4 skilled double-glazing installers whose history and credentials we’ve checked out. That’s great for peace of mind but you also know that, when more than one company is competing for your business, the price you pay will come down and the quality of the installation will still be just as high.

You can also compare the quote we produce with any you have already received. If you’re going to make the commitment to invest in double glazing for your property, it’s always best if you keep the final bill down as much as possible so you can spend what’s left over on further home improvements.

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Conservatory Prices

For people looking to extend their homes, having a conservatory is a popular choice.

Why? Conservatories are versatile rooms, built to a variety of specifications and to styles which can be modelled to your personal preferences.

Conservatory Cost

How much does a conservatory cost? The range of prices you may have seen or been quoted might have varied greatly. Depending on the style you want, the size you want, and the contractor you choose, your conservatory project could range in price from as little as £6,000 to £35,000.

Of course, the significant variations in price range are for a reason – you shouldn’t expect to pay the same for a full orangery conservatory as you would for a lean-to.

There are other factors behind why the cost of a conservatory, even very similar looking ones, are different depending on the company you get them from. In this article, we’ll look at why.

Cost of Conservatory

Big conservatory companies will often use subcontractors to do different parts of a conservatory build.

You may have noticed the workers digging the foundations weren’t the same as those sealing the roof, or laying the bricks, for example.

Subcontracting is a way that big companies save money on having full-time staff on their books. Whilst the workmen they use will be very skilled, the subcontractor will make a profit too. So, if a big conservatory company is using a subcontractor to lay your conservatory foundations, there are two companies making a profit from you – the company you bought from and their subcontractor.

Similarly, big companies have higher running costs. A small, family owned business comprising of a few individuals all specialising in different areas may take a day or two longer to complete your conservatory project, but they’ll be working from a single van, and will be in control of the prices directly. Should something go wrong, they’ll be able to explain a change in price without having to consult any ‘higher-ups’.

In contrast, a larger company may have to cover subcontracting expenses, or – for their direct employees – the cost of transport and tools for a larger workforce. They also pay their sales reps pretty substantial commissions – a sales rep’s commission may be up to 20% of the price you’re paying.

Tradesmenprices.co.uk only works with quality-assured, local independent conservatory installers.

If you’re looking for a conservatory quote, why not fill out the form below? We’ll give you free quotes, which you can compare with others you may have received.

Types of Conservatory and Cost

In general, you’ll see conservatories grouped into two distinct categories: traditional conservatories, and orangeries.

Traditional Fully Fitted Conservatory Cost

Traditional conservatories are the most popular, and they come in about as many styles as you can come up with. The most popular types of standard conservatory are lean-tos, which feature – as the name suggests – an angled roof that ‘leans’ from the outer wall, sloping towards the ground in a single direction.

Of course, the smaller a conservatory is, the cheaper it will be. For a typical 3mx3m lean-to conservatory, you’re looking at a price range of £5,200 to around £5,400, including supply, labour, and fitting.

Increasingly popular in the UK is the Edwardian or Victorian style of conservatory. They are just like a lean-to conservatory but they have an “apex”-shaped roof instead of the sloping lean-to style. The price difference between a lean-to and an Edwardian/Victorian-style conservatory is not that great with prices coming in around £5,750 to £5,950.

Fully Fitted Orangery Conservatory Cost

Orangeries often cost a lot more than standard conservatories. They’re a type of hybrid conservatory combining traditional conservatory features with those of a living room. Orangeries are popular because they can be used all year round and almost always add value to your property.

In the UK, the average cost of an orangery is upwards of £20,000. The price alone can be an automatic deal breaker for some, but it is possible to find high-quality orangeries for as little as £10,000. Yes, that’s still twice the price of a normal conservatory, but when you consider all the benefits an orangery offers, the price seems far more reasonable.

Conservatory Cost – Materials for Orangeries

Additionally, the materials used in the construction of your orangery will likely be more expensive than those used for a lean-to conservatory. When looking at quotes for your orangery, try to think of them as if you were paying for an extension – after all, that’s what an orangery is, even though it’s mostly glass.

The average cost of a 20m² single-storey extension is between £30,000 and £50,000. Compared to this, an orangery of the same size at a cost of £20,000 is a bargain!

Conservatory Cost UK

If you’re worried about paying more for your conservatory than you need to, look at the prices of your supply materials before you get any quotes in. Try and price up a cost sheet yourself, excluding labour and overheads, so you can get an idea of where your money is going. And don’t forget – you get what you pay for.

If it would be a financial struggle to afford more durable materials for your conservatory at this point in time, maybe consider saving up for a little while longer until you know your project will sit comfortably within your budget.

Conservatory Costs – Cost Calculator

The last thing you want is your ‘good value’ conservatory costing you hundreds in repairs over the years because of shoddy workmanship or cheap materials.

Your best option is to look at conservatory designs that are the best value for money, without having to compromise on quality. You can use our free quote form to do this – simply fill out some basic personal information, then choose the type of conservatory you’re looking at and add any extra information you think we’ll need, like size or budget.

Conservatories FAQ

Why would someone want a conservatory?

Conservatories are a great choice for people who want to extend and add value to their home but can’t afford a ground floor extension.

If you have a nice garden you want a proper view of from indoors, you want somewhere to entertain guests, or you want something as simple as a nice, comfortable all-year-round room to place another TV set in, installing a conservatory may be the right option for you.

What are the benefits of a conservatory?

Conservatories add extra space to your home, and benefit from natural light as they are predominantly made of glass. They’re also extremely versatile builds – some people use their conservatories as storage space attached to the side of the house where others decorate and install furniture to make an additional living space.

Conservatories can be wired up to offer heating in winter and blinds or shades can be installed to minimise direct sunlight during summer.

What are the disadvantages of conservatories?

The temperature inside your conservative can fluctuate a lot because most of it is made from glass.

Conservatories traditionally feature either a glass or polycarbonate roof and can be built on either north or south facing sides of the property. South facing conservatories tend to see an unwanted heat retention problem, as they are in direct sunlight. This can lead to ‘unbearable’ temperatures occurring.

If you’re determined to have a glass roof installed, there are a few popular treated glass options that help reduce direct sunlight and heat retention/loss. The most common is Active neutral (grey) glass, which allows 56% light transmission, 68% solar transmission, and has a U-Value of 1.0.

Will I need planning permission for a conservatory?

The conservatory must not go past the back wall of your original home by more than three metres if it’s being built onto, for example, a terraced or a semi-detached house. For detached homes, you have four metres.

The maximum height for any conservatory, (or single-story extension, for that matter) is four metres. If you’re looking for more specific information, click here for a comprehensive guide.

Who can I buy a conservatory from?

You can buy a conservatory from any number of our GGF approved contractors who we work with to bring you the best quotes for your project.

You can find local conservatory installers online. You can also use the form on this page to get 3 or more quotes from local contractors.

Should my conservatory installer be a member of any organisations?

Whoever installs your glasswork should be a part of the Glass and Glazing Federation, so to make sure they’re a tradesman you can have trust in, look for a quote through Tradesmenprices.co.uk.

We only work with registered and accredited contractors, so you don’t need to worry about confirming their eligibility.

How long does it take to install a conservatory?

Typically, a medium-sized conservatory will take between three to four weeks to fully install, including all finishing off and clearing up. Construction begins with the base, and usually takes around three days to dig the footings, lay the foundations, and level the floor, prior to building the walls.

After this, you can expect a short period of settling, usually timed so it’s over a weekend. In the second week, the frames should go up, and the glazing be completed.

Finally, you’ll watch the walls be plastered (if necessary) and the floor will go in. If you’re concerned about floor space right after the foundations are laid, don’t be! Often, conservatories look smaller than they are during construction. Just wait until the frames go up.

Before I get a conservatory, what should I ask a potential installer?

It’s important that, right from the start, your installer understands exactly what you want from your conservatory installation. A lack of clear communication can cause problems later on. You have every right to ask questions at any time of your contractor.

Making sure you’re on the same page as your chosen contractors is important. Check which materials they’re using, and don’t be afraid to ask how much they paid for them – it’s your build, after all.

If you’re concerned about how long the build is going to take, let the company know. They’ll understand and will explain how long everything should take, and why it does so.

Why should I get a conservatory quote from Tradesmenprices.co.uk?

Buying a conservatory is a big commitment. Conservatories are expensive and it takes a few weeks to install one – there will be some upheaval in your home for a little while.

By using Tradesmenprices.co.uk, you’ll be connected to 3-4 local conservatory installers with a proper track record of successful work behind them. Better still, if there are 3 or 4 companies competing for your business, that’s going to bring the price you pay down without affecting quality.

You can also compare the quote we produce with any you have already received. Please scroll up to fill in our free quotations form.