Using Conservatories or Orangeries as a Home Extension
Timber conservatories remain the choice of material if budget constraints are removed. There is no doubt it is the most pleasing finish easily beating PVCu and aluminium, despite the much vaunted wood style finishes that the manufacturers of these products promote.
The choice is even more clear on older properties and especially older properties with period structures such as Georgian conservatories, Victorian conservatories or Edwardian conservatories.
The actual wood used for timber conservatories is usually cedar, hardwood (such as oak or mahogany) and even pine. The big issue with timber conservatories is maintenance. If wood is untreated then it does not have the durability of PVCu and Aluminium. However, unless you are building the conservatory yourself the timber will have been treated and such come with a guarantee.
Of the types mentioned here, they are their merits and downsides. The downside of pine for example is that it is soft in comparison and must be treated properly to prevent rot and damage. This is one area that just cannot compete on the same level as PVCu and aluminium.
Having said that there are still major advantages of timber conservatories like the inherent strength of wood. Also, wood is recyclable and from renewable sources. The number attribute of course though is the classic style and elegance that wood structures have. Wood is much easier to work and shape and so the class period styles can be easily achieved.
The downside of course is the cost. Timber conservatories are that much more expensive than PVCu and aluminium. In the end it is probably the budget that is the ultimate deciding factor when it comes to the choice of conservatory.