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How to make your garden room ‘greener’

You may be familiar with the many benefits of using an oak frame, the characteristics of our glazing system are generally far less known. Glazing has improved dramatically over the last decade and is now one of the most advanced materials available to ensure you stay snug in the winter and cool in the summer. If you’re thinking of blending traditional oak with the very latest glass system, here are a few things you may need to consider:

Maximising thermal efficiency

Thermal efficiency can vary depending on the type of glazing used. For example, using low emissivity glass can increase insulation value by up to 3 times, but there are other variables to consider too, such as the gas used in the cavity. To make sure you optimise efficiency, take specialist advice from your designer. Our specialists can provide guidance on all types of glazing options to ensure your new space is as thermally efficient as possible.

Avoiding solar glare or gain

If you’re worried about the glare from the sun, there are many different types of solar controlled glazed units to choose from, all featuring a metallic coating. The one you use will depend on how much of the sun you want to block out – or let in (g value). There are also different tint colours to choose from to match the rest of the property such as clear, blue, grey, bronze and green, as well as options such as self-cleaning glass.

Getting the design right

The style of your extension will depend on your property and how you intend to use the space. An oak frame orangery with a lantern will create a light space and become a multi-functional room that could be used for family time, socialising or a place to simply escape with your favourite book. A pitched roof creates space above to show off the beautiful exposed timbers and emphasises the room as an extension of the home.

Matching aesthetics

A glazed extension can make a bold statement and sometimes our clients are concerned about whether it will match the aesthetics of the rest of the property. Contrast however, can work a treat when designing an extension. As it’s made using a natural material, an oak framed, glazed extension can sympathetically complement a traditional building whether it’s in stone or red brick. The shape of the house will help to determine what style will be most appropriate, including whether a pitched or flat roof would be most suitable, but contrast can certainly be a good thing rather than trying too hard to match the existing construction materials.

For further information or advice on extending your property and maximising natural light, speak to our GreenRooms team on 01432 353353 or email us at