What is PVCu? PVC stands for Polyvinyl Chloride, and refers to the type of extremely durable plastic that is used for making the window frames. The letter u (which sometimes appears after the letters PVC) stands for unplasticised and simply means that the plastic is strong and rigid. Modern PVCu contains stabilisers that protect it from the sun’s rays, ensuring that your window frames won’t yellow even after many years. PVCu is perfect for windows and doors because it won’t warp or twist and it’s extremely strong, hard wearing and requires very little maintenance to remain looking as good as new.
Why do Everbrite Direct Conservatories cost so much less than those from other companies? Because we manufacture all our own conservatory frames and don’t have to buy them in from another company, we can offer discounts that, until now, have only been available to commercial customers – with no compromise on quality.
Are Everbrite Direct conservatories guaranteed for 10 years? Yes. We manufacture all our conservatory frames in our own state-of-the-art factory, so we can be confident that they are the highest quality. Our 10 year guarantee means that you can be sure that your conservatory will keep your home safe, secure and looking good for many years to come.
Which is more secure – internal or external glazing beads? Beading is the part of the frame that holds the glazing units in place and all Everbrite Direct conservatories are beaded on the INSIDE of the frame to make sure that the glazing unit cannot be removed from the outside. This is without a doubt the most secure option.
Some companies argue that external beading is less prone to leaks, but all Everbrite Direct conservatories have drainage channels moulded into the frames to ensure that our window’s are not only secure but will remain watertight in even the most extreme conditions.
What’s the difference between toughened and laminated glass? The main difference between the two types of glass is that toughened glass, whilst extremely strong, will shatter if struck with sufficient force. However, unlike normal glass, toughened glass will break into many small pieces rather than large, dangerous shards. Laminated glass will crack, but is unlikely to smash, making it desirable for areas where extremely high security is required, but dangerous for most domestic applications where you may need to break a window pane in order to escape during a fire.
Because of this, all Everbrite Direct conservatories come with toughened glass as standard.
Why do we only sell white, lean-to conservatories online? Our online products are aimed at the DIY market and we feel that an off-the-shelf lean-to design is the easiest type of conservatory to install. That’s not to say that other designs are not suitable for DIY – if you feel confident in your DIY skills, you can fill in your exact requirements on style, colour and size and we’ll be happy to quote on any type of conservatory. Alternatively you can order your conservatory from us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our approved, local installers who’ll do all the hard work for you, and you’ll still get the cost benefit of ordering direct from the manufacturer.
What type of roofing system do you use? All our conservatories use Wendland roofs. Wendland are a high quality manufacturer who have BBA certification for all their conservatory roof systems.
Do I have to have a polycarbonate roof? No. Our off-the-shelf units have a polycarbonate roof, but Wendland roofing systems are strong enough to have double glazed units instead – if you fill in our bespoke quotation request form, you can specify either a polycarbonate or glazed roof.
Can I order replacement parts for my conservatory? You can order a range of parts online in the accessories section. Otherwise give us a call and we’ll be happy to supply you with the parts you need, from door handles to new sealed glazing units.
What happens if my builder lays the base or builds the dwarf wall slightly off square? Both these factors are critical to the successful construction of your conservatory. When we supply the conservatory to you it will come with a complete specification for the base and dwarf walls. You should not start to erect the conservatory frame until you are sure that the base and dwarf walls meet this specification.
Will I need planning permission? Usually there is no requirement for planning permission in England and Wales but you should confirm this with your local authority prior to commencing any work. The rules for Scotland are different and a building warrant will be required. Always check with your local authority and get them to confirm in writing.
Can I vary the height of the dwarf wall? Yes. The normal height for a dwarf wall is 600mm and our off-the-shelf conservatories are built with this in mind, but you can vary this if you wish to raise or lower the roofline of your conservatory. If you order a bespoke frame, you can specify any size frame to fit on any height of dwarf wall.