Are you considering installing a conservatory at your home? Would you like the extra living space but you’re unsure whether a glazed extension would be suitable for your property? Have you done some research and you’re still concerned about the best direction for a conservatory to face? If so, the experts at Oakley Green have got all the answers you need.
North facing vs south facing conservatories
If your conservatory is going to be in a north facing position, it will naturally get less sun throughout the year. This means that during the summer, it will warm up nicely but during the winter when the sun is low in the sky, it may remain cold.
If, on the other hand, your conservatory is south facing, it will be exposed to more sun all year round. This could mean that it may become too hot during the summer while remaining at a more ambient temperature in the winter.
High performance conservatories from Oakley Green
Whichever way your conservatory will face, there’s no need to be concerned. At Oakley Green all our conservatories are designed and constructed to the highest industry standards. By using thermally efficient window profiles and roofing systems, we can help your conservatory to retain its heat during the cold winter months.
Solar reflective glazing will regulate the temperature when it gets hot outside in the summer to give you an extended living area which you can use all year round. Whether you have a north or south facing garden, thanks to modern advancements in technology, conservatories are now fully functioning living areas all year round.
Which is the perfect direction for a conservatory to face?
The answer to this question will depend on your lifestyle and what the conservatory will be used for. As mentioned above, south facing conservatories will attract more year-round sun while north facing ones will have less sun exposure during winter.
If your conservatory is east facing, it will enjoy the morning sunlight. If it is west facing, then it will regularly get the evening sun through its windows. The perfect direction for your conservatory to face will therefore depend on when you are going to use it most often.
If you want to further regulate the temperature in your conservatory you can install sliding patio, French, or bifold doors which can be opened wide to let in a cool breeze. You could also install blinds both on the interior of the roof or the conservatory’s sides.
At Oakley Green, we are the experts in everything conservatory related. For more information about any of our conservatories call 01635 877 959 or contact us online.
Other ideas for north-facing gardens
Sadly, North-facing gardens often experience limited sunlight. A lack of sunlight can affect the way that it’s used. However, an increase in shade can be a good thing, provided you know how to utilise it. So in order to help you get the best out of a North-facing garden, we’ve listed some ideas for you to consider.
Outdoor dining area
Being roasted by the boiling hot sun whilst trying to eat is not exactly the ideal meal. However, a North-facing garden is likely to be shielded enough from the sun, meaning they’re excellent for an outdoor dining area. And no need to spend extra funds building a structure to block out the sun, a table and chairs is all you’ll need.
Consider an orangery
Orangeries let in plenty of sunlight, but house considerably less glazing than conservatories. And as they offer superb levels of thermal insulation, they’re not reliant on sunlight for heat whatsoever. Members of online forums have complained about North-facing gardens going cold too quickly. With a realROOF orangery from us at Oakley, your North-facing garden can make the most of the shade, whilst retaining lots of heat.
Not all plants need the sun to thrive
Due to the lack of sunlight, some avid gardeners are concerned that North-facing gardens are unable to accommodate any plant life. Fortunately, this is not the case; many have achieved luscious plots, by using plants that thrive in shaded conditions. Find a picture of 22 perennials that do well in the shade here, however others are available. A nice green lawn is possible too. Choose one that is specially designed for shade or use a seed mix of grasses that do well in low-light. Alternatively, keep lawn areas to a minimum and, if conditions are still too dire, install an artificial lawn instead.
Adding depth and colour
Once you’ve found some plant life that’ll thrive in the shade, it’s worth considering adding some colour to your garden. Continually shaded areas can look lifeless and dull, but some vibrant plant life can combat this. White flowers and silver foliage are good for adding depth, whilst combining shades of green adds further texture. Gravel is also good for adding a bit of glamour to a shaded spot.
Install a pathway
Add a sense of direction to your garden with a pathway. Lead people around your garden and create a contrast between the path and surrounding plant life, adding further depth to your garden.
Strategically placed garden ornaments provide additional life to a dingy garden. Ornamental pots look stylish and plants do well in them, so use plenty of these. Trellising, benches, or even a fountain, can add further excitement to shaded areas.
A North-facing garden needn’t be a burden, provided you give it some depth and utilise its distinct qualities. We at Oakley are proud to offer home-improvement solutions, tailored to individual tastes. If you’re interested in learning more about our products, or for any home-improvement advice, contact one of our experts today.