Gable front conservatories are a very popular way of adding an extra room to your home. The benefits of a Gable Conservatory design are effective use of space maximum light transmission bright airy and spacious feel A Gable front conservatory roof has to be installed on a square or rectangular base, which is the most efficient design in terms of the usable internal space. The layout of furniture inside the room will be much easier in a square or rectangular room, rather than the shaped bay style of a Victorian conservatory. The Gable Front on a conservatory means the full height of the roof extends right to the front of the room. This allows maximum light transmission in to the room. This is a consideration not only for the conservatory itself, but may be more important to the room that leads in to the conservatory, especially if the only light into that room comes through the conservatory. The light and the height of the roof ensure that a Gable fronted conservatory is the feels far more airy, bright and spacious than any other room of the same size.
Gable Conservatory Structural Issues
The high ridge on a Gable conservatory, the very thing that brings the visual and light transmission benefits, also brings structural complications. The high front frame is especially vulnerable to wind damage and the side frames have a tendency to want to splay outwards. It is essential that you have a Gable Conservatory Structurally proven prior to commencing the project. A specialist firm will not only be able to show you how your proposed Gable Conservatory will look, but will be able to show you the structural calculations to give you peace of mind. This will give you confidence in the safety and long term performance of your new room. Typically you should be looking to have a Gable Support Beam to reinforce the front frame and a Structural Tie Bar to brace the side frames to prevent the splaying effect of the side elevations. Your individual specification will depend on the size, location and design of your individual room, so its vital that you do not buy an off the shelf Gable Conservatory, but have one individually specified for your personal requirements.
It is also possible to extend a Gable style conservatory by adding another section making the project into a P or T shaped conservatory, incorporating a Gable to either side or the front elevation. Provided you take care with the structural specification a Gable Conservatory can make a tremendous addition to any home.