Conservatories and orangeries
Choosing a conservatory company
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Find out what conservatory owners really think of local builders and conservatory companies versus national firms, such as Anglian Windows and Everest
One of the biggest decisions you'll face is whether to get your conservatory from a big national brand or a local firm or builder. Our research helps you make the decision based on conservatory owners' experiences.
We've spoken to hundreds of conservatory owners to see what their experiences were with local and national firms, and whether they would recommend them to a friend.
National vs local conservatory firms
You can buy off-the-shelf and install your conservatory yourself, or you can buy your conservatory from one firm and get it installed by another. Alternatively, you can go to a major national brand such as Anglian Windows, Everest, Sehbac or Ultraframe for the whole package.
Some people like the bigger brands because of their consistency and experience. Others prefer local firms for their more individual service.
If you go local, you’ll also have to decide whether to pick an independent conservatory firm or a local builder, who is likely to have a wider range of skills than simply building conservatories. This may be good if your build is more complex or larger than average.
When we asked Which? members (2015*) about their conservatory, one in 10 people said they bought it from a national brand - mainly from Anglian.
Meanwhile, the majority of people (70%) bought their conservatory locally, with most opting for a local specialist conservatory company rather than a builder.
The table below shows how satisfied people were with their choice of different types of firms and how likely they would be to recommend them to family or friends.
We also asked about the average cost of a conservatory and found that it varied by as much as £5,000 depending on what type of company people went with.
Which? members can log in to view the results in our table below, and to unlock our expert advice on choosing a conservatory firm, including our downloadable checklist to help you ensure you're asking conservatory companies all the right questions and getting the best service for your money.
|Type of firm||% who were satisfied with their conservatory|
|All local firms|
|Local conservatory company|
Table notes: Sample sizes - all local firms (627), local builder (105), local conservatory company (522) and national brand (107).
Use our home improvement checklist
No matter which company you choose, you'll want to make sure your conservatory build sticks to time and budget.
Our home improvements checklist will help you to make sure that you've done all you can to avoid any problems and stick to time and budget.*(In June and July 2015 we surveyed 893 Which? members about their experiences of buying a conservatory in the last five years and experiences with cost in the past two years.)