5 Ways To Get Your Conservatory Ready For Summer

The summer weather seems to have deserted us for the moment, replaced with heavy rainfall, but that was always likely to happen at some point. 


Hopefully it will be back soon so that we don’t have to stay stuck indoors too long, but it’s not so bad if you have a conservatory or orangery you can use that’s well setup for summer. 

Unsure how to get your extension summer-ready? James Oliver has you covered with five easy to implement ideas:

Install a solid tiled roof

Do you quickly sweat within a few minutes of being inside your conservatory in summer?

It’s such a common issue with many traditionally-built conservatories featuring old-style glass and polycarbonate roofs. 

The roof is often the root cause of the problem and should be removed and replaced with a custom-built solid tiled roof, like the Guardian Warm Roof or UltraRoof 380. 

Fit energy efficient windows

Solid tiled roofs are very lightweight, so you can sometimes retain a conservatory’s original windows, as well the windows ad base, when fitting the product. 

But it might be better to replace the windows if they have a low energy efficiency rating and add new energy efficient windows. 

Buy some blinds

You may find that the glare from the sun when sat in your conservatory is a bit too much at a certain time in the day. 

To shut this glare out, get some window coverings i.e. blinds that you can draw closed.

The best forms of blind for conservatories tend to be Venetian blinds, roller blinds and pleated blinds, which need to be made-to-measure. 

Place some plants inside

You won’t be quite so frustrated when your garden is out of bounds because of the weather if you have some greenery in your conservatory, displayed around its interior.

We’re referring to some plants and according to Gardeners’ World Magazine, these are the 10 best conservatory plants:

  • Mandevilla
  • Bougainvillea
  • Hoya
  • Plumbago
  • Sarracenia
  • Lapageria
  • Strelitzia
  • Hymenocallis
  • Aristolochia
  • Cacti and succulents

Take out any thick textures

It’s nice to cuddle up in the conservatory in the winter under a thick throw when laid out on a sofa or chair. 

But you don’t need quite so much cosiness in the summer, so remove any thick throws and warm coverings, and instead put out softer, thinner coverings, maybe with floral patterns as a symbol of summer. 

It’s a good time to buy a solid roof or energy efficient windows from James Oliver as we have just launched our summer sale.


Everyone is welcome to come in and browse around our showroom, where our friendly sales team will be pleased to help with any questions you may have over a cup of coffee.


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