What To Do To Get Your Conservatory Ready For The Summer

We’re barely a week into the official start of summer and already we’ve enjoyed the hottest day of the year to date, plus, we had a beautiful May. Here’s hoping more gloriously warm and sunny days lay ahead over the coming few months. 

Bungalow Conservatory

It’s important not to get too overexcited though – this is England, after all!

The hot weather will be interspersed with wet spells, and when they arrive, go take refuge in your conservatory or orangery. 

You will only be able to use that option if your home extension is well weatherproofed and for that you need an insulating roof. Old glass and polycarbonate roofs are most often responsible for traditional conservatories and orangeries overheating, But they can be removed and taken out in exchange for a solid tiled roof, which will do a more effective job of keeping out excess warmth and cold (there are no less than four solid roof products at Pennine).

The lightweight nature of these replacement roofs often eliminates the need for any existing windows and doors to be replaced at the same time, especially if they still provide a high enough level of thermal efficiency. If you find that the present windows and doors in your extension bring in too much warmth and they don’t necessarily need replacing, you could always get Venetian, Roller or Pleated Blinds installed to block out the sun. 

So that you can make a quick dash inside your extension when in your garden and it starts raining, have a set of French, patio or bi-folding doors fitted into the most appropriate aperture. You can also use them as an opening when you need a bit of a breeze blowing into the structure. 

It’s annoying when the weather stops you using your garden in summer, but less so if you have some greenery in your conservatory interior. 

There are plenty of plants to pick from and put on display, but Gardeners’ World Magazine considers these 10 plants to be the best for conservatories:


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


After picking your conservatory plants and finding a spot for them all, go around the conservatory and remove any thick textures from your furniture. You want thinner coverings for chairs and sofas for the summer and can bring those thicker textures back for winter. 

We have started welcoming customers back to our showrooms if you wish to visit Pennine and talk over plans involving your conservatory, or anything else we offer. 


Everyone is welcome to come in and browse around our Newcastle 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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