The Top 3 Plants to Grow in Your Conservatory

Conservatories are perfect for relaxing whilst enjoying the beauty of your garden from indoors, but why not bring nature inside too? People often worry that their conservatory will be too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter to successfully cultivate plants, but as long as you choose the right plants and ensure you have a well insulated, solid conservatory roof installed, there’s no reason not to use it as a growing space. Not sure what to grow in your conservatory? Here are 3 of the best plants to consider: Continue reading

Stay in Shape This Winter: Use Your Conservatory as a Fitness Studio

As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, many fitness enthusiasts find themselves unable to get the exercise they need. But this doesn’t have to be the case for those with a conservatory that offers extra living space and room to exercise through the colder months. Continue reading

Why Service-Based Businesses Need Security Shutters

Do you run a service-based business, such as a travel agency or a cleaning service? If so, you may be unsure about whether you need to protect your premises with security shutters. After all, service-based businesses don’t deal in physical products that can be stolen by thieves. According to an article on the small business website Chron, your “business line… can dictate the level of physical security needed”. In other words, certain types of business such as service businesses don’t need as much security as others. However, here at Abacus Shutters, we believe that security shutters are a basic security requirement for every business, including service-based ones. In today’s blog, we’ll explain why.

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3 Ways to Enjoy Your Conservatory During Autumn and Winter

Although summer is almost over and the first autumn leaves are beginning to fall from the trees, that doesn’t mean we need to abandon our conservatories during the coldest months of the year. Once you’ve prepared your conservatory for winter and had a new roof installed by a solid roof specialist, it will be a warm, comfortable and cosy haven that you can continue to use all year round. Here are a few ways you can enjoy your conservatory this autumn and winter.

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The Conservatory as a Dining Room

Many individuals decide to build or convert their existing conservatory or orangery into a dining room, and for very good reasons. Below we share the many benefits of using the conservatory as a dining room.

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Want a Pinterest-Worthy Conservatory?

You might think that the homes and conservatories you see in lifestyle magazines or find on Pinterest are a thing only dreams are made of, but with the right vision and know-how, they can be all yours in no time.

If you are keen to bag yourself a Pinterest-worthy conservatory, then listen up; we have 5 ways for you to achieve the look.

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Future-Proofing Your Conservatory

Your new conservatory is a smart investment, adding value to your property and useful living space that you can use to create anything from a hobby room to a home office. But how do you future-proof your conservatory so it remains a functional and beautiful space all year round?

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Choosing the Right Tile for Your Roof

Once you’ve decided to build your conservatory with Sentinel Solid Roof, your next decision is which tile you choose to perfectly compliment your bespoke conservatory. There are three tiling options available to you. Each of the lightweight metal tiling options offer a look to match your home and personal taste, and each comes in a variety of finishes. All tiles come with the Sentinel roof standard 10-year guarantee for complete peace of mind.

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Get the Look: the Classic Period Conservatory

Conservatories first became popular in the Victorian era, when these ornate structures would be filled with exotic plants and used for gracious tea parties. It’s a look anyone can copy in their modern conservatory, starting with the addition of solid conservatory roofs to nail that period look and to provide extra functionality to your conservatory at any time of the year. If you’re building from scratch then a solid timber frame, or a composite that features a durable aluminium exterior and the beauty and warmth of a timber interior, is the smart choice. You can then choose from our range of conservatory roof styles to complete the period look.

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Inspiration For Your Conservatory: 4 Famous Roof Designs

The ceiling’s not the limit when it comes to roofs. People look up to roofers who get creative with their design and offer something different, so here are four roofs renowned around the world for their invention and allure.

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