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Under floor heating allows conservatories to be used in all seasons

Many people may think conservatories are only suitable for use in spring and summer, but installing under floor heating means they can be used all year-round.

That is the opinion of Graham Norwood, who wrote in the Telegraph that the concept of using a glassed space for anything from plants to parties began in the 18th century.

In recent years, he stated, their popularity has risen as homeowners look to upgrade what they have instead of moving, at a time when estate agency fees and stamp duty are high.

Jonathan Hey of Westbury Conservatories told the writer: "If people simply need more living space, a timber conservatory or garden room can provide extra room for dining, relaxing and entertaining."

A well-positioned and well-built structure of this type can also add a "real wow factor" for guests, Mr Hey added.

However, Mr Norwood went on to suggest that cheaper models can often be of low quality and said it is essential to employ contractors who are certified by Fensa, the body that seeks to protect consumers who purchase glass windows and doors.