A modern way to extend your home is to create and extension into the back garden is with glass and metal (usually steel). And no, we do not mean a conservatory.
There are many modern buildings being erected with the exterior made completely of glass, but we think this may a bit much, however to create a nice ambience in a dining room, we think that this would be perfect for a glass room extension. You can even feel like you’re enjoying an alfresco dining experience.
When it comes to selecting the material for the extension and the roof, you could use either glass or fiberglass (which we discussed in an earlier post). Both have their benefits.
If you chose glass and have a larger budget, you could consider “smart glass” (otherwise known as privacy glass) which becomes like frosted glass when the current being passed through it is switched off. This could be a great option for your roof if you have nosey neighbours overlooking you!
When you have a flat roofed building, something to strongly consider is having a skylight. You can have a skylight in a normal shaped roof, however, having a flat roof can give you an advantage of space! A flat roof will normally mean you have a lot of space, you could even consider making most of the roof glass, opening up your room and letting the light in.
You have two main considerations, plastic or glass?
If you are having a large window and it is a way of naturally lighting your room, we would strongly suggest to go for the more expensive option being glass. Glass made for skylights is being made to have more durable qualities, it can also be laminated or tempered to increase its strength.
Unlike with plastic which can discolour over time or even warp. Plastic also allows ultraviolet rays in from the sun which can fade your furniture and can also damage your skin. (To stop this it must be coated in a special film, however this does not stop it from warping and basically being less durable.)