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Whilst you may be familiar with the many benefits of using an oak frame, the characteristics of the glazing system are generally far less known. Glazing has improved dramatically over the last decade, and now one of the most advanced materials available to ensure you stay snug in the winter and cool in the summer. If you’re thinking of blending traditional oak with the very latest glass system, here are a few areas you may need to consider:

Maximising thermal efficiency
Thermal efficiency can vary depending on the type of glazing used. For example, using low emissivity glass can increase insulation value by up to 3 times, but there are other variables to consider too such as the gas used in the cavity. To make sure you optimise efficiency, take specialist advice from your designer. Specialists at GreenRooms can provide guidance on all types of glazing options to ensure your new space is as thermally efficient as possible.

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Avoiding solar glare or gain
If you’re worried about the glare from the sun, there are many different types of solar controlled glazed units to choose from, all featuring a metallic coating.  The one you use will depend on how much of the sun you want to block out - or let in (g value). There are also different tint colours to choose from to match the rest of the property such as clear, blue, grey, bronze and green, as well as options such as self-cleaning glass.

Getting the design right
The style of your extension will depend on your property and how you intend to use the space. An oak frame orangery with a lantern will create a really light space and become a beautiful room that could be used for family time, socialising or a place to simply escape with your favourite book. A pitched roof creates space above to show off the beautiful exposed timbers and emphasises the room as an extension of the home.

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Matching aesthetics
A glazed extension can make a bold statement and sometimes homeowners are concerned about whether it will match the aesthetics of the rest of the property. Contrast however, can work a treat when designing an extension. As it’s made using a natural material, an oak framed, glazed extension can sympathetically complement a traditional building whether it’s in stone or red brick. The shape of the house will help to determine what style will be most appropriate, including whether a pitched or flat roof would be most suitable, but contrast can certainly be a good thing rather than trying too hard to match the existing construction materials.

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With this in mind, GreenRooms allow you to maximise light by creating a beautiful oak frame extension enshrouded in glass. Not only does this create a truly unique feature room, but also a ‘green’ room by blending sustainable oak, with incredibly thermally efficient glass.

For further information or advice on extending your property and maximising natural light, visit our website at , or alternatively, why not visit us on stand B480 at Grand Designs Live 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham between 19th - 23rd October and speak to a GreenRooms specialist.

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