Extending your Home or Consolidating Business Expenses? Investing in a garden room is a big purchase for most customers. Whether the client is planning to incorporate the garden room into a new build home or use the project in place of a loft conversion or extension, there will always be a budget in mind. With so much choice out there in a virtual sea of information, here are 10 concise questions to explore which will guide you towards the best value and quality currently available.
1. "What kind of panel do you produce?" With SIPS (structurally Insulated Panels) growing increasingly popular amongst garden room suppliers, it's worth noting the differences between the two main types available. (PU) Polyurethane panels and (EPS) polystyrene panels. Polyurethane panels offer 40% greater thermally efficiency than polystyrene panels. One could flip that fact to say that the polystrene building costs 40% more to heat.
2. "Do you have BBA approval?" This ensures your room will be fire safe, energy efficient and well made, compliant with construction industry standards and built to last for decades, if not a lifetime.
3. "Is the glass building reg standard?" Door glass closer than 1500mm to the floor needs to be special safety glass as does window glass closer than 800mm to the finished floor level. Also, consider maximising natural light to reduce the need for artificial light with plenty of high quality glazing.
4. "Is the guarantee insurance backed?" Company warranties are worthless if the company goes into administration. Insurance backed guarantees protect the customer's purchase for the full term, regardless.
5. "Do you provide an electrical certificate?" A Compliance Certificate is required by law to prove it meets the required standards of Building Regulations Part P.
6. "Can you design one-off projects and is that design service free?" You're testing their experience here and architectural ability to create a design which complements your site. Bespoke jobs are not every company's forte as they have invested in mass producing certain models only. Those who can, generally do it well and do it free.
7. "What's your experience and qualification in this field?" Getting to know who you are potentially doing business with will either boost confidence or send you elsewhere. It's reassuring to know that you are doing business with a competent company who will be proficient at producing your design, completing your building and advising you correctly.
8. "Do I need planning permission or building regulations?" Depending on your precise property and location, the rules vary. Some garden room supplier will be able to guide you through the rules for your property, however the onus will always rest on the home owner so it would be prudent to double check for yourself. Some garden room companies will complete the application for you, free of charge.
9. "Do prices include VAT and do you quote a fixed price for the complete job?" Once a written quotation is in your hand, that is your price for the specified work and rather like a contract between both parties so there can be no extra charges for the quoted work. Estimates are just that - an estimated price which could go up. Check the delivery charge as it may not be included.