Conservatories 101

Welcome to the Solar Innovations® Conservatories 101 tool. This comprehensive, interactive tool will assist you in the design of the conservatory of your dreams. From the early planning stages of where to place the conservatory on your property, all the way down to the decorative touches that will set your conservatory apart, you will find everything that you are looking for. If you are looking to learn about a particular detail, just click any of the buttons above. Or, if you would like to know about multiple items, just check them off below and click SUBMIT. We have also included a handy checklist that you can fill out, so you are better prepared when it comes time to speak to one of our expert sales designers. And as always, feel free to download our Greenhouses, Sunrooms & Conservatories or our Timeless Traditions brochure.

Structural Considerations

PLACEMENT CONSIDERATIONS

The position of a conservatory on your property is key to the success of how it will perform. Maintaining proper sunlight, taking advantage of trees and ease of access are all concerns that should be addressed before ground is broken.

Trees

There are pros and cons with having trees near a conservatory. The most common concern is that falling trees or limbs will damage the structure. Solar Innovations® uses tempered and laminated glass to reduce damage in the event of an impact. Deciduous trees can be beneficial because their foliage provides shade during the summer and allows for solar heat gain when their leaves drop in the winter.

Solar exposure

OVERALL AESTHETICS

Even though any two conservatories may be made of the same materials and have the same functionality, the aesthetics can be drastically different, as illustrated by the English and Contemporary conservatories. You can match your structure to your taste and style with the overall design or decorative adornments.

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English

An English conservatory is the epitome of traditionally classic appearance. They are highly ornate yet functional and add charm to a home or business. English conservatories may include decorative elements such as dormers, ridge cresting, finials, grids, masonry base walls, or raised panels. Pilasters, historically-designed gutters and Palladian arches also enhance the structure’s traditional appearance on the exterior. Crown molding, bar caps in various profile options and decorative castings bring the same character into the interior space.

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Contemporary

Unlike their decorative counterparts, contemporary conservatories consist of large glass areas, clean lines and a linear format. Mullions are used to allow for long projections. The conservatory’s finish can enhance the modern appearance. Popular choices include white, black, and clear anodized, which is often used in industrial settings. Stainless steel cladding can be applied directly to the aluminum frame as well. The interior of the conservatory achieves a modern flare through the use of flat rafters and commercial grade accessories.

PERFORMANCE

Thermally-Enhanced Structures

The energy efficiency of your conservatory can be greatly enhanced through the use of high-performance glazing and thermally-broken aluminum framing.

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Thermal Break

A thermal break separates the aluminum and minimizes conductivity of heat and cold from the outside to the inside while ensuring the structure’s interior remains comfortable all year long. Solar Innovations® offers two types of thermal break systems; Polyamide Strut and Pour and Debridge. In the first method, a polyamide strut is threaded into the cavity between two aluminum profiles and crimped into place. In the Pour and Debridge system, liquid polyurethane is poured into aluminum cavities that have been machined with an Azo-Brader, that allows for the polymer to mechanically lock in place. Both methods improve thermal efficiency by breaking the highly conductive properties of aluminum. Nonthermal aluminum frames should only be used for interior spaces or where thermal conductivity is not important.

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Impact-Rated Structures

For coastal applications Solar Innovations® is proud to stake claim to the industry’s only hurricane impact-rated glazed structure with operable vents, windows and doors. Our products are not only tested through structural analysis software, but also physically tested in our in-house test lab. Build with the peace of mind that your greenhouse can withstand the harshest conditions.

Testing Results

SI5200 Lean-To Structure as manufactured by Solar Innovations®. NCTL-110-20222-1

Air Infiltration Test (ASTM E283):

  • Pressure of 1.6 psf (75 Pa): 0.06 CFM/ft2 18 (L/min)/m2 infiltration.
  • Pressure of 6.2 psf (300 Pa): 0.14 CFM/ft2 42 (L/min)/m2 infiltration.

Air Exfiltration Test (ASTM E283/ ASTM E547):

  • Pressure of 1.6 psf (75 Pa): 0.05 CFM/ft2 15 (L/min)/m2 infiltration.
  • Pressure of 6.2 psf (300 Pa): 0.11 CFM/ft2 33 (L/min)/m2 infiltration.

Water Penetration Test (ASTM E331):

  • Water pressure of 15.0 psf (718 Pa) and 5.0 (gal/h)/m2 204 (L/h)/m2, no leakage.

Uniform Structural Load Test (ASTM E330):

  • Positive Design Pressure: 65 psf (3112 Pa)
  • Positive Design Pressure: 65 psf (3112 Pa)

Florida Product Approval: Impact FL Approval No. Pending

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FOUNDATIONS

While Solar Innovations® does not provide the foundation, we do make recommendations based on the conservatory’s use and structure type. Please consult your local code official for regulations.

Concrete Foundations

For conservatories larger than 200 square feet, a concrete slab, continuous concrete footing, or a concrete block footing is required and should extend below the frost line. Concrete block footings should extend a minimum of six inches above grade. Embedding anchor bolts into concrete is the best way to tie down the structure. It is recommended that a waterproof compound be applied as a moisture barrier and surround the foundation with insulation panels.

Conservatory Foundation Types (concrete)

FLOORING

If your conservatory is to be used for plants and people, allow for drainage. A French drain can be used, but must be installed as the foundation is poured.

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Concrete

Concrete can increase thermal mass storage and does not harbor mold or disease; however, it will require regular cleaning due to soil build up.

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Tile

Tile is durable and easy to clean and offers many color and pattern options. Use slip resistant or textured tile to help prevent falls.

STRUCTURAL CONFIGURATIONS

Once you have decided upon the style of your conservatory, it is helpful to determine the overall shape of your structure as you begin to design your conservatory. There are six standard configurations but Solar Innovations® will work with you to design whatever structure your plan requires.

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Straight Eave, Double Pitch

Double pitch is a classic shape for conservatories and is the most common configuration for free-standing units. It provides a uniform space that is tallest at the ridge. As you determine the roof pitch, keep in mind the surrounding structures, as well as the fact that each plane of the roof can employ a different pitch.

Straight eave double pitch Isometric
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Straight Eave, Lean-To

A straight eave, lean-to design is the most common configuration for conservatories attached to another structure. They tend to require a smaller investment of materials when compared to a double pitch, but can provide the same interior area. This configuration is an excellent option if you only have a small amount of space, though it works just as well over large spans along a building. An advantage to this shape is the solid rear wall, which can act as thermal storage for solar heat and a suitable place for shelves.

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Conservatory curved eave, double pitch structural configuration

Curved Eave, Double Pitch

Reminiscent of wooden conservatories of the past, a curved eave, double pitch configuration, exhibits a classic look, especially when adorned with decorative elements, such as finials and ridge cresting. The curve in the wall can begin high on the rafter to allow for taller interior elements, or low on the rafter for a more traditional look.

Curved eave double pitch Isometric
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Curved Eave, Lean-To

Curved eave, lean-to structures have eaves that are curved and can evoke two distinct styles depending on how they are configured. Curves that begin high on the rafter tend to exhibit a more contemporary aesthetic while curves low on the rafter allow for a more traditional look.

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Bull Nose End

This roof design includes a double-pitch section that tapers into a nose. It is also known as a conservatory nose or Victorian-style nose. The nose typically projects half the width of the structure with six to nine segments comprising the radial shape. This feature can be utilized as a lean-to or grouped on opposite sides, creating a stand-alone octagonal structure that resembles a gazebo.

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Conservatory hip end structural configuration

Hip End

In a hip end structure, all sides of the roof slope downward to the walls, usually at a gentle pitch. A hip end is easily adapted to numerous design styles. The size of the structure is typically smaller than a comparably sized gable end conservatory, which can correlate to lower heating and cooling costs. Hip end conservatories can be attached to a building or constructed as freestanding units.

Hip end Isometric

Dimension Definitions

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STRUCTURAL ENHANCEMENTS

Structural enhancements can add architectural appeal to your conservatory. These elements often reflect traditional conservatory styles. The most commonly used units are lanterns and dormers. Both designs will enlarge the size of the conservatory and help to create a distinct design.

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Dormers

Dormers project from a sloped roof, interrupting the roof line with a double-pitch sub-structure. They typically begin at the ridge line or in the middle of the roof. Multiple dormers can be used along a long span or one on each pitch of the conservatory.

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Lanterns

A lantern is located atop the roof and can span the entire length of the roof or occupy only a small section. It can feature a hip end, bull nose, or double pitch configuration. Vents can be incorporated for natural air circulation. Lanterns add a decorative element, and give English character to your conservatory.

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Entryways & Vestibules

An entryway or vestibule may act as an air-lock and reduces cold air from infiltrating the conservatory. This can prevent cold shock to the plants closest to the door. An entryway or vestibule can also offer storage and increase energy efficiency.

STRUCTURAL DETAILS

The rafters used in our conservatories are available in two widths. Multiple length bars may be combined within one project to create a dynamic appearance while maintaining matching sitelines.

2″ System Rafters

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2 1/2″ System Rafters

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Purlins

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Decorative Caps

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Sills

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Condensations Gutters

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GLAZING

Glazing choice plays a critical role in the performance of your conservatory, and the selection is both location and design specific. Low-E coatings allow the sun’s rays to pass through the glass while reducing the amount of heat transfer. U-values measure the amount of heat transferred through glass. The lower the value, the better it insulates. The value for a typical single pane of glass starts around 6.0, whereas you can expect values of around 0.13 for insulated glass with Low-E coatings, stainless steel spacers, and argon infill. Even though Low-E coatings can reduce the amount of ultraviolet ray penetration by over 85%, we recommend using fade-resistant indoor/outdoor furniture. Solar Innovations®’ sales designers will work with you to determine your best options.

Double and Triple Glazed Glass Specifications

Overall Unit
Thickness
U-valueR-ValueSolar Heat
Gain Coefficient
Visible Light
Transmission
Reflectance
Out
Reflectance
In
UV
Transmittance
Monolithic
Clear1/4″1.020.910.8288%8%8%62%
DOUBLE GLAZED Outside Lite/Inside Lite
Clear/Clear1″0.462.170.7882%15%15%58%
180/Clear1″0.263.850.6479%15%15%29%
272/Clear1″0.254.000.4172%11%12%16%
366/Clear1″0.244.170.2765%11%12%5%
340/Clear1″0.254.000.1839%11%13%2%
180/i891″0.214.760.6277%15%14%27%
272/i891″0.205.000.4170%11%11%16%
366/i891″0.205.000.2763%11%11%5%
340/i891″0.205.000.1738%11%12%2%
Gray/Clear1″0.452.220.6057%9%13%32%
Gray/1801″0.263.850.4953%9%14%17%
Gray/2721″0.254.000.3850%8%9%10%
Bronze/Clear1″0.452.220.6261%10%13%31%
Bronze/1801″0.263.850.6159%10%14%17%
Bronze/2721″0.254.000.3954%8%10%10%
TRIPLED GLAZED Outside Lite/Middle Lite/Inside Lite
180/Clear/1801180.156.670.5670%20%20%13%
272/Clear/1801180.156.670.3763%15%18%8%
366/Clear/1801180.156.670.2557%14%18%2%
340/Clear/1801180.156.670.1634%13%19%1%

Low-E Glazing

Cardinal Glass Industries

LoE 272 Cardinal Glass

LoĒ²-272

LoĒ²-272 is the most common and has a very slight green tint and assists in regulating temperatures in a conservatory, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

LoĒ-180

LoĒ-180 is an ideal choice for conservatories attempting to generate solar heat gain, particularly with cooling accessories. This glazing is popular for colder climates.

LoĒ³-340

LoĒ³-340 is used when a conservatory needs to be shaded from intense direct sunlight, protecting delicate plants like orchids. A coating is applied to clear glass, which blocks the sun and causes a soft blue tint.

LoĒ-i89

This energy-saving fourth surface, coated glass can allow for double-pane windows to meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines. LoĒ-i89 is applied to the indoor surface, preventing heat from escaping the room and lowering U-factors.

LoE 366 Cardinal Glass

LoĒ²-366

LoĒ³-366 is the best insulation choice. It blocks 95% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, which helps preserve the color and composition of furnishings, draperies, and wall treatments.

Vitro Architectural Glass

Solarban 60 Vitro Architectural Glass

Solarban 60

Solarban 60 allows 70% of visible light to pass through while blocking 62% of solar energy providing year-round comfort and energy savings.

Solarban 90 Vitro Architectural Glass

Solarban 90

Solarban 90 allows 51% of visible light to pass through while blocking 80% of solar energy providing year-round comfort and energy savings.

Solarban 70 Vitro Architectural Glass

Solarban 70

Solarban 70’s triple silver Low-E coating allows 64% of visible light to pass through while blocking 94% of UV energy, protecting indoor fabrics.

Note: Low-E = low emission; LoE = product name or Cardinal Glass Industries

Diffused Light Glazing

To protect fragile plants, like Bonsai trees and orchids, from direct sunlight, Solar Innovations® offers diffused daylighting solutions.

Glazing Solera

Solera®

With an opaque white appearance, Solera® offers greatly increased energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and glare reduction while allowing diffused soft natural light into the space.

Lumira Aerogel Glazing

Lumira® Aerogel

When Lumira®, an aerogel-filled polycarbonate, is installed, thermal ratings are increased and light transmission is decreased. At the same time, glare and sound transmission are reduced.

Thermochromic Dynamic Glazing

Thermochromic

Thermochromic glazing is a self-tinting glass technology that darkens gradually when heated by direct sunlight.

Electrochromic Dynamic Glazing

Electrochromic

Electrochromic glazing changes between clear and tinted states with the flick of a switch, reducing glare and heat but requires a power source.

Decorative Glazing

Pattern 62 Decorative Glazing

Pattern 62

Single Glue Chip Decorative Glazing

Single Glue Chip

English Reeded Decorative Glazing

English Reeded

Satin Acid Etched Decorative Glass

Acid Etched

FINISHES

A painted finish is suitable for residential and light commercial projects. The finish will withstand exposure to the elements and is resistant to impact. Solar Innovations® offers a wide variety of colors, but will also match any custom color. An anodized finish is best suited for commercial jobs, due to harsher use. Anodized finishes are also designed to withstand the corrosive effects of salt water.

Paint

STANDARD – AMMA 2603*

SI Black

SI White

SI Sandstone

SI Natural Clay

SI Bronze

SI Hartford Green

Paint

DESIGNER – AAMA 2604, 2605§‡

SI Black

SI White

SI Sandstone

SI Natural Clay

SI Bronze

SI Hartford Green

Anodized

Additional cost

Class 1 Clear Anodized

Dark Bronze Anodized

Powder Coat Solids

AAMA 2605§

Black

SRSL 11386

FRSL 11390

Apollo White

SRSL 82519

FRSL 82908

Bone White

SRSL 82520

FRSL 82909

Ivory

SRSL 45891

FRSL 46646

Charcoal

SRSL 74007

FRSL 74654

Military Light Blue

SRSL 21708

FRSL 21709

Burgundy

SRSL 62487

FRSL 62496

Hartford Green

SRSL 32545

FRSL 32872

Sandstone

SRSL 45892

FRSL 46647

Seawolf

SRSL 46636

FRSL 46645

Fashion Gray

SRSL 74008

FRSL 74652

Colonial Gray

SRSL 74009

FRSL 74653

Antique Bronze

SRSL 45893

FRSL 46648


Powder Metallic

AAMA 2604, 2605

Silver Sparkle

Champagne

Copper

Pewter

Metal Clad

STANDARD

Copper

#4 Polished Stainless Steel

Metal Clad

DESIGNER

Bright Rolled

Blue Gray

Graphite Gray

Brass

Bronze


Wood Veneering (Unfinished)

STANDARD

Douglas Fir

White Oak

Walnut

Honduran Mahogany

Wood Veneering (Unfinished)

DESIGNER

Ponderosa Pine

Pecan Pine

Cherry

NOTE: WOOD VENEERING IS FOR INTERIOR APPLICATIONS ONLY. AVAILABLE ON A LIMITED BASIS DUE TO VENDOR SUPPLY.


Wood/Glulam

STANDARD

Red Oak

White Ash

Walnut

White Oak

Wood/Glulam

DESIGNER

Douglas Fir

Cherry

Sapele Mahogany

Walnut


*5 year warranty (finishes available while in stock).

5 year warranty. Scratch & fade resistant; contains no VOCs.

Dependent on shelf life, some AAMA 2604 & 2605 finishes may be unavailable; Hartford Green is being phased out.

§10 year; up to 20 year warranty. Scratch & fade resistant; contains no VOCs.

Adds one to three weeks to lead time.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending upon color selection, extra cost and lead times may apply for all finishes other than Solar Innovations® stock standards. Color illustrations are shown as accurate as standard photography and printing processes allow. Final finish selection should be made from a physical sample; please contact Solar Innovations® to receive samples. All product and finish options are subject to vendor availability. Solar Innovations® reserves the right to discontinue any option at any time without notice. Additional options, including custom color matches, are available; contact a Solar Innovations® sales designer for details.

Metal Cladding

Cladding can be added to the exterior of a conservatory for aesthetic purposes. Copper and bronze claddings are popular additions to historically-styled conservatories. Stainless steel cladding is appropriate for a modern conservatory or coastal applications and will not corrode.

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Maintenance

A conservatory, like any other building, will require maintenance from time to time. The frame and glass will accumulate dust through the seasons, and will need to be removed. Solar Innovations® does not recommend using harsh chemicals. A solution of water, vinegar, and dish detergent will work well to clean the glass and frame. The key is to remove any dirt build-up from the frame, which will prevent future maintenance issues. Operable window and vent tracks need to be cleaned and checked to maintain proper function. Always test your conservatory accessories, including heating, cooling, shades, operable vents, and windows as a new season approaches. Motorized operations, such as ridge vents, will need occasional lubricating.

GABLE PEDIMENTS

Gable pediment

Gable pediments, also referred to as Palladian arches, are added to the triangular gable on a glass structure. The most common designs include a half round arch, with rays extending from the arch. The radius and number of rays are all customized to the structure. Grid work can be used to simulate true pediments or mullions.

Arched Fan Light Option 1 Pediment

Arched Fan Options 1

Arched Fan Light Option 2 Pediment

Arched Fan Option 2

Hoffman Gable Pediment

Arched Fan Option 3

Open Radius Gable Pediment

Open Radius

Straight Fan Light Pediment

Straight Fan

Traditional Gable Pediment

Traditional Gable

TRANSOMS

Transoms

Use decorative panel transoms to enhance the appearance of your windows, doors, and wall glass. Transoms are available in two unique styles: etched and gridded. The panel consists of an aluminum shell (which may be painted to match the frame) and a layer of polystyrene insulation. The trim is the same grid material used in the window options.

Gridded

Traditional gridded transom

Traditional

Cross gridded transom

Cross

Double Divide gridded transom

Double Divide

English gridded transom

English

Radius gridded transom

Radius

Etched Transoms

Pattern A etched transom

Pattern “A”

Pattern B etched transom

Pattern “B”

Pattern C etched transom

Pattern “C”

Pattern D etched transom

Pattern “D”

Pattern E etched transom

Pattern “E”

Pattern F etched transom

Pattern “F”

Pattern G etched transom

Pattern “G”

Pattern H etched transom

Pattern “H”

Pattern I etched transom

Pattern “I”

Pattern J etched transom

Pattern “J”

Pattern K etched transom

Pattern “K”

Pattern L etched transom

Pattern “L”

DECORATIVE CORNER POSTS

Decorative corner posts are one of the most classic forms of architecture, and Solar Innovations® can create custom designed columns to fit your structure. The columns can be traditionally modeled, flat, or fluted styled after a Doric or Egyptian column, or for a modern look, contemporary styled.

Decorative corner post 1
Decorative corner post 2
Decorative corner post 3
Decorative corner post 4

KNEE WALLS AND BASE PANELS

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Knee Walls

Knee walls (base or pony walls) are typically between 30-36 inches tall and are a common feature in conservatories. Applying a stone or brick veneer to a concrete knee wall is a cost-efficient way to achieve a classic look. Solar Innovations® recommends insulating the knee wall to optimize energy efficiency.

Base panels

Base Panels

Decorative base panels follow the Elizabethan form of raised grid design. We offer two standard models: a raised panel, featuring an elevated face that protrudes 1/2” from the panel base, and a smooth panel. Base panels add a classic, traditional look to structures and doors.

Base Wall Considerations

Base walls, or knee walls, can be integrated into a structure’s design to meet a desired appearance, but can also provide practical solutions to common problems. In areas where grass needs to be mowed nearby, the base wall will provide protection from mower-thrown projectiles. In areas where snow accumulates, the base wall will provide better thermal protection when snow is piled directly against the structure. Cost savings may also be associated with base walls as it reduces frame height and the glazing area. In all instances, a footed concrete slab should be constructed as the foundation. Solar Innovations® recommends two standard heights, dependent upon how the structure will be used and its surroundings:

32" Knee Wall for a Greenhouse or Conservatory

Ideal height when furniture is to be positioned against the wall and provides privacy when sitting. In greenhouses, the sun can dry out plant roots on pots on the floor near the walls. This height optimizes that protection. Also, many gardeners store items under perimeter benches. The base wall keeps them out of sight from the exterior.

24" Knee Wall for a Greenhouse or Conservatory

Proper height when no furniture or greenhouse benches are to be positioned against the walls, but still provides some protection against projectiles and snow.

Knee/Base wall Options for a Greenhouse or Conservatory

Base walls can be excluded when the maximum amount of daylight is desired and the structure is not in danger of projectiles and snow is not a concern.

WINDOWS

The use of operable windows will help to create cross ventilation and natural air flow, giving you more fresh air to enjoy on beautiful days.

Windows Casement

Window ISO Casement

Casement Windows

Casement windows hinge on the left or right and open like a book. They allow for more air circulation than awning windows and can be inswing or outswing.

Windows Pivot

Window ISO Pivot

Pivot Windows

Pivot windows function just like pivot doors and work well when the jamb is not a suitable location to hinge.

Windows Awning

Window ISO Awning

Awning Windows

An awning window is the most common type used for ventilation. The window is hinged at the top, cranks out, and can be left open during light rain showers.

Windows Hopper

Window ISO Hopper

Hopper Windows

A hopper window is an operable window typically used above a door or window to ventilate the conservatory.

Windows Tilt turn

Window ISO Tilt turn

Tilt-Turn Windows

A tilt-turn window is a hybrid of a casement and hopper window with a single dual-operation handle.

Windows Fixed

Window ISO Fixed

Fixed Windows

Fixed windows do not operate and are appropriate for areas where the window is difficult to reach.

Folding windows

Folding window ISO

Folding Windows

A folding window can be in-fold or out-fold, top or bottom load and is the perfect solution for opening a large span.

Sliding windows

Sliding window ISO

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows glide along tracks and stack in the open position. An ideal choice for a large span, they can also be stored in a pocket for concealment.

Slide & Stack windows

Slide & stack window ISO

Slide & Stack Windows

Slide & stack windows are a unique solution when a large opening is desired. They are stored in a “garage” in the open position and top hung.

DOORS

Operable doors are an attractive and functional addition to a conservatory. Our selection of terrace, French, pivot, and Dutch doors can be opened so occupants can allow fresh air to enter when the weather is pleasant.

Doors Terrace and French

Door ISO French

Terrace and French Doors

Terrace doors are single swing doors, while French doors are a set of two swinging doors that operate opposite one another. Units can be hinged left or right and swing in or out. Sizes are custom designed and are constructed of the same materials of the structure.

Door pivot

Door ISO Pivot

Pivot Doors

Pivot doors have a similar operation to swing doors but are not hinged at the jamb. The pivot points are located on the head and sill and can be placed anywhere along the width of the door. Multiple pivot doors can be installed directly next to each other.

Door Dutch

Dutch Door isometric

Dutch Doors

Dutch doors can be thought of as a hybrid door and window. They are swing doors that are split horizontally, allowing for operation of the top half like a window or the whole door. They can also be paired in a French door configuration.

Bifold doors

Folding Glass wall/Bifold door ISO

Bifold Doors

Bifold doors, or folding glass walls, are the most versatile solution to opening a wide span. These top or bottom load doors can be setup to be in-fold or out-fold, open left, right or both directions and/or have a swing door incorporated into the design.

Door Sliding

Sliding Glass Door ISO

Sliding Doors

Sliding doors glide along tracks and stack in the open position. An ideal choice for a large span, they can also be stored in a pocket for concealment.

Door slide and stack

Slide & Stack Door ISO

Slide & Stack Doors

Slide & stack doors are a unique solution when a large opening is desired. They are stored in a “garage” in the open position and top hung.

Door Lift slide

Sliding Glass Door ISO

Lift-Slide Doors

Lift-slide doors are very similar to sliding glass doors in functionality and appearance, but include the added benefit of ease of operation. With the twist of the door handle, the door is lifted off the track, enabling the user to open and close the door with just one finger.

Door clear glass wall

Door ISO Clear Glass Wall

Clear Glass Wall

Bifold doors, or folding glass walls, are the most versatile solution to opening a wide span. These top or bottom load doors can be setup to be in-fold or out-fold, open left, right or both directions and/or have a swing door incorporated into the design.

HARDWARE

Solar Innovations® offers superior quality in our hardware by utilizing stainless steel pins and extruded aluminum hinges to ensure the durability of our products. Solar Innovations® patented recessed bumper handle provides smooth functionality and clean sitelines. Heavy saltwater finishes are available for coastal applications. We also offer a patented adjustable door catch for any of the swing doors in the product line.

Handles: Brass – Inland Applications

Aluminum – Inland Applications

Hardware Allegro

Allegro (Standard)

Hardware Capri

Capri

Hardware Venice

Venice

Hardware Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Hardware London

London

Hardware Brass Inland Handles colors
Hardware Aluminum Inland Handles colors

Solid Brass – Coastal Applications

Hardware Toronto handle

Toronto (Standard)

Hardware Rodos handle

Rodos

Hardware Verona handle

Verona

Hardware Munchen handle

Munchen

Hardware Atlanta handle

Atlanta

Hardware Dallas handle

Dallas

Hardware Solid Brass Handles colors

Contemporary

Hardware 1005

1005

Hardware 1035

1035

Hardware 1058

1058

Hardware 1076

1076

Hardware 1102

1102

Closers, Catches, & Limiters

Hardware D Series TS93

D Series TS93 Door Closer

Hardware C Series PR82

C Series PR82 Door Closer

Hardware Door Catch

Adjustable Door Catch

Hardware D Series 7414

D Series 7414 Door Closer

Hardware Door Limiter

Door Limiter

Locks

Hinges

Hardware Thumb-Turn

Thumb-Turn Lock

Hardware Keyed-Lock

Keyed Lock

Hardware Semi-Concealed-Hinge

Semi-Concealed Hinge Standard

Hardware Semi-Concealed-Hinge

Surface Mount Hinge

Commercial Hardware

Hardware Commercial Exterior Entry

Exterior Entry Trim Square

Hardware Commercial Mortise Panic

Mortise Panic

Hardware Commercial Wire Push Pull

Wire Push/Pull

Hardware Commercial Square

Square Commercial

Hardware Commercial Toronto

Toronto

Hardware Commercial Wire Push

Wire Push

Please Note: All hardware is subject to vendor availability. Custom finishes may be available upon request at additional lead times an/or cost. Solar Innovations reserves the right to discontinue any hardware option at any time. Please visit solarinnovations.com for additional product information.

RIDGE VENTS

Thermally enhanced aluminum ridge vents provide natural ventilation to promote plant growth in glazed structures. Ridge vents work in tandem with eave vents, creating a circulation pattern by bringing cooler air into the structure through the eave vents while the warmer air escapes through the ridge vents. This circulation will make the structure more comfortable and help reduce the spread of diseases in plants. Vents can be set to automatically open when a specified temperature is reached or close when rain or snow is detected.

The addition of ceiling fans will further circulate air and can add decorative features to your conservatory.

Features

  • Thermally enhanced aluminum profile
  • Glazing infills from 3⁄16” to 1”
  • Accommodates any glazing option including glass, polycarbonate, acrylic, insulated metal panels
  • Fixed mesh insect screen
  • Standard height 27”
  • Multiple bays connected together
  • Manual operation with a pole operator

Options

  • Rain sensors
  • Wireless remote control
  • Thermostatic control
  • Motorized operation
  • Oversized units upon request

Motorized Features

  • Temperature based automated operation
  • Water resistant motors
  • With a weather station or sensor, vents close when rain or snow is detected
  • Timed & grouped operation of multiple vents

EAVE VENTS

Thermally enhanced aluminum eave vents provide natural ventilation to promote plant growth in glazed structures. Eave vents work in tandem with ridge vents, creating a circulation pattern by bringing cooler air into the structure through the eave vents while the warmer air escapes through the ridge vents. This circulation will make the structure more comfortable and help reduce the spread of diseases in plants. Vents can be set to automatically open when a specified temperature is reached or close when rain or snow is detected.

The addition of ceiling fans will further circulate air and can add decorative features to your conservatory.

Features

  • Thermally enhanced aluminum profile
  • Glazing infills from 3⁄16” to 1”
  • Accommodates any glazing option including glass, polycarbonate, acrylic, insulated metal panels
  • Fixed mesh insect screen
  • Standard height 27”
  • Multiple bays connected together
  • Manual operation with a pole operator

Options

  • Rain sensors
  • Wireless remote control
  • Thermostatic control
  • Motorized operation
  • Oversized units upon request

Motorized Features

  • Temperature based automated operation
  • Water resistant motors
  • With a weather station or sensor, vents close when rain or snow is detected
  • Timed & grouped operation of multiple vents

GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS

Gutters and downspouts are a functional necessity to any structure yet they need not be an eyesore; they can be aesthetically appealing and double as an architectural element. Gutters are available in several styles and finishes, including traditional copper, and include downspouts in standard, round, or fluted round shapes. We specialize in restoration projects and can provide custom cast aluminum elbows, drop outs, and extruded downspouts to mimic an existing structure’s architecture.

Gutters and downspouts
Gutter Box

Box

Gutter Greenhouse

Greenhouse

Gutter Decorative

Decorative

Gutter Restoration

Restoration

GRIDS

Decorative grids enhance the look of any structure, and are available in five standard types: low profile, ogee, colonial, traditional, and large-traditional. They can be formed into almost any grid style, including radius designs. Grids can be applied three ways: as interior muntins, exterior grids and Simulated Divided Lites (SDLs). Interior muntins are placed inside the airspace between two panes of glass and are typically more cost effective and easier to clean than exterior grids and SDLs. Exterior grids are placed on the interior and exterior of the window and work well with single pane glass but have drawbacks on insulated glass, as you can easily tell it is not a true divided lite because, at an angle, you can see the lack of structure between the glass panes. The solution to this is an SDL which provides an encapsulated bar within the glass, giving a better illusion of a true divided lite.

Grids

Grid Types (For windows, transoms and base panels)

Grid Types
Traditional Grid drawing

Traditional

Wide Traditional Grid drawing

Wide Traditional

Colonial Grid drawing

Colonial

Low Profile Grid drawing

Low Profile

Ogee Grid drawing

Ogee

GRIDS Steel Look

Steel Look

Grid Patterns

Traditional Grid Pattern

Traditional

Arched grid pattern

Arched

Cross grid pattern

Cross

Double gothic grid pattern

Double Gothic

English grid pattern

English

Gothic grid pattern

Gothic

Grid Applications

Interior Muntin Grid Application

Interior Muntin

Monolithic Grid Application

Exterior Grid (Single pane)

Exterior Grids Application

Exterior Grid (Insulated)

SDL Grids Application

Simulated Divided Lite (SDL)

MOLDING AND TRIM

Solar Innovations® offers extruded decorative trims in durable aluminum, which will not warp, rot, rust, or require finish maintenance like traditional wooden trim. All trims are suitable for interior and exterior use.

Molding and trim

Horizontal Molding

Molding and trim horizontal

Bulbous

Crown

Cyma

Cyma Reversa

Large Bulbous

Vertical Molding

Molding and trim vertical

Beveled

Flat

1″ Flat

Concave

Ogee

Sunken Fillet

FINIALS

A finial, also known as a spire, is typically located at the highest peak of a structure’s roof. Dormers, lanterns, ridges, and entryways can all utilize finials. Some finials can also be used as lightning rods when properly sized, designed, and installed.

Finials 7 Fleur de lis

7″ Fleur De Lis

Finials 7 Fleur de lis with curve

7″ Fleur De Lis with Curve

Finials 65 Fleur de lis

6 3⁄8″ Fleur De Lis

Finials 63 Fleur de lis

6 3⁄4″ Fleur De Lis

Finials 7 Spire

7 1⁄2″ Spire

Finials 10 Spire

10 3⁄4″ Spire

Finials 4 ball

4 3⁄16″ Ball

Finials Bell Cap

Bell Cap

Finials 16 Ball and spire finial

16″ Ball & Spire

Finials 15 Ball and spire

15 1⁄2″ Ball & Spire

Finials 27 Ball and spire finial

27″ Ball & Spire

Finials 21 Ball and spire finial

21″ Ball & Spire

Finials 20 Double ball and spire finial

20 1⁄4″ Double Ball & Spire

Finials 25 Double ball and spire finial

25 1⁄2″ Double Ball & Spire

KING POSTS

King posts act as the base for finials that attach above and below. They are typically placed at the end of a structure’s ridge cresting to create a dramatic decorative finale to the roof line.

King Posts 1
King Posts 2

RIDGE CRESTING

Ridge cresting is used to enhance the ridge line of a glass structure, especially in Classic English designs. Several styles of ridge cresting are available. A finial and king post is typically used to terminate the ridge cresting’s length.

Ridge Cresting
Ridge cresting Ivy

Ivy
CA66

Ridge cresting Spire

Spire
CA59

Ridge cresting Fleur de lis

Fleur De Lis
CA54

Ridge cresting Gated

Gated
CA75

RING AND COLLAR TIES

The ring and collar tie serves as a structural brace and cross tie for larger structures or free standing structures. Decorative appliqués can be added to each side of the ring for additional interest.

Ring and collar tie

Appliqué

Applique Fleur de lis CA76

Fleur De Lis
CA76

Applique Round CA35

Round
CA35

Applique Flower CA28

Flower
CA28

Applique Fleur de lis CA27

Fleur De Lis
CA27

Applique Flower CA23

Flower
CA23

APPLIQUES

Decorative appliqués are elements that can add character to structures. Each cast aluminum appliqué features one of two main motifs: the rosette or the Fleur de lis.

Applique Fleur de lis CA76

FLEUR DE LIS
CA76

Applique Round CA35

ROUND
CA35

Applique Flower CA28

FLOWER
CA28

Applique Fleur de lis CA27

FLEUR DE LIS
CA27

Applique Flower CA23

FLOWER
CA23

DECORATIVE CORNERS

Decorative corners, or eave spandrels, can be found in buildings as early as ancient Rome. An eave spandrel was historically the space between an arch and a wall or column, but can also occupy the space between a wall and a squared-off opening. While eave spandrels are primarily decorative, they can also be used for shelf supports or plant hangers.

Eave spandrel
Eave spandrel 2

SCREENS

Screen swing doors are available for terrace, French and bifold doors. The screen door is constructed from an aluminum frame that mimics the sitelines of our glazed doors. Screens are also often incorporated into our windows and eave and ridge vents.

Screens

SHADES AND BLINDS

The summer sun may be too intense for some plants, causing them to burn or die. One way to avoid this situation is to install a shading system. Solar Innovations® provides operable, fixed, interior, and exterior shading systems. Most of our shades and blinds are designed for high-moisture areas and are water, bacteria, and fungi resistant. Fixed shades permanently attach to the frame and are appropriate for conservatories that are used to grow delicate plants such as orchids or other tropical flowers that may be sensitive to overexposure. Operable shades allow you to control the amount of light entering the conservatory and are available in manual or motorized options.

Shades Manual roller

Manual Roller Shades

Shades wide span

Wide-Span Shades

Shades Exterior

Exterior Shades

Shades fixed

Fixed Shades

Shades Gravity fed

Gravity-Fed Shades

MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE

Maintenance

A conservatory, like any other structure, will require regular maintenance. The frame and glass will accumulate dirt, which will need to be removed, preventing future maintenance issues. Solar Innovations® does not recommend using harsh chemicals, a simple solution of water, vinegar and dish detergent will work well to clean the frame and glass. Operable window and vent tracks need to be cleaned and checked regularly to maintain proper function. Always test your conservatory accessories as a new season approaches. Motorized operations, such as ridge vents, will need occasional lubrication. Leaves and debris will also need to be removed from gutters.

Repair & Replacement Services

Our products are backed by an industry-leading warranty. In the event of a problem, our team has the technical skill and experience to evaluate your situation and determine the most effective options for repair, service, or replacement of your product. All drawings and information are saved for each project, so a preliminary site visit isn’t always required.

Service