BRACKENWOOD BUILT FOR LIFE Telephone 01704 821325

Technical Information

Please find techinical information below on our timber, finishes, roofing and heating.

Timber types for the frames

Generally the timber species used for the frame manufacture is ‘Sapele or Idigbo’. Both of these timbers are West African mahoganies. Alternatively, we can offer ‘Accoya’ wood. This is a softwood, Radiata Pine, that undergoes a process with non-toxic chemicals to give the timber a 50yr lifespan. The timber has outstanding dimensional stability and is fully sustainable from well managed sources. Accoya is therefore the perfect environmentally compatible timber.

Window and door furniture

We offer a wide range of window and door furniture styles and finishes. Doors are fitted with multi-point locking systems and windows can be either traditional casement stays and fasteners or espagnolette locking systems.

Paint finishes

All the frames and roof members are painted in a water based micro-pourus paint system, which is spray applied in the workshops, prior to delivery to site. There are many colours available, from BS and RAL colours to the more exclusive colours.


In addition to the openable windows, additional ventilation can be provided with opening roof vents. These vents can be manually operated with a pole and winding mechanism or a more sophisticated electrical operation, controlled via a thermostat with an external rain sensor. This eliminates the need for you to open roof vents as they open automatically when the room reaches a set temperature and closes automatically once the room temperature falls below the set temperature, or, should it begin to rain.


All glazing within the conservatory, orangery or roof is toughened safety glass for your safety and added security. The double glazed units in the windows and doors are 24mm units, with Low E glass and an argon filled cavity. Glazing to the roof is 24mm units, argon filled, with a solar control, self cleaning glass to the external skin and a Low E glass internally.

Roof and guttering

All our roofs are manufactured in a hardwood timber. The rafters and main structures have a decorative moulding applied to the bottom edge with most of the ancillary pieces having decorative detailing. All the roof members are pre-painted as with the frames prior to delivery. The roof glazing is held in place with powder coated aluminium cappings and ridge detail with ball finial. This makes the external roof maintenance free. Conservatories have a decorative aluminium gutter to the perimeter, this is also powder coated to match the frames, with aluminium down pipes. The orangery roofs have a glazed lantern style roof with a perimeter gutter formed to falls and is covered in a fibre glass roof covering, again to allow a long lasting and maintenance free roof finish.


As conservatories and orangeries generally have very little in the way of walls on which to hang radiators, we would always recommend using underfloor heating to provide heat for your new room. The underfloor system is added onto your existing heating system but is totally separate as far as control is concerned. A separate controllable thermostat allows you total flexibility to heat your room and it will be far more efficient and practical than installing radiators. As well as being unobtrusive, it will allow you to arrange furniture without fear of ‘blocking out’ a radiator.

The beginning

We trust our brochure has provided a brief insight into our product and hopefully answered some of the many questions you have. If you have more questions or would like further advice or just a chat about any aspect contained within our brochure, please do not hesitate to contact us, we would be more than happy to help in any way we can.

To find out more please telephone Brackenwood on 01704 821325 or visit our contact page to make an online enquiry.

Your Next Steps...

Request a Brochure

We are a family business with genuine ethics aimed at providing quality, value for money product and customer service when installing one of our structures on your home. Our business is not driven by sales but achieving a design and space that you require.

Discuss Your Project

Once we have been invited to discuss your proposed project we will arrange to meet at your home where we can listen and discuss your thoughts and requirements, offer our own suggestions and advice on all aspects of your project.

Survey & Drawaings

Should you decide to accept our proposal and proceed with your build, we will arrange to undertake a detailed survey which will allow us to produce CAD drawings accurately and to scale to allow for manufacturers and the build process.