Conservatories contribute to mental health and well-being

Eighty-seven percent of homeowners say aspects of their home contribute to their positive mental health, according to a recent survey.

The most popular factor was having an appealing garden or outdoor space, with 64% saying this was key.

Polled by YouGov and now in its seventh year, the Homeowner Survey 2019 reported on the biggest concerns and latest trends affecting UK homeowners. The results highlight the value that conservatories and glazed extensions can add, not only to a home, but to health and well-being.

Top factors include feeling safe, with secured locks and windows (60%), having good natural light/large windows (56%), peace and quiet (57%), comfortable temperatures (51%), nice views (44%), and lots of storage (39%).

Neville Gleed, operations director at Abcell, said: “A conservatory or glazed extension, complete with bifolding or sliding doors, meets all the main requirements that homeowners have highlighted as important elements of being happy in their home.

“There are great opportunities for installers to promote these positive mental health benefits to customers, helping to improve their well-being as well as their homes, and installers can get everything they need from us.

“We know that conservatories, orangeries and glazed extensions are not only an ideal addition to the overall appearance of a garden but also the perfect place to admire it from. Homeowners can maximise natural light with a conservatory roof, lantern or solid roof with skylights – especially when combined with large aluminium windows – while the high standards of security built into windows and doors provide peace of mind and help homeowners to feel safe.

“With more than 8 in 10 people in the UK having experienced early signs of poor mental health, it’s important that we all do what we can to look after ourselves, and being happy in our homes is one of the key ways to achieve that.”