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Letting in Light

Taking a diverse approach to glazing, while keeping the whole seamless and practical.

Established in 1985, Philip Whear Windows and Conservatories is a leading provider of bespoke conservatories, orangeries, doors and windows in Cornwall. This family run business offers a diverse range of products, including timber, UPVC and aluminium options, designed to suit various architectural styles and designs. Placing importance on energy efficiency, durability and low maintenance, Philip Whear’s craftsmanship ensures high-quality, custom-made solutions. 

Philip Whear prides itself on offering a personalised service, working closely with clients to understand their needs and preferences. This client-centric approach ensures that each conservatory is unique, tailored to the specific requirements of the homeowner, with a strong team of skilled craftsmen and designers who are passionate about creating high-quality structures that stand the test of time.

“When it comes to projects, we handle everything, which is what sets us apart. We aren’t afraid of finding solutions to complex designs, so we often find ourselves taking on projects that others just say no to. We took on a job in Falmouth that was on the roof of a four-storey apartment block with a sheer drop to the sea on two sides. We have a trusted set of sub-contractors who handle every element apart from the electrics… but saying that, if a client needs an electrician, we can find one,” explains Sales Director Katy Green.

“A lot of our customers are repeat customers because we’re known and trusted for our workmanship and service. We are proud to actually act on our guarantee by providing a genuine after-care service rather than support at arm’s length. Managing the timings of our projects is key. We might have six jobs running at the same time and making sure everyone is in the right place at the right time, with the right materials is key. The fact that we manufacture, and if required paint, all of our uPVC products in our workshop is a huge benefi, as it not only gives us control over quality but also the production timeline.”

Philip Whear takes a comprehensive approach to the design and construction of their work. The process typically begins with an initial consultation, during which the team discusses the client’s vision, needs and budget. This collaborative approach ensures that the final design aligns perfectly with expectations. Once the design is finalised, the construction phase begins. Using high-quality materials to ensure the longevity and performance of their structures, their team of skilled craftsmen work meticulously to fabricate and assemble, paying close attention to every detail to ensure a flawless finish.

Throughout the construction and installation process, the team maintains open communication with the client, providing updates and addressing any concerns that may arise. This transparency and dedication to customer satisfaction are hallmarks of Philip Whear’s service and why much of their work comes from repeat business or recommendations, as this testimonial attests:

“We initially approached Philip Whear on recommendations from friends. Guy gave us an extensive and detailed tour of the showroom and manufacturing deptartment, so it was obvious how design and quality are paramount at every stage of the whole process. With the patience of Job, Guy advised us on every detail of the design decisions, and all our specifications were met, even to special orders for door furniture. The care and attention we received was really impressive. Installation was a dream, and Ben and Lewis could not have been more organised, leaving absolutely no mess at all. Their experience and attention to detail is easy to see in the finish of every door, window and fascia and they carefully stacked all salvageable items for us to pass on for recycling and removed all other materials. 


“After 15 years of struggling with old wooden windows and doors, it’s a total delight to have a secure, draught-proof, water-tight and maintenance-free home! But by far the best bit is that our property is transformed, giving it an elegant contemporary look – a perfect blend of form and function. We could not be happier, and are very grateful to the whole team at Philip Whear.”

Gone are the days where a conservatory was too hot in summer and too cold in winter. Significant advances in glazing technology have increased the thermal efficiency of glass dramatically, with modern coatings and solar control glass able to control the amount of heat and light that comes in and out. Bases are constructed with a 50mm phenolic foam insulation as standard so that your conservatory simply feels like an extension of your home. 

While uPVC is still a hugely popular material when it comes to conservatories, doors and windows, Philip Whear also offer aluminium construction: “Known for its modern look and flush construction, we’re loving the contemporary look this material brings, and as Cornwall is primarily a coastal county, all of our aluminium is supplied as marine grade.”

An advantage of aluminium is its strength-to-weight ratio which means frames can be made much slimmer than those of other materials without compromising structural integrity. This feature is particularly beneficial for conservatories, as it allows for larger panes of glass to be used, giving rise to minimal sight-lines and providing unobstructed views of the garden or surrounding landscape. The result is a bright, airy space that feels connected to the outdoors.

For projects that are more price sensitive, a new offering that replicates the look of aluminium but without the price tag is flush-sash uPVC. The name implies the sash sits flush within the outer frame offering a more minimalist aesthetic popular in modern homes. Coupled with the option to have the frames painted in any colour gives rise to countless design possibilities.

Katy continues, “In today’s environmentally conscious world, sustainability is an important consideration. uPVC requires very little upkeep compared to other materials. It does not need to be painted or treated to protect it from the elements. A simple wash with soapy water is usually sufficient to keep a conservatory looking new. This low-maintenance aspect is particularly appealing to those who want to enjoy their conservatory without the hassle of constant care. 

“Well maintained products last many years, we are only now beginning to replace windows we fitted 35 years ago for customers, and at the end of their life all of the materials are recyclable.” 

Whether it’s a conservatory providing additional living space, or new windows to improve energy efficiency, by focusing on bespoke designs, high-quality materials and meticulous craftsmanship, Philip Whear is able to enhance both the aesthetic and true value of your home.


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