There are a number of factors worth considering before you decide on replacing your conservatory roof. It is not an inexpensive decision to make so you must be sure that its worth the costs involved. You will need to determine whether the actual structure of the conservatory is in a fit enough condition and which materials will be best suited to substitute the existing roof. We will run through everything you need to know before concluding whether or not to convert your conservatory’s roof.
Why is my traditional conservatory roof ineffective?
Traditional conservatories originally had to have 75% of the roofs and 50% of the walls built from glazed products. This defined conservatories as a home improvement and therefore did not need to comply with Building Regulations. These traditional conservatory roofs were usually made from thin sheets of polycarbonate or glass panes and were poorly insulated. This resulted in conservatories across the country subjecting their occupants to sweltering temperatures in the summer and freezing conditions in the winter.
If you own a conservatory that is more than 20 years old, the likelihood that the roof is thermally insufficient is high. You are probably paying more than is necessary on heating bills during the winter due to the escaping heat. Replacing the existing roof with an insulated roof is not only going to help reduce your energy bills but will also transform the overall appearance of your conservatory.
What available roof replacements are there?
There are several different types of conservatory roof replacements to choose from and finding the most suitable one for your home and lifestyle is key. Here are three thermal roof solutions you should consider to replace your present one.
Energy Efficient Glass
Due to recent developments in glass technology, installing a low-emissivity glazed roof will reduce the temperature fluctuations caused by the sun and will consequently better insulate your conservatory. Not only will this help to cut your heating bills, but creates a much more comfortable environment. The glass roof will still maintain that traditional look but incorporates the benefits of modern technology; such as self-cleaning glass.
Solid Tiled Roof
Installing a tiled conservatory roof in Aylesbury is one of the most effective ways of eliminating the presence of draughs and providing sufficient thermal insulation. This choice of roof replacement is also competent at reducing noise pollution for those properties situated in built-up areas. Available in a variety of tile colours means you can have your new roof built to match the existing roof on your home; helping it to blend in with the property’s current aesthetics. To find out more, take a look at the Guardian Warm Roof website.
This style of replacement roof is guaranteed to update the look of your former conservatory, achieving a much more modern look and feel to the room. The lightweight vaulted roof is built from solid and glass panels and manages to create a radiant light-filled space whilst maintaining pleasant temperatures all year round. The end result is then plastered as you would a normal ceiling allowing you to decorate the room as you wish.
Will I need planning permission?
Because of the existing structure of the conservatory, you do not normally need planning permission for a roof replacement as approval has already been permitted and obtained. However, this is only the case for a glass or hybrid roof conversion. If you are considering installing a solid tiled roof, then a Building Regulation Application will be required. You can find out more details about the application process on the LABC website. Alternatively, you can call up your local Building Control Department with any inquiries or concerns.
How much is a roof replacement likely to cost?
The price of a roof replacement will vary depending on the materials you decide to use and the size and style of the existing structure. A glass roof is guaranteed to be much cheaper than a tiled roof; it is less labour-intensive and won’t require structural work as the tiled roof would.
For a smaller lean-to style conservatory, the cost of a glass roof replacement is likely to be between £2,500 to £3,500. The price of a tiled conservatory roof can vary from £4,000 to £6,000 for the more significant sized properties.
However, because of the nature of a conservatory roof replacement and the fact it is 100% bespoke to your property, guesstimating an accurate quote is difficult.
Are there any tips for getting the best price?
There are several tips you should know about when looking for the most suitable supplier and installer of your roof replacement. We recommend calling around and asking for at least three quotes so that you can compare prices. Get these quotes written down so that you can compare the cost of the individual aspects, such as labour and materials. Try to examine at least one local and one national installer so that you can see the contrast between their prices and products.
Bear in mind that an installation company will charge you more for the job is the access to your conservatory is particularly difficult. It will take them longer to complete the roof replacement, so it is worth making sure the garden is easily accessible.
Once you have considered all of these factors, do not simply choose the cheapest contractor. Look into the reviews they have on their website to make sure they are a reliable business. Consider the quality of materials and products they will be using to ensure they provide you with a durable, high-quality conservatory roof.
Weighing up your options
It is essential to check whether or not the original structure of your conservatory will support the weight of the new roof before you make any hasty decisions. It is also advised to review the quality of your conservatory; is it worth a new roof or would it be more cost effective to build an entirely new conservatory?
Make sure you have conducted meticulous and extensive research into the style of conservatory roof replacement you think you will need and then into the reliability of the installer. If you have found the information contained in this article useful, then please share it on your social channels.