If like many of us, you have spent the last few months in the comfort of your home, it is more than likely that you would have spotted a host of opportunities for property upgrades. Due to the lockdown, we have all been spending more time than ever inside, which means that you may have spotted issues that would otherwise have been left unnoticed. A considerable percentage of us have spent our free time clearing out the rooms that have accumulated years worth of clutter and are now planning an array of post-quarantine renovations.
Now that we are back open and working with clients, we have noticed that conservatories have become one of the most common rooms that homeowners would like to update. Their time at home has made them realise that they may not be using this valuable space to their advantage as much as they could, so want to transform the conservatory into the perfect haven for all of the family. With this in mind, we are going to introduce you to one of our favourite ways to create a comfortable space all year round. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at our guide to conservatory tiled roof replacement.
A Guide To Tiled Conservatory Roof Replacement
If you bought your home many decades ago already equipped with a conservatory, then it is more than likely that the space is designed with a more traditional style. Victorian, Edwardian and Gable conservatories were all hugely popular, and while they are still an excellent way to enhance living space, they all have one feature in common – a glazed roof. A glazed roof, if installed correctly using quality materials, will most definitely provide you with an adequate amount of reliability and insulation; however, in older designs, this was not always the case. This one of the most common reasons as to why a homeowner may opt for replacing their glass roofing with a tiled alternative, but we’ll delve deeper into this topic shortly!
For those who are considering replacing their conservatory roof, there are a number of factors that you should consider before going ahead. Having specialised in conservatories in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas for many years, this is something that we often run through with clients. So, we have put together a guide which will help you to answer the following questions:
- Why Would I Need To Replace Conservatory Roofing?
- What Is A Tiled Roof Conservatory?
- What The Replacement Process?
- What Are The Benefits Of A Tiled Roof Conservatory?
Before beginning to plan your conservatory roof replacement, it is imperative to consider the main reasonings behind your decision. This will help you to determine your requirements when looking for a tiled roof, ensuring that your new system does not experience the same issues that you had before. Below are the most common reasons as to why clients approach us in need of a roof replacement:
Lack Of Temperature Control
As briefly mentioned above, it is incredibly common for older conservatories to struggle with maintaining a steady temperature. If you were to speak with anyone who has a conservatory dating back almost as far as when the property was built, it is likely that they will say that they are hardly able to sit comfortably in their space. Why? Because it is unbearably hot during the summer and freezing over the colder months. This means that the room often ends up turning into a second attic to hoard old belongings instead of its intended use. Lack of temperature control is caused by the amount of glazing in the conservatory design as in the past, the glass was rarely equipped with the insulation needed to provide thermal performance.
Issues With Noise
Have you ever sat in a conservatory on a miserable day and noticed that the rain or wind sounds increasingly noisier than it would if you were outside? While this may be relaxing for some, others find that it can cause a disruption, especially when the sound echoes through their home. The most common reasoning behind this is because the roof has been made using polycarbonate, which although it is strong, does not protect your home from noise pollution.
If you have noticed that you are experiencing problems with noise across your property, then Family Handyman has put together a helpful guide on everything you need to know about soundproofing your home.
Badly Installed Roofing
Many of us have fallen victim of a cowboy builder who promises the very best but most definitely does not deliver quality. If you had issues with your initial conservatory installer, then this is likely to be the reason why an upgrade is necessary. In this instance, you do not always need to abandon your old conservatory and start from scratch as something as simple as a roof replacement could save your space.
Much like any other component of your home, conservatories can start to deteriorate with age. Due to the nature and responsibility of the roof, this is the one aspect, in particular, that is likely to show the first signs of wear and tear. Whether it may be down to adverse weather conditions or poor quality materials, roofing systems can start to no longer serve their purpose as much as you’d hope. Failing to resolve this may lead to more significant problems such as leaking.
There doesn’t necessarily have to be a problem with your conservatory to replace the roof. The main reason that you would like to upgrade your conservatory roof may simply be down to the fact that the appearance no longer fits with your style. Your home should be the perfect representation of your personality and fit seamlessly into your lifestyle, so there is no harm in renovating your space for this reason alone. For more inspiration on ways that you can upgrade your property, take a look at Country Living.
Now that you are familiarised with whether a roof replacement suits your requirements, its time to take a closer look at what to expect from your tiled roof. Tiled roofs are easy to install and can be tailored to fit with any colour scheme. A vast range of different shades is available to suit your home, whether this may be a slate grey, black or reddish-brown tiles.
If you are switching from a glass to tiled roof, then the primary difference will be the amount of natural light that will stream into your conservatory. From the inside, a tiled roof will look the same as any other room in your home, with a fully plastered ceiling and the chance to install lighting. This is ideal for those who want to use their conservatory as, for example, an office, playroom or second living room, as it allows you to combine the features of a conservatory with the privacy of an extension. They can also be tailored to fit the style of the room you would like to achieve, with the option to incorporate a vaulted or sloping ceiling for the illusion of a larger space.
For those who love the idea of being able to see the sky from their glass roof but prefer the design of tiled, there is no reason why you cannot add skylights. Skylights are commonly incorporated into the design of a guardian tiled roof conservatory, allowing you to enjoy enhanced natural light and ventilation while keeping the space at a comfortable temperature.
Having specialised in guardian tiled roofs in Bedford and the surrounding areas for many years, our team have perfected the installation process to ensure that every system provides complete reliability and durability. One question we are often asked by clients is whether the tiled roof is installed on top of their existing structure. The answer to this is no, the whole existing system will be removed, and the tiled roof will be built from scratch. Here is what you can expect from the process:
Step 1: First, the old conservatory roof is completely removed to create a blank canvas.
Step 2: A new timber add-on installed around the edge of the roof, just above the window frames.
Step 3: Aluminium structures are fitted on top of the timber, including beams and rafters, which create the foundation for the new system.
Step 4: If you choose to incorporate roof windows into your design, these will then be placed between the beams.
Step 5: The inside of the aluminium structure is equipped with timber battens before insulation is fitted on top.
Step 6: Timber ply is installed on the outside of the conservatory roof, as well as a waterproof membrane.
Step 7: The tiles can now be fitted and complete with finishing touches of your choice, such as flashings and cappings.
For more information on converting your conservatory to a guardian roof, take a look at our previous article.
Any type of conservatory comes alongside a wealth of benefits from the ability to add a significant amount of extra living space to boosting your property value should you wish to sell up. However, what is the advantages of opting for a tiled roof conservatory in particular?
Alternative To A New Conservatory
You would be surprised how much a difference replacing the roof can make to the appearance, comfort and overall feel of your conservatory. This means that switching your system to a tiled alternative provides the perfect alternative to building a brand new conservatory from scratch. Not only does this save you a significant amount of money but also saves time as, within just a few days, you will be able to begin using your new space again. You will not need to wait around for aspects such as fitting pipework and electrics as immediately after roof replacement; you can start relaxing in your conservatory.
Comfort All Year Round
With a tiled roof, you will never have to worry about your conservatory being either too hot or too cold down to the weather. You will be free to spend time in your space all year round without having to deal with unpredictable changes in temperature. The room will remain nice and cool in the summer and cosy during the colder months, meaning that you have more conservatory use possibilities. If your new tiled roof has inspired you to reconsider how you plan to use your space, then why not take a look at Ideal Home for a host of ideas on conservatory uses?
Increased Sound Insulation
As mentioned previously, a common reason why homeowners replace their conservatory roof is down to noise; however, due to the nature of a tiled roof, you will be provided with increased sound insulation. The interior of your roof will be complete with plastering just like any other room in your property, which means that outdoor sounds will remain as muted as possible. This means that you can sit back and relax in your conservatory in the peace and quiet, even in the rainiest of British weather conditions.
Reduced Energy Bills
Not only are glass or polycarbonate roofing systems culprits for causing an unsteady temperature, but they are also prone to allowing heat to escape. As hot air rises, you may find that you are continually turning your central heating up in a bid to heat your conservatory to the same temperature as the rest of the property. With a tiled roof, on the other hand, your conservatory will have the power to trap in heat just as effectively as the main areas of your home. This leads to an immediate reduction in your energy bills, not only saving money but also making your home more efficient, consequently lowering your carbon footprint. For more handy ways that you can make your home more environmentally friendly, head over to Good Energy.
Improve Property Aesthetics
If you have an older conservatory that is beginning to dampen the aesthetics of your property, then installing a tiled roof is an excellent way to improve its appearance. The modern nature of tiled roofing systems means that they can be matched to the roof colour of your home itself, achieving a seamless finish. Moreover, as the inside of your roof will be a plastered ceiling as opposed to glass, you will be opened up to a wealth of interior design opportunities. Whether you incorporate statement light fixtures or recessed downlights, it couldn’t be easier to add a personal touch to the design of your conservatory.
Boost Property Value
According to an article by On The Market, a conservatory can add up to 12% to the value of your property, providing that it is of high quality. With this in mind, if you plan on selling up in the near future but do not have the budget for a new conservatory, then replacing the roof alone can work towards your advantage. Those who are viewing your home want to be able to envision themselves living in your property, so if you can provide them with a unique space, then you will stand out from the crowd. Tiled roofing systems are relatively modern, which means that it is unlikely that they would have been many homes with a tiled conservatory, adding a sought-after feature to your property. Homebuilding & Renovating has put together more ways that you can boost the value of your home ready to put it on the market!
Reap The Benefits Of A Tiled Roof Conservatory!
We hope that our guide has helped you to familiarise yourself with the installation, features and benefits of a tiled roof. Regardless of the style of conservatory that you have, opting to replace your roofing system with a tiled alternative will always work towards your advantage. Not only will it save you valuable time and money, but it is also a fantastic way to breathe a new lease of life into your home.
If you have any questions regarding tiled roof replacement or would like to book in for a consultation, then please do not hesitate to contact our team!