Upgrading your conservatory roof to a solid conservatory roof allows you to use your conservatory all year round, rather than being sweltering hot in summer and freezing cold in winter. It also adds value to your property and makes it more appealing to potential buyers.
However, as your conservatory is a part of the rest of your home, it will need to be able to support the additional weight of the new roof and structure. Your installer will be able to tell you whether your existing frames are strong enough or if they need replacing before a new conservatory roof can be fitted.
You may need to consider upgrading your windows and doors too, if they are old, single-glazed and not very energy efficient, in order to reap the full benefits of your new roof. This will allow the heat your new conservatory roof keeps in to stay in the room, and not escape through the old draughty frames.
When it comes to a new solid conservatory roof, there are many options available to you. The two most popular choices are the Leka roof system and the Ultraroof roof. Both offer excellent insulation and have JHAI approval, meaning that they are constructed to meet UK building regulations.
As you might have guessed, a new solid roof is not cheap, but the investment will pay dividends in your energy bills and your enjoyment of your conservatory. However, before you commit to the cost of a new roof, make sure that you have done your research and found an installer that is reputable and has a proven track record.
During the installation of a new roof, it is important to clear the space of furniture and other items. This will allow your roofers to sheet the area and protect your belongings from dust and debris. It is also essential to ensure that the area is dry, so the roofers can work safely and efficiently.
The installer will need to remove the old conservatory roof and install a frame and rafters for the new solid tile roof. Then they will fit the new tiles on the roof and the insulated cladding around the edges. After the tiles are in place, you can add Velux style windows to bring in the light and a touch of charm.
A solid conservatory roof is not a cheap option, but the improved insulation will save you money in the long run and make your conservatory a room that can be used all year round. It will also add value to your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers when you come to sell.
You will probably not need planning permission for a replacement conservatory roof, as the rules changed in 2010, but it is worth checking with your local council’s building control department just to be sure. The team at Rodda and Hocking can take care of the whole process for you, including obtaining local authority building control certification on your behalf.