A solid conservatory roof will transform a conventional conservatory into an all-year round living space. It will be better insulated and can help to reduce your energy bills. It is also a great way to add value to your property.
Many existing conservatories were built using polycarbonate or glass roofing systems which have a number of disadvantages including being too cold in winter and too hot in summer, making them unusable for most of the year. The cost of heating and cooling a conservatory is very expensive and it can make the space feel like an added on extra rather than an additional room in your home. Adding a new solid roof will solve all of these problems.
The benefits of a solid conservatory roof are that it is thermally efficient, it provides excellent light and natural warmth and it will help to lower your energy bills. You can also opt to have a skylight or two fitted into the roof to allow in more natural light.
A good installer will be able to advise you on the best type of solid conservatory roof to suit your property. They will be able to recommend the best insulation, the amount of light you can have and how much the project will cost. They should also be able to advise you on any Building Regulations that may apply and how to comply with them. You should always check with your local building control department before starting any work to ensure that you don’t need planning permission.
One of the big reasons why it is important to choose a reputable installer for your new solid conservatory roof is that they will be able to advise you on whether your conservatory will require any structural reinforcements to accommodate the weight of the new insulated roof. Most solid roofs are heavier than the traditional glass or polycarbonate alternatives and if your existing conservatory is not able to cope with the additional weight you could risk it being unstable.
You can also expect your new roof to be installed by a professional company who will take care of the entire project from start to finish. They will remove your old roof and install the new insulated roof while ensuring that the structure of your conservatory is not compromised in any way. This will include reinforcing the walls if necessary.
If you have decided to replace your existing conservatory roof with a solid roof then be sure to use a reputable, established and highly recommended installer. Look for companies with a good track record in the local area and that have been accredited by the industry bodies such as FENSA, GGF and BBA. You should also be looking for LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Registered Detail certification to ensure that the design of the new roof meets with Building Regulations.
You should always ask your installer to provide you with written quotations for the job before starting the work. This will help you to understand the full costs involved and how they will be calculated. They will then carry out the work to your specification and provide you with a full warranty for peace of mind.