A conservatory is a great way to make more use of your home, especially during the summer. However, like any other part of your property, a conservatory can start to show signs of ageing. If you’re beginning to experience problems with your existing conservatory roof it could be time to consider a replacement.
A new roof can transform your conservatory into a usable space all year round, so you can enjoy it whatever the weather. It will also add value to your home, and make it more appealing to buyers if you ever plan on selling it.
How do I know when my conservatory roof needs replacing?
Over time, even the best quality polycarbonate or glass roof can begin to deteriorate. This is usually due to the sun’s heat and UV rays, which can cause the sheets to discolour. As a result, they can become brittle over time, leading to cracks and leaking. You can easily spot when it’s time to replace your conservatory roof by looking for any visible signs of damage or deterioration.
Whether it’s water leaks, or simply feeling draughty or cold in your conservatory, these are all telltale signs that it’s time for an upgrade. A leaking conservatory roof can lead to a huge number of issues and if left, it may not be long before your conservatory becomes unusable.
Upgrading your conservatory with a solid roof isn’t just a good idea from an environmental standpoint, but it’s also likely to save you money on heating bills too. A new roof will make the room more energy efficient, meaning you’ll be able to keep it warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
There are several options available for a conservatory roof replacement, with tiled and glass roofs being the most popular choices. Both offer excellent insulating properties and both look fantastic, with the glass option offering a more modern feel to your conservatory.
When changing to a new roof, it’s important that you get planning permission and building control approval first. This will ensure that the work meets regulations and that your conservatory is able to support the weight of the new roof.
If your existing conservatory isn’t able to support the weight of the new solid roof, then significant repairs or foundations will need to be carried out at an extra cost. A survey will be needed to check the structure of the existing conservatory before work starts and you should also get a quote from a reputable roofing company for any extras that you may need.
A good roofing contractor will be able to advise you on the best options for your conservatory, and will be able to submit a full building regulation application on your behalf. They will also be able to give you an estimate for the project so that you can budget accordingly. They will also have a range of different roofing sheets from different manufacturers, so that they can match the aesthetics of your existing conservatory.