Replacing your conservatory roof can be a costly affair, but one that can pay dividends in the long run. That’s because a solid roof is up to 15 times more thermally efficient than polycarbonate sheets and can save you money on heating bills.
However, adding a replacement roof will require building regulations approval and an inspection to ensure the existing frame can withstand the weight of a new roof.
How Long Will It Take To Replace The Roof On My Conservatory?
If you’re not getting the most use from your conservatory, or experiencing problems such as leaks and condensation, it may be time to consider the value to your home. Rather than simply trying to repair or patch up the problem, a new roof will transform your conservatory and improve its usability.
A new conservatory roof will not only reduce the risk of condensation and leaks, but it will also help to regulate the temperature throughout the year. This will make it a more comfortable place to spend time, regardless of the weather.
If you’re considering installing a solid conservatory roof, it’s important to note that this will change the classification of your conservatory from ‘permitted development’ to a ‘permanent extension’. As such, you will need to consult with your local planning authority before starting any work. Typically, this will require a technical survey and consultation with your neighbours. This process can take a few weeks. However, this is a small price to pay for a truly functional and beautiful addition to your home.
The Cost Of The Roof
A conservatory roof replacement isn’t a cheap project. However, it is a worthwhile investment for those who have been struggling to use their conservatory due to its poor weather performance.
A new solid conservatory roof can significantly improve the energy efficiency of a garden room, making it a place to enjoy all year round. It can also help to reduce draughts and condensation, which makes it easier to keep the space clean.
There are also a range of other benefits of upgrading to a conservatory roof replacement, including saving money on energy bills and increased security. Glass roofs are also less prone to discolouration, which is a problem that can often affect polycarbonate and tile options.
Many types of home development require planning permission, but adding a conservatory roof to an existing structure is generally exempt from this process as it falls within permitted developments rules. This can cut down the build time significantly. However, it is still important to get a technical survey carried out to ensure the framework can support a new roof before proceeding with any work.
The Time It Takes To Install The Roof
If you are considering upgrading your conservatory roof to a solid tiled roof, it’s important to know how long the work will take. This is because the work will disrupt your daily routine and leave part of your property open to the elements for a period of time.
A new roof can transform your conservatory into a premium living space, which can be used all year round and is better equipped to regulate temperature and keep out noise. Plus, it can even add value to your home.
It takes a day to remove the old roof and three or four days to fit the new design, insulated plasterboard, finishes and electrics. If you’re getting a tiled roof, it is worth considering retrofitting your windows and doors at the same time to improve the overall energy efficiency of your conservatory.
The Time It Takes To Remove The Old Roof
Replacing your conservatory roof with a new solid roof will alter the structure of your conservatory and will need to be inspected by a building control inspector. It is important that the installer you choose has partnered with local building control bodies and have a nationally approved design they follow to ensure this work will comply with Building Regulations.
You should also remove any internal furniture from the room before the work starts. The vibrations caused by hammering can knock items off walls and damage flooring, so it is best to take everything down ahead of time. It is also a good idea to remove wall decorations like pictures, wreaths, mirrors and loose shelving.
Many traditional glass or polycarbonate conservatory roofs are opaque and therefore don’t allow much light into the rooms. They are also not very energy efficient and can be difficult to clean, resulting in the accumulation of muck. A new tiled conservatory roof from Ultraroof or Livinroof will look better, improve energy efficiency and be easier to maintain, allowing you to enjoy your conservatory all year round.