If your conservatory is old and outdated, or you simply want to upgrade the space into something more modern, then conservatory roof replacement could be an excellent option.
Unlike glass, solid tiled roofs can be designed to match the existing colour of your home, giving it a truly integrated appearance. This option will also provide you with added sound insulation.
Solid Tiled Roof
Many glass and polycarbonate conservatories are reaching the end of their lives and are leaking and in need of replacement. A solid tiled roof is the ideal solution as it can be installed over the existing frame without the need to upgrade the structure.
A new solid conservatory roof is insulated so you’ll be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, this will significantly reduce your energy bills and make your conservatory a year-round living space. Your conservatory will also be quieter as the roof acts as a barrier against outside noise.
GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) rafters are inserted into the existing frame which is then covered with high-performance insulating sheets. These are BBA certified and have a plaster skim finish that’s ready to be painted.
Depending on your installer, you may need to apply for Building Regulation approval as the new solid roof changes the conservatory from a temporary structure into a permanent part of your home. Your reputable installer should be familiar with the process and can help you comply.
For many homeowners, a glass conservatory roof offers a traditional and stylish look. It’s a popular choice for new builds too.
Glass is a light material, meaning that it doesn’t require much in the way of structural support. This allows for a much quicker installation process and reduced overall costs compared to other options.
The latest glass roofing solutions can be highly thermally efficient, keeping the room cooler in summer and warmer in winter. They also reduce glare, which can be a problem for some homeowners. They can also help to cut down on noise levels too.
It’s important to make sure that any installer of a replacement glass conservatory roof is fully qualified and reputable. It’s advisable to only use a professional that belongs to one of the major trade bodies. These include The Glass & Glazing Federation and Double Glazing & Conservatory Onbudsman Scheme. It’s also recommended that they have comprehensive liability insurance.
Polycarbonate roofs are known for their low cost and ease of installation. However, they often have a short lifespan and offer very little thermal insulation.
Another issue with polycarbonate conservatory roofs is their lack of sound dampening. This can be a major problem in heavy rain and high winds. It can also be a cause of discomfort in the summer as the hot sun will penetrate the roof and raise the temperature inside.
Choosing a tiled conservatory roof will improve both of these issues. Your Ultraframe installer will help you design a solution that will fit into your existing structure without structural modifications. You could choose a solid tiled roof or one that’s glazed – like our Livinroof system. This hybrid option features a combination of solid and glazed panels and even comes with an internal insulated pelmet that accepts spotlights and speakers. This creates a cosy real room feel and allows for more light to enter your conservatory throughout the day.
If you’re after a modern conservatory roof that allows for plenty of natural light then an aluminium option is a good choice. Aluminium is also durable, reflecting heat rather than absorbing it which helps keep your conservatory a comfortable temperature all year round.
However, a conservatory with an aluminium roof may not be as insulating as polycarbonate or a tiled roof. Consequently, it can be prone to condensation and damp along the original bars and beams of the existing structure which can cause problems with leaks and cracked plaster.
A solid aluminium and glass hybrid roof from Bryant & Cairns is a great solution to solve this issue. This type of replacement roof can be installed in around three days and works well with any style of conservatory. It is also incredibly lightweight and comes finished in a range of traditional colours including a slate effect. Typically, a solid conservatory roof will require planning permission to be fitted so be sure to check with your local authority beforehand.