A conservatory is a great addition to any home, providing extra living space that can be used throughout the year and helping to create a connection with your garden. However, over time, this area can begin to show signs of age and not perform as well as it once did. It could be down to the roof, causing problems like heat loss or condensation and in many cases it’s better to get a replacement than to try and repair the existing structure.
There are a number of different options available when it comes to conservatory roof replacement, and each installation is 100 per cent bespoke. It’s important to have a professional carry out an appraisal of the conservatory to advise on what roofing materials and styles may be best.
Glass roofs are still a popular option and the good news is that advances in technology mean that they’re much more thermally efficient than ever before. There are also a number of additional features that help to make them more user-friendly, including self-cleaning surfaces and low-emissivity glass that helps keep the room cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
The cost of a new glass roof will depend on the size of the conservatory and what style of glass is chosen, but it’s worth remembering that it’s not necessary to replace the entire structure when changing the roof. In many cases it’s possible to use the existing walls and base of a conservatory, which will save money, but if this is not feasible then the structure may need to be strengthened or rebuilt.
Another option is to go for a solid panel roof, which will turn the conservatory into more of a traditional room. This is a more expensive option and involves covering the external part of the conservatory with lightweight aluminium sheeting and plastering the inside so that it looks like a normal ceiling. If you want to keep some of the existing glass panels this is a good option, but it will alter the visual appearance of the room significantly.
If you’re looking to add value to your property, then a solid roof will provide the biggest return on investment. This is because it can increase the resale value by as much as 12%. However, it’s worth noting that it can be difficult to meet planning regulations if you add a solid roof to an existing conservatory as this changes the classification of the space. If this is the case then it’s a good idea to contact a building control body to find out exactly what needs to be done. It’s also important to bear in mind that the price of a solid roof will likely include the costs of removing and disposing of the old structure. This is usually included in the overall estimate given by a contractor.