Whether your conservatory is used for reading a book on a sunny day or you’re entertaining friends it’s a space that you want to be as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, conservatories are not always the warm and cosy spaces that they should be. That’s because many existing conservatory roofs don’t have the right insulation and often suffer from leaks and condensation that can cause significant damage over time.
Replacing your conservatory roof with a solid one is the best way to transform it and make it usable all year round. Luckily, there are many different options available for you to consider. The two most popular are the Ultraroof and Livinroof which both offer outstanding levels of thermal performance as well as excellent soundproofing to keep your conservatory a quiet and relaxing space throughout the day and night.
Both of these systems are designed to work with your existing windows which means that you can choose the style of glazed panels that you would like to include in your new conservatory. They are also both able to offer low U-Values which will ensure that your new conservatory stays as insulated as possible and reduce energy costs significantly.
The other big advantage of both of these roofs is that they can be installed without causing any structural issues in your conservatory. This is because they use a system called a ‘warm roof’ which effectively uses extra insulation to create a barrier against heat loss. This makes the roof a lot more cosy and comfortable to be in than a standard polycarbonate or glass conservatory roof.
When choosing a solid conservatory roof, you will need to think about how you’re going to use the space. This may influence decisions about dwarf walls versus glazed walls and which colour of tiles you go for. You should also think about how you’ll incorporate lighting and heating into your conservatory. You may need to get your installer to help with this or you may be able to find a company that offers a complete turnkey solution.
You will also need to consider whether or not you need Building Regulations approval. This is because a solid conservatory roof will change the structure of your conservatory and it needs to be assessed to make sure that it can cope. Many of the larger national installers such as Ultra Installers will be able to advise you on this and can take care of it for you if needed. Look out for LABC Registered Detail certification and BBA accreditation which will indicate that your chosen solid replacement roof has been properly tested and is a safe and high quality product.
You might also be interested to know that both of the aforementioned systems can be finished with a variety of tiles including traditional slate. This is a great option for people who want their new conservatory to have the look of a traditional orangery. There are also synthetic slate tiles that can be used which are very close in appearance to the real thing but at a fraction of the cost.