Does this sound familiar?
- You have a conservatory that you rarely use?
- You find it too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter?
- You find it too noisy when it rains?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you’re not alone these are some of the most common complaints people make about their conservatory.
What’s worse is we’ve all been lied to for years by building companies selling us the promise that a conservatory can be used as an extra living space when in fact, they were never designed for this in the first place.
Did you know, conservatories where originally created back in the 16th century for wealthy individuals who wanted a way to grow citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges and needed a hot room to grow them in.
Crazy right? We spent all that money on buying a conservatory or paid a premium on a house that came with a one which in the end is a glorified greenhouse that we can barely use.
You’ll be pleased to know there is some good news
With the newest advances in technology we can now transform our conservatory into a regular room that can be used all year round.
You do this by replacing the existing roof with a new lightweight roofing system.
The new roof helps keep the room cool in the summer and warm in the winter so turning it more into an extension without the price tag or need for planning permission.
Is your conservatory eligible?
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What You Need To Know
When getting your conservatory converted like this there are a few things you need to be aware of to get the best outcome.
1. Have Your Conservatory Roof Built Using A Timber Frame
Many companies try to get you to either use your conservatory roofs existing aluminium frame or replace it with a new aluminium frame, but this should be avoided.
Aluminium attracts moisture and causes condensation which then creates corrosion and in extreme cases can produce damp patches on your ceiling.
Timber frames on the other hand have been used for hundreds of years to build our main roofs. Reason being is they are much stronger and more energy efficient. The thickness of the timber beams make them better insulators which keep the heat in, lowering your homes overall energy costs.
2. Hire A Company Which Use LABC or JHAI for Building Regulation Approval
You don’t need to get planning permission for your new conservatory roof but you will need to get building regulation approval.
This can be a headache to do yourself which is why we recommend using a company that use Local Authority Building Control (LABC) or JHAI as their surveyors handle everything for you and make the project go a lot smoother when dealing with your local council.
3. Make Sure To Use The Correct Tiles
Many believe a tile is simply a tile and they are all generally the same but when it comes to a tile for a conservatory this is not the case.
The roof tiles need to be much lighter than a traditional tile so they do not pose a risk to the existing conservatory structure. They’re one-seventh of the weight of a ‘traditional’ roof tile.
From our research, there’s 3 leading manufactures that have tiles specifically designed to be used on a conservatory roof and have a large enough range to help you match in with the look of your main roof.
The 3 tile manufacturers are MetroTile, Tapo Slate and Decra Tile. A good company should be able to offer you the option to choose from all three.
Ready To Transform Your Conservatory?
So there you have it, these are things to be aware of and we wouldn’t recommend choosing a company without meeting all of them.
The last thing you want after a company has begun work on your conservatory is to have that sinking feeling of having made a terrible mistake and wanting them gone.
From working with hundreds of trades around the UK and doing these checks thousands of times we’ve got pretty good at spotting the good from the bad.
So if you want to save yourself time from having to do these checks yourself and just want to know who is a good, reputable company you can use, simply check out the conservatory roof expert we’ve already vetted that meets all these criteria.
We only work with ONE conservatory roof company in so we can constantly monitor them to ensure they deliver on the job without you experiencing the typical hiccups, problems and headaches most homeowners go through.
We’ve checked their past work, insurances, references and carried out background checks to give you the peace of mind knowing you’re in safe hands.
How can I start?
If you have an existing conservatory and would like to find out if it’s eligible for this latest roofing system simply follow the steps below:
- First, click here to check your eligibility and get a free quote.
- Second, fill in your details on the following page and our recommended conservatory roofing expert in will get in touch to come out and view your conservatory to see if it’s eligible and will provide you with a free quote.