Upgrading your conservatory to a solid roof is a cost effective way to turn it into a room that can be used all year round. It will improve your homes energy efficiency and add value to it at the same time – making it an attractive selling point if you ever decide to move house.
A solid conservatory roof is made up of a lightweight tiled roof and plastered ceiling which creates an extra living space that feels like another part of the home. You can use it to entertain guests, dine with the family or simply relax. It’s easy to make it personal by adding recessed lighting and speakers.
It’s also a good idea to add in some blinds and curtains to keep the light out in summer and the heat in in winter – this will help you to save on electricity bills too. The Leka roof system is a great choice for most conservatories as it’s quick and easy to install and comes with a 40 year guarantee. It’s also JHAI and LABSS approved meaning that it meets UK Building Regulations.
You don’t need planning permission to put a solid roof on a conservatory, but you will need a survey carried out by a qualified installer before the work is carried out. The survey will check whether the existing frames are able to bear the weight of the new roof.
If the frames and windows are already in good condition, then your installer should be able to provide you with a quote for installing a solid roof. However, if they aren’t then it will be best to have these replaced before the solid roof is installed.
Putting a solid roof on an old conservatory will not only improve the thermal performance of it, but it will also transform the look and feel of the room. It will make it much more of an extension to the rest of your home and be a space that you can use all year round, come rain or shine.
There are some companies that offer to clad over and insulate the existing structure of the conservatory roof, this is a very bad idea. It will place the existing roof at a high risk of collapse and not provide you with the level of insulation that a solid roof will.
It’s important to choose a reputable installer to fit your new solid roof, the three big national firms Safestyle, Everest and Anglian all score well on the Trustpilot consumer review website. The Leka roof system that Spectrum Glazing recommends is a great option for most conservatories and comes with a 40 year guarantee as standard.
The ceiling of your new solid conservatory roof can be finished with a variety of tiles to suit your style. You can even add Velux-style roof windows if you want to bring in more natural light into your room. It’s worth noting that the addition of these lights will increase the cost slightly, but they are an ideal way to transform your conservatory into a room that can be used throughout the year.