A solid conservatory roof can transform your existing conservatory into a room you will want to use all year round. In addition to increasing your living space you will also enjoy reduced energy costs and a more comfortable home environment.
A new solid roof allows you to add shaped glass panels into your conservatory framework and direct light where you wish it to go. It can be used for areas such as kitchens, dining rooms and seating areas to bring in natural light into dark corners.
It’s important to choose a manufacturer that has worked closely with local councils and building control departments to create designs which comply with current building regulations. This means the solid roof and supporting structure is correctly designed so it can cope with the weight of the solid aluminium roof system, tiles, plaster boarding, insulation and any double glazed Velux windows. Look out for LABC Registered Detail certification and BBA (British Board of Agreement) accreditations.
The main benefit of a solid replacement conservatory roof is its thermal performance. A solid roof helps to minimise heat loss and prevents heat gain reducing the amount of heating needed in the winter and air conditioning in the summer.
Another advantage is that a solid conservatory roof is much quieter than a glazed or polycarbonate conservatory. The insulated walls and ceiling help to reduce the noise from wind, rain and other environmental elements.
There are several types of solid conservatory roof to suit your taste and budget. There are synthetic slate and clay tile finishes, as well as lightweight plastic tiles. The cheapest option is often the plastic slate, but this can fade over time and may need replacing sooner than the real thing.
Some installers use the cheaper alternative tile finishes on their solid conservatory roof, however this can lead to condensation problems and a reduction in life span. This is because the surface of the tiles can attract moss growth which will damage and obstruct drainage points and if left unchecked can cause damp or even structural failure.
A reputable installer will arrange a survey to ensure the structure of your existing conservatory can support the weight of the solid roof and its contents. They will usually use a breathable membrane under the tiles to stop water running through the structure and will use heavy duty insulation to reduce the risk of moisture build up.
Although it’s a good idea to check with your local council before you start work, you should not need planning permission to replace an existing conservatory roof with a solid one. This is because since 2010 the rules have changed and you can now replace a conservatory roof with a solid or tiled one without needing to apply for planning permission. You will, however, need to get a final certificate from your council to prove that your extension complies with building regulations. This is particularly necessary if you live in a conservation area or within a national park.