Many homeowners have, over the years, taken the decision to add a conservatory to their home in order to expand their living space. However, what many of them have found is that some conservatories with poorly performing glass units or polycarbonate roofs are too cold in winter and too hot in summer, making them usable for only a few months a year. Homeowners, understandably, want a well insulated conservatory that they can use all-year round, enabling it to fulfil its purpose as an extension of their living space.
Solid tiled conservatory roof systems have been developed to lock in heat during the winter and prevent overheating in the summer. As a result, homeowners are now choosing to convert their existing polycarbonate or glass conservatory roofs to lightweight tiled roofs, because they offer better thermal performance, improved energy efficiency and a more comfortable, useable living space.
The installation of a tiled conservatory roof involves the removal of the existing roof surface, and fitting of the new warm roof itself. It is the finest roofing solution for the British climate. It offers greater thermal protection than a ‘cold roof’ (which requires the complete removal of the old roof so that insulation can be appropriately added before the new roof covering is applied on top).
Much of the heat loss that occurs in ageing conservatories and orangeries is down to the roofing system utilised in their design. To keep all that heat trapped inside and regulate the internal temperature effectively we recommend the inclusion of a warm roof.
This revolutionary tiled roof has an exceptionally low U-Value and will keep the entire interior perfectly insulated, permanently stopping heat from escaping. Our skilled conservatory roofing specialists are capable of crafting a warm roof for every type of extension.
Your warm tiled conservatory roof can be personalised inside and out. Roof vents are a great feature is to have fitted into your warmer roof for added light and ventilation. Internally the plastered finish remains the most popular as it makes the room bright and airy, although timber and pvc cladding can be considered. For added light and ventilation doubts Velux type roof vents are available.
Options available include either surface mounted or concealed along the length of the ridge within a drop – down lowered ceiling. Externally you can choose from a range of coloured lightweight tiles and slates from the likes of Metrotile and Tapco. Both have BBA accreditation, offer proven weatherproof performance and come with extensive guarantees against corrosion, warping, fading and cracking.
Planning permission should always be checked. Existing conservatories are likely to have been built either with prior planning consent or under permitted development rights. If the roof of an existing conservatory is to be replaced with a tiled roof similar to those on adjoining buildings and the overall footprint and height are to remain unchanged it is unlikely further planning permission will be required. In all cases, it is advisable to check with your local planning department before any of the works start .
Converting to a lightweight tiled roof system on your conservatory is a much more affordable option than building an extension. By choosing a lightweight tiled roof, it is still possible to make the most of natural light because it allows you to incorporate one or more roof lights into the roof – giving you the best of both worlds: sunlight and energy efficiency!
A tiled conservatory roof gives you all the benefits of a traditional conservatory – introducing light and an extended living space into your home, without any of the downsides of having a room that you can only use for a few months of the year. Roof tiles can be chosen to complement the style of your property, providing a valuable attractive home improvement. A lightweight tiled roof system can be fitted to most sizes and styles of conservatory. More and more homeowners are recognising the benefits of upgrading to a lightweight tiled roof conversion as the results can be simply stunning.
It is important not to fall into the trap of thinking that all tiled roof conversions are the same and there are important structural, safety and energy efficiency considerations. There are also certain Building Regulation approvals to be met so it is therefore essential that your conversion company are credible, reputable and experienced and that your roof conversion product is both structurally and thermally proven.
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‣ A structural assessment is required to ensure that the existing conservatory foundations, walls and frames are strong enough to withstand the load of a replacement tiled roof.
‣ Local Authority Building Control (LABC) recommends that installers check the strength of the structure by drilling pilot holes into the vertical supports, or by using a magnet to see whether there is a steel core in place.
‣ LABC proposes that conservatory foundations comprise a 150mm thick concrete strip or reinforced concrete slab.
‣ Foundations passing over drains, close to tree roots or on filled ground may require further consideration.
‣ In some instances, the conservatory might need new window frames to support the weight of a new tiled roof. It may also be possible to make existing frames more rigid, depending on the strength of the existing conservatory.
‣ The structural integrity of a conservatory is vitally important. The roof has to withstand changes in weather, ranging from being loaded with snow to pressure from high winds.
Problems can be avoided by undertaking a thorough inspection of the conservatory. If this is not carried out correctly and any remedial actions are not taken at this stage of the process, it could lead to a wide range of avoidable problems for homeowners further down the line.
We cover the whole of the North East including Northumbria, County Durham, Cleveland, Tyne & Wear and North Yorkshire. If your location is not listed, just give us a call or drop us a line and we will be able to advise if we cover your area.
If you are interested in finding out more about our range of warm roofs, please submit your details. An appointment will be set up with one of our expert surveyors and a free quote issued for your consideration.
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