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 conservatory 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 upgrade 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
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 roof has an exceptionally low U-Value and will keep the entire interior perfectly insulated, permanently stopping heat from escaping. Our skilled roofing specialists are capable of crafting a warm roof for every type of extension.
The installation of a warm 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).
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 .
Your Warm 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. The lighting
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.
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.
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 conservatory with a lightweight tiled 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
Upgrade your conservatory with one of our innovative lightweight tiled roof systems and you will benefit from:
‣ An all-year-round living space – creates a practical, usable, family living space
‣ Greater comfort – constant, comfortable temperature all year round
‣ Reduced noise – eliminating the issue of rain and wind noise on glass and polycarbonate roofs
‣ Reduced CO2 emissions – helps you do your bit for the environment
‣ Lower Maintenance – a lightweight tiled roof doesn’t need constant cleaning like glass or polycarbonate
This over and under cladding can present difficulties with excess load and also condensation damaging the plasterboard and issues with watertightness, issues that can only be avoided if the entire roof is replaced properly. A properly specified and installed tiled roof system will ensure compliance with Building Regulations Part L, making the conservatory habitable all year round and saving on heating bills. Some installers will still advise simply fitting tiles on top of an existing roof and fitting plasterboard internally.
‣ 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.
When investing in a warm roof you will likely have lots of questions you would like answered. Hopefully we have your answer here, if not please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly experienced team.
In every project we undertake, we strive to do the best job that we can and make sure you are 100% happy with our service and products. We will always put our customers first and provide the best aftercare possible.
The service provided to you by I.C. Davison doesn’t end once we have finished fitting your chosen home improvement product. Please don’t hesitate to contact us after we have left your home for any extra support or advice you require. We guarantee that swift action will be taken to rectify any issues to your satisfaction.
Our products are very competitively priced, but we understand there may be occasions when a customer receives a lower quote for the same product elsewhere. We promise to match or beat any genuine like for like quote as part of our price match guarantee (price must be based on like for like quality and service, based on provision of a written quote to verify)
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