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Don’t change the conservatory, change the roof

For some people, adding a conservatory to their home is adding essential living space and even though a conservatory was originally used for storing plants and tropical fruit it has now become part of the integral room count.

Whether your conservatory is utilised as a:

  • Play room
  • Office
  • Dining area
  • Man cave
  • Home gym

it’s more than likely that the sheer expanse of glass is at some point going to be a haven for attracting those unwelcome winter chills.

Making a conservatory into a full time room

There are various ways and methods for making your conservatory warm in the winter, including curtains, heaters and good old double glazing; but for a more permanent solution to a permanent room what about adding a roof or a ceiling?

A solid roof will not only act as insulation, but will give it a more homely feel, a fundamental element of an everyday room.

How to add a permanent roof

Unfortunately, like many home alterations, adding a solid roof isn’t as straightforward as you might like. There are certain building regulations that need to be adhered to and various checks that have to be undertaken by Building Control:

  • Inspecting the existing conservatory to ensure it can support the additional load of a heavier new roof.
  • Ensuring the existing door frame contain steel inserts.
  • Inspection of the foundations to ensure there is sufficient stability to withstand a heavier load.
  • The LABC (Local Authority Building Control) surveyor will also check that the “New roof and supporting structure fully complies with the Regs.”

New roof or new ceiling, which works best?

Tiled roof

With energy efficiency waging high on everyone’s criteria, the newest lightweight tiles available offer an excellent carbon footprint reading. Along with an aesthetic look integrating with the adjacent property roof, these low pitch, long lasting, low maintenance tiles are easy to fit.  

With the tiles’ main composition being high quality steel, they come unrivaled in strength and performance and with a price that’s economically sound.

Transition Ceiling

For those of you that may want to gaze at the stars in the summer months, how about a roof that can do both? A transition ceiling is a network of lightweight aluminium slats that can be operated by a remote control. You can chose to close them tight in the winter, to keep in the warm and keep out the cold, or open fully in the summer to let in the light.

Insulated ceiling

Although this type of ceiling requires rather more work to install, the benefits are worth it. With an insulation quilt fitted between the glass roof and a purpose built timber frame, you can guarantee a cosy, snug ‘proper’ feel to the room. Once the PVCu shiplap cladding is fitted onto the timber frame, your conservatory roof will look neat, elegant and fit for all weathers.  

Plastered ceiling

The installation process is the same as for the insulated ceiling with plasterboard fitted onto the timber frame. A smooth layer of plaster is then skimmed onto the boards leaving a professional and compact finish. The plaster takes a couple of days to dry so installing this ceiling in warmer weather is advisable.

A tiled roof will certainly give the conservatory a ‘joined up’ feel to the main property and would probably add more value. A ceiling however requires no planning permission, less expensive and is far simpler to remove if the need arises.

However you enjoy your conservatory, with or without roof, make sure you take a look at our gallery for style tips.