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Refurbish or replace my conservatory

Deciding whether to replace or refurbish an existing conservatory isn’t always easy. Aside from the financial considerations, you also need to think about what’s best for the value of your property and the usability of your home. To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together a list of the most important things to think about when planning a conservatory makeover.

How old is the conservatory?

The first thing to consider when deciding between refurbishment and replacement is the age of the structure. Although modern conservatories are strong, durable and built to last, conservatories that are decades old may not have been built to the same standards. If your conservatory is past its best, replacing it probably makes more sense than refurbishing it as a new conservatory will be stronger, more energy efficient and more stylish.

Energy efficiency

Old conservatories are often draughty and poorly insulated. If you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home and make your conservatory a more comfortable place to be, replacement is a better option. What’s more, as Energy Svg Trust says:

If the doors between the conservatory and the heated house are kept shut in cold weather, they can actually reduce heat loss by acting as an extra insulating layer outside your house.”

Is the existing structure damaged?

If your existing conservatory is damaged, it could make a planned refurbishment a lot more expensive. Before deciding whether to refurbish or replace your conservatory, take the time to thoroughly inspect the building. Look for cracks, signs of rot, and other indications that the structure in compromised. If you find any damage, talk to your contractor to find out which option makes more financial sense.

Do you want more space?

Conservatories come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. If you want to use your conservatory as an occasional bedroom, a home office, a dining room or a family room, you may well need more space than the existing structure allows. If this is the case, replacing your conservatory is the best way to achieve the home you really want.


A lot of people worry about the disruption replacing a conservatory can cause. However, these days installers are able to erect structures incredibly quickly, keeping disruption to a minimum and allowing you to enjoy your new conservatory as soon as possible.


In general, a newly built conservatory will add more value to your property than a refurbished one. If you think you might sell your home within the next five years, replacing your old conservatory would probably be better value for money.

If you’re considering replacing or refurbishing your conservatory, we can help. Get in touch with a member of our team to find out more.