How to tell if you need to replace your conservatory roof
Posted on 28th May 2019 at 10:52
Did you know it was possible to replace your conservatory roof? Many homeowners have never even heard of conservatory roof replacement or didn’t realise that it was an option. Replacing the roof has a number of benefits, but overall it makes it a more comfortable place to spend time. If you have a conservatory, keep reading to find out how to tell if you should consider a conservatory roof replacement.
You struggle to keep your conservatory warm when it’s cold outside, but it’s always too hot in the summer
One of the most common issues that homeowners find prevents them from making the most of their conservatory is the fact that they can never get it to a comfortable temperature. It could be that it traps the heat and makes it unbearably hot in the summer, or it loses warmth making it too cold in the cooler months and is too expensive to heat to a comfortable temperature.
Traditional glass roofs are poorly insulated, so when you’re turning up the heating to try to keep warm in the winter, you’re likely to be losing money thanks to the lost warmth. On the other hand, when you want to keep cool in the summer, all of the extra glass means that heat is trapped in the conservatory, which is great if you want a sauna, not so great if you want a functional, comfortable room.
Your heating bill is higher than average
If you often feel like you’re overpaying for your electricity bill, and have tried everything you can to cut it down, there’s probably something larger at fault. Because traditional conservatory roofs are so poorly insulated, a lot of heat escapes through them. So you may find that you’re constantly turning the heating up and not feeling the effects in the autumn and winter. Find out more about keeping your conservatory warm in our blog post.
Your conservatory is full of drafts that you can’t find the source of
It’s a horrible feeling when you can feel a draft coming from somewhere - it’s cold, and uncomfortable, and prevents you from relaxing. It’s even worse when you can’t work out where it’s coming from. An old, worn conservatory roof could be full of gaps that are letting cold air in, so if you often feel a draft in your conservatory that’s not from an obvious source, such as an open window, it’s time you upgraded your conservatory roof.
It leaks when it’s raining
Ever noticed a puddle on the floor of your conservatory? Or has it dripped on your head while you’ve been spending time in there? Older conservatory roofs can often be full of leaks, and you may find that even if you try to patch up the source of the leaks, the rain always finds a way in. With a leaky roof, you’ll find that you’re constantly trying to repair the areas that are causing the leak, when instead a full conservatory roof replacement is often the most efficient option.
The sound of the rain is too loud
Many people love the sound of rain when they’re safe inside, it’s especially effective at sending some people off to sleep. That is of course when it’s not too loud. If the sound of the rain is almost deafening, it’s likely because you have an old conservatory roof. Replacing your conservatory roof with a new one will reduce the sound of the rain to a normal comfortable level.
There’s too much glare when it’s sunny
Traditional polycarbonate conservatories feature fully transparent roofs, whilst it may be nice to look up and see the sky, you’ll probably spend most of your time shielding your eyes from the sun, or struggling to see the screen of your TV, phone, laptop or tablet because of the glare. Solid conservatory roofs are the perfect solution as they prevent most glare, read more here.
Your conservatory roof is visibly damaged
If the wood is rotting, or the frames are cracked, discoloured or damaged, or if there are small chips and cracks in the glass or any other visible damage, you’ll need to consider conservatory roof replacement to massively improve the look of your home. Attempting to repair small areas will likely just be temporary fixes and not a permanent solution.
Why is conservatory roof replacement the best option?
You may have looked into conservatory roof repairs in an attempt to find a solution for any of the above issues, but the likelihood is that repairs will probably not be the answer to your problems. Many conservatory owners find that they spend more time and money constantly trying to keep up with the repairs as their conservatory roof fails so often.
What are the options for conservatory roof replacement?
The best option for conservatory roof replacement is a solid roof option. With tiled or slate conservatory roofs you avoid all of the drawbacks of glass roofs, such as glare, poor temperature control, and too much noise when it rains. Solid roofs can be designed to match the exterior of any home, so they look much better. Find out more on our solid conservatory roofs page.
If you’d like to find out more about whether conservatory roof replacement is the best option for you, please feel free to get in touch, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call on 01604 532700 or visit our contact page.
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