Solid Conservatory Roofs

 Solid insulated conservatory roofs have become extremely popular in recent years and make up a huge proportion the UK conservatory roof market. They have a number of different names such as; tiled conservatory roofs, solid conservatory roofs, then a number of brand names such as Supalite and Guardian. These roofs were designed with a focus on being usable all year round making the conservatory warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, this is achieved by using layers of insulation in the roof which retain the heat in the winter and stops excess heat and sunlight entering in the summer.

Solid insulated conservatory roofs have become extremely popular in recent years and make up a huge proportion the UK conservatory roof market. They have a number of different names such as; tiled conservatory roofs, solid conservatory roofs, then a number of brand names such as Supalite and Guardian. These roofs were designed with a focus on being usable all year round making the conservatory warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, this is achieved by using layers of insulation in the roof which retain the heat in the winter and stops excess heat and sunlight entering in the summer.

How is a Solid conservatory roof installed?

The installation process starts by surveying the existing conservatory to ensure that it is strong enough to withstand the additional weight from the new roof. The dimensions and angles are then measured and uploaded to a computer aided engineering program to ensure that the measurements align with each other, if so then it is sent to the fabrication process and will arrive on site pre-cut and ready to install this reduces the amount of disruption at the customer’s home. 

On the first day of the installation the old roof is removed including the old eaves beam. The new aluminium eaves beam is then attached on top of the existing window frames to connect the new aluminium rafters to the frames and the new ridge. At this point 100mm of Kingspan insulation is inserted between the rafters and waterproof boarding is installed to ensure that the roof is watertight before being left overnight. On the second day of the installation the 50mm insulated plasterboard is installed on the ceiling and any wiring for LED spotlights is installed and pre-drilled in preparation for the final fix. The breathable membrane is then installed and the roof is then tiled and flashed against the house wall. On the final day of the installation the fascias, guttering and drainpipes are installed. The ceiling is then skimmed and the LED spotlights fixed into their final position. After the plaster has dried the ceiling can then be painted usually white to match other rooms in the house and maximise light reflection in the room.

Solid Conservatory Roof Maintenance

Solid Conservatory Roof

Solid conservatory roofs are the lowest maintenance option in the conservatory roof market. There is no pointing required due to no cement being used in the roof, the only glass to clean would be on roof lights as opposed to the full roof itself. The only other maintenance would be occasionally replacing LED bulbs and repainting the ceiling.

What are the benefits of a Solid conservatory roof?

 There are many reasons to change an existing polycarbonate or glass roof to a SupaLite roof, the number one reason people do so is to be able to use the room more often. Other advantages include a reduction in heating bills, less glare watching television, no maintenance, no leaks or repairs, much quicker and less disruptive than installing a brand new conservatory.

There are many reasons to change an existing polycarbonate or glass roof to a SupaLite roof, the number one reason people do so is to be able to use the room more often. Other advantages include a reduction in heating bills, less glare watching television, no maintenance, no leaks or repairs, much quicker and less disruptive than installing a brand new conservatory.

Building Regulations and planning permission

Building Regulations

This area of building work can be confusing first of all planning departments and building control departments are separate entities within local authorities.

The easiest way to explain the difference is planning permission relates to the rules regarding the building of something which is not already there. Where as building regulations are the minimum standards of design and construction of a building.

Planning - Am I allowed to replace the roof?

Building Control/Regs - Has it been replaced correctly with the correct materials?

An extension for example would need both planning permission and building regulation approval.

If you are replacing a conservatory roof from a glass or polycarbonate roof to a solid roof you will not require planning permission assuming that the size of the conservatory will not be altered. However you will require building regulation approval because the existing conservatory will now be classed as an additional room in the house not a conservatory so minimum standards apply such as insulation etc. 

We recommend opting for a Supalite roof as the process of receiving the building regulations is quicker and easier than using the standard method.

Solid Conservatory Roof Pros & Cons

Solid Conservatory Roof Pros & Cons

Pros

Usable all year round

Extra space

Extremely energy efficient 

Looks great internally and externally

Adds value

Cons

Most expensive option

Small reduction in natural light

Solid Conservatory Roofs In Brief

Solid Conservatory Roof

In brief solid conservatory roofs continue to gain popularity in the UK market with so many existing conservatories and so many happy customers who have had a new roof installed recommending it to their friends or family members it no surprise that solid conservatory roofs are so popular. We would recommend this style of roof if you want the most practical space and need or want the additional space all year around. The only instances that we would not recommend a solid conservatory roof is if budget is the most important factor or if maximum natural light is favoured over all year round usability.

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