You have been contemplating installing a solid roof conservatory but wonder if it is an excellent choice for your home. You need to take several things into considerations that will make it easy for you to know if you are making the best investment. In light of this, below are some of the factors that need to consider when planning to install a solid conservatory roof.
1. Solid Conservatory Roof For New-build Or Refurbishment?
Structurally, the conservatory roof systems are designed to be lightweight. As such, these roofing structures can be fitted into new roofs as well as the old ones. The experts in roofing call this ‘retrofitting’ and it is an option that many homeowners prefer when thinking or installing new roofing systems or transforming their old conservatories. The upgrades make their conservatories a comfy place during the hot summers and cold winters.
If you are also thinking of doing such renovations to your home, you should consider hiring a reputable and experienced conservatory roof installer. Such a contractor will be familiar with what’s needed to build the base and the walls in preparation for fitting the roofing frames and installing the new conservatory roof.
2. Planning Permission And Building Regulations For Conservatories
Most of the modern conservatories can be installed without having to seek planning permissions since these structures are classified under “permitted development.” Therefore, you do not need to get a permit for a conservatory roof, be tiled, solid, or glazed. However, you will have to contend with the limitations that come about due to factors such as size and placement. You can learn more about this by visiting the Government’s Planning Portal.
Keep in mind that you need to adhere to the building regulations when doing renovations that involve adding an extension to your home. But this is not the case when installing a conservatory, though you still need to meet certain conditions. For it to be accepted as a conservatory instead of an extension, you need to fix it and ensure it is separated from the main house. To do this, you will need to erect quality, stable external support structures that meet the Building Regulations. The same applies for any composite doors or windows you will include in the conservatory. Moreover, the new structure will need an independent HVAC system.
If such things are not put in place, then your conservatory will technically be considered an extension, therein separate Building Regulations are applicable. Take note that any doors, windows, and electrical work that will be done to the conservatory will have to be in line with the set Building Regulations.
3. Is The Conservatory Installer’s Workmanship Certified?
Not all building and construction works done by contractors and installers are certified; this should not come to you as a surprise. Certified works are those done by building and installation companies that are registered with a UKAS accredited, government-accepted certification scheme. Many of the reputable and reliable contractors in the industry that strive to uphold the best quality standards are part of a certification scheme. Hiring such installers will see you get quality results that are devoid of any issues.
4. What About Insulation And Energy Efficiency?
When you hire the installer, you need to ask about the insulation to be used and the energy efficiency levels to expect, even before the project starts. In most cases, the upgrade is meant to address the inefficiencies of the previous installation. Regarding the energy efficiency of the conservatory, the windows and doors may have thermal ratings, but there is no such rating system for the conservatory roofs. The installers will probably talk about U-Values when asked about the thermal rating.
But what is a U-Value? It is a measurement of the effectiveness of the insulation material. In short, it measures the thermal performance of the material, which is determined by the levels of heat loss. The lower the U-Value, the more the heat conservation and such a U-Value is what you should consider when seeking to install a conservatory with excellent energy efficiency.
5. Can A New Roof Be Fitted Onto The Old Conservatory Frames?
Given that the solid conservatory roof is designed to be lightweight, you can install a new one over the old frames. However, the installer must examine the existing frame structure to determine whether it is suitable for fitting the new conservatory roof or you will need a new frame as well.
6. Are New Windows And Doors Necessary Too?
With the new conservatory in place, the upgrade is likely to improve the energy efficiency levels. However, the old or dated doors, windows and frames may be inefficient and thus keep you from receiving the full benefits of the new installation.