If you’re thinking about converting your conservatory this year, you may be surprised at how many options are available to you.
Conservatories have come a long way since their traditional 19th century designs or old-fashioned roofing materials.Nowadays you can choose from:
- LED spotlights
- Advanced conservatory insulation
- Roof tiling
- and more!
Here are a few of the most beautiful and versatile conservatory upgrades that are now possible with the help of a trusted conservatory roof installer.
Add LED Lights or Skylights
Traditional glass and polycarbonate conservatory roofs let in a lot of light. That might be what makes them popular for many. However, as we’ve discussed elsewhere, they can be too bright, and cause a range of other issues.
Converting a conservatory roof into a solid, opaque structure puts a barrier between you and direct sunlight. However, this doesn’t mean your conservatory will be deprived of light – quite the opposite is true!
There are a few ways to lighten up your conservatory when performing a conservatory upgrade:
LED light technology has become so common that it’s possible to produce the same quality of light as a tungsten bulb at a fraction of the energy costs. As well as being safer and more efficient, LED lights are a beautiful addition to any room.
For your conservatory lighting, LED spotlights allow you to use the room long after the sun has set, just like any other room in the house. Even during the day, if it clouds over and you need a bit more brightness to enjoy reading for example, LEDs can be accurately controlled.
Dimmer switches and directional spotlights can be built into the conservatory roof itself. This will make your conservatory one of the most stylish and well-lit rooms in the house.
Even with lightweight roof tiles on your conservatory instead of a see-through roof, there’s still a way to maximise natural light coming in. Skylights let you bring a bit of the outdoors inside, maintaining that traditional conservatory feel even when installing a solid conservatory roof.
Opt for one or multiple skylights, depending on the size of your conservatory, and enjoy the beautiful daylight while gaining all the benefits of a solid roof.
There are two choices of skylights that we offer at Projects 4 Roofing:
1. Traditional Velux Roof Windows
Well-known and trusted, Velux produces durable, deluxe and professional windows that can be opened to allow nice airflow through your conservatory.
2. Ultra-modern Solstice Windows
This elegant option is a fitted window that sits flush into your conservatory roof. Solstice Windows are sealed glazings, meaning there’s no maintenance required, and they let in consistent levels of natural light throughout the year.
Conservatory roof insulation is a new concept to many homeowners. A lot of people think of their conservatories as glasshouse-like spaces that overheat in the summer even without insulation.
What they’re forgetting is how cold polycarbonate or glass roof conservatories tend to get in winter – but also that insulating your conservatory can actually keep it cool in summer too.
Good conservatory insulation stops heat getting from one warm area to another cooler one. It thereby keeps your conservatory a comfortable temperature all year round. Insulation also provides some soundproofing to keep the noise of neighbours, building works or road traffic at bay.
The key to good conservatory roof insulation is sufficient thickness and high-quality materials. If there’s not enough insulation, heat will get through, so you won’t feel the benefits. And if the materials are poorly manufactured, they either won’t insulate well enough, or won’t last.
When considering a conservatory upgrade, ask the installer about the thickness of the conservatory insulation they use, and what the U-value of the roof is. U-value is a measurement of heat transfer through a structure – the lower the figure the better.
One of the most noticeable changes you can make to your conservatory (both aesthetically and in performance terms) is to replace your glass or polycarbonate with a tiled conservatory roof.
Converting your conservatory with a solid roof means you can install roof tiles to give it a stylish appearance to match the rest of the house. This lends the conservatory the look and feel of an extension.
And lightweight roof tiles on a conservatory don’t need to be excessively expensive or dull. Many roof tile ranges come in a whole spectrum of colours and designs to choose from. The best kinds are durable and weatherproof too. So not only do you get protection inside from the sun and rain, but your conservatory gets a stylish upgrade on top too.
Go With a Guardian Roof
When considering a replacement conservatory roof, there are many opportunities to improve your conservatory and make it a more functional, beautiful part of your home.
Most of the conservatory roofs we convert are either old or full of problems when we first come to look at them. Some just need an upgrade to make them more appealing as a place to spend time in.
The Guardian Warm Roof is both beautiful and solves the most common problems of conservatory roofs. It also features all the upgrades we’ve mentioned in this post.
Guardian roofs are made with the highest-quality materials to your exact specifications. Once we remove your existing roof, the Guardian roof arrives pre-fabricated to your conservatory’s measurements.
So whether you order skylights or LED lights, Metrotiles or Tapco slates, an Edwardian or lean-to style roof, a Guardian Warm Roof can have it all. Plus each Guardian roof comes with 115mm of high-performance insulation built into it, so your winters will be warm and your summers cool.
We hope we’ve given you some helpful ideas for updating your conservatory. If you’re considering a conservatory upgrade this spring or summer, we strongly recommend starting with a conservatory roof conversion from glass or polycarbonate to a solid roof.
To find out more about the marvellous Guardian Warm Roof and all the benefits and options it comes with, visit our website or give us a call to arrange a fixed price quote.