As with any major home improvement project, you should take some time to research and fully consider all conservatory roof replacement options before committing.
It’s a significant piece of work and if you’re spending a reasonable amount of money it’s important to know exactly what you’re going to get. There may be some questions about your conservatory roof replacement that you hadn’t even considered.
That’s why we’ve taken our years of expertise to come up with the
7 most important questions to ask yourself before approaching roofing companies or recommended roofers near you.
1. What are you going to use your conservatory for?
It may sound simple, but it can be easy to get carried away with the idea of a home improvement project like a conservatory roof conversion without asking yourself the basics.
What kinds of activities will go on there?
Oftentimes those with conservatories find them to be uncomfortably hot or cold in different seasons and that their original intended use for the conservatory has been neglected.
A Guardian Warm Roof conservatory will solve this problem, but it may be that instead of using the space as a part-time garden room, it could be a permanent dining room or even an extra bedroom.
Sometimes considering what your conservatory lacks before starting the roof conversion is a good way of pinning down what you really want it to be afterwards.
2. Who will be using the conservatory?
Is it just for you and your spouse to relax in on a sunny afternoon? Or do you see your extended family coming over and sitting around a dining table?
Is there that one relative who’s always complaining about being too cold and won’t sit in your conservatory as it is? If so, it might be advisable to avoid a glass or polycarbonate roof, as they tend to lack the insulation that a solid conservatory roof offers.
Most of all, think of your own preferences and how you imagine this part of your home looking and feeling after the refurbishment.
3. What type of conservatory roofing solution are you looking for?
There are various types of conservatory roof on the market, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
A glass or polycarbonate conservatory roof may be cheapest, though they likely won’t solve the problems you’re currently experiencing with your conservatory.
You could also install insulation panels, though depending on your conservatory, they may not meet building regulations due to the excess weight overloading current support footings. Even if you are able to maintain Building Regulations compliance when installing insulation panels, they are not vented like a solid roof, which can result in condensation and mold growth over time.
Glass also tends to create a greenhouse effect in the summer, trapping the sun's heat in the conservatory during the summer, while allowing heat to escape in the winter — leading to seasonally unstable temperatures
A polycarbonate conservatory roof can be three or four times cheaper than glass, and is able to withstand extreme conditions. However, polycarbonate roofs are liable to scratching and denting, suffer from the same seasonal greenhouse effects as glass roofs, and may not be as attractive.
We recommend a solid roof like the tried and trusted Guardian Warm Roof. It’s a long-lasting solution that will improve your experience in your home, and adds value to your property.
By including several layers of insulation, a plastered ceiling with the option of spotlights, as well as beautiful external tiling, this solid roof maintains a comfortable temperature in your conservatory at all times.
It’s also quick and straightforward to install – which is why it’s the only roofing solution we trust at Projects 4 Roofing.
Whichever you choose, make sure you know what’s out there and weigh up the pros and cons of each option.
4. What colour do you want your roof to be?
Do the conservatory roofing solutions you’re looking at have a range of colour options? A quick Seach of “roofing companies near me” should quickly lead you to the various choices on offer.
The Tapco Slating that we use on our Guardian Warm Roofs comes in a range of colors to blend in with every home. Plus, these titles are built specifically for use with Guardian Warm Roofs, with paramount durability when compared to other roofing materials.
Think about if you would like to mimic natural slate or if you would prefer traditional concrete tiles with a shingle effect, as well as the interior plaster finish and the effect windows and or LED lights can have on the colour inside as well.
5. When do you want to replace your roof?
You may well be imagining yourself enjoying a drink on a beautiful summer’s day as soon as your conservatory roof replacement is finished. However, half the neighbourhood might also be looking into a summer conversion at the same time!
Other times of the year might be less busy for a particular roofing company. It’s worth planning well in advance if you have a date you want the roof completed by.
You should also consider the impact of inclement weather on the roof installation. However, if you choose the right company, seasons and storms might not matter as much.
Projects 4 Roofing will complete a conservatory roof conversion in 5-7 days, with the roof being left completely watertight at the end of day one.
That’s one of the main advantages of the Guardian Warm Roof, and the sign of an experienced roofing company. Both elements will help minimise the disruption to your life – leaving you to worry about fixing your summer cocktail or a winter mulled wine!
6. Do you want to keep your existing windows and doors?
Some conservatory roofing in the UK can be adapted with a new roof while the existing windows and doors remain in place. This solution can save you money, rather than replacing every part of your conservatory wholesale.
In many cases the Guardian Warm Roof can be more easily fitted to retained doors and windows than a new glass or polycarbonate roof conversion. As part of our free survey, Projects 4 Roofing will let you know if this is going to be possible in your particular case.
If keeping your windows and doors is a priority, look for a company who has plenty of experience just replacing roofs. Performing a conservatory roof conversion can be a fiddly, precarious operation in the wrong hands.
7. What company do you plan to hire to install your Guardian Warm Roof?
If you’re convinced that a solid roof is the answer to your problems, choosing the right conservatory roof installer for a Guardian Warm Roof is going to make the difference between an easy project and a stressful situation.
Take a look at our post, 7 Key Considerations When Choosing a Conservatory Roof Installer, for more information on what to look for when choosing a conservatory roof company near you.
Our team will give you a quick, fixed price quote based on your requirements and the nature of your existing conservatory.
We hope these key questions have helped you start thinking about the most important factors when considering a conservatory roof replacement.
However, this is probably only the start of your research journey towards installing a warm, enjoyable conservatory. Look at our blog and learning hub for more information, or just give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any other questions you have about your conservatory roof replacement.