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The 5 most frequently asked questions about conservatory roof replacements

Posted by Clare Whitehall on Jan 12, 2024

Deciding to replace your conservatory roof is a big decision. And as with any significant home improvement project, you’re bound to have a few questions, queries and concerns. It’s completely natural. 

But we don’t want your worries about the time the project might take, or concerns over building regulations to give you sleepless nights. So we’ve put together our answers to five of the common questions we get asked by our customers, to try and help put your mind at ease. 

If there's a question you have that isn’t covered in this list, please just get in touch with our team. At Projects4Roofing we’re committed to making sure you’re well-informed and confident at every step of your journey towards your new conservatory roof. 


1. What Are the Benefits of Replacing My Conservatory Roof?

Perhaps the biggest question homeowners have when they consider a conservatory roof replacement is whether they are going to see the return on investment from it. 

Or in other words - what are the benefits they are going to see from choosing to replace their conservatory roof?

To help you answer this question, we’d actually encourage going through a bit of a checklist: 

  • Is your conservatory currently too warm in summer?
  • Is it too cold to spend time in during winter?
  • Do you have high energy bills from turning up the heating in your conservatory (or from relying on portable heaters) in the winter months?
  • When it rains heavily, is the sound on your conservatory roof quite loud - disrupting your enjoyment of the room?
  • Are you regularly bothered by other external noises? (the sound of neighbours, passing traffic etc)  
  • Have you suffered from leaks or draughts in your conservatory?
  • Have you noticed any condensation, damp or mould inside your conservatory?
  • Does moss and algae on your conservatory roof look unsightly?
  • Are you interested in ways to improve the resale value of your property? 

At Projects4Roofing, we will never give you the ‘hard sell’. 

If you’re able to go through this list and answer “no” to every question - you probably don’t need a solid conservatory roof replacement. But if the points in this checklist is feeling all too familiar, and you want a conservatory that maintains a stable temperature all year round, is energy efficient and reduces your heating bills, is soundproofed against the rain and external noises, and eliminates any condensation, damp and mould - you’re in the right place. 

A solid roof conservatory can provide a comfortable space that your family can enjoy all year round, as well as enhancing the aesthetics of your property and adding value to your home.

A solid roof conservatory can provide a comfortable space that your family can enjoy all year round


2. Which Roofing Material Is Best for My Conservatory?

If you were looking to replace your conservatory roof 15 years ago, and didn’t want to go through the planning permission process, you’d most likely have two options for your roof - glass or polycarbonate. 

Prior to 2010, there was a requirement for conservatory roofs to be at least 70% translucent if they were going to be replaced without planning permission. 

This is why there are so many older conservatories with glass roofs or polycarbonate roofs. 
Modern advances in lightweight tiles and the relaxation of planning regulations means that all homeowners now have another option for conservatory roof replacement - a solid roof.

Choosing the right replacement roofing material is an important decision, and there are certainly some circumstances in which glass or polycarbonate might be a better option - for example if you’re looking for a budget friendly option, or if you prioritise natural light over comfort factors in your decision making process. 

However, if you prioritise year-round comfort, superior insulation, energy efficiency and noise reduction from your replacement conservatory roof - a solid roof conservatory is the most sensible decision.

Investing in a solid roof conservatory can provide you and your family with an additional room in the house, improve the external aesthetics of your property and increase your home’s value. 

Take a look at some of our before and after testimonials to see the difference that a solid roof can make. 

3. Do I Need Planning Permission for a Conservatory Roof Replacement?


A lot of potential customers we speak to have concerns about the length and complexity of the planning permissions process. 

We’re always pleased to give the good news that since 2010, planning permission is very rarely needed for conservatory roof replacement projects as they fall under “permitted development rights”. 

So there’s no need to worry about spending months being caught up in red tape, waiting for your dream conservatory to get started. 

However, we do find that a lot of homeowners get the concept of ‘planning permission’ and ‘building regulations’ mixed up - often thinking they are the same thing, when they are actually separate processes. 

While the majority of replacement conservatory roof projects no longer require planning permission, all significant home improvement projects require building regulations approval.
There’s a good reason for this. 

Building regulations help make sure your project has been built according to the correct standards and procedures, and is safe for you and your family to enjoy. The latest building regulations also include requirements around energy efficiency, to make sure your conservatory is not only structurally sound but also environmentally friendly and cost-effective in terms of energy use.

Ready for the good news? If you choose Projects4Roofing for your solid roof conservatory, we’ll manage the whole building regulations process for you, so you don’t need to worry about it at all.

Check out our blog on “Everything you need to know on building regulations” to find out more. 


4. How Long Does the Replacement Process Take?

Noise. Dust. Workers in your home. Disruption to your daily lives. 

No one likes the idea of their home being a ‘building site’ for any length of time - and it may be one of the reasons why you’re a little bit apprehensive about taking your conservatory roof replacement forwards. 

But again - we’ve got good news! 


Conservatory being refurbished

A solid conservatory roof replacement can be completed a lot more quickly than you might think, with the vast majority of our projects being completed in as little as 8 days!

We’ll also make sure that any disruption to your daily routine is minimised as much as possible, providing you with a full schedule about what is going to happen (and who is going to be present) on your property on each day of your installation, so you can effectively plan around it. 

Want to find out more about our typical process for installing a solid roof conservatory?  We’ve put together a more detailed post on the subject, for your complete peace of mind.


5. What Is the Cost of a Conservatory Roof Replacement?

Of course, one of the most important questions we get asked by potential customers is about the potential price of a solid conservatory roof replacement. 

The cost of any replacement roof can vary significantly based on factors like the roof type, the size of your roof, and any additional features you wish to include like skylights or windows.

However, we know that it’s not helpful to be left in the dark with an answer of ‘it depends’! So, to help you get an easy understanding of your ‘ballpark’ costs, we’ve put together a free pricing tool that allows you to enter all your different variables and get an instant estimate for your conservatory roof replacement.

If you’re happy with this initial estimate, one of our team will visit your property, double check the measurements, make sure we’ve got a full understanding of all your needs and requirements - and then provide a full, easy to understand quotation that we will stand by. No hidden ‘extras’. No nasty surprises. 

Want to understand more about the different costs associated with conservatory roof replacements? Head over to our blog posts to find out more.


Ready to get started on the conservatory of your dreams? 


We hope this blog post has helped answer some of the questions, queries and concerns you might have about replacing your conservatory roof.

If you’re still on the fence about whether a solid roof conservatory is the right choice for you, take a look at some of our recent projects to get a better understanding of what can be achieved. 

And if you have any questions that aren’t covered in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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Topics: Conservatory Roof Conversion, conservatory roof replacement, Building regulations

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