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5 Considerations for your solid roof conservatory

There are many things you should consider when choosing a solid roof. Here are some of them

Wednesday 25th April 2018

So you have decided to refurbish your conservatory to a solid roof but how can you tell if this option is the best choice for your home? And who do you choose to install it for you? Here we look at 5 main things we feel you should consider before taking the leap.

1.  Refurbishment or new extension?

The design and engineering behind our WARMroof system means that this roof is very lightweight allowing this system to be used to build new tiled roof conservatories as well as being able to refurbish your old conservatory too. To do this, your installer would use ‘retrofix posts' so that they can transform old conservatories without having to knock the old one down and start from scratch. 

2.Planning permission

Most new‐build conservatories with either a solid, tiled or glazed roof will not need planning permission, because they are covered under what is known as a ‘permitted development’. However there are just conditions and limits regarding placement and size, which you can find details of on the Government’s Planning Portal or by contacting your local council. 

Building Regulations will only apply if you want to build an extension on your home, but not for a conservatory, if certain conditions are met. In order for your conservatory to be classed as a conservatory and not an extension, it will have to be separated from the main house with external quality walls and/or windows and doors that meet Building Regulation requirements. It will also need to have an independent heating system that has separate on/off and temperature controls to the main house’s heating system.

If these measures are not in place, the conservatory is technically an extension and separate Building Regulations apply. Even when your conservatory is built in‐line with these conditions, the doors, windows and glazing and any electrical work will have to adhere to specific Building Regulations. You can find out more details for your solid conservatory roof project on the Planning Portal or by speaking to your installer.

Our WARMroof system has been approved by building control inspectorates jhai, LABC & LABSS (for Scotland) meaning that it is fully compliant with building regulations. 

3. What about energy efficiency?

Our WARMroof system is a true 'warm roof' system. In fact, it's the only system that offers true 'warm roof' construction in the solid, insulated and tiled roofing sector. The insulation sits above the roof structure and therefore eliminates warm air leaking out from the building into the roof space. It also prevents any damp or condensation. The U-Value of the WARMroof system is 0.18 W/m²K (the u value is measurement of how effective a material is at insulation) it helps to keep your roof warm in the cooler months but also cool in the summer allowing you to enjoy your conservatory all year round.

4. How do you choose your installer?

All our installers are registered and have experience in fitting our WARMroof system. Our installers are members of FENSA, have insurance backed guarantees, operate a clear customer care policy and agree to our code of practice. We also cover the whole of the UK so we have a registered installer in your area. 

5. What about the windows & doors? 

Adding a solid roof will instantly improve the thermal efficiency in your conservatory but if you keep your old windows and doors you might not feel the full benefits of your new roof. All our installers offer window & doors which have improved thermal qualities too including the latest solar controlled glass. You can also choose to add bi-folding or sliding doors to open up your conservatory to the outdoors. 

Still got question? No problem! Contact us today & we will put you in touch with your local, registered installer. 


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