Raising the roof to upgrade conservatories
Thinking of upgrading your conservatory? Look no further!
Originally conservatories were used by the wealthy who wanted to cultivate exotic species of flora. Today on the other hand, we estimate that around one in five UK homes have a conservatory.
Offering additional light, with relatively fast construction times, up to 200,000 conservatories were built per year during the height of their popularity.
However, some homeowners find the full glare of the sun in summer and chilly temperatures in winter make older conservatories uncomfortable. People naively still think the only solution to this is a costly rebuild.
Well, Securahome has good news, building technology for conservatories is constantly moving with the times. As with glazing, thermally efficient roof options are now available. These can easily be added to existing conservatory structure to create a modern living space.
‘Activ’ glass roof
‘Activ’ glass roofs offers a straightforward upgrade for those who want to keep an uninterrupted view of the blue skies above. Our suggestion in this case is to opt for a modern, low emissivity (low-e) ‘Activ’, energy efficient glass roof.
This solution helps to reduce the variations in temperature associated with older, traditional glass or polycarbonate roofs. ‘Activ’ low-e glass cuts solar glare, protects furniture from fading and keeps heat in during the winter months.
For even greater insulation, Securahome can offer two extra solid roof options which can be retrofitted to existing conservatories. This is achievable without significant structural modifications.
This new, lightweight, tiled roof takes its design cues from the slates and tiles which are on most UK houses. The result works really well on most properties and its advantage is it comes in a range of finishes to match existing architecture.
Using aluminium panels, with Kingspan insulation, the tiled conservatory roofs achieves a u value of just 0.18, similar to that of a normally constructed, modern roof.
With this option, the interior of the conservatory can include a plastered ceiling with down-lighters or roof windows in order to keep the view of the sky and stars.
For a more contemporary feel, there is a third option, the LivinRoof. This modern roof combines the sleek lines of a glass roof with the shade and thermal efficiency of a solid conservatory roof. The final result is something very contemporary in look and feel.
When building a LivinRoof, entire panels can be glass to create a hybrid solid and glass roof. This means the homeowner chooses exactly where to have shaded areas and where to have more light.
Once again there is the option to plaster the interior ceiling and to add down-lighters creating that extra room feel. Additionally, the LivinRoof comes with the option of adding orangery features. This level of detailing enhances the interior and exterior styling of the conservatory.
Do you have an older conservatory? why not find out more about these modern retrofits? Pop into our Swansea showroom to discuss our 36 month Interest Free Credit options or to see some of these options in more detail.