Spring is here, and while that is always cause for optimism there seems to be no end to the financial difficulties, we’ve all faced in recent months.
Ahead of next winter, homeowners in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire might be planning to beat rising fuel costs by planning heat-saving home improvements. And if you have a conservatory that leaks heat through that old glass or polycarbonate roof, you’d do well to consider a tiled roof option.
We all remember conservatories as being chilly places in the winter and unbearable hot during the summer. Not anymore. Today, a conservatory has to function like any other room in the house – not least because of the work-from-home phenomena – and be heat efficient and comfortable year-round.
Older glass roofs are well-known for thermal inefficiency and if you’re considering a revamp, a tiled roof conservatory is an excellent option. They’re popular among homeowners because they have great thermal performance, look stylish, and a new roof can be retrofitted to an existing conservatory to drastically improve its energy efficiency.
So, let’s have a look at our Guardian tiled conservatory roof replacement, very thermally dynamic and available in a wide range of roof shapes, colours, finishes and glazing options. If you’re thinking of having your conservatory roof replaced and you fancy a new tiled roof, look no further – this is the one!
But before we get into the details, let’s first answer this burning question…
Unless you live in a listed building or a conservation area, you can install a tiled conservatory roof without the need for planning permission. Planning rules were changed in 2010 to allow conservatories to have a tiled roof, as long as the height of the existing roof isn’t altered.
If you DO live in a listed building or conservation area, the most sensible approach is to check with your local authority to see if conservatory planning permission is needed, before you make concrete plans or begin work.
That said, you’re quite likely to need to comply with Building Regulations. These set out standards for the design and construction of buildings to make sure they’re safe and comfortable to use. If you’re replacing more than 25 per cent of your existing conservatory roof’s overall area – which is highly likely if you’re planning on a tiled roof – you will need to submit a conservatory building regulations application. In terms of safety, you’ll need to establish whether the conservatory structure is capable of supporting a solid tiled roof, and whether its weight is likely to interfere with the safety of anyone using the structure. Don’t forget that Double Glazing Direct can help and advise you with all aspects of planning and Building Regulations.
An independent study has shown that a Guardian tiled roof can reduce heat loss by up to 90 per cent. How is this possible? Well, this roof comprises a pre-engineered lightweight frame, two layers of rigid insulation board, internal insulated plasterboard, exterior grade plywood and a vapour membrane. Together this creates a thermally efficient living space; keeping the warm air out in the summer and preventing the heat from escaping in the winter.
The Guardian roof achieves a maximum U-value of 0.18 W/m2K. A ‘U-value’ measures how well or how badly a component transmits heat from the inside to the outside. The slower or more difficult it is for heat to transfer through the component, the lower the U-value. The lower the U-value, the better the thermal efficiency. Even better, to comply with Part L of the building regulations 2010, all roofs to rooms (except those in unheated buildings) should be thermally insulated to a maximum U-value of 0.18 W/m²K.
Yes indeed. As a company, we can replace Victorian, Edwardian, P-Shape, Gable-Ended, and Lean-to conservatory roof styles. We can also design bespoke roof styles, should you need it.
Guardian roofs aren’t just about thermal efficiency; we want your conservatory to look as stylish as possible. There is a choice of lightweight roof tiles, including rich Terracotta, contemporary Charcoal Metrotiles and eclectic Plum roof tiles. We also have 21 different colours to choose from, so there really is something to suit all tastes. And if you really can’t find your heart’s desire, let us know – we’ll see what we can do!
Of course. If you need more light and ventilation we can also install advanced Fakro roof windows for the best of both worlds. If you’re worried the space will suffer from overheating in summer, we can install temperature-moderating Low-E glass. We also have an attractive range of decorative glazing, perfect for intricate heritage projects, adding privacy, and one-of-a-kind installations.
No. We aren’t replacing the whole extension, just the roof. The complete changeover takes only three days with very minimal disruption to your household. Plus, all the work and the roof itself is fully guaranteed.
Of course. In fact, we’d really encourage you to come along to our showroom in Aylesbury to get a real feel for our products, and to talk over all the options with our team. We’re really pleased that you’ve read this article, but nothing quite beats seeing the real thing!
For more information and advice, contact us or call 01296 320252