Conservatory Roof Replacement Costs
Prices for solid, glass and polycarbonate conservatory roofs
A professionally installed conservatory will last for decades and will be relatively trouble-free, however, the roofs tend to be the weakest link! If you spot any signs of leaking or water damage in your conservatory, you need to replace the roof as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. Leaking roofs are likely caused by damage that has been building gradually over the years due to slipping or warping panels, loose cappings, leaking vents or simply sealant problems around the panels. Sometimes a temporary repair can be made to solve the immediate problems, but the only long-term course of action is to either replace the roof or get a new conservatory! But even if the roof is not leaking, if you have a cheap polycarbonate roof, this can lead to condensation problems over time which in turn can cause mould which is harmful to the lungs.
Example conservatory roof replacement costs
Conservatory Roofing Things to Consider
Due to a relaxation of building regulations, today there are many firms selling replacement insulated roofs for conservatories. Previously, a conservatory was a room where at least 75 percent of the roof and 50 percent of the walls being glazed (otherwise it was classed as an extension), and this exempted it from Building Regulation control. This regulation backfired however and led to hundreds of thousands of homeowners being sold cheap, conservatories that were effectively glass boxes that were boiling hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter! Under the new regulations, you can replace your conservatory’s roof with something more substantial which offers better insulation. However, cheaper conservatories (which is most of them) are pretty, insubstantial structures with shallow foundations and flimsy frames – paying thousands of pounds to fit a new roof on top of such a cheap and flimsy structure might not be a wise investment.
Solid conservatory roofs have many advantages, but they are not always a good idea. Glass conservatory roofs remain the most popular roofing material in the UK thanks to new specialist glasses that are energy efficient and even self-cleaning! Specialist glass will obviously cost more than standard glass, but it is often worth the extra as it could help reduce your energy bills so is likely to make a good return on the extra investment. A solid conservatory roof will make your conservatory more like an extra conventional room in your home, but your installer will need to check that your existing conservatory is strong enough to support the new solid roof. Polycarbonate roofs are the cheapest but they are less energy efficient and let less light in than glass. Conservatories with cheap polycarbonate roofs also experience big differences in temperature in summer and winter, they can be unbearably hot in summer and far too cold in winter.
Doing it Yourself
Fitting a new conservatory roof is not really a DIY job, a team of competent professionals can fit a small conservatory roof in just a day or two, but double hipped or Victorian roofs may take even professionals up to 5 days! However, replacing a glazed conservatory roof with another roof of the same style and thickness, is usually pretty straightforward. For example, if you have a crack or leak in the roof and are simply replacing glass with glass, or polycarbonate with polycarbonate, then it’s often just a matter of carefully removing the old roof and installing the new one. The most important consideration is getting the measurements right as the new roof will likely have to be made to order and could take several weeks to arrive (though sealing the new roof panels in properly is also crucially important). Replacing a glass or polycarbonate conservatory roof with a solid tiled roof is much more complex and way beyond the average DIY enthusiast! There could be a significant additional weight load with a solid roof and you need to establish that the existing conservatory frame can take this load safely. If you are experiencing problems with an existing solid conservatory roof, then it is more likely that this will be repaired rather than be completely replaced.
Conservatory Roof Replacement Checklist
- Under no circumstances should anyone walk on the roof panels of a conservatory
- Conservatory roofs have to comply with the current Building Regulations
- Glass or polycarbonate roofs can expose the conservatory to extreme temperatures
- A solid tiled roof for your conservatory is warm in winter and cooler in summer
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
What material should I replace my conservatory roof with?
Do I need planning permission or Building Control approval for a new conservatory roof?
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I thought conservatory roofs had to be see-through?
Will I get less light into the conservatory if I fit a solid insulated conservatory roof?
A small blown window that requires fixing.
Submitted by Leanne
Leak from inner edge of the conservatory
Submitted by Umma
Looking to build new conservatory and size 3.5m 4m glass roof and glass door with Pvc frame.
Submitted by Surjit
Conservatory roof needs replacing.
Submitted by Allison
The living roof on my conservatory.