Replace a glass or polycarbonate roof - The Pitfalls To Avoid

Since 2010 it has been possible to replace a glass or polycarbonate roof with a lightweight, solid tiled roof.

When done well, there are numerous benefits to getting this work done. The replacement roof removes the problems inherent with the old, they make the conservatory usable all year round rather than being too hot in summer and nigh-on impossible to keep warm in winter.

The replacement roofs can also look superb, blending in with the rest of the property rather than looking alike a bolt-on. 

Replace a glass or polycarbonate roof with a solid one

There can be financial benefits too, the replacement roof helps reduce energy bills - independent research by AECOM estimating that the typical homeowner will save £200 per year when they have the work done, this because the conservatory becomes so much easier to heat in winer.

Longer term, the work often pays for itself, any would-be future  buyer is getting a superb room rather than a flawed space, the replacement roof enabling the conservatory to be a home office, or games room, or second lounge.

However, not all replacement conservatory roofs are equal. Here are a few things to avoid.

The replacement that isn’t a replacement

Some companies offer a tiled roof covering that does not replace the existing roof, instead being placed on top.

The aim is to get the benefits of a replacement roof but without requiring the existing roof to be removed. 

While this might be an option that saves some money in the short term, it can create huge problems later on.

The original conservatory frame was built with the weight of the room in mind it was not designed to then have to also withstand the weight of a second roof. The danger is obvious, the frame will eventually give way and the roof collapse, potentially damaging whatever is inside the conservatory too.

For the sake of a few days - it typically only takes quality installers three days to remove the old roof and add the new - it is not Wirth storing up huge future problems.

If I replace a glass or polycarbonate roof will it have regulatory approval?

Some replacement conservatory roofs have full regulatory approval, others do not.

Always check, whichever roof or company you opt to go with, ensure that their roofs are approved and that you get all the relevant paperwork.

A Guardian Warm roof with Velux roof windows

At Guardian Warm Roofs, we cannot talk for others, but we can talk of our own status. That replacement conservatory roofs have approval is thanks to us, it was our work that led to regulations being changed in 2010 as we proved the benefits of our lightweight, solid tiled roofs.

Our roofs also come with full Local Area Building Control (LABC) approval and are only ever installed by approved companies offering lengthy guarantees.

Check that any companies you seek quotes from can offer the same assurances.

Will it match?

If you are going to have your conservatory roof replaced it is natural to want the end result to blend in with the rest of the property.

At Guardian, we are proud to make roofs that effectively turn the conservatory into a superb extension - the room will have the benefits of an extension, just without the eye-watering price tag.

relace a glass or polycarbonate roof with a Guardian Warm roof

We have roofs in a wide range of styles that can match the existing roof of your home. We can also create bespoke designs, this ensures that whether it is Victorian, Edwardian, Lean-to, Gable or another we have a style that will match. 

While the style of the roof might not be as important as the benefits it produces, it is still a factor to consider. Choosing a company that only offers a singular style of roof makes it more likely that the end result will be a roof that still fails to blend in with the rest of the house.

Is it proven to work

As with any home improvement or product, it is easy to make grand claims. Ultimately, what is key is whether a product delivers - does the replacement roof deliver.

Look for reviews, ask for testimonials, check independent review sites to see what other say of the roof you are considering.

If you are going to spend good money on a replacement conservatory roof you deserve to be certain that it is proven to deliver and be a product that others have bought and value.

About Guardian

On this site, there is a wealth of information relating to the Guardian Warm Roof.

Please take the time to browse and do contact us with any queries or to arrange an obligation free quote to see how much a replacement roof would cost for your conservatory.


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