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Written by Martin

Planning a conservatory renovation

Fed up with your polycarbonate or glass conservatory? 

Let’s face it, traditional conservatories can be hard work. Keeping the roof well maintained and clean is a regular chore. And if you don’t do it, your conservatory soon becomes a bit of an eyesore. Then you’ve got to keep it clean inside and keep on top of any damp issues. But you still get hardly any use out of it, because it’s either too hot or too cold. If any of this sounds familiar, it’s time to start thinking about a new look and new ceiling for your conservatory. This post takes you through the main considerations you have to bare in mind as you start to plan your conservatory renovation.

Is an insulated conservatory ceiling an affordable option?

Yes! Not only that but an insulated conservatory ceiling increases the value of your property and extends the living space in your house. It’s much more affordable than moving home, having an extension or knocking your conservatory down and starting again. We use the highest quality materials to make sure that your new conservatory ceiling is strong and durable.

We work closely with Ideal 4 Finance who offer low rate finance options. Ideal 4 Finance only works with trusted and reputable companies.

Is a new roof an option as part of your conservatory renovation? 

A new insulated ceiling is a quick and effective way to update your conservatory and provide better insulation. But don’t rule out the idea of also having a new roof too. We offer two types of new roof: our own lightweight tile roof  or Equinox tiled roof. Both are high quality, stylish and affordable. They will prolong the life of your conservatory and give it a great new look. They are also easy to install and we can also install a new roof on a flat or low pitch roof.

Do I need a survey for a new conservatory roof? 

We will nearly always carry out a survey before replacing a glass or polycarbonate roof with a tiled roof. All Equinox roofs require a survey. A survey is necessary to ensure the property is evaluated correctly and the planned work meets the required standard for Building Regulation purposes. The survey looks at a number of aspects and is carried by our professional team.

When would you not need a survey? 

You may not need a survey if you have the original plans and specifications or if you are having a fiberglass roof fitted. However, any roof fitter should always discuss this with you first. You may also not need a survey, if we have previously installed an insulated ceiling for you and know the specifications of your conservatory. Whether you need a survey will also depend on the age and type of conservatory. Always discuss this before any work is carried out.

How is the survey done?

Firstly, the access and storage is checked to ensure delivery vehicles can access the site and construction materials can be stored without causing any difficulty or damage the property.

Then, our team of professionals will check whether the conservatory is suitable for roof installation or if there are any existing parts that need fixing prior to the fitting. One of the main priorities is to ensure that the walls of the conservatory can take the weight of a new roof.

The specific dimensions, shape, and positioning of your conservatory will be measured and noted with reference sketches and notes of all windows and doors. Existing services such as drains and sewers will be recorded alongside with any necessary or desired positioning. A ground assessment will be conducted to dictate the depth and the type of foundations your conservatory requires. Also, a risk assessment for health and safety will be completed.

Peace of mind 

A conservatory survey will give you a good indication of how the installation will be carried out and will save you from any unwanted stress or problems that might occur later in the process. It won’t take very long but will provide you with peace of mind and reassurance.

Do I have to have a new ceiling and a new roof? 

We can normally install one without the other but it will depend on your particular conservatory. You also need to consider how your conservatory will look if you only have a new ceiling or a new roof fitted. If you are just having a new insulated ceiling fitted, we can add a layer of special film to the existing roof. However, we recommend you discuss this fully with our advisors before making a decision.

Does it matter what shape my conservatory is?

Whether you want a new ceiling, a new roof or both, one of the first questions we ask you is what type of conservatory you have. Conservatories come in all shapes and sizes but they all fall within a range of traditional and contemporary styles. If you are unsure what style of conservatory you have, these are the most common styles:

  • Victorian: this popular style features a pitched roof and angled panes of glass that create a rounded shape.
  • Edwardian: this is similar to the Victorian conservatory with a pitched roof (often four-sided) and a rectangular shape.
  • Gabled: a rectangular conservatory with a two-sided pitched roof that meets a gabled end.
  • Lean-to: this style is also known as a Mediterranean conservatory with a single sloping roof.
  • L-, P- or T-shaped: this is an elaborate style, designed in any shape, to suit any type of home. This shape can be used to incorporate common elements of Edwardian and Victorian styles and creates a unique space.
If you’re still not sure, give us a call or take some photos and send them to us.

How long will installation of the ceiling and roof take?  

We can normally provide you with an estimate of how long it will take after a phone call. If you let us have the size and dimensions of your ceiling and conservatory and the condition it’s in, our installers will then be able to advise you as to whether any fixing or repair work needs to be carried out before the installation. Once the prior work is completed, most insulated conservatory ceiling installations only take a day to complete, although depending on your conservatory size and the condition, it may take a little longer. A new roof takes a little longer but it still normally only takes a couple of days. Our fitters will leave your home clean and tidy so you can be enjoying your new look conservatory sooner than you think.

A new conservatory ceiling and roof is a big decision and we’re always available at the end of the phone to talk through any questions you have.



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