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Considering a new conservatory roof?

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Considering a new conservatory roof?

Make sure you use a DGCOS installer!

Why use a DGCOS installer?

• Prior to becoming an Accredited Installer, all DGCOS members will have gone through a rigorous accreditation process.
• Every consumer will receive Free Deposit Protection, Free Stage Payment Protection and a Free Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG).
• Every consumer will have access to Free Mediation to help fully resolve any disputes and Free Independent Inspections to assist with installation or product malfunctions (at DGCOS discretion).
• Every consumer will have Free Access to the Ombudsman to conclude disputes without incurring legal fees or costs, and access to a Compensation Fund to ensure you’re never left disadvantaged.
• It is not a legal requirement to have an IBG for a conservatory, but our promise (to never let a consumer be disadvantaged) means that any installation completed by a DGCOS member, including conservatories must have an IBG.

Do I need a new conservatory roof?

It is an option you may want to consider if your conservatory was installed prior to 2010.

Is your conservatory roof translucent? 
If your conservatory too hot in the summer? 
Is your conservatory too cold in the winter?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, we suggest you read on!

It is well documented that before 2010, a conservatory roof had to be 75% translucent to comply with building regulations which directly impacted the ascetics, practicality and quality of the installation.

It also meant that you could only use two products to comply with the translucent building regulations: Polycarbonate or glass.

Whilst these two materials are great aesthetically and fulfil the 75% translucent for pre-2010 building regulations. Unfortunately, aesthetics and the change in building regulations means there is now no need to spend thousands of pounds on an uninhabitable extension due to extreme heat or cold.

The unfortunate situation is that neither material is suitable for a roof. You can apply special tapes which promise to make them better at regulating the temperature, you can put fans and heaters in the room, you can add blinds. You can try all sorts of quick fixes, but the issue remains. A conservatory roof that lets all the light through does the same with the heat, or lack of it, amplifying the outside temperature.

Fortunately, by the end of 2010, regulations changed, and you no longer need to have a 75% translucent roof on your conservatory. Bringing in all standard roof materials and insulation to ensure your conservatory is liveable again.

So, what are my options?

There are now four main options for conservatory roofs:

Different Conservatory Roofs

When you are choosing your roof you need to consider: Price, purpose and practicality.

Polycarbonate conservatory roof:

Polycarbonate is probably the most affordable conservatory roof option. Great for letting in natural light, these sheets require little to no maintenance and can last for up to 15 or 20 years. However, they do not boast the same insulating properties as some of the more robust alternatives.

Glass conservatory roofs:

Glass is still one of the most popular materials for conservatory roofs because it helps to flood the space below with natural light. Advances in glazing technology mean they are also very thermally efficient and can help prevent heat loss.

Tiled conservatory roofs:

Perfect for new or existing conservatories, tiled conservatory roofs are a great way to minimise temperature fluctuations and add a lovely insulated extension to your home. Resulting in a making the space usable all year round. The downfall is the loss of natural light, but Velux-style windows can be incorporated into the design to make the room airier and more welcoming.

Hybrid roofs:

Made from a combination of solid and glass roof panels, the vaulted ceiling is highly energy efficient and reflects heat back into the room. As well as keeping out the cold, this roof will create a beautiful light-filled room that maintains a comfortable temperature for 365 days a year. They can replace almost any glass or polycarbonate roof on an existing structure.

Who can provide the solution?

There are a range of installers who can provide an adequate solution for your conservatory roof requirements. Find your local DGCOS installer by visiting - https://www.dgcos.org.uk/conservatories and ensure your project is protected.

Example of conservatory roof replacement:

Before and After 
(Photos and work courtesy of Radcliffe Glass

Price of conservatory roof replacement?

The average cost of a conservatory roof replacement can range from between £2,000 to £5,500. There are several factors that'll affect the price you pay, including the size of your conservatory and the type of material you choose. But a DGCOS member will provide you with the peace of mind required to ensure your workmanship is protected.


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