The main issue with conservatories is well known – they get too hot in the summer and turn in to virtual saunas.
However, there is another key issue, one which is particularly relevant at the time of writing as we go through a seemingly never-ending winter.
When it is cold outside, conservatories remain cold inside. They steadfastly refuse to get, or remain warm.
What can you do to fix this? Here we take a look and offer a practical, long-term solution.
The cause of the issue
The problem arises from the roof. Most conservatories have either glass or polycarbonate roofs, two materials completely unsuited to the job in hand – namely to help keep the temperature within a pleasant range.
Nowadays, other types of conservatory roofs are allowed - more on that later, suffice it to say that any conservatory with a glass or poycarb roof is going to create problems, the best you can do is to look to minimise these issues.
Up the heating
As glib as it sounds, this is often the only quick solution. Because glass or polycarb roofs allow all the heat to escape in winter, warming them up is of little use if the heating isn't then kept on. If not, they will quickly plummet in temperature again.
You can reduce the effect by adding more heating – oil and targetted local heaters tend to be the most effective, especially compared to just chucking the heating on across the entire house.
This isn't a long-term solution, though. It leads to huge energy bills and also stops working the second you turn the heating off again.
Up the insulation
If so much heat escapes, why not up the insulation? This makes sense, although it also has little effect.
You can up the insulation on the floor with rugs, you can have furniture and fittings which are good at retaining warmth, but the key problem remains that great big glass roof.
You could maybe try gluing layers of material to the top of your roof, but that's not a look many are keen to go for – it probably has health and safety consequences too so don't try it!
Upping the insulation won't make any noticeable difference, the problem is too profound.
The one solution that does work
There is one solution that makes a conservatory far more usable in the winter, though, full disclosure, it is our product. Hear us out though, it does have regulatory backing.
The problem is the roof and so we developed a different roof, a lightweight, solid tiled replacement roof that can fit on any existing conservatory.
This roof is far better suited to maintaining temperature - meaning the conservatory stays warmer in the winter but also doesn’t get too hot in the summer.
The roof’s benefits are not just idle claims, they are backed top by the fact it is only the Guardian Warm Roof that has full Local Area Building Control (LABC) approval. In fact, it was our work in developing these roofs that led to regulation changes, up until 2010 conservatories had to have either a glass or polycarbonate roof. Our roof persuaded regulators to change that rule.
With a Guardian Roof there are added benefits too. The roofs come in a range of styles and subtle colours so there is one to match every type of property.
Would-be buyers are getting what is effectively a great extension rather than a flawed conservatory.