They are often seen as a great investment but do conservatories add more value to your home? Phil Spencer, the popular property expert reckons that on average a conservatory can add 7% to your property. However, the true value that is added to your property is not guaranteed. The value it adds will depend on the quality of the conservatory and the condition.

A Guardian Warm Roof conservatory roof replacement increases thermal efficiency and adds value to your home

If you have an old or neglected conservatory, the value of the property might not increase, or it could drag down the property value. Those conservatories that have glazed or polycarbonate roofs are most affected. Here are some of the reasons why these conservatory roofs are now harming property prices.

Nearly impossible to regulate temperatures

Glass and polycarbonate roofs have a poor ability to regulate temperatures. During the hot weather, the room temperature can be unbearably hot. During the colder months, the temperature can be too cold. Therefore, the use of the conservatory can be limited to milder seasons.

Thermally inefficient conservatory roof
Heat escapes quickly from a conservatory in winter due to the nature of glass or polycarbonate roofs

Massive energy costs

As a result of the poor temperature regulations, homeowners often face higher energy costs. During the winter, homeowners often have to heat the conservatory more and during the summer, you might need to add fans to keep the conservatory usable. Therefore, an old conservatory or one in poor condition can cost homeowners more than £200 a year more.

Additional costs of maintaining a conservatory

There are also other costs to consider. Polycarbonate and glazed roofs are not the most durable roofing material. They need regular maintenance, cleaning and more to keep them in top condition. If you don’t do this, then they can look badly maintained and reduce the value the conservatory is supposed to be adding to the property.

These three factors can negatively impact the sell-ability of your home. Some homebuyers will not buy a home with an old or damaged conservatory. However, that doesn’t mean that your solid roofed conservatories add more value to your home.

Most homebuyers are looking for many of the key benefits that a good conservatory offer. This includes the extra floor space, the entertainment areas and spaces where energy savings can be made. But they will want a conservatory where they can have a comfortable, usable area all year and not have to pay a fortune for it.

solid roofed conservatories add more value to your home
Solid roofed conservatories add more value to your home

So, do conservatories add more value to your home?

Short answer is yes, so long as they are future-proofed. That is why it is important to ensure the longevity of any conservatory that you may have now or would like to buy in the future. Using a solid conservatory roof can be one of the best options. This is a tiled or slated roof that looks more natural, can be customised in style and colour to blend in with your home and is easier to maintain.

Those that use warm roof conservatory roofs can often find that not only are they going to add more value to their property but that you can also see cost savings.

Therefore, the next investment you make should be to look for a replacement conservatory roof. Change it to a warm conservatory roof and see the benefits.

Take the steps to a replacement conservatory roof

The Guardian Warm Roof from Guardian Building Systems has been proven to offer more value to your home, reduce costs and add pleasing aesthetics to a home. This can all help you live happier with your conservatory and improve the sell-ability of your home if you decide to move.

If you’re thinking that a warm conservatory roof might be the best investment for your old or damaged conservatory, then find out more about them here.

When you’re thinking of building a conservatory, then you have lots of decisions to make. The size, location, shape and who to build the conservatory onto your home are just some of the key decisions you have. But these aren’t the only decisions and one of the often-overlooked decisions is to do with the conservatory roof type.

There are four conservatory roof types that you can have. So, whether you’re looking to build a new conservatory or complete a conservatory roof conversion, you need to make a good choice between the conservatory roof types.

So what are the four different conservatory roof types available and what are their benefits and disadvantages?

1. Glazed Conservatory Roofs

Glazed conservatory roof

One of the most commonly used conservatory roof options available for you is a glass roof. These are typically used because they’re cost-effective and can be very aesthetically pleasing. They’re also seen as one of the most suitable for allowing lots more light into a room that can add appeal to the space.

However, there are issues with the glazed roofing options. For one, they’re not particularly great at keeping temperatures at a comfortable level within the conservatory. During really hot weather, the conservatory can get too hot and during the cold weather, the temperature can get so long that extra heating is required that can raise energy bills for conservatory owners.

Glass roofs are durable, but cleaning them can be challenging. Cleaning will need to be done regularly as wildlife and weather can leave debris and dirt on them which reduces their aesthetic appeal.

2. Polycarbonate Conservatory Roofs

polycarbonate conservatory roof

These are less common than glazed roofing options but they’re more cost-effective. Those on a tight budget might consider them. But they’re not as durable as other conservatory roof types. Your roof will need to be replaced and repaired on a much more frequent basis.

Polycarbonate roofing options are much more flexible in how they can be applied to a conservatory. Therefore, those that have a less than standard conservatory size or shape often use a polycarbonate roof.

The problem with polycarbonate roofing is they don’t always have the best aesthetic appeal. Therefore, the value they add to a property can be limiting. In addition, you might struggle with light in the conservatory as polycarbonate isn’t as transparent as glass.

You will also experience the same temperature problems as you would with a glass roof. And you will also have to clean the polycarbonate roof that can be challenging.

3. Flat Conservatory Roofs

flat conservatory roof
The Guardian Roof Lantern is a stunning option available for flat roofs.

Flat roofs aren’t often considered to be used on conservatories. However, they’re an option that can be used within certain circumstances. Flat roofs are great for people who don’t want to have large roofs protrude from their conservatory or those that have small conservatories.

Flat roofs can be built from numerous materials.

One of the disadvantages of flat roofs is that they can get a lot of debris stuck on them. This will need to be cleaned off regularly. If not installed properly too, flat roofs can collect water that can accumulate so much that it leaks into your conservatory.

4. Solid/Warm Conservatory Roofs

Guardian Warm Roof

A warm roof conservatory is one of the best options for any roof. They look very aesthetically appealing and can be customised with many different shades and styles to fit the style of your property. The warm roof is also good for making your conservatory usable throughout the year. During colder months, the heat is better retained. During the hotter months, the conservatory can stay more tolerable.

While warm roofs are more expensive, they’re known to offer substantial savings for homeowners with energy bills. And Guardian Warm Roofs are much more durable than any other roof type therefore, maintenance costs are reduced in the long term. Finally, a Guardian Warm Roofs is going to add much more value to your property than any other roof type. So if you think that you might want to sell your property in the future, this will offer you the best value for money.


There are four options when you’re looking to get a new conservatory or looking to get a conservatory roof conversion. One of the best options for you is the Guardian Warm Roof. These are more durable, look more appealing, make your conservatory more usable and add more value to your home.

When you’re looking to expand your home, one of the options you might have considered is a conservatory. They can be interesting additions to your house and there are certainly options available that can add more space for leisure and entertainment. But the reality of a conservatory doesn’t always match what you expected.

There are numerous conservatory nightmares that you might experience. Here is a quick introduction to some of the problems you might have, and how you can turn that nightmare into a dream for you and your family.

Conservatory Nightmares

While most people consider that conservatories are a great home addition that will provide entertainment space, there are lots of negatives that many homeowners aren’t aware of at first. For one, the addition of a conservatory to your home can be expensive. The building materials, especially glass roofs, can cost more than the value they add to a property. Some buyers might be put off from buying your home because of a conservatory.

In addition, glass and polycarbonate, two of the most commonly used roofing materials for conservatories, are poor at maintaining temperatures at a comfortable level. During the summer, conservatories can become unbearably hot. During the winter, they can lose heat from your home, which increases your energy bill.

Conservatory Nightmare: Traditional glass or polycarbonate roofs are too hot in summer and too cold in winter

Both glass and polycarbonate roofed conservatories can also be unusable during wet weather. Old and or poorly maintained conservatories can cause internal leakages. Even if fully weatherproofed, the rain can make a constant loud noise within the area that is off-putting. Therefore, you will probably spend more time out of the space than in it.

Conservatory Aesthetics

Another thing to consider is that conservatories require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking good. Glass conservatories will need to be regularly cleaned as wildlife, plant debris and the weather can make their mark. When on a glass roof, this can be a hard job to keep clean. A dirty window on the conservatory can really distract from the aesthetic appeal.

In addition, a polycarbonate roof can look cheap and not very pleasant. The value you will get on your property can be drastically lowered and although the initial cost of building a conservatory with a polycarbonate roof can be lower, the long term benefits are much lower. Polycarbonate roofs are also more easily damaged, requiring repairs more often and that is another cost.

What Conservatory Options Are There?

When it comes to building a great conservatory, many things can be done to turn a potential nightmare into a dream space for you and your family. One of the options that you have is to demolish any existing conservatory. This will give you more garden space, but there is a cost to this and you will lose the value of the conservatory on the home and it can be expensive to do.

Another option is to rebuild or replace your conservatory. This is a regular choice for some people who are considering how to fix their conservatory nightmares. However, there are problems. If you don’t fix the initial problem with the conservatory - like the temperature regulation, noise, damage, ease of cleaning then you’re not going to fix it on a new build if you’re replacing it like-for-like.

The final option is to consider a warm roof conversion. This is a solid roof that allows you to retain the existing space but overturns some of the negatives that exist with glass and polycarbonate roofing options. This style of roof makes the room comfortable to use throughout the year, regardless of the weather outside. The range of styles and subtle colours can also add an attractive element to the conservatory roof.

A solid conservatory roof from Guardian Building Systems.

Finally, a solid roof can offer you a £200 per year saving on your energy bill, as was found by independent research by AECOM. The solid warm roof also adds more value to your home because it is seen as an extension rather than a conservatory that could have hidden problems. You can still choose to have roof windows installed to regain some of the natural daylight back. You can also choose between a tile or slate finish on the roof, to better blend with style of your house exterior. 

The Guardian Warm Roof

Fix Your Conservatory Nightmares

Conservatories can be great additions to your home, but the roofing is going to be the deciding factor. While glass and polycarbonate roofs have been standard for numerous years, the Guardian Warm Roof by Guardian Building Systems has been proven to be a much better option. As founders of the first ever conservatory warm roof conversions, we may be biased. But we invite you to look further into our expert home improvement solution so you can enjoy your conservatory more every day of the year.

Learn how the Guardian Warm Roof can transform your conservatory and make your home more liveable.

replacing a conservatory roof
The main motivation for getting a replacement conservatory roof is to transform the room into one that is usable all year round.

Conservatories with glass or polycarbonate roofs are flawed, they are too hot to use in the summer and only usable in the winter with the heating on almost constantly.

That Guardian Warm Roof’s replacement roofs fix this issue is shown by the fact that regulations were changed in 2010 on account of Guardian proving the benefit of our lightweight, solid roofs.

However, a replacement conservatory roof does of course cost money. We would argue that it is money well spent, unleashing the potential of a room that is largely a waste of space.

It is not uncommon, though, for the beleaguered homeowner to look at the money already spent on the conservatory and feel disinclined to spend a penny more.
What might persuade them is if the work pays for itself.

Does having your conservatory roof replaced lead to an equivalent rise in the property’s value?

To answer this it is impossible to make promises. We cannot say that every conservatory roof on every property will always pay for itself.

Replacement conservatory roofs - making financial sense

replacing a conservatory roof with Guardian Warm Roof
There are many factors that affect house price, national and local, some properties will have hit a ceiling for their area where carrying out ever-more work will not lead to an equivalent rise in value.

In general terms, though, replacement conservatory roofs can be an upgrade that adds real value to any property.

There are also annual energy bill savings to be enjoyed - the independent AECOM estimating that a typical homeowner would save £200 per year after having a replacement conservatory roof fitted.

But that can be a small sum compared to the increase in property value.

The reason for the rise is easiest to explain when seen from the point of view of potential future owners.

Anyone looking round a house with a conservatory that has a glass or polycarbonate roof knows that this is a flawed space. It might be that they attach no value to it, they might even mentally be working out the cost of having it removed as they consider what offer to make.

Whereas an extension would add real value being superb living space, a conservatory simply does not have that appeal.

A replacement conservatory roof helps bridge the gap between the price a house with a conservatory would get and one with that same extra square footage in the shape of an extension.

The replacement conservatory roof makes the room as usable as an extension and the roof itself is also aesthetically appealing, coming in a range of colours and shades.

The roof will now blend in with the rest of the property rather than looking like a bit of an after thought.

Adding value to your house - expert advice

Installing a Guardian Warm Roof on an existing conservatory
Of course, anyone interested in a replacement conservatory would be well advised to speak to a local estate agent to get a feel for what impact the work would have given the specifics of your local property market.

The homeowner should also bear in mind that not all replacement conservatory roofs are equal. It is not our place to comment on other products, but it is worth noting that it is Guardian who develop the roof that led to solid, tiled roofs being approved. It is also Guardian who have full Local Building Control (LABC) approval.

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

conservatory too hot in summer

If you Google ‘conservatory too hot’ you get about 630,000 results. If you Google ‘conservatory too cold’ you get about 610,000 results.

From that we can tell two things. A lot of people have issues with their conservatories and the two issues are pretty equal. Conservatories are either too hot or too cold. The one thing you can say in their defence is that they are never both at the same time.

Why though? Why is a conservatory too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter? What is the fundamental problem they have and how was this allowed to happen?

The problem is a simple one to explain even if it is a bit more complex to fix. It is fixable - more on that in a bit - but it does require a bit of work.

Conservatory too hot: The problem is the roof.

That thing above your head, the glass or polycarbonate structure. The advantage of these types of conservatory roofs is that you can see through them, the problem is that the rooms are often uninhabitable, making the fact you can see through it somewhat of an irrelevance.

Neither material is suitable for the job. 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. On a hot day, the conservatory becomes a virtual sauna, on a winter’s day it is only usable with the heating turned up to full blast.

This all begs a question of course. If a glass or polycarbonate roof is so unsuitable, then why are the majority of conservatory roofs either glass or polycarb?

It’s a good question and one for which we’re going to have to find a handy DeLorean and head back in time a few years.

Let’s punch in 2010.

Arriving in 2010, we return to a time when the only roofs you could have on a conservatory were glass and polycarbonate, no other type of roof had regulatory approval. If you wanted a conservatory you had a choice of two types of roof, neither of them suitable for the job (though the person selling you the conservatory might have negated to mention this).

Anyone buying a conservatory probably saw safety in numbers. If so many people have conservatories, they must be fine. What a great way to extend the house, all on a tight budget.

And then they had the conservatory installed, and then the sun shone, and then that first, awful feeling of regret.

At the same time, we at Guardian Warm Roof have just completed the process of getting approval for our replacement roof. A solid, lightweight, tiled conservatory roof that would lessen extreme over-heating or cooling and make the rooms usable again. A real game changer.

By the end of 2010, regulations had been changed and these types of roofs were now permissible - although in reality only the Guardian Roof as the only roof of its kind to have full Local Area Building Control (LABC) approval.

The Guardian Warm Roof has this approval - and thousands of satisfied customers too - because it does what it was created to do, namely it makes conservatories usable. Off comes the old roof, on goes the new, as it is lightweight it fits straight on to the existing structure; typically the entire work, including removal of the old roof, adding the new, and the internal finish, takes just three days.

Over time, we hope to make the question of why conservatories are too hot or too cold an irrelevance. We hope that all those many hundreds of thousands of results are relegated to the archives.

The truth is, a conservatory doesn’t have to be too hot or too cold, you just have to get the right roof for it.

On our website, there is a wealth of information about our roofs, please do take a look round. We would also like to point out a couple of other key benefits while you’re here.

The roofs look great. That isn’t just an idle claim, the roofs come in a range of styles and subtle colours which ensures there is a roof style and colour to match your property. This means that what was once a bolt-on becomes effectively a superb, sympathetic extension.

You can see examples of the roof finishes here.

Upgrading to a Guardian Warm Roof can also make financial sense. There are energy bill savings to be made every year, independent research finding them to come to around £200 per year for a typical property. Better still, if you ever look to sell the work often pays for itself and more besides. Any would-be buyer is getting a great extension rather than a flawed conservatory and this is work they are willing to pay for.

That’s enough about us though - if you want to know more about Guardian just have a look round the site.

Let’s jump back to the question we started with.

Why is your conservatory too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter?

It’s the roof. The roof is the problem but, remember. It doesn’t have to be…

On this site there are thousands of words that detail the technical benefits of the Guardian Warm Roof and why you should change your conservatory roof.

There are pages on how Guardian Warm Roofs are the only roofs which have full regulatory approval. There are articles about how our Warm Roofs make conservatories usable all year round and how they are a superb option if you are looking to change your conservatory roof from glass or polycarbonate to a lightweight, solid tiled solution.

However, rather than summing up those words here, we wanted to do something different. We wanted to show you two images that truly sum up the difference a Guardian Warm Roof makes to your conservatory.

Without further ado, here are those two images.

An inefficient conservatory roof

Thermally inefficient conservatory roof

The first image is a thermographic shot of a conventional conservatory roof. As you can see, the roof offers no barrier against the prevailing conditions, heat is neither retained in winter or kept out in the summer. This is the most common complaint from homeowners.

This image gets to the heart of the core problem with most conservatories, they are too hot in the summer and too cold in winter. In summer, they are often a virtual sauna while in colder months they can only be used with the heating no near 24/7.

The second image shows the difference switching to a Guardian Warm Roof makes when you decide to change your conservatory roof.

An efficient conservatory roof

thermal imaging showing why you should change your conservatory roof

This image, again using thermal imaging technology, shows that the issues have been rectified, the new lightweight tiled roof ensures that in summer, the hot air is kept out, keeping the room at a pleasant temperature, while in winter heat is kept in.

These images show why the Guardian Warm Roof has full regulatory backing, this including Local Area Building Control (LABC) approval. Guardian Warm Roofs are the only conservatory roof replacement systems that meet these building regulations. The images highlight why it was the Guardian Roof that led to regulatory change - prior to 2010, conservatories could only have glass or polycarbonate roofs; our work saw that changed.

Guardian Warm Roof is the only conservatory roof replacement that is LABC approved

What the image cannot show you is that the change also brings financial benefits. Each and every year there will be energy bill savings, these because the heating does not need to be on permanently in winter. Independent research by AECOM found these savings to  come to £200 per annum on a typical property.

Perhaps better still, the work in upgrading to a thermo-efficient roof often tends to pay for itself, and potentially more besides. Any would-be buyer is now getting a room that is effectively a superb extension rather than a flawed space, this is an upgrade they are willing to pay for. This a space that can be lived in and not looked at.

The roofs also look superb, coming in a range of styles that ensure the new conservatory roof will blend in with the rest of the property. Our selection of slate and roof tiles are designed to match most home roof finishes across Britain.

Change your conservatory roof to a Guardian Warm Roof

change your conservatory roof

Conservatories with glass or polycarbonate roofs are flawed, they were sold as a room that would be superb during the summer, they turn out to be quite the opposite.

A LABC approved Guardian Warm Roof transforms the conservatory into what it always should have been, great, usable space that can be used to relax in, or as a home office, family room, home gym or for any other purpose.

If you would like further information on how to change your conservatory roof, please have a browse of the site and do contact us by calling 0800 066 5832 with any queries or to arrange an obligation free quote from a Guardian-approved local company.

We can answer anyone’s call to ‘replace my conservatory’ and turn what might be an unloved eyesore used only as expensive storage space into whatever you want it to be - whether that is a second lounge, home office, games room or just a room whose purpose can change over time.

At Guardian Roofs we can help you replace your conservatory by replacing the key part of it - changing the old glass or polycarbonate roof for a lightweight, solid tiled roof turning your conservatory into the room it always should have been.

Our roofs have full regulatory approval and have been proven to work both in making conservatories a superb space all year round and also in saving the homeowner money on their energy bills.

Coming in a range of styles and subtle colours, the tiled conservatory roofs also make the room look like a sympathetic extension.

If you are considering replacing your conservatory, please contact Guardian first to discuss how we can get you the results you want at a fraction of the price of ripping the whole thing down and building a new extension.

Call us on 0800 066 5832 or use our Contact Form - live chat is also available on the contact page. 

Options To Replace Your Conservatory

replace my conservatory

For anyone considering replacing their conservatory there are a limited number of options.

The first would be to do a like-for-like replacement, perhaps the conservatory has been in place for a few decades and is showing its age. 

It could be removed and replaced with another similar conservatory with a glass or polycarbonate roof but it is hard to see the benefit of this.

The room would still have the same inherent flaws caused by the roof’s inability to regulate temperature. The homeowner would be paying thousands of pounds to recreate the same problems.

A second option is to remove the conservatory and replace it with an extension. Funds permitting, this option has clear benefits, the extension can be designed to blend in with the rest of the house and the space created will be of a high quality, potentially creating an extended kitchen, or improving the lounge, or making whole new rooms. A two-storey extension with a bedroom and even bathroom on the top floor is possible.

"I want to replace my conservatory but am concerned about the cost"

The problem with this option is the cost, tens of thousands of pounds and that on top of the expense to remove and dispose of the conservatory.

That leaves one option, essentially the middle ground - using the best of what you have and improving on it to transform the space. The conservatory structure is sound, it is the roof that creates all the problems, replacing the roof with a modern, lightweight, tiled roof therefore acts as a solution.

It is this option that we have perfected at Guardian, developing the Guardian Warm Roof, a product that can be applied to any existing conservatory with each replacement roof bespoke made.

"If I replace my conservatory roof, how can I be sure it complies with building regulations?"

It was the Guardian Roof that was the first replacement roof to receive Local Area Building Control (LABC and LABSS) approval, and it was our roof that led to regulatory change to make this style of roof permissible on conservatories.

Through our approved installer network (and you can check whether any installer is approved by contacting us), we guarantee all the roofs fitted and every quote is itemised to the penny before work starts.

Replacement Conservatory - Your Questions Answered

To help you make an informed decision as you look to replace your conservatory, we have compiled a list of FAQs on this site covering many common queries such as whether planning permission is required (it isn’t), how much disruption there might be and more.

By hitting the Get a Quote button above you can also get a guide as to how much replacing your conservatory roof would cost.

We said that replacing the roof gives the best of both worlds, effectively turning the conservatory into an extension, and this can be seen in the roof styles and finishes.

"Will the new tiles blend with the rest of the house if I replace my conservatory roof?"

There are styles to suit every type of property and these available in thousands of subtle shades - the roof will be designed to blend in with the rest of the property, while internal options and finishes will help make it suitable for any planned future use.

Financially, there are benefits too. Changing the roof leads to energy bill savings, these averaging £200 per year according to independent research by AECOM. If you ever look to sell, the work is likely to have paid for itself and more besides - we have hundreds of examples of where properties with Guardian Roofs have sold for considerably more than otherwise identical neighbouring properties.

Replacing your conservatory doesn’t have to mean replacing the whole conservatory - replacing the roof can have exactly the impact you are looking for.

Please have a look around this site and contact us with any queries.

Did you know a replacement conservatory roof in Bristol has three major benefits - and many more besides.

A replacement conservatory roof which utilises the Guardian Warm Roof System will make your conservatory usable all year round - that’s a promise. Our solid, tiled replacement conservatory roofs make the room the best one in the house from which to enjoy the summer, whatever the Bristol climate.

On top of that, they also have a great look, the range of styles ensuring there is one to match your property. No longer will the roof look like a bolt-on to the rest of the house.

And the work makes financial sense, there are annual and substantial energy bill savings to be enjoyed and if you look to sell the work is likely to have paid for itself.

A Guardian replacement conservatory roof really is the home improvement without a downside - it even comes with full Local Area Building Control approval.

We would love to answer any queries you have about installing Guardian Roof at your Bristol home. Simply call us on 0800 066 5832

Want a quick quote - just fill in the form online

Tiled Conservatories – A Revolution in Home Improvement

We probably don’t need to tell you the issue with most conservatories - that they are too hot in summer and cold in winter. That’s why you’ve come to a page about replacement conservatory roofs in Bristol.

Glass or polycarbonate, the material used usually for conservatory roofs is simply unfit for purpose - how often do you see either used for the rest of the house? Since 2010 it has been possible to switch to a solid, tiled replacement and effectively this means a Guardian roof as the product which has full LABC approval.

You don’t even need to make a single compromise in having the work done. It is a quick process, typically taking just a few days to remove the old roof and install the new. You then get a roof which looks superb, effectively turning the conservatory into a sympathetic extension - just have a look at the gallery and range of styles.

Your bank balance is also not hit in the long term - there are annual energy bill savings to be made, AECOM working out this figure to be upwards of £200 a year on a typical property.

If you ever look to sell the work is also likely to have paid for itself and may be significantly more besides. Rather than a conservatory with its inherent problems your replacement conservatory roof means you effectively have a superb extension which is usable all year round and looks stylish inside and out. That is work people are willing to pay that bit extra for in the Bristol housing market.

And please feel free to get in touch either for a quote or just more information - call us on 0800 066 5832

A warm roof conservatory has the potential to turn a flawed space into what is effectively a sympathetic extension that can be used all year round for a variety of purposes.

Warm roof conservatories were developed to solve a problem.

Until 2010, conservatories could only be built with either glass or polycarbonate roofs, neither of which was fit for purpose. Quite aside from looking like a bolt-on to the rest of the property, these conservatories were also inhabitable for much of the year - too hot when the sun shone and only usable in winter with the heating on almost constantly.

Warm Roof Conservatories were developed as a solution, a roof that could fit either as a conservatory roof replacement, or as part of a new build conservatory. It was through our work at Guardian, creating the Guardian Warm Roof, that this style of roof was granted regulatory approval in 2010.

We had to demonstrate both that the roofs could be fitted to existing structures, but also that they were worth having. Clearly, there is no point going to the expense of replacing your conservatory roof if the replacement doesn’t solve the issues.

It is worth noting that the Guardian Roof has full building control approval - both LABC (Local Authority Building Control) and LABSS, thus ensuring all building regulations are met.

Warm Roof Conservatory - Year-Round Comfort

Warm Roof Conservatories have the benefits of conservatories - being both a light sunny space and also a home improvement that is more affordable than an extension or loft conversion. They create extra living space that can be used as, among other options, an extra lounge, games room, home office or home cinema.

The key benefit of this style of roof is that it turns the conservatory into what it always should have been - comfortable space that can be used all year round, living space rather than just storage space.

It achieves this through the roof being so thermally efficient, the Guardian Warm Roof achieves an incredible thermal U-value of 0.18W/m2k - the high performance efficiency of the roof is explained on site.

The roof system employed by Guardian is a solid, lightweight tiled roof, this available in a wide range of styles and colours.

The range of styles ensures that whatever the style of your house, the tiled conservatory roof will blend in, looking like a part of the house, rather than a glass bolt-on that rather jars with the overall aesthetic.

A concern for solid conservatory roofs can be that they start defeating the one advantage a glass roof has - namely letting the sun stream in.

This is where the superb internal finishes come to the fore, with windows and skylights helping the conservatory retain the benefit of being a summer room, yet also one that does not become a virtual sauna for much of the year.

Warm Roof Conservatory - Financial Benefits

The ability to install a Guardian Warm Roof conservatory on to any existing structure means that if you are looking to replace your existing conservatory roof there will be minimal upheaval. It typically takes our approved installers three days to remove and recycle the old roof, install the new and apply finishing touches. There is no need to miss a single weekend’s sun.

Thermally efficient guardian warm roof

While the main benefits of a warm roof conservatory are related to using the space, there are finical bonuses too.

The thermal efficiency of the Guardian Roof equates to annual energy bill savings of an estimated £200 per year - this according to independent research by AECOM. One study they ran estimated savings of £5,447 across 25 years for a north-facing conservatory.

The work also tends to pay for itself and more by adding to the house value. Whereas a glass or polycarbonate conservatory roof is seen as a flawed space and one that would-be buyers are unwilling to pay extra for, a warm roof conservatory creates extra living space. A conservatory of this quality can give the financial boost of an extension, yet without anything close to the overall outlay.

Further Information

On this site, there is a wealth of information about the Guardian Warm Roof, including information specific to new build conservatories and also roof replacement. We also have a comprehensive FAQs page.

Please have a look around the site and do get in touch for any further information or to arrange an obligation-free quote. Call us on 0800 0665832 or use our Contact Form.

Many homeowners spend thousands of pounds to have their conservatory roof removed and then replaced with a solid, lightweight tiled roof.

Why on earth do they do this?

Here are the five reasons why people change their conservatory roof...

Why People Change Their Conservatory Roof

1. To get a conservatory that is usable all year round.

We've put this as the first reason and it comes top by a distance.

Many conservatories are simply wasted space, a room that the homeowner spent thousands on only to find that it is virtually unusable in the summer and winter.

The glass or polycarbonate roofs simply cannot regulate temperature, they amplify the external conditions and so the conservatory is either too hot or nigh on impossible to keep warm.

A lightweight, solid tiled roof changes this; the conservatory will become a space that can be enjoyed whatever the weather, it will become the best room in the house when the sun shines.

At Guardian, we were responsible for the change that actually made these lightweight, tiled roofs permissible on conservatories. Up to 2010, only glass or polycarb roofs were allowed – our work in showing that a tiled roof could be fitted to the structure and had clear benefits led to regulatory change.

Why People Change Their Conservatory Roof

2. The change is stress free.

A replacement conservatory roof from Guardian has full Local Area Building Control approval. The whole process is straightforward and the work – removing the old roof and replacing the new and then applying any finishing touches – typically takes just three days.

There are not many ways you can improve your home that have so profound an effect in so short a period of time and that can be carried out so easily.

Guardian Roofs, which are only ever installed by approved installers, also come with lengthy guarantees, providing further peace of mind.

Solid Conservatory Roof

3. The replacement roofs look great.

Glass or polycarbonate conservatory roofs have a style that people either love or hate – they can look like a bolt-on to the rest of the property.

Replacement roofs blend in. Roofs can come in a wide range of styles and huge selection of subtle tones, so whatever style of roof is required – Victorian, Edwardian, Gable, Lean-to or something truly bespoke there will be a roof to match.

Of course, the best way to get a sense of the available styles is not to do words, it is far better to have a look at our gallery.

Thermally efficient guardian warm roof

4. The change makes financial sense

Upgrading your conservatory roof is a change that has financial benefits both in the short and long term.

Every year there will be energy bill savings to be enjoyed; independent research by AECOM finding these to come to £200 per year on an average property. With energy costs only going one way, these savings are likely to grow further still.

In the longer term, should you ever wish to leave, the work is likely to have paid for itself and often more besides.

Any would-be buyer is effectively getting a superb extension rather than a flawed conservatory an that is a room they are willing to pay for.

House prices of course vary based on the local market so always research your own market, but this is an upgrade that can instantly pay for itself. If you are already considering selling, upgrading the conservatory roof could make your house easier to sell and also increase the amount it fetches.

Indoor view of a solid Conservatory Roof
Guardian Warm Roof with Velux Windows

5. It puts a wrong right.

Conservatories should be a great space yet all too often they are just the opposite.

The thought of spending more money on a flawed space might be annoying, but it does transform the conservatory into the room it should be.

It is a simple solution to what will otherwise remain a nagging problem.

About Guardian

We have spoken of the benefits of a Guardian Warm Roof, but we also appreciate that potentially paying to have your conservatory roof removed and replaced is a major decision.

On this site, there is a wealth of information.

Please have a look round and do get in touch with any queries, you can call us on 0800 0665832 or use our contact form available here.

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