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.

Conclusion

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.


conservatory or an extension

With many homeowners looking to expand their property - be that for extra living space, sun rooms, home offices or other reasons - the question of how best to get that space is a popular one. So, which is the best option - a conservatory or an extension?

Loft conversions are common, so too cellar conversions, though both of these can end up being very expensive options - costs such as tanking a cellar often being greater than the cost of simply building a brand new addition to the house.

And that is perhaps why conservatories and extensions seem to be the most popular projects - but which one of these is the best option for you?

A conservatory or an extension is an increasingly nuanced choice

Perhaps the choice used to be a bit easier... if you just wanted a room from which to enjoy a few sunny, summer afternoons then you would go for a conservatory; if you wanted anything able to provide a wider range of uses then it had to be an extension.

The cost differences also often led homeowners one way or another - one being a relatively cheap project compared to the overall value of the house, the other perhaps requiring more significant borrowing or remortgaging of the property.

But knowledge also played a part. Anyone with experience of conservatories up to a few years ago was probably aware of their flaws. Any conservatory made with a glass or polycarbonate roof is simply unable to regulate the temperatures - the room becoming far too hot in the summer and too cold in winter.

For many, this knowledge made it a simpler decision - extension or nothing.

Recent changes have, however, served to make it a much more complex decision.

New conservatories - all the benefits of an extension?

Conservatories can now come in a format that looks more like an extension than a conservatory. A bit confusing perhaps, but also great news for anyone previously unsure which to choose.

Now there is a middle ground with some of the best features of both.

These new style conservatories have one fundamental difference from their older cousins - they don't use a glass or polycarb roof, instead they have a lightweight solid, tiled roof.

This roof makes the conservatories usable all year round, yet is light enough to sit on a traditional conservatory construction. The build time and cost is therefore more in keeping with a conservatory; the year-round usability more in keeping with what you would expect of an extension.

At Guardian, we are the only company to make these solid, tiled roofs to a standard that receives full Local Area Building Control approval. In fact, it was us who developed this type of room; believing it must be possible to come up with a lightweight, effective alternative to the flawed roofs of the past.

The same difference?

conservatory or an extensionThe advances made to conservatory roofs mean that for many purposes there is very little difference between the two.

A conservatory or an extension can now both be enjoyable spaces all year round suitable for a whole range of uses. Both also blend in sympathetically to the rest of the property - no longer are conservatories a glass bolt-on, instead the roofs come in a range of styles and subtle colours ensuring they closely match the rest of the house.

And both even have the huge advantage of adding value to the property. Of course, it varies by postcode, type of house and other factors, but both can be appealing to would-be buyers in future. In many cases, conservatories with solid roofs more than pay for themselves; the money spent on them being less than the increased value of the property when it is later sold.

However, some differences remain...

Specialist space

For some purposes, for all the advances seen in conservatory build quality, extensions are still the best choice.

Larger builds of course can be better suited to extensions too - a two-storey extension might prove a cost effective way of getting extra living space downstairs as well as an extra bedroom on the upper floor.

In general, though, conservatories are an under appreciated alternative. They perhaps still suffer from the reputation they had for being too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, yet neither of these is an issue any more thanks to changes in legislation to allow our solid, tiled roofs.

Some advice

With it being so nuanced a choice nowadays, with little to choose between a conservatory or an extension; why not get in touch for an obligation free chat?

At Guardian Building Systems we convert existing conservatories by replacing the roof, while we also build new conservatories and extensions.

With many conservatories unfit for purpose, home owners are left looking a for a solution – and ideally one that doesn't involve simply knocking the whole thing down.

Are replacement conservatory roofs legal?

Increasingly common is replacing the roof, having the existing glass or polycarbonate roof removed and having a solid, tiled replacement roof installed in its place.

It sounds a sensible solution, after all, the roof is the source of most heating issues, and is the reason why conservatories are a virtual sauna when the sun shines.

However, are roof replacements legal and do they meet building requirements – and, if so, why are glass roofs so common when there are other solutions so much more fit for purpose?

To answer, we need a bit of a history lesson. Don't worry, we'll keep it brief.

Until 2010 conservatories had to have either glass or polycarbonate roofs which is why most conservatories still have one of these materials. Since 2010 it's been possible to have a lightweight solid, tiled roof either to a new conservatory or fitted as a replacement roof to an existing one.

There is, though, a caveat.

The solid, tiled replacement roof essentially means a Guardian Warm Roof and we're not just saying that because these are our roofs.

Only the Guardian Roof has full Local Area Building Control approval. In fact, solid, tiled roofs are only allowed now because we worked tirelessly to prove their suitability and to get regulations overturned. At Guardian, we didn't benefit from regulation changes; our work created the regulation changes.

This means that if you were to consider a solid, tiled replacement roof by another brand – and there are others out there – you might be left worrying that your new roof doesn't meet regulatory standards. You might be left with no peace of mind.

With a Guardian Roof, you meet regulations and of course the roof is completely legal. In fact, Guardian Roofs always come with lengthy guarantees whichever local installer you choose.

You can find your local installer by contacting us via this page or giving us a call on 0800 0665832.

Knowing your new conservatory roof passes all regulations and has a lengthy guarantee is of course a relief, but why consider a Guardian Warm Roof in the first place?

We believe there are multiple reasons, chief among them being that our roofs deliver on their key promise. They turn the conservatory from a room that is often virtually unusable into one that is the best room in the house when the sun shines. The lightweight solid, tiled roof keeps the room within a pleasant temperature range.

A range of benefits

Guardian Warm Roofs also look great. They come in a range of colours and styles so there is something to suit every type of property – bespoke roof can also be made for the rare opportunities when one of the standard styles doesn't quite work. You can see our range of finishes here.

And the roofs make financial sense both in the short and medium term and the long.

In the short and medium term, there are energy bill savings to be enjoyed. Independent research found that upgrading the roof helped the homeowner save £200 on energy bills per year on average. The reason is that our roofs are so much more efficient in the winter, heat isn't lost straight through the glass roof.

Longer term, if you ever look to sell, the work may well have paid for itself and more besides. Would-be buyers value the upgrade, work that has turned a flawed conservatory into what is essentially a superb extension. This upgrade adds value to the house value, often upping the value by far more than the cost of the work.

Considering changing your conservatory roof is not an easy decision – it might feel hard to justify the expense on a room you have already paid to have built.

It can though make a huge difference to the conservatory, the house as a whole and your enjoyment of both (and of the summer).

If you'd like to know more about our roofs, including how to find a local, approved installer, call us on 0800 0665832.

The owners of this lovely home chose a glass conservatory roof replacement with a fully insulated Guardian Warm Roof. The homeowners, situated on the South Coast, were fed up with their old conservatory. No matter how they tried to manage the interior temperature, it was either too hot or too cold. With the installation of a Guardian Warm Roof, the conservatory has been transformed into a beautiful new living space.

"We couldn’t believe the difference it made"

Transformed with minimum disruption to the home owners

Country View converted an existing large size conservatory into a very practical and attractive Garden Room by simply removing the glass roof and replacing it with the thermally efficient and fully insulated Guardian Roof system.

The photo’s demonstrate the before and after change, which generally only takes a few days – with very little disruption and minimal mess. It is important to know that no other replacement roof system can offer the same high standards of performance, appearance or engineering superiority. You’re only going to do this once, so make sure it’s a 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

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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

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