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.

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.

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.

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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