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Is a conservatory roof replacement worth the cost?

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What would it mean to your family to have an extra room in the house? How would you use the space - a playroom, a place to eat, an office, or just somewhere to relax? With a conservatory roof replacement, you can transform your old-fashioned conservatory into a functional, modern extension of your home, and in this blog we'll show you how and discuss whether it is worth the cost.


How has the law changed?

Before 2010 all conservatory roofs had to be made of at least 75% glazing, which is why so many people are stuck with a conservatory they can't use. Perhaps you inherited the conservatory when you bought your house or you had it built many years ago at the height of their popularity.

The law has changed, and tiled conservatory roofs are now allowed under what's known as a 'permitted development'. In most cases, you don't need planning permission to retro-fit a new roof to your old conservatory. At Total Trades, we use a roof system that is building control approved to save you time and money on paperwork.


conservatory tiled roof replacement after work in DoncasterThe value of a solid, tiled roof

If you've got a glazed or polycarbonate roof, then you'll be familiar with the drawbacks -

  • too hot in the summer and cold too in the winter
  • expensive to heat
  • bad for the environment
  • requires a lot of upkeep
  • noisy (think rain drumming on the roof)

A tiled roof can change all this, because its thermal properties regulate the temperature of the room. Its breathable layers keep heat in during the cooler months and allow it to escape when it's warm, for a space you can use all year round.

You might be surprised to learn that your conservatory could be costing you money. Old glazed and polycarbonate roofs are poor insulators, so you're probably paying more than expected on your energy bills to make up for the lost heat. By switching to a tiled conservatory roof, some customers report saving as much as £200 a year.

What's more, a tiled conservatory roof is quieter, easier to maintain, and it blends in with the rest of your house, so your conservatory looks like it belongs.


What is the Warm Roof™ system?

At Total Trades we use Warm Roof™ - a solid, tiled conservatory roof system constructed from lightweight aluminium, that can be retro-fitted to any style or shape of conservatory.

Our customers like this system for its many benefits.

  1. It's quick to install in just three or four days.
  2. You don't need planning permission to install it.
  3. It's easy to maintain.
  4. You can expect it to last for around 50 years.

If your conservatory is more than 20 years old, then it's probably starting to deteriorate. Over time your roof will develop cracks and leaks that need repairing frequently, but the the Warm Roof™ system is guaranteed to last for longer than a traditional glazed roof.

And because it's building control approved, fitting a Warm Roof™ is straightforward - there are no lengthy forms to complete, and you can expect the job to be finished swiftly and cleanly. Your conservatory roof replacement could take as little as a few days, a far quicker and less messy alternative to having an extension built.

Warm Roof™ is a bespoke system, made-to-order, so you can choose your tiles to match the rest of your house (Tapco slate or Extralight tile).


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Completing the transformation

There's no doubt that a conservatory roof replacement can turn your old-fashioned conservatory into something more like a house extension, but for a complete transformation of the space, you could also consider adding:

  • a plastered ceiling with electric lights
  • a pelmet with downlighters
  • new guttering
  • upgraded fascias and soffits

Some people choose to add a full length glass panel or a Velux window into their roof, so they still have a source of natural light without losing temperature control.

Upgrading your conservatory to create a usable, functional space will not only add to the kerb-appeal of your house, but it could also increase its value. Some experts believe that upgrading your conservatory can add as much as 10% to the value of your house.

But that's only important if you're planning to sell-up in the next few years. The real value of a conservatory roof replacement comes from how you will use it.


Is it worth the cost of upgrading?

The cost of replacing your conservatory roof depends on its size and what work is involved. If you want extras, like a plastered ceiling or a pelmet with downlighters, then all that has to be factored into the final quote.

When you're weighing up the cost, think about how much your old conservatory is costing you currently and how much you would be prepared to pay to expand your living space. A roof replacement is certainly cheaper than a brand-new extension.

The value of a project can't always be estimated financially though, so think about the difference the extra space would make to your family. If you're expecting a new addition or your kids are growing up and you need more room, or maybe you've been working from home since the pandemic and your conservatory would make an ideal study. Simply being able to use the room all year round may outweigh the cost immediately.


Picking the right builder for the job

Not every builder is qualified to retro-fit solid, tiled conservatory roofs, so it pays to do your homework when you're looking for a contractor. We recommend:

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    asking your friends, family and neighbours for recommendations

  • checking out any similar building projects in your neighbourhood
  • using review sites like Check a Trade to look at customer testimonials

At Total Trades, we have over 50 reviews on Check a Trade and our average score for workmanship is 10 out of 10. We have years of experience in replacing conservatory roofs in Doncaster, Scunthorpe, and the surrounding areas.

We understand that choosing where to spend your money is a big decision. To put your mind at ease, all our quotes are written in a detailed and clear way, so you know exactly how your money is being spent. If you'd like Total Trades to quote for your conservatory roof replacement, get in touch with our team.


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