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Can I replace my conservatory roof with a solid roof without planning permission?

In short, the answer is YES you can.

In 2010, the planning regulations changed to allow conservatories to have a solid roof without the need for planning permission. Prior to this change in regulation, the law stated that to be considered a conservatory, 75% of the roof needed to be translucent in order for the building to be constructed without planning permission. The 2010 planning regulations changed this, meaning prompting a ‘boom’ in solid roofing for conservatories. 

A solid roof comes with many different benefits including noise reduction and temperature control (keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter). The main use of your conservatory will also influence the reason for needing a solid roof – for example, if you use it as a home office, then reducing the glare and regulating the temperature are both highly beneficial reasons for fitting a solid roof.

If you are considering installing a solid roof on an older building then serious consideration needs to be given to the existing structure and the type of roof that you install to ensure that it can bear the weight – for example –  replacing your conservatory roof with a tiled conservatory roof conversion is one solution however, this option comes with its drawbacks.

Firstly, a tiled roof is going to be much heavier – this means your conservatory will probably need some work in order to be able to support the new tiled roof. Secondly, installation is going to be quite involved as it may mean replacing the existing roof frame with one that is suitable for tiles to be attached to, or fitting the new system over the existing roof, which once again, will add more weight to the structure.

A less expensive option would be to look at a fibreglass and plasterboard option however from experience, we know this is not a long-term solution, particularly if condensation is already an issue in your conservatory.

You don’t need planning permission to put a solid roof your conservatory, however…

  • Always make sure your conservatory framework is structurally sound and can take the weight of a new solid roof. Some are significantly heavier than others.
  • Any company you use should now be able to provide building regulations advice and sign off for the work.
  • Check the guarantees offered by any installer.
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Solid Conservatory Roof Without Planning Permission Video

Why not take a look at how we can put a solid roof on your conservatory in the video below?

So what do you do?

Here at  Green Space, we specialise in replacing conservatory roofs to ensure they are insulated and will help regulate the temperature all year round. A Green Space roof:

  • Is suitable for most conservatories.
  • Comes with Building Regs sign-off.
  • Uses lightweight materials which means that they can be fitted to most existing structures without having to endure any strengthening of the original structure.
  • Is quick to install and will usually take less than a day, meaning that there is minimal disruption to your home.
  • Is manufactured to order and will slide into your existing structure.
  • Comes with a ten-year guarantee which gives you peace of mind.
  • Contains 75mm of high-density foam insulation, giving it a U-value of 0.29.
  • The age of the existing structure doesn’t affect the installation. We carry out a full site survey prior to manufacturing to ensure that your existing conservatory structure is sustainable for the lifetime of the guarantee.
  • Finished in a colour of your choice, both inside and out.

The Green Space roofing system has been used on conservatories both old and new across the UK. With a new roof, the conservatories are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, thus allowing people to use their conservatories all year round and ensuring that we have lots of happy customers!

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