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