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Last Updated on November 01, 2020 By Jon
If your conservatory roof has worn or degraded roof caps or rotting timber beams, or it leaks every time it rains, chances are that it requires some maintenance work. However, many homeowners tend to put off this type of repair work because they think it’s going to be expensive. This need not be the case when working with any of the accredited tradespeople or companies in our network though because they will be able to provide you with quotes that will suit your budget.
Various aspects can cause a conservatory roof to start leaking, including:
Owing to the fact that working on a conservatory roof is a specialised process; it is not recommended that any type of roof repair work be performed in a DIY capacity. Not only can serious injury occur if you fall while working; you could cause further damage to the roofing by not performing the repair work correctly.
One of the most popular options for conservatory roofing is glass, and it’s available in many different tints and opacities. Solar safe glass can be installed, along with a convenient self-cleaning option.
Performing repairs on a glass conservatory roof is normally easier than working with polycarbonate panels. Both of these options can have a special coating applied that prevents the growth of moss and algae, and an added advantage of it is that it will help ensure that your roof lasts as long as possible.
Several conservatories have been fitted with double glazed windows to provide additional insulation, and the most commonly used frame material in these cases is uPVC. Although this material is quite long lasting, it can become damaged during severe weather. However, an advantage of performing repairs on a uPVC conservatory roof is that they tend to be quite straightforward and affordable.
Polycarbonate has become a popular roofing choice because it’s not only versatile; it’s incredibly durable, lightweight and can be purchased in an extensive range of colours. If a conservatory faces the south, it’s strongly recommended that it be fitted out with a heat guard and solar protective finishes. This will go a long way in helping to prevent sun damage from occurring over time.
The UV layer of this roof covering can sometimes be prone to damage if severe weather occurs. However, many reputable companies now provide on-going packages for maintenance and discounted repair services after installing polycarbonate conservatory roofing.
The most traditional and aesthetically appealing option for a conservatory roof is usually hardwood. Not only are hardwood conservatory units naturally resistant to most types of weather; they are also not usually prone to leaking in most cases – provided that regular maintenance is performed on the wood.
Various treatment products are available to protect wood against rot, insect infestation and mould growth, and many of these help can help reduce the amount of time spent maintaining a conservatory. In rare cases where wood becomes waterlogged, it is possible to replace individual beams and panels.
Although wooden conservatory roofing can withstand a lot of severe weather, they can start rotting over time – especially if the correct maintenance has not been performed at regular intervals.
If you’ve discovered that the wood on your conservatory roof has started rotting, it’s strongly recommended that you contact an experienced tradesperson or company immediately. They will be able to examine the roof, replace any rotting sections and apply weather proof treatment to provide protection from the elements. It’s also a good idea to discuss the option of a regular maintenance schedule with the professional who repairs your roof.
While many conservatory roof repairs tend to be relatively straightforward, the time eventually arrives when it will make better financial sense to replace the roof instead of continuing to repair it. The aspects below can help you decide whether to perform that repair or have a new conservatory roof fitted:
Owing to the fact that conservatory roofing usually consists of several glass panels, it means that they can be rather fragile. As a result, it’s imperative that you only hire an accredited and experienced tradesperson or company to carry out any type of repairs or maintenance work.
An experienced and accredited tradesperson or company will ensure that work is carried out according to current building and safety industry regulations. After your conservatory roof has been repaired or replaced, you’ll be able to enjoy using this part of your home again.
Tiled or glass conservatory roofing will normally be costlier than those where polycarbonate sheeting has been used, and costs for replacing a roof can vary anywhere between £2,200 and £5,600. Several factors will have an effect on the final cost though. Below are a few examples of average costs for various types of conservatory roofing:
Average pricing for a conservatory with a tiled roof that is 4 m by 4 m or smaller can cost approximately £3,900, while larger structures can cost as much as £5,900.
Some factors that will affect the final cost include the type of tiles that are chosen and the part of the country the property is located in. Pricing also tends to be higher in central London than in other parts of the country.
Below are some handy tips that can help you obtain the most competitive price possible when having your conservatory roof replaced:
Before allowing a company or tradesperson to perform any work on your conservatory, it’s essential to verify that they are a member of The Conservatory Association. This is a section of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), which provides protection to property owners when they purchase any form of glass and glazing services.
It’s also important to verify that the tradesperson or company you choose is registered with FENSA. This organisation helps ensure that your conservatory will be energy efficient upon completion, and in some cases, FENSA certificates are needed to comply with building regulations.
In cases where problems are encountered while your conservatory roof is being repaired or replaced, the Conservatory Ombudsman can be contacted to help resolve them.
If you have been having difficulty locating reliable, accredited and experienced tradespeople or companies to replace or repair your conservatory roof, look no further. Simply complete our handy contact form and you will be put in contact with up to four pre-approved and accredited companies within a day or two.
All you need to do when filling in our contact form is provide us with your name, contact number and a short description of the work you need to have done on your home’s conservatory. Once our approved contractors have received your information, they will contact you to schedule a convenient time to inspect your conservatory and provide you with a quote.