As we find ourselves in the cost-of-living crisis, it’s no wonder that people throughout Britain are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient. It’s not just external windows and doors that allow cold air to enter your home and heat to escape; your conservatory’s roof plays a significant role, too. As a result, you might consider a conservatory replacement roof to improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your heating costs.
When it comes to converting your conservatory roof into a warm roof, the number one concern is that it won’t be worth the upfront expenses. Well, if your conservatory struggles to maintain a steady temperature, suffers from condensation, or even leaks, a warm roof conversion will be well worth the investment.
Why Traditional Conservatory Roofs Are Inefficient
The main reason behind investing in warm roofs is that traditional conservatory roofs are inefficient. This is because conservatories were previously designed to be a home improvement in which three-quarters of the roof and half of the walls were crafted from glazed materials. As a result, they weren’t required to adhere to Building Regulations, meaning most conservatories weren’t much more than glass boxes. Therefore, conservatory insulation was non-existent, leaving conservatories too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.
Today, Building Regulations and Planning Permission is not the same, meaning modern conservatory options are incredibly varied. This means conservatories can now have solid roofs.
It goes without saying that thin sheets of polycarbonate or glass panes aren’t very well insulated, resulting in poor temperature control. Therefore, any conservatory that was built two decades ago isn’t likely to be very energy efficient. Not only does this result in spending far too much on heating, but it can also result in damp problems that are expensive to repair.
What is a warm roof conservatory?
A warm roof is an insulated roof system that assists the interior temperature of a conservatory. This is achieved via the control of solar gain and the reduction of internal heat loss. Since the sun’s rays predominantly enter through a conservatory’s roof, and this is also where the majority of heat is lost, a warm roof will have a significant impact on internal temperature control.