If your conservatory is looking a little tired, you may be thinking about replacing it with a solid roof. This will allow you to use your conservatory all year round and make it a more practical addition to your home. However, you should be aware that a solid conservatory roof will be more expensive than a standard lightweight one. This is primarily because you will need to have the existing structure strengthened as the walls are now going to be supported by something considerably heavier than a glass or transparent roofing material.
You will probably also be charged for electrical work and plastering. Your quote should include all parts, labour and VAT. If you want roof windows and a range of tiles (including synthetic slate) then these will add to the cost. You will also need to pay for a building inspector to provide a final certificate that the new structure meets with the relevant Building Regulations.
In recent years, a number of different lightweight solid conservatory roof systems have launched onto the market offering homeowners with a budget a way to upgrade their conservatory without having to spend thousands. One of the best examples is the Supalite system – unlike other solid conservatory roofs, which are assembled on site at your home, this option is manufactured as a complete unit at Supalite’s production headquarters and then shipped direct to your house ready for installation.
If you’re not sure whether a solid roof will require planning permission or not, you should be aware that, since 2010, a conservatory is classed as a permitted development and so it is possible to change the roof from glazed to solid without the need for planning permission. However, we would still advise checking with your local authority as you’ll need to ensure that the rest of the conservatory complies with any other applicable regulations.
You should also be wary of companies who tell you that a conservatory with a solid roof will not need a building inspector to give you a final certificate. This is a blatant misrepresentation of the law and you should always ensure that your work is carried out by an installer who is approved by FENSA or CERTASS.
As well as being a legally compliant installer, your chosen company should be able to offer a 20-year standard guarantee on its works. This will give you peace of mind that any repairs or replacements will be undertaken to the highest professional standards.
As with all major works, you should compare prices from different companies to get the best deal. Try to find a company that has a reputation for high-quality workmanship and excellent customer service. Ideally, your chosen installer will have an office close to your home and be able to give you detailed quotes in person. In addition, you should check that your installer is a member of CERTASS and/or FENSA before requesting a quote. This will ensure that your solid conservatory roof will be installed to the highest industry standards and complies with the latest legislation. replacing conservatory roof with solid roof