Conservatories are a beloved feature of many British homes, providing additional light-filled space to enjoy. However, over time conservatory roofs can begin to show their age, with problems like leaks, noise, condensation and heat loss becoming common. A conservatory roof replacement can breathe new life into the space, while also boosting your home’s value.
To understand the process and benefits of a conservatory roof replacement, we spoke with UK homeowners who recently upgraded their roofs. Their experiences provide useful insight if you’re considering refreshing your conservatory with a new roof.
The Mitchells’ Leaky Roof
John and Mary Mitchell had put up with gradually increasing leaks from their 15 year old polycarbonate conservatory roof for long enough.
“It got to the point where we couldn’t go in the conservatory whenever it rained, because of the noise and the dripping,” says John.
They decided to replace the roof with a modern glass roof instead.
“We wanted to let in more light, and stop the leaks while improving insulation,” explains Mary.
“The glass roof has made the conservatory a usable space all year round. We spend so much more time in there now.” John found the roof replacement process smooth.
“The company that did the installation were very professional. They completed the work in just a few days, with minimal disruption to the house and garden.”
The Mitchells are delighted with the results.
“The conservatory feels like a new room now – our only regret is that we didn’t replace the roof years ago!” says Mary.
Andrew’s Noisy Upgrade
External noise disturbing the peace in his conservatory was the main motivation for Andrew Clark’s decision to install a new solid roof.
“With an old plastic roof, any rain or hail was deafening inside the conservatory,” he explains. “I wanted to reduce the noise levels so I could enjoy the space properly.”
Opting for an insulated solid tiled roof, Andrew has found a significant improvement in noise levels.
“It’s much quieter now when the weather is bad. I don’t have to close the door to the conservatory if it’s raining like I used to.” The increased insulation has also made the room more usable year-round. “It stays warmer in winter and cooler in summer than it did before. My heating bills have dropped too.”
Andrew is thrilled with the upgrade.
“The new roof has given the conservatory a new lease of life. It looks more stylish from the outside now too – my neighbours have been asking about it!”
Lisa’s Light and Airy Upgrade
For Lisa Buckley, her old conservatory with polycarbonate roofing sheets had become far too stifling in the warmer months.
“It was like a greenhouse, unbearably hot in summer,” she says. She decided to replace the roof with a new glass roof with ventilation.
“The difference is unbelievable – it’s so much cooler and airy now,” says Lisa. “I used to avoid sitting in there in summer but now it’s the best place to relax in the warmer weather.”
The ventilation roof vents make a big difference. “I can open the vents to let the hot air escape. It feels like sitting outdoors, but protected from the sun.”
As well as temperature regulation, Lisa has enjoyed the benefits of increased daylight with the glass roof. “It just feels brighter and more spacious. Now I can actually use the conservatory all year round.”
Is it Time for Your Conservatory Roof Replacement?
For the homeowners featured, replacing their outdated conservatory roofs has given their conservatories a new lease of life. Eliminating issues like leaks, excess noise, condensation and heat loss has meant they can comfortably enjoy their conservatories once again.
If your conservatory roof is over 10 years old, replacing it with a more modern roofing solution can offer real benefits. New glass and polycarbonate roofs let in more natural light, while innovative ventilation systems prevent overheating. Tiled, solid and insulated panel roofs boost temperature regulation and noise insulation. Upgrading your conservatory roof can turn an unused conservatory into an inviting, functional space you can use all year round while adding value to your home.
To find trusted local installers who can switch your old conservatory roof for a new one, use recommendations from family and friends who have had their roofs replaced. Check reviews and credentials carefully to ensure you find a reputable installer. Get several quotes to compare your options – look for companies who can do the removal and installation work promptly and efficiently.
With a replacement roof that suits your needs and budget, you can give your conservatory a new look and new purpose. Speak to homeowners like John, Mary, Andrew and Lisa who have upgraded their roofs, and you’ll soon see that a new roof can restore and enhance your conservatory.
Signs Your Conservatory Roof Needs Replacing
If you’re unsure whether it’s time to replace your conservatory roof, look out for these common signs:
- Age – Most conservatory roofs last around 10-15 years before needing replacement. If your roof is older than this, its performance is likely declining.
- Fading and discoloration – Plastic and acrylic roof sheets can become faded, brittle and opaque over time. This reduces light levels.
- Cracks or holes – Small cracks in roof panels can expand into major leaks over time. Holes also cause leaks.
- Leaks – Persistent leaks, especially after rain and snow, indicate failing roof seals. Puddles forming on your conservatory floor are a clear sign of leaks.
- Condensation – If you regularly get misting and condensation forming on the inside of the roof, this indicates poor thermal performance which a new roof can improve.
- Noise – Loud sounds during rain or hail showers point to poor noise insulation in an aging roof.
- Dirt/algae – Roof materials getting dirty, with moss or algae growing, can reduce light and look unsightly.
If you spot any of these issues, it could be time to replace your conservatory roof.
Considerations Before Replacing Your Roof
While a new conservatory roof can provide many benefits, replacement may not always be the best option. Other improvement works could be considered first, like enhancing insulation, adding glazing seals or installing solar reflective film if overheating is the main issue. Roof repairs or protective treatments may also extend the life of your existing roof.
Replacement should not be rushed into just because the roof is older. Get professional inspections to assess the condition and likely remaining lifespan of your current roof before deciding.
This will help determine whether replacement is the most suitable and cost-effective option.
With any home improvement project, weigh up the time, disruption and costs against the expected benefits.