Frequently Asked Questions

Is my conservatory suitable for a tiled roof?

In the vast majority of cases there is no reason why a tiled roof shouldn't be an option. Of course there will always be exceptions to the rule. For example if your conservatory is a DIY job or over 30 years old then it probably won't be suitable. Best advice is to speak to a reputable company.

Will I lose too much light?

It's a genuine concern. If you have a glass conservatory roof you will lose around 10-12% of the available light. The light lost through a polycarbonate roof is actually quite minimal. If you have any concerns then you can always specify any number of roof windows that give you all the light you need whilst maintaining a nice contemporary look.

Will it be warm enough in the winter?

Heat loss through your existing polycarbonate roof is measured in what's known as a U Value. The lower the number the better. A well Insulated Ceiling as a result of a properly Tiled Roof has a U value of around 0.15 compared to around 4.5 for your existing roof. Bottom line...It will absolutely be nice and toasty in the winter. Guaranteed.

Will I lose headroom in my conservatory?

One of the key benefits of a conservatory is the extra space and the extra light it gives you. An insulated ceiling and a tiled roof will reduce your available headroom by a couple of inches. However, in most configurations this is hardly noticeable. The benefits of the extra warmth in the winter and the coolness in the summer far outweigh the negligible loss of headroom.

Do I need planning permission?

That's another fair question. The great news is that since 2011 when the regulations changed people like you have been able to transform their conservatories without having to worry about what the planning department at your local council has to say! Just make sure you deal with a reputable company and ask for a Building Control Certificate on completion.

How good is the insulation...Really?

Simple answer to this one is: Extremely good. The foil insulation that's used has industry leading levels of thermal efficiency and represent the latest technological advances in home insulation. To give you an idea of just how good this stuff is the manufacturers place a LIFETIME warranty on it. TIP: Be wary of companies that use the old fibre glass loft insulation. it just doesn't work.

Will it solve my condensation issue?

It's true that condensation can be a real issue. It occurs when there is a significant difference in temperature between the inside of your conservatory and the outside. Once you have your ceiling insulated with a tiled roof - PROPERLY INSTALLED - then the temperature equalises and the condensation issue is rectified.

Is there a choice of tile or slate?

Absolutely. There are numerous lightweight tile and slate options on the market, all of which come in a variety of styles and colours. Our personal slate of choice is the Tapco Slate which has all the benefits of being incredibly lightweight, durable and very aesthetically pleasing. They also come with a 40 year warranty. Very impressive.

Will it be warm enough in the winter?

Heat loss through your existing polycarbonate roof is measured in what's known as a U Value. The lower the number the better. A well Insulated Ceiling as a result of a properly Tiled Roof has a U value of around 0.15 compared to around 4.5 for your existing roof. Bottom line...It will absolutely be nice and toasty in the winter. Guaranteed.

How much will it cost me?

It's really a question of how large your conservatory is and what configuration it follows. However, to give you a broad idea a standard 10m2 Lean To with a plastered finish with 4 LED spotlights and a roof window should start from around £6000 . There will obviously be some wiggle room here but don't expect to pay £20K

How long will it take?

There can be some variables here. It can depend upon how good the access to the rear of your property is. However, in the vast majority of cases a fully tiled roof with an insulated ceiling can be completed in 3-4 days. In exceptional circumstances with complex configurations it can run into a second week. Generally there is minimal disruption to you.

Is there a choice of internal finish?

Yes you do. There are two distinct internal finishes and they really are a matter of personal preference and budget. The white UPVC finish is the more cost effective option and has the added benefit of being zero maintenance. The plaster finish looks fantastic, especially once painted white but is slightly more expense. Ultimately it's your choice