Cornwall LivingIssue #120

A window on the world

Get your conservatory summer-ready with expert advice from Rodda & Hocking.

Are you looking for a way to revamp your conservatory this year so that you can make the most of the spring and summer months? One cost-effective way you can do this is by replacing your conservatory roof, giving you a room you can use every day.

A touch of glass

Glass roof replacement helps retain heat whilst reflecting the UV rays and heat away much more effectively than panels that may have been installed up to 20 years ago. Modern glass can improve thermal performance by up to 33%, which is in itself a worthwhile investment and can help to reduce your energy bills. You can also customise your replacement conservatory roof by selecting from a range of colours and by upgrading to cornice to hide the gutters. An internal pelmet is also a great way to add insulation, plus you can install downlights and speakers to create an orangery feel.

Solid as a rock

Another option, is a solid replacement. This kind of roof is designed to mix solid and glass roof panels to create a distinctive contemporary design, which can usually sit on the original window frames, if the frames are structurally sound. A vaulted, plastered ceiling is available with shaped or rectangle glass panels, allowing for natural light to enter into the room below where needed. 

Tile with style

A tiled conservatory roof replacement can be configured into any style or shape and features full-length glazing windows for a stunning effect. You’ll have control over the design and how you introduce light into your new room, making this space feel less like a re-vamped conservatory and much more like an extension.

Finishing touches

Once you’ve decided on your choice of new roof, you may want look at changing the furnishings to match – the key here is to not overdo it. Use furniture which brings space, light and colour to the room. If you do choose dark furniture that might be subject to fading, replacement glass with a high UV filter can mitigate this from happening.