Conservatories are often renowned for being cold in the winter, making them unusable at certain times of year. One solution for this is to convert your conservatory to a room, but how easy is this to do and will you need planning permission?
In this article, we’ll explain the simple solution that will enable you to convert your conservatory into a room. We’ll also explain the costs and legal considerations involved with converting a conservatory.
Should You Convert Your Conservatory Into A Room?
Conservatories are one of the most popular home improvement projects in the UK, thanks to their timeless design, low cost and ease of construction. However, traditional conservatories are poorly insulated, meaning that they can be too cold to use during the winter months.
After you’ve spent time and money on building a conservatory, it can be very disheartening to find that you can’t use it all year round. Converting your conservatory into a room can make your conservatory usable throughout the year, giving you the extra space that you dreamed of.
Read on to discover how you can convert your conservatory into a room with one simple solution.
Should I Knock Down My Conservatory To Build An Extension?
If you have a conservatory which is too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer, you might be wondering whether it’s worth knocking down your conservatory to build an extension. Before you pick up the tools, consider your options carefully.
An extension can be an appealing option, allowing you to create a space that can be used year-round. You can also choose to build a double storey extension to add upstairs space to your property.
However, extensions are often considerably more expensive than a conservatory, and don’t merge the interior of your home with your garden quite like a conservatory. Knocking down your conservatory to build an extension is a costly process that will bring high levels of disruption to your home for many months.
What if there was an easy way to convert your conservatory into an extension, allowing you to use the space throughout the year?
How Easy Is It To Convert A Conservatory Into An Extension?
Converting your conservatory into an extension is far easier than you might think. There’s no need for months of building work either – it can be completed in as little as three days. All you need is this one simple solution that will allow you to use your conservatory throughout the year.
So, here is the answer to converting your conservatory into a room: upgrade the roof.
By simply changing the roof of your conservatory, you can improve its insulation, helping it to remain the same temperature throughout the year. Not only that, but you’ll also have the peace of mind that your upgraded roof is completely weatherproof, so will keep your conservatory warm and dry, no matter what happens outdoors.
How The Leka System Could Transform Your Conservatory Into A Usable Room
Upgrading to an efficient tiled conservatory roof will give you a room that can be used at any time of year. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy those panoramic views of your garden in every season, whether the sun is beaming or the snow is falling.
At Pure Conservatories, we use the industry leading Leka roof system, which can be fitted to your existing conservatory in just three days. This means that you could be enjoying a warmer conservatory in under a week.
The Leka roof system is made to measure for your conservatory. It’s constructed from glass reinforced plastic, also known as GRP which allows it to be extremely lightweight. In fact, it’s lighter than even aluminium and timber! This lightweight design means that your existing conservatory structure will not need to be reinforced, so fitting can be completed quickly and easily.
The roof of your conservatory will be tiled, allowing the exterior of your conservatory to fit seamlessly in with the rest of your home. Inside, you’ll have a plasterboard ceiling which can have spotlights fitted if you desire.
The Leka system is extremely energy efficient, with a U value of just 0.15. This means that you’ll gain an energy efficient space that can be used year-round. Not only that, but it comes with a 40-year guarantee, so if anything goes wrong, you know that you’re covered.
Five Benefits Of Upgrading Your Conservatory Roof To Leka
The benefits of upgrading your conservatory roof to a Leka system are endless. However, some of the benefits of the Leka roof system include:
1. Increased Temperature Control
Upgrading your conservatory roof to the Leka system will give you far greater temperature control throughout the year. Rather than being cold in the winter and hot in the summer, your conservatory will maintain a constant temperature year-round, allowing the space to be used whatever the season.
2. Reduced Energy Bills
Sustainability is critical in today’s modern world. The Leka roof system minimises heat loss through the roof, helping to reduce your energy consumption and your bills. Not only is this great news for the environment, but also for your bank balance.
3. Lightweight Construction
The Leka roof system is extremely lightweight. In fact, it’s lighter than most timber or aluminium structures. This means that your conservatory will not need any structural alterations or reinforcements to upgrade to the Leka roof system, helping to keep costs down and speed up the conversion.
4. No Glare Or Overheating
Many people find that their conservatories are too hot in summer. The Leka roof system is solid, helping to prevent the sun from overheating your conservatory. This also helps to keep glare to a minimum, making your conservatory usable all year round.
5. Reduced Noise
You’ll find that traditional conservatory roofs can be very noisy when it rains. We’re no stranger to rain in the UK, so this can be a big inconvenience. The Leka system is highly insulated, offering a significant noise reduction when compared to traditional conservatory roofs.
How Long Does It Take To Install A New Conservatory Roof?
You might think that converting your conservatory into a room would take several months. However, the innovative Leka roof system can be fitted in as little as three days, transforming your cold conservatory into a practical room in less than a week.
The time that it takes to install your new Leka roof system will depend on the size and shape of your conservatory and whether you choose to add roof windows and spotlights. It may also be impacted by the great British weather which can be unpredictable at times!
However, installing a new roof on your conservatory is far faster and cost-effective than building a new conservatory or extending your home, making it a worthwhile investment for your home.
Things To Consider Before Converting Your Conservatory
There are a few things you should consider before you decide to convert your conservatory into a room.
Firstly, you will need to retain the external grade doors between your conservatory and original house, unless you have gained building regulation approval. It’s still perfectly possible to make your conservatory feel part of your home whilst retaining these doors, it’s just something you’ll need to be aware of.
If you do decide to remove the doors, you’ll need to consider the building regulations for extensions. These cover structural integrity, energy efficiency, ventilation and fire safety. If the conditions are not met, you won’t gain approval from building control.
You’ll also need to think about the size of your conservatory and what type of room it could be used for. For example, a typical living room will be a minimum of 12m2. Although you could fit a living room into a smaller sized room, this is the recommended minimum size.
Many people convert their conservatory into a practical room such as a playroom or study. However, other people enjoy using their conservatory as a garden room, where they can sit and enjoy their outdoor space, no matter what the weather has got planned.
Do You Need Planning Permission To Convert Your Conservatory Into A Room?
Converting your conservatory into a room shouldn’t require planning permissions. This is providing the conservatory is set to the rear of your house, the original footprint isn’t being increased and you follow the guidelines of your local authority.
The Leka roof system benefits from JHAI approval. This is something that you may be asked for when you come to sell your home in the future, so it’s worth ensuring that whatever roof you choose is appropriately certified.
How Much Does It Cost To Convert Your Conservatory Into A Room?
The cost of installing a Leka roof system will depend on the size and shape of your conservatory. It will also be affected by whether you choose to have roof windows and spotlights installed during the fitting process.
Leka roof installation prices start at just £5,000, making converting your conservatory into a room a more efficient investment than building an extension. For an accurate cost of Leka roof installation on your existing conservatory, contact us for a quote.
Does Converting A Conservatory Add Value To A Property?
Converting your conservatory into a room by adding a solid roof such as the Leka system can make your property more appealing to a buyer.
When a buyer views a property with a glass or polycarbonate roof, they are likely to be aware that it is a flawed space. Although it adds extra space to the home, these traditional conservatories are generally unusable for half of the year.
Whilst some buyers will be put off by conservatories which can’t be used throughout the entire year, you also may find that some buyers are even considering the costs of removing the conservatory or converting it into a room themselves. They will factor this into the price that they will offer for your property.
Adding a solid tiled roof to your conservatory will give it the same value as an extension as it becomes a room which can be used throughout the year. Not only will converting your conservatory into a room appeal to buyers, but it may also add value to your property.
Do You Have To Have A Door Between Conservatory And House?
The majority of conservatories are exempt from building regulations, providing they retain the external grade separating doors. If you want to remove those doors, you’ll need to seek building regulations approval from the council. You may find that you need to upgrade the insulation in the rest of your home to offset the heat loss through your conservatory to gain building regulations approval if you remove the external grade doors.
How Can I Heat My Conservatory In The Winter?
Many people invest in portable electric heaters or install radiators to keep their conservatories warm during the winter months. However, a more cost-effective solution is to install an upgraded conservatory roof which helps to retain the heat. This will reduce your energy bills and increase the energy efficiency of your conservatory, meaning that you won’t need to dig out that electric heater.
Convert Your Conservatory Into A Room By Adding A Leka Roof
Conservatories are one of the most popular ways to add additional space to your home in the UK. However, they aren’t always energy efficient and are renowned for being too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.
Upgrading your conservatory roof to the Leka roof system can increase the efficiency of your conservatory, helping it to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the year. This can give you a practical space that you can enjoy in every season.
If you’re thinking about converting your conservatory into a room, contact us today to discuss upgrading your conservatory roof to the Leka system.