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What To Do With An Old Conservatory – Consider These Budget Friendly Options

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If you have an old conservatory attached to your house that rarely gets used or if you have just purchased a house with an old one attached that has seen better days, then you may be wondering what to do with an old conservatory?

You Can Improve An Old Conservatory By: 

  • Insulating the walls
  • Changing the glass
  • Create an open-plan space between home and conservatory
  • Replacing the roof with a solid system that improves thermal efficiency and aesthetic

At Pure Conservatories, one of the biggest complaints we hear about conservatories is that they’re too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. This drastic fluctuation in temperature means they’re only really usable for a small proportion of the year and as a result, these handy rooms end up being used for storage or just a walkway through to the garden.

Before you knock down an old conservatory because you’re not getting the best use from the space, there are several cost-effective options that homeowners have at their disposal when it comes to improving the conservatory you already have to make it an inviting, usable space again, including replacing the old roof with a solid roof system like Leka.


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Read on for helpful tips on what to do with an old conservatory so that it can become a functional, usable space that adds benefits to your home once again. 

Insulating The Walls

Old conservatory with dwarf walls

Letting the cold air in is a common problem with older conservatories, but you can improve this problem by insulating the walls by injecting non-flammable foam into the walls. Conservatories with a ‘dwarf’ space below the windows can be insulated at an affordable price and may help to keep the space warmer in the winter.

Changing The Glass

If you have an older conservatory, then changing the glass will give it both a new, cleaner look as well as the benefit of improving heat loss with new glazing technology. Reducing heat loss by replacing single glazed or poorly fitting windows can save you money on your energy bills, help to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Going Open Plan

open plan kitchen and conservatory

Using a conservatory to create a beautiful open plan space between home and garden can be achieved without planning permission if the conservatory is outside of the main thermal envelope of your home and you remove an internal wall or door to connect the two spaces.

This is a popular and cost-effective way of making the best use of a conservatory and updating your home without the expense of a single-storey extension. Using conservatories to expand the space you have to work with will bring a bright and airy, modern conservatory that you actually want to use.

Changing The Roof

If you’ve read through the options above and they don’t seem to quite tick all of the boxes for you and you can’t see yourself keeping the conservatory that you have, then changing the roof of your conservatory to a solid roof system could be the answer that you’re looking for.

Changing the roof provides all of the benefits outlined for each option above including better thermal regulation, the ability to create an inviting open-plan space and improving the look of the conservatory, as well as being able to blend your conservatory into the main house by choosing finishes that complement your existing building.

What Is A Conservatory Roof System?
Leka Conservatory Roof System

A roof system is a long-lasting and durable roof that will create an insulated space that allows for natural light to flood in, whilst having the benefit of regulating temperature. This means that when installing a conservatory roof system, you can say goodbye to walking into a greenhouse in the summer and shivering in the winter. This means you can turn your conservatory into a room that can finally be used all year round whilst creating an attractive look from the outside too.

Conservatory roof systems can be used to replace the roofs on existing poorly insulated conservatories or chosen as the preferred option when building a new conservatory from the ground up instead of the usual expanse of glass or heavy-duty plastic. They come in a range of styles and can also include a lantern to create an orangery. One more excellent bonus is that no planning permission is required and the system can be retrofitted to your old conservatory base.

Solid Roof Systems are:

  • Made to measure
  • Available in a variety of materials and finishes to complement your home
  • The most insulated roofing system on the market
  • Not required to have planning permission
  • Able to be plastered from the inside like a regular ceiling
  • Solid but lightweight
  • Retrofitted to an existing conservatory base in as little as three days
  • A great way to improve and extend your home and are cheaper than building works
  • Covered by a manufacturers guarantee

A good solid roof system, like Leka, can allow plenty of light in, especially when installed with a lantern, is lightweight but very strong and can be styled to suit the aesthetic of your existing home. The Leka roofing system is one of the best conservatory roof systems on the market for its ability to help you to turn a heat box in the summer and an icebox in the winter into the functional, usable space that everyone wants their conservatory to be.


If you have been wondering what to do with an old conservatory, we hope this article has given you some options to consider other than taking it down. At Pure Conservatories, our hands-down favourite option to improve an old conservatory is to replace the old roof with a solid roof system like Leka. This product will allow you to enjoy a customisable look that you love, thermal regulation, energy cost-saving, reduced noise and a cost-effective alternative to building an extension.

Due to its strength, customisability, cost-benefit, excellent materials and ability to provide a space that can be used all year round, a conservatory roof system like Leka is an excellent alternative to building a brand new extension from the ground up and can be retro-fitted to most existing conservatories.

If you’re interested in finding out more or want to discuss the options you have for upgrading your old conservatory into a stylish and usable space, Pure Conservatories can help.


Want to discuss replacing your conservatory roof?

Call 0151 327 8095 or send an enquiry to book a free no-obligation consultation. 


Our professional team can replace your conservatory roof quickly and with minimal fuss and we work with customers across the North West including WirralLiverpoolSouthport, North Wales, Shropshire, Manchester and Cheshire.