Have an old conservatory with a glazed or polycarbonate roof. Are you considering replacement, refurbishment or a full up-grading?
Q. We have an old pvcu conservatory with polycarbonate roof panels. It cannot be used comfortably for much of the year but is ideally positioned on our home and within the garden. What options can we realistically consider?
A. Thermally insulated panels could be introduced into the existing roof simply replacing the old polycarbonate. If the structure is sufficiently strong, then the latest low ‘e’ & ‘a’ rated thermally efficient low ‘e’ heat reflective self cleaning glass may be fitted in the roof. If many of the older glass units have misted up, then you may wish to consider replacing tll glazing with the latest ‘a’ rated – low ‘e’ toughened sealed units. The side elevations may well be structurally sound but in many cases not conservatory roofs. An economical choice may be maintaining the sides and fitting a complete new roof with the latest low ‘e’ heat relective easi-clean, ‘a’ rated glazing.
Q. We would like to consider a tiled roof
A. Should the side elevations be sufficiently strong, you may have an option for an insulated tiled roof with internal perimeter ceiling. This would also offer the opportunity of led lighting
Q. Will i require planning permission or building regulation approval?
A. If you are changing a glass or polycarbonate translucent roof with less than 75% glazing or 50% within the sides elevations, building regulations will certainly be required. These can be achieved through the good offices of jhai or your local building control office. This certification is very important should you be selling your property to show full compliance. *we will would include this within our quotation proposals.
Q. We have a timber structure with areas of rotting wood and misted sealed units, what options do we realistically have?
A. Many timber conservatories have side elevations which can be restored. However, in many cases the roof will require extensive works or a complete replacement. If the joists and other timbers are in good order, your roof can be de-glazed and extruded architectural aluminium capping secured onto the rafters, replacing the flimsy timber capping. Your roof can then be re-glazed with the latest low ‘e’ heat reflective self cleaning glass. If the rafters have also deteriorated then these should be replaced with a new timber structure which will include maintenance free powder coated architectural aluminium cappings and the latest high specification glazing.
Q. We wish to have an open plan glazed sun room. Does this mean a new structure?
A. If the existing foundations and drainage are compliant with current building regulations, this may not be required. You will however need to submit an appropriate application to your local authority, showing that the new glazing and framework have an appropriate thermally efficient low ‘e’ heat retentive specification. It may also be necessary to increase the insulation within your property and a new boiler will very much assist, if you have had one fitted recently, that can be used retrospectively to assist your application.
Q. If we introduce the latest heat retentive components when restoring our conservatory sun room, what opportunities do we have if originally constructed with a basic cold concrete internal floor?
A. Not only would a great deal of heat be lost through these older style basic floors but much cold from the ground below will also come into your conservatory. There may be an opportunity of breaking out the concrete floor and introducing the latest celotex insulation with an appropriate damproof membrane. Much care may need to be taken, should you wish to maintain the existing perimeter wall and its foundations. You may well find that a complete reconstruction of the foundations and perimeter wall, plus your concrete floor, is a more overall realistic economical decision.
Q. Should we choose not to break out the old floor. Is there an alternative option?
A. If the existing floor is below opening doors, then you may be able to introduce insulation with karndean floor or similar. Several millimetres of the latest thermally insulated materials can make a significant difference. If however, this is not possible, even when taking off appropriate millimetres at the bottom of your existing doors, a dense weave carpet with similar underlay will significantly improve the useability of your existing sun room throughout the colder months. This can be designed to cover the majority of your floor, providing a substantially more comfortable environment, even in winter months and shaped to allow existing hinged doors to open.
Q. What support and guidance can be offered to us by david fenning’s home improvements?
A. For over 40 years our company has constructed numerous conservatories, sun rooms, orangeries, open plan extensions and a multitude of different designs including free standing buildings. During this extensive period, we have become acutely accustomed to challenges presented by new customers and how important it is to design buildings which will fully accommodate their wishes, do so within a desired budget and offer competitive quotations for the overall works. In most occasions our customers have desired for us to organise the whole project, provide guidance with regards to planning, building regulations and provide substantial references before any final commitments are made.
Having read through my outline above and reached the conclusion that i am able to provide you with professional and substantial guidance, you may wish to decide as follows:-
- Forward as much information as you realistically can plus photographs and i will be happy to respond by email or similar.
- Visit our showroom with as much information as will be necessary to provide outline details, so that i can discuss with you all that we can offer to choose the best way forward.
- Forward your address and outline details so that i may telephone you and arrange an appropriate appointment to visit your home and view first hand all of the challenges which you would wish to present.
We pride ourselves on not falling into the double glazing company category and thoroughly enjoy working closely with all new enquirers, more as a consultant that salesman. Our many hundreds of very pleased past customers have been complimentrary in that respect and we will of course afford the same to you.