An insulated conservatory roof for your conservatory?
Conservatories are common place now in a variety of styles and shapes, many with an insulated conservatory roof now and it is thought that there are around 5% of houses with one installed.
A conservatory, it was hoped (and sold as), was a perfect way of bringing the outside in and allowing you to enjoy your garden at any time of the year with a near uninterrupted view from the mostly glazed walls and roof and with prices at an average of £1000 a sqm, it wasn’t a particularly cheap vision you were sold either.
Now a few years have gone by you realise that it perhaps wasn’t the greatest investment you had ever made and if you’d ever taken the time to add up the months you have used it as it was intended in the time you’ve had your conservatory, it probably makes you wince.
The problem? Solar radiation.
A conservatory will get warm quickly because solar radiation passes through glass or plastic glazing freely and unobstructed and will heat the air and anything contained in the conservatory at a rapid pace.
That trapped heat then becomes thermal radiation and that cannot pass back through the glazing fast enough but not the case with a tiled insulated conservatory roof.
This then creates the unbearable temperature we have all experienced on a warm, sunny day when we enter a conservatory with a conventional roof and glazed walls.
It is very likely that an outside temperature of 25- degrees Celsius could equate to a 40-degrees Celsius temperature inside where risks to health can now occur.
Conversely, solar radiation, or lack of it, is the reason your conservatory is so cold in the winter if you have no installed method of heating it.
On a bright sunny day in January, the space will feel less cold because of solar radiation but will quickly cool once the sun has gone.
This happens because a conservatory is very rarely completely airtight and cool air will find a way in through the frames, glazing or airbricks.
A conservatory can be heated in winter and quite easily too but it will be greatly uneconomic and inefficient if not a low, continuous form of heating that has an inbuilt thermostatic control. This will improve the spikes between day and night temperatures.
So, if solar radiation is the cause, what is the answer?
For use in the warmer months you need to eliminate solar radiation transfer from the roof structure completely by replacing the glazing to a solid, non- translucent roof and for use all year around, have an insulated conservatory roof fitted or leave the external roof as is and insulate the internal side only.
These options will allow much greater regulation of internal temperatures during the summer and winter months, which will in turn allow the conservatory to become the room you’d hoped it would be all those years ago when first fitted.
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So if you live in Leicester , Market Harborough, East Goscote. Melton Mowbray , Fleckney or any of the Leicestershire villages, please give us a call for any questions you may have.
We also work throughout the East and West Midlands in places like Hilton, Atherstone, Tamworth, Alfreton, Ripley etc so if you require any help or advice regarding an insulated conservatory roof if you live in theses areas, we can help.