Ever since the pandemic, the way we live our lives has changed somewhat. While some of us returned to the office (albeit for less days), many of us found ourselves working from home on a more permanent basis. This has led to a requirement for more space. People were suddenly finding themselves needing desk space, a place to be able to focus away from the rest of the family and somewhere that could act as an office, or even just an escape space. For those that found it feasible, moving home became the only option but for many, this simply just wasn’t viable. And so the need for extra space became paramount. Among spaces that became prime candidates to become the home office, or somewhere where space could be optimised was the conservatory. In this article, we take a look at the reasons, and options for making more of your conservatory and how a new conservatory roof could make it a more liveable space.
In this article we discuss:
- When moving isn’t an option
- The trouble with traditional conservatory
- Traditional conservatory roof materials
- The alternative to traditional solutions
- Obtaining enough natural daylight
When moving isn’t an option
Let’s just assume for now that moving home is not an option. Let’s face it, with an 11th interest rate rise today (23/03/23), the cost of borrowing continues to rise and undoubtedly will have an impact on people’s decision to move. Optimising the space in your home has never been so paramount. You can turn your attention to the garage, start considering an extension or you could make more of the conservatory.
The trouble with the conservatory
Your first thought may be to assume that converting your conservatory into an office, home gym or the like is only going to present you with issues. The problem with a conservatory is that it can either be a very cold place or a very hot one. Finding a happy medium, especially when the temperatures are extreme, can be a struggle. You may be thinking that there are only a few months of the year that the room is actual bearable so how are you going to spend more than 10 minutes at a time in it? Well this is where we can share some good news. There is a solution. Read on to discover more.
Traditional conservatory roof materials
The problem with traditional conservatories is that many of them have a glass or polycarbonate roof which aren’t good at regulating temperatures. Not to mention the issues of keeping this type of roof clean. It usually requires a specialist window cleaner to reach the places that you can’t and needs regular cleaning so that you don’t look up and see debris, algae and the general dirt that you will find outside. This type of conservatory roof can also make the room feel like a greenhouse – perfect for growing your plants but not so good for sitting and enjoying some relaxation time.
The conservatory roof solution
There is an alternative that will ensure you can make good use of your conservatory whether in the middle of winter or the height of summer. We are referring to an EPDM flat roof solution. A thermally insulated flat roof from Thermal Roof offers a regulated temperature all year round and is a much more robust, less hassle roofing option. In fact, there are multiple benefits to a flat conservatory roof:
- Temperature regulation – doesn’t get too hot or too cold given the greenhouse element is removed.
- Easier to keep clean – a pitched conservatory roof can suffer from a build up of algae which can look unsightly
- A more sound structure – a flat roof makes the room a more solid room
- An aesthetically pleasing structure – inside and out
- A room that you will be able to enjoy all year round
What about light?
You may think that you will lose light with a flat, solid conservatory roof and you might, however, we have a solution for that in the form of domed roof lights. These wonderful inventions mean that you can enjoy all the natural light you need coming through the conservatory roof. No need to worry if you have a large conservatory, you can actually have two installed. The below conservatory is an example of where we switched a pitched roof like that in the property behind the example below for a flat roof conservatory solution with a domed light. this conservatory benefits from natural daylight from the windows on the side of the structure as well as from the domed roof light. Instead of being it a hot and uncomfortable place to spend time, it is now an ambient temperature all year round meaning it never gets too hot or too cold.
Want to discuss your options?
We are happy to discuss your conservatory requirements with you. Our team of experts are on hand to answers your questions and we are proud to be Trading Standards approved and members of Which Trusted Traders. We can inspect your current conservatory, and it’s existing roof and discuss your options with you. There is no obligation to buy. We can just discuss your options and you can then decide if it is something you would like to go ahead with.
If you want to ask some questions or find out more, just give us a call on 01934 824005 to discuss your new conservatory roof.