How do I refurbish my old conservatory?
2021 has been a challenging year for everyone. However, Covid -19 has resulted in homeowners spending their money on home improvements. With families looking for greater space conservatories have become a 2nd living space.
As a result conservatory refurbishment has become a popular home improvement. Bromsgrove based company Clearsafe share their 7 top tips for modernising your conservatory.
“Conservatories are easily renovated into family living spaces.”
Is your tired and worn conservatory in need of some love and attention?
There is a growing trend for homeowners to update and refurbish their conservatories. Ageing glass, worn seals, and leaky roofs are often the reason behind this. In terms of home improvements it is a fairly cost effective way of creating more space in your home as family members require there own spaces to work and relax.
is your conservatory 20 years old or more?
If so, you will be experiencing the “too hot in the summer” and ” too cold in the winter” syndrome.
1.Replacement Conservatory Glass
2.Conservatory Wall Insulation
The glass we use in our homes now is vastly superior to what is was 20 years ago. Modern coatings help retain heat in the winter and reflect UV rays in the Summer. This helps to maintain a steay and comfortable temperature in your conservatory.
Fit the best glass you can afford. A-rated glass can improve your energy performance by up to 30%. For many, this is a worthwhile investment that can also reduce your energy bills.
The majority of conservatories have small or ‘dwarf’ walls constructed with brick or stone. These can almost always be injected with insulation. The process involves drilling small holes into the wall and then filling the cavity with non-flammable foam. This helps to prevent heat loss in the winter and therefore reduce your heating bill. This is a relatively cheap and very easy fix.
3. Open Plan Design
4.Conservatory Roof Replacement
To avoid building regulations a conservatory has to sit outside of the thermal containment of your main property. However, it is possible to join it to your property to create an open plan feeling. Exterior doors and walls can be moved to achieve this. You will need to seek the necessary permissions but it is likely to be more cost effective than create extra space by adding an extension or installing an increasingly popular garden building.
Leaking roofs are one of the most common issues with conservatories. Fortunately, however, the roof is possibly the most cost-effective way to bring your building into the modern world as well as making it viable for everyday use.
Solid tiled roofs and tiled and glazed roofs are both plastered and insulated. This turns the space into an insulated room that can be used on a daily basis without being cooked in the summer and frozen in the winter!
5. Add corner pillars
An all glass conservatory can be transformed into a more refined orangery extension by adding corner pillars.
6. Bifolding doors
These are becoming popular now and bring the ‘garden’ into your home. They create an elegant and seamless passage from indoors to outdoors. Smaller spaces may benifit from French doors allowing light to flow easily around the space.
7. Frame replacement
Old uPVC frames look tired and worn. They can be expertly cleaned and brightened up especially around the sills. You may even consider replacing them with more durable modern uPVC or powder coated aluminium frames.
Consider these points before beginning your conservatory refurbishment project:
- Does the design match the rest of the property, particularly if you have a period building
- Are you having issues with dramatically changing temperatures
- Are you unable to use the space for long periods of time throughout the year.
- Cooler summers – Double glazing traps sum of the sun’s light rays make your room cooler. Less air-conditioning or use of fans is needed.
- Quieter home – Noise from busy roads, noisy neighbours, and heavy traffic is reduced.
- Reduced condensation : Moisture on window pans is reduced as a result of the airtight seals. This avoids issues with mould.
call clearsafe for free advice about your home glazing
“Bromsgrove’s leading double glazing installers”
If you need advice about your conservatory installation or refurbishment and you are situated in Worcestershire or the Midlands then please send us a message and tell us about your project.
Clearsafe are a highly experienced team of professional uPVC and glazing specialists. We can offer you advice on the best solution to your problem and provide you with a free no obligation quote.
Call us about:
- uPVC window and door installation
- Frame repairs
- Conservatory installation
- Conservatory roof repairs
- Door and window lock replacements
- Misted windows
- All domestic glazing requirements
We are based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire but also work across the midlands and nationwide. Contact us to see if we service your area.