Conservatories are an extremely popular addition to any kind of property, but they sadly do not last forever.
A uPVC conservatory typically has a lifespan of between 25-30 years, with additional work often needed past that point in order to keep it up to date in both appearance, security and thermal performance.
So, often homeowners are looking out for ways of replacing a conservatory or renovating it into a far longer-lasting structure.
Extensions, being predominantly built from brick, can last for almost as long as the property it is attached to and can be a great, more permanent alternative to a conservatory; but what do you need to do in order to upgrade your conservatory into one?
The definition of a conservatory is a structure that is more glazing than solid walls, including 75% for the roof and over 50% for the walls. Extensions on the other hand is anything below that percentage, meaning that you can still bring in a lot of natural light and ventilation into your space even without it being a conservatory.
However, extensions often require permission, which conservatories are typically exempt from, which can lengthen the time of an installation and cost you more money in fees; but extensions can also be exempt if their structure is within certain parameters, such as being under 30m2 and being a single storey.
Can I convert a conservatory into an extension?
Getting a brand new extension can often involve buying in materials, hiring project managers and surveyors and sinking months of your time into planning and overseeing the construction.
However, if you don’t want to replace your conservatory with a brand new extension and would rather find ways of transforming your conservatory into one via smaller changes, then you can actually begin that process by fixing a new roof onto your conservatory.
A lightweight solid roof is a great way of blending in your conservatory into the design of your original property, with a tiled roof mimicking the tiles of your main roof and looking like a natural continuation of the house both inside and out. On the inside, this solid roof will provide better insulation than a glass or poly carbonate roof, while also allowing for additional sky and roof lights to be installed so that you don’t miss out on natural light.
For more information on replacement roofs, please contact us today or visit our roofing page to start finding quotes.
How much does it cost to replace a conservatory?
If your conservatory is worse for wear, you may want to get it removed and replaced with a brand-new extension. Demolition and removal costs aside, which you may have to contact local tradesmen to help you with, the cost of this replacement extension is going to be around the same price as a typical extension installation.
This price can vary depending on whether you are hiring a company to install it, if you are sourcing the materials yourself and where from, if you are your own project manager or if you are hiring in, and also your own design specifications such as size and what windows and doors you are having installed.
|Extension Width (mm)||Extension Projection (mm)||Guide Price|
|4000||3000||£23940 – £26460|
|4100||3000||£24538 – £27121|
|4200||3000||£25137 – £27783|
|4300||3000||£25735 – £28444|
|4400||3000||£26334 – £29106|
|4500||3000||£26932 – £29767|
|4600||3000||£27531 – £30429|
|4700||3000||£28129 – £31090|
|4800||3000||£28728 – £31752|
|4900||3000||£29326 – £32413|
|5000||3000||£29326 – £32413|
|5100||3000||£30523 – £33736|
|5200||3000||£31122 – £34398|
|5300||3000||£31720 – £35059|
|5400||3000||£32319 – £35721|
|5500||3000||£32917 – £36382|
|5600||3000||£33516 – £37044|
|5700||3000||£34114 – £37705|
|5800||3000||£34713 – £38367|
|5900||3000||£35311 – £39028|
|6000||3000||£35910 – £39690|
How much does a conservatory roof conversion cost?
As mentioned above, fitting a new roof onto the structure of a conservatory is a great way of prolonging the lifespan, value and performance of your conservatory extension. Poly carbonate roofs were the standard up until recently, and they have been proven many times over to be less than quality in thermal efficiency and in overall hardiness, so it may very well be the case that your conservatory is losing much more of your heating than you realise.
There are two main options when it comes to getting a new conservatory roof, that being a Lantern Roof or a Solid Roof:
Made up of glazed glass panels, either with uPVC or slimline aluminium frames.
Available in a number of styles, dictating how many bars are across the window sections and how big each window section is. They allow in excess natural light into your property and can be fitted onto flat or raised pre-existing conservatory roofs.
Also called a ‘Tiled Roof’, this roofing option mimics and replicates the roof of your main property in both appearance and features.
With amazing insulation, they are light enough to be able to fit onto your uPVC conservatory structure without risking its structural integrity. They can also have roof lights and skylights installed to allow for more natural light and for extra ventilation.
All in all, a replacement roof for your conservatory, while varying in terms of what kind of roof you are getting and what kind of materials you are using, typically only costs between £2,500 and £20,000, with solid roofs being the more expensive option.
If you would like to know more information about our extension options, or would like to get an idea of what kind of quote you could get for a brand new conservatory roof, why not use our free online conservatory roof quotation calculator, or give us a call through our contacts page. Leave us a message and one of our friendly team members will be in touch in order to answer any questions you may have.
Do you need planning permission to change conservatory into a room?
Permission can be somewhat of a hassle to get done, but it is often a necessary requirement when having structures installed on your property, including extensions.
However, there have been recent changes in legislation, allowing for more leniency when it comes to what structures require permission and which ones don’t. For example, as long as your conservatory or extension roof does not exceed the height of your original property, you do not have to get permission to get one installed.
Additionally, there are certain size regulations in place that mean that; if your extension option is under 30m2 in floor size, then you may also be exempt from permission.
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Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
How Much Does A Conservatory Cost?
Your conservatory cost will depend on its specification. Your conservatory size, style, finishes, glazing and build are all factors which will determine the overall price. The good news is, you can now calculate the cost of your conservatory online using our handy online quote builder.
Do I Need Conservatory Planning Permission?
Conservatories are seen as a permitted development, however you may require conservatory planning permission if you have a listed property or if you are living within a conservation area.
Should I Buy A DIY Conservatory?
A DIY conservatory can be a great option if you have the required knowledge and building skills. It can be an expensive choice however, if anything should go wrong. The best thing about a supply and fit conservatory is that your installer takes care of all of the work for you, this includes any building requirements or planning permission.
Why Should I Buy A Conservatory?
A conservatory is an affordable way to extend living space and will prove to be a worthy investment over time. Not only does it help improve the value of your property but it provides you with a multi-functional space to use all year round.
What is The Best Type of Conservatory?
When choosing the best type of conservatory for your home, your property and garden size as well as style have to be considered. For example if you lack garden space, you don't want a conservatory build that is going to be too overpowering. There are conservatory designs for all types of home and specification so any property, traditional or new can benefit from this airy extension.
Can Double Glazed Windows Reduce My Heating Bills?
When you install double glazing in your home or commercial property, it is likely that the extra heat retention will lessen the need to use central heating systems. In turn, this could mean you see a drop in heating bills. If you are concerned about your energy bills, it is easy to compare business energy or home energy online.
How Much Is A Conservatory?
A Conservatory is cost-effective way of expanding your home without needing planning permission in most cases. Conservatory prices start around £6000. Please refer to our pricing guides below to see how much a conservatory may cost you, or start a quote today.
Can Conservatories Only Be Made Out Of uPVC?
Conservatories can be made out of uPVC, timber and aluminium – it really depends on the style you want for your home. However, uPVC is the cheapest material to make a conservatory out of; timber and aluminium are significantly more expensive. Please check our pricing tables below to get more of an idea on costs or start a quote with us today.
Do I Need Planning Permission To Build My Conservatory?
In most cases, you do not need planning permission for a conservatory, however, it must reach certain guidelines. For example, it cannot exceed the height of the original structure of the home. Please check your local council site for more details (links are found in the 'Gateshead Information' section).
How Long Will My Conservatory Last?
Depending on the materials used to build it, the installation and the general maintenance for a conservatory, they usually have a life span of anywhere between 10-30 years. UPVC conservatories, on average last about 20 years.
How Much Does a Conservatory Cost?
Prices on conservatories begin around £6000, however, this will be dependent on the shape, size and style of your conservatory. Please refer to our pricing table below to get a better idea on how much a conservatory will cost or start a quote with us today.
What Materials Can You Build A Conservatory With?
Conservatories can be constructed with either timber, aluminium or uPVC, the latter being the cheaper material out of the three. Please consult our pricing guide below to get a better understanding of what a new conservatory may cost you.