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Like the rest of your property, a conservatory won’t last forever without a little maintenance and refurbishment over time. A well built uPVC conservatory is likely to last between 20 and 25 years. A wooden conservatory generally lasts longer but demands much more maintenance. If your conservatory is more than 20 years old, then it is important to be aware of the signs indicating it’s in need of conservatory roof upgrade. The roof of your conservatory is a fundamental aspect of the design and structure and plays a huge role in keeping your home warm and free from leaks, draughs or condensation. Knowing when its time for a conservatory roof upgrade is not always obvious, but vital to get fixed before the problem worsens. So, here is some advice on what to look out for.

Investing in a conservatory roof upgrade

To effectively prolong your conservatory’s service life, regular maintenance and improvements to the structure, roof and interior are essential. You’ll find that having to replace only the materials and individual aspects of the structure will be substantially more affordable than having the entire conservatory replaced. This is why it is important to keep on top of the maintenance and fix faults as soon as you spot them. Moreover, the presence of a good quality conservatory adds a significant amount onto the value of your property, so it is a worthwhile investment having the roof replaced. Here are some signs to look out for that will indicate your roof is no longer working to its full potential. condensation

The buildup of condensation

If there is an obvious build up of condensation in your conservatory, then no doubt, the roof is underperforming due to a structural issue. The cause of this excessive presence of condensation is likely to be because the sealant has separated from the glass or uPVC. If you do not do anything to resolve the ongoing build up of condensation, then it can transform into damp causing the development of mould and mildew. This will cause further issues, inflicting damage on your home’s interior, soft furnishings and other household belongings. Furthermore, if members of your household suffer from respiratory problems, then it is imperative to get the condition of your conservatory roof inspected by a professional. Nevertheless, excess condensation does not always mean you require a new conservatory roof. However, if it is a persistent problem, then it is worth noting and taking into consideration.

Unbalanced temperatures

If you find your conservatory to be far too hot in the summer and not warm enough in the winter, then this is an obvious indication your conservatory roof needs upgrading. Replacing your glass roof for a tiled roof will provide you with improved thermal insulating qualities. These roofs make sure heat is retained in the winter and help to keep your annual heating bills to a minimum. For a quick fix to the problem, you can always invest in heaters and air conditioning units, but these are only temporary solutions and are likely to increase electricity bills.

Draughs

Draughs are an obvious sign that there are structural or insulation issues with your conservatory’s roof. If the draughs are entering through the roof and not via windows or doors, then there is likely to be a crack in the roof. The draughs may also be caused by the age of the conservatory and sealant fitting issues. The presence of draughs in your conservatory is a guaranteed sign that you need to replace the roof. Allowing this problem to carry on for too long without resolving it will lead to an unnecessary increase in your bills and costing you more in the long run. By investing in a conservatory roof replacement, you can eliminate the problem of draughs in your conservatory and preserve your home’s heat. damaged roof

Damage to the exterior

If your conservatory is visibly cracked and blistered and contains large amounts of algae build up, then these signs of visible wear usually suggest there is deeper damage to the ventilation, structure and insulation of the conservatory. Responding to these issues before more consequential difficulties occur, is vital. Investing in upgrading your conservatory roof could be the answer to these problems. If your conservatory is less than five years old, then it is worth just repairing the damaged parts rather than the entire roof. If, however, it is more than ten years of age, it will be more beneficial and cost effective to upgrade the whole roof at once. Like we mentioned before, opting for a solid, tiled roof instead of a glass alternative will be far more advantageous, prolonging the life of your conservatory.

Leaking roof

If you have noticed your roof to be letting in rain, then it is important to get the entire roof replaced. If the leaks are coming from the roof rather than the conservatory’s frame, then this has probably been caused by sealant problems, loose panels or disconnected cappings over time. Temporary fixes, unfortunately, won’t repair the affected area efficiently enough and will need to be repaired by a professional. Most leaks are caused by the use of poor quality building materials in the construction of the conservatory roof. Over time, these inferior materials will unquestionably degrade and warp as a result of temperature changes. If your conservatory roof has been built from polycarbonate materials, then the chances of it warping is much higher. However, tiled roofs are much less likely to leak, and even if they do, they are far easier to fix. mould

Summary

We have identified just some of the indicators of a conservatory roof underperforming. If your conservatory is noticeably displaying any of these signs then it is always best to have an expert opinion of its condition. If you have observed more than one of these indications, then prepare yourself for an investment into upgrading your current conservatory roof. If you’re looking for a reliable supplier and installer of conservatories in Milton Keynes¬†or conservatory roof repairs, then get in touch with us today. If you have found this article useful, please feel free to share it on your social media.
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