If you don’t use your existing conservatory too much, you’re not alone. The commonest bugbears we hear from conservatory owners go like this:
“My conservatory is too hot in summer”
“My conservatory is too cold in winter”
“My conservatory is too bright and suffers from glare”
If you can relate to these issues, then your conservatory probably has a polycarbonate or glazed roof. These roofing systems look great in brochures, but in the real-world, they can be less than ideal and have a variety of issues.
The advantage of a solid roof
Solid roofs are less common than glazed and polycarbonate roofs because up until recently there wasn’t a lightweight solid roof for conservatories on the market (conservatories aren’t strong enough to support a normal solid roof).
This has changed with the Leka Roof, a solid conservatory roof replacement system made from glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) and engineered roofing tiles. It can be installed on 90% of existing builds without the need for structural reinforcement.
The Leka Roof is a high-quality product and one that is admired in the trade for its quality and ease of installation. Aside from de-building the old roof and preparing the structure, the installation is straightforward and takes around 1 day.
There are several benefits to upgrading to this solid roof:
- Better insulation – glazed and polycarbonate roofs leak heat. The Leka Roof traps heat like a regular roof, making it warmer in winter.
- It isn’t a sun trap – glazed and polycarbonate roofs have a greenhouse effect. The Leka Roof is solid, so your conservatory stays cooler in summer.
- It reduces glare – glazed and polycarbonate roofs let in a lot of sunlight. The Leka Roof lets in far less, reducing glare by up to 60%.
- It will match the roof of your house – the Leka Roof uses engineered tiles that can mimic the appearance of the tiles on your house.
- It can be in any style – The Leka Roof can be designed in Victorian, Edwardian, Gable Ended, Combination and Lean-to styles.
- It’s built to last – Every Leka Roof comes with a 40 year warranty on the roof layers, in addition to our own installation guarantee.
How much does the Leka Roof cost?
The Leka Roof costs anywhere from £6,000 to £12,000, depending on how big your conservatory is and whether you have skylights.
The Leka Roof can be paired with class-leading Velux windows with in-built blinds. This will increase the cost, but many homeowners find the extra cost worth it.
It’s also important to consider the different roof designs available. The Leka Roof can be designed to change the style of your conservatory, with Victorian, Edwardian, Gable Ended, Combination and Lean-to roof styles available. Greater complexity means higher cost. Most homeowners choose a like-for-like replacement.
Is upgrading to the Leka Roof worth it?
Your conservatory should be a place where you can relax and enjoy your garden in any weather. If you don’t use your conservatory because the space is uncomfortable, then you are wasting a lot of valuable living space.
And so, you have a choice. You can either learn to live with your uncomfortable conservatory, or you can upgrade the roof and make your conservatory a much nicer place to spend time. Of course, the latter comes at a price.
The Leka Roof costs £6,000 to £12,000 (on average) so this is by no-means a cheap and cheerful home improvement project. However, it is one of the most rewarding, and in our opinion, it’s one of the best ways to improve what you already have.