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I currently have a glass roof conservatory and am interested in changing to solid roof like yours. Would I need to obtain planning permission to do this?

Planning is not needed to change your conservatory roof but building control approval is recommended. The Guardian Warm Roof has full LABC approval and this will help with speeding up the process. Guardian also has a special rate with local authorities. Your local installer knows exactly how to deal with this and will take care of the paperwork.

What guarantees do homeowners get with a Guardian Warm Roof?

Guardian has guarantees on the materials they supply to their network of 23 fabricators (the manufacturers). The UK fabricators actually build each tailor-made roof in their workshop before supplying it to the local installers (Team Guardian members). The external products such as insulation, timber etc will typically have their own individual guarantees. All Team Guardian members will offer a comprehensive written guarantee on their workmanship including the installation.

Why should we invest in a Guardian Roof?

Many reasons: The Guardian Warm Roof was the first fully insulated, lightweight Solid Roof system on the market and is not just the market leader, it’s also the most popular warm roof in the UK. A Guardian Roof will extend your living space and increase the value of your home. Replacing your old Conservatory Roof with a Guardian Warm Roof System will give you the living space you presumed you were getting when you originally had your conservatory installed. The Guardian Roof carries full LABC Approval and delivers a quite incredible U Value of 0.18.

How do other people use their conservatory when they’ve had a Guardian Roof fitted?

People use the extra usable space the Guardian Warm Roof provides as a place to retreat and relax. Some people use their sunrooms for family rooms, library/reading room, dining and entertaining areas, as a playroom for children or grandchildren, workplace area, exercise room, reading room, room to do arts and crafts, a room to gaze out at the stars or simply a room to close your eyes for a few minutes on a Saturday afternoon. The possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas for converting your conservatory.

HOW CAN I REDUCE THE TEMPERATURE IN MY CONSERVATORY?

Conservatories have really moved on in the last 10 years and the older style conservatories always get hot in the summer due to their glass or polycarbonate roofs. A new thermally efficient Guardian Warm Roof will ensure your conservatory maintains its temperature all year round, keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

WHY DOES A NEW CONSERVATORY ROOF REDUCE THE TEMPERATURE?

A Guardian Warm Roof reduces the temperature in your conservatory from its high performance insulated roof system. The roof is made from, a pre-engineered lightweight frame, 2 layers of rigid insulation board, internal insulated plasterboard, exterior grade plywood and a vapour membrane and all of this gives you a thermally efficient space in your home. Compare this to the older style glass or polycarbonate roofs and you can understand why there is such a difference in temperature. Guardian roofs are fully tested and approved to all thermal and structural standards and keep the warm air out in the summer and prevent the heat from escaping in the winter giving you savings to your energy bills as well as making it a usable space in your home.

HOW DOES A NEW CONSERVATORY ROOF REGULATE THE TEMPERATURE?

Older style conservatories which have glass roofs get hot due to the sun shining through. You can have special types of glass that act as a filter between the two, accepting the sunlight whilst reducing the amount of the sun’s heat that transmitted into a conservatory through the glass, however, it wasn’t commonly used in the construction of older style conservatories.

Older style polycarbonate roofs make your conservatory hot as polycarbonate isn’t a great thermal insulator and is unable to keep the warmth in when the temperatures drop and the heat out when the sun is out making your conservatory feel like an unbearably hot greenhouse.

A conservatory that has been built well, with good foundations and a UPVC structure can last for 20 years, however, a solid conservatory roof is crucial for its longevity, and a new tiled Guardian Warm Roof will give it a new lease of life and make it usable and attractive for years to come.

HOW DOES A NEW CONSERVATORY ROOF INCREASE THE TEMPERATURE IN THE WINTER?

A Guardian Warm Roof system will increase the temperature in your conservatory in the winter from its high performance insulated roof system which doesn’t allow the heat generated from your central heating to escape.

HOW CAN I UPDATE MY CONSERVATORY?

You can transform the look of an older style conservatory inside and out just from updating its roof. A new Guardian Warm Roof can be designed and manufactured to blend in with your home and will make it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter so you can use it all year round.

MY CONSERVATORY IS LOOKING OLD AND TIRED, WHAT CAN I DO?

You can change the look of your conservatory and give it a new lease of life with a new tiled Guardian Warm Roof. It will transform its look outside, make it look modern on the inside and with its new regulated temperature it will be comfortable to use all year round.

MY CONSERVATORY ROOF IS DIRTY AND OLD, WHAT CAN I DO?

Glass and polycarbonate roofs on older style conservatories are difficult to maintain and keep looking good, and even when it’s just been cleaned you will see smudges and dirt marks. A new tiled Guardian Warm Roof takes away the need for regular cleaning and will give it a modern and contemporary look and feel inside and out.

HOW CAN I KEEP MY CONSERVATORY WARM?

By changing your old conservatory roof with a new Guardian Warm Roof it will keep your conservatory warm in the colder months from its high performance 4 plus layered insulated roof system. Guardian roofs are fully tested and approved to all thermal and structural standards and will save you money on your energy bills.

SHOULD I KNOCK MY CONSERVATORY DOWN AND START AGAIN?

It really depends on how old your conservatory is and how it was first built whether you will be able to update it with a new Guardian Warm Roof, or if you will need it knocked down and a new one built. In most situations, a new tiled Guardian Roof can be used to replace your old one due to its lightweight design which will transform your conservatory inside and out.

One of our Guardian Warm Roof experts will come out to your home and can quickly establish if a new roof on your old structure is possible. They will check:

  • The building as a is structurally sound
  • Review any alterations that could affect the original structure
  • The foundations will be checked to ensure their suitability for any increased loading which is normally not relevant as Guardian Roofs have been designed and manufactured as lightweight to solve this problem
  • The conservatory window framework will be assessed to check it is structurally sound
  • In most cases, a new Guardian Roof system is an option but if not then we can build you a new conservatory or a Guardian home extension with a Guardian Roof and can talk to you about this.
WE DON’T USE OUR CONSERVATORY AND IT IS A WASTED SPACE?

If you don’t use your conservatory then it is normally because it is too hot or too cold and you have got used to not being able to use the space. They can easily become dumping grounds and used for storage and every time you walk past it can irritate you. Updating your conservatory with a new Guardian Warm Roof will change its look inside and out, making it modern and contemporary as well as a comfortable and usable space again which is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

WHY CHOOSE GUARDIAN FOR A NEW CONSERVATORY ROOF?

Guardian is the experts in new conservatory roofs for existing conservatory structures. We will support you with planning the design and style of your new roof, measurements, installation and with your internal finishing touches. We will take the stress out of the whole process and you can sit back during installation and enjoy your new usable space when it is finished.

MY CONSERVATORY ISN'T A STANDARD SIZE, CAN I STILL HAVE A NEW ROOF FITTED?

Yes, all our Guardian Roofs are manufactured to your specific conservatory style and measurements so they can be used for non-standard sized conservatories.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE A NEW CONSERVATORY ROOF FITTED?

It depends on the size of your conservatory but on average it can take anything from a few days to a week. As the roof comes pre-assembled there is minimal disruption to you and your home. Our team are professional and courteous and ensure there is a minimal mess and impact on you and your family.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A NEW GUARDIAN CONSERVATORY ROOF?
  • Your conservatory will stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter
  • It will give it a modern and elegant look from outside
  • It will look modern and contemporary inside
  • Your conservatory will be a new, comfortable and usable space in your home for you to enjoy
  • You can have Velux Roof Windows fitted in your new roof for extra natural light
  • It will look like a brand-new conservatory inside and outside when it is finished
HOW CAN I ENSURE MY NEW CONSERVATORY ROOF LOOKS IN KEEPING WITH MY HOUSE?

There are so many different tile colours and styles to choose from when you have a new Guardian Warm Roof fitted and we can offer a solid roof solution for virtually any shape or size offering a full bespoke replacement conservatory roof service.

WHAT OPTIONS ARE THERE WHEN CHOOSING A GUARDIAN WARM ROOF?

For the outside, the Guardian Warm Roof comes with a huge range of roof tiles to choose from to keep it in keeping with your home. For the inside, you can choose a modern plastered finish or if it is naturally bright you may decide to go with a timber finish. You can enhance the light entering your conservatory by adding skylights as well as contemporary L.E.D spotlights to bring the room to life in the darker evenings. We offer a completely bespoke replacement roof service and we will guide you through the many choices and decisions for your new conservatory roof.

HOW CAN I UPDATE MY CONSERVATORIES POLYCARBONATE ROOF?

An older style polycarbonate conservatory roof is easy to update if the rest of the conservatories structure is solid and safe for a new roof to be added. One of our Guardian experts can come to your home or business and quickly establish if it is an option for you and you can quickly start the process of revamping your conservatory with a replacement tiled roof.

IF I CHANGE THE ROOF ON MY CONSERVATORY TO A SOLID ROOF WILL IT MAKE IT DARK?

No, you can choose to have Velux Roof Windows fitted to give you additional light, however, your new plastered interior, lighting and the sun shining in through the windows will give your conservatory a light and airy feel with a new Guardian Warm Roof.

HOW CAN I SPRUCE UP MY CONSERVATORY?

By changing the roof on your old conservatory, you can make it into a light, airy and beautiful living space again which will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. You will be amazed how it will transform the look of your garden as well as it will look like a new conservatory all over again.

CAN I HAVE ROOFLIGHTS IN A NEW TILED CONSERVATORY ROOF?

Yes, you can have roof light windows fitted in a new tiled conservatory roof. At Guardian Roof’s we use Velux Roof windows in our new conservatory roofs, and will help you with this at the design stage.

At Guardian, we understand that one of the joys of a conservatory is the light, airy atmosphere that it creates, bringing inside living space into your garden and vice versa. We appreciate there is nothing nicer than sitting back and enjoying the view of your garden and feeling the outside air as you sit and relax. A typical conservatory is already very light because of the windows and if you really do want the best of both worlds then we recommend a roof window or two.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VELUX ROOF WINDOWS?

Velux conservatory roof windows are modern and thermally efficient giving you a practical and alternative option for ventilation as well as the additional natural light they offer. Velux are easy to use with blinds options and double glazing for sound and heat protection.

HOW CAN I ENSURE I USE MY CONSERVATORY MORE?

You will be guaranteed to use your conservatory more if you have a new Guardian Warm Roof installed as it will make the space usable again throughout the whole year, whether it’s warm or cold. We always recommend that you define what you will use your new room for as soon as it is finished and design its layout, colours and furniture with this in mind. There are so many uses for a conservatory, whether it’s for an additional lounge area, cinema room, snug, dining room, playroom, office, games room, the list really is endless.

WHAT IS LABC, IN RELATION TO A CONSERVATORY ROOF?

LABC stands for Local Authority Building Control. Local Authority Building Control (LABC) represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales.

It has only been since October 2010, has it been officially possible to put a solid roof onto a conservatory or porch and in August 2013 the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) released a circular containing some basic guidelines relating to Building Regulation Legislation which apply to the replacement of a translucent roof (made from glass or polycarbonate) with a solid, tiled roof onto a conservatory or porch.

The Guardian Warm Roof solid tiled roof is a strong, lightweight tiled roof and is fully approved by the Local Authority Building Control.

CAN I USE A GUARDIAN ROOF ON AN EXTENSION TO MY HOME?

Yes, our Guardian Warm Roof systems are ideal for new extensions on your home or business, offering a beautiful and thermally efficient roof.

DO I NEED BUILDING REGULATIONS TO REPLACE A CONSERVATORY ROOF?

Most new‐build conservatories with either a solid, tiled or glazed roof will not need planning permission, because they are covered under ‘permitted development‘ if they are under a certain square footage. Building Regulations will apply if you want to build an extension on your home, but not for a conservatory as long as certain conditions are met.

WHAT IS A THERMALLY EFFICIENT CONSERVATORY ROOF?

A thermally efficient conservatory roof will have been designed with a high performance insulated roof system which has several layers of insulation. The Guardian Warm Roof is made from, a pre-engineered lightweight frame, 2 layers of rigid insulation board, internal insulated plasterboard, exterior grade plywood and a vapour membrane and all of this gives you a thermally efficient space in your home.

HOW WILL I SAVE MONEY ON MY HEATING BILLS WITH A NEW GUARDIAN ROOF?

The Guardian Warm Roof system is fully tested and approved to all current thermal and structural standards offering a high performance insulated roof system, creating a thermally efficient living space. A Guardian roof keeps the warm air out in the summer and prevents the heat from escaping in the winter so the warmth created from your heating system will not escape through your conservatory roof and result in it working harder and using more energy to maintain the temperature of your home.

HOW DOES THE GUARDIAN ROOF SYSTEM REGULATE THE TEMPERATURE IN MY CONSERVATORY?

The Guardian Warm Roof system has been designed to be lightweight and thermally efficient to the required energy standards.

It is made up from; a pre-engineered lightweight frame, 2 layers of 40mm high-performance rigid insulation board, 72mm high performance internal insulated plasterboard, 25mm high-performance insulation, exterior grade plywood and a vapour membrane, all of which gives you a thermally efficient space in your home.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A SOLID GUARDIAN CONSERVATORY TILED ROOF REPLACEMENT?

The Guardian Warm Roof is ultra-efficient and modern achieving a maximum U value of 0.18 W/m2K. This enables a conservatory to be used as an extra living space all-year round. Keeping it cool in the summer and warm in winter. The Guardian Warm Roof is also fully approved by the LABC Local Authority Building Control and is fully Guaranteed.

WHAT IS A TILED CONSERVATORY ROOF?

A tiled conservatory roof is a roof made up of insulation and light-weight tiles (to match your home or business) to replace you glass pr polycarbonate conservatory roof. This makes the conservatory look more like an extension on your home.

HOW MUCH WILL A NEW CONSERVATORY ROOF COST?

A new conservatory rood will vary depending on the size of your conservatory. You can easily get more information, download a brochure or request an estimation by clicking here.

WHAT ROOF STYLE CAN YOU HAVE A NEW CONSERVATORY ROOF IN?

A new solid tiled Guardian Warm Roof can come in any conservatory style and if it is not a standard style and size then we can manufacture your new roof to your bespoke conservatory requirements.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM GUARDIAN ROOFS UK?

Our team are experts in new conservatory and extension roofs, they have the knowledge and experience to help you design your new roof system, they will help and advise you on any building regulations that are required, deliver an efficient and sound installation service that is guaranteed and be professional throughout your journey with us.

WHY WOULD I CHOOSE GUARDIAN FOR MY NEW CONSERVATORY ROOF?
  • Guardian Roofs UK is the leading manufacturer of the Guardian Warm Roof and Guardian Extensions in the UK. As part of the NECS group, we have been fabricating and supplying roofs to the conservatory and solid roof markets to the highest standards for the last 10 years
  • We pride ourselves on doing things differently within the industry, introducing new innovative processes and always looking to enhance not only our own but our partner’s reputation. We are recognised for delivering innovative products, fabricated to the highest industry standards
  • The Guardian Warm Roof & Guardian Extensions we supply are all prefabricated, erected and photographed at each stage of production in our professional production facility. This allows you to see the progress of your roof throughout the process prior to your installation if you want to
  • Guardian Roofs UK has exhaustively compiled one of the most exclusive and comprehensive warranties within the sector. The Guardian roof is a superb system and we offer a full insurance backed 10-year guarantee
  • We offer full building control
  • A new Guardian Warm Roof gives you a beautiful finish inside and out
  • Our Guardian Warm Roof System is LABC and LABSS approved
  • Professional and efficient installation by our Team Guardian Registered Installers which takes days not weeks and is completed with minimum disruption to you and your home
  • Each Guardian Warm Roof is engineered and manufactured to your individual and precise requirements and measurements
  • Every Guardian Roof is pre-assembled under controlled factory conditions to ensure the highest quality before it is delivered to you
  • A Guardian Warm Roof regulates the temperature of your conservatory to ensure it’s a pleasant temperature whatever the weather. The high-performance insulation of the Guardian Roof guarantees lifetime thermal performance, ensuring your room is economical to heat and comfortable to use.
  • It has been independently proven that a Guardian Warm Roof can save you money on your energy bills, using high-performance insulation that achieves a superior U-value of only 0.18 W/m.K (England & Wales) and 0.15 W/m.K (Scotland)
  • A Guardian Warm Roof reduces noise and sun glare, making your conservatory quiet and comfortable all year round by reducing weather noise
  • The Guardian Warm Roof significantly reduces sun glare, preventing sun bleaching to fixtures and fittings, as well as removing the need to fit blinds to the windows of your conservatory
  • We offer a professional service from the design stage through to completion
WHAT CAN I USE MY CONSERVATORY FOR AFTER UPDATING ITS ROOF WITH A GUARDIAN ROOF?

When you have had your Guardian Warm Roof installed you can turn your conservatory into whatever you want, a family dining room or kitchen extension, a playroom, library, home study or office, games room, TV lounge, even a ground floor bedroom. The insulated solid roof will make a huge difference to the acoustics and the general atmosphere of your conservatory making it a fully usable room within your home.

WHY SHOULD I REPLACE MY CONSERVATORY ROOF?

By removing your old conservatory roof and replacing it with a new Guardian Warm Roof you will completely change the appearance of your home and garden. Your conservatory will look like an extension to your home and by choosing tiles that match your house you will have all the benefits of a ground floor extension, along with the convenience and style of a conservatory. It’s the perfect solution and is affordable, easy, quick and impressive at the same time.