Tiled Gable End Conservatory

Hear how we helped a customer modify their Tiled gable end conservatory

From nightmarish to nourishing – our customer’s extended testimonial (of sorts).

If you’re not interested in a Tiled Gable End conservatory or solid roofs for conservatories, we suggest you skip this article! On the other hand, if you are interested in conservatories and solid roofs and delight in that kind of stuff, you’re in the right place. The following is a sort of extended testimonial of sorts.

Last year a customer decided to invest in a solid roof and convert their Edwardian conservatory into a tiled gable end conservatory.

Before moving into their new home, they had never before owned a conservatory. This meant they were unaware of all the problems that can be associated with having a conservatory. For example, the leaks, the cold, and the noise – you know, the not-so-great stuff.

So, like any wise homeowner, they tried to find ways to utilise this space efficiently.

The chief reason for fixing this dead space was because they lacked a dining room. In the winter, eating together was an absolute nightmare as the conservatory wasn’t habitable. Temperatures dropped to minus 1 or 2 degrees – it just wasn’t usable, so they needed to do something.

They looked around at all sorts of different types of roofs and questioned whether to replace theirs with glass or a different type of solid roof.

In the end, they settled for Tiled Roof Conservatories’ warmer roof (patent granted) pod system. Now, for those that don’t know, a warmer roof is a one-piece timber frame stuffed with layers of compact foam insulation between the rafters. On top, you’ve got a waterproof membrane and then on top of that, you’ve got lightweight tiles that replicate ceramic tiles. This specially-engineered design provides incredible structural strength, long-term durability and performance. Inside, and underneath, you’ve got a plasterboard layer that can be painted. Essentially, it looks like a normal roof on the inside. The difference is that you’ve got a conservatory structure all the way around. This allows you to retain that open view.

What was once a dead space would became less of a conservatory and more of a garden room.

That’s how they looked at it anyway. However, to begin with they DIDN’T opt for the Tiled Roof Conservatories route. They knew we had a great reputation on the market, but as new homeowners they wanted to scrape as many pennies together as possible. Still, they had wanted to gauge the market credibility – and fortunately kept us in mind. After all, the reason why they wanted a warm roof for their conservatory was to keep the room warm.

But did their conservatory get any warmer?

The company they first started with back in April requested they empty their conservatory.

Once clear, they set about converting the roof from an inept polycarbonate roof into a solid tiled roof. Doing so would hopefully make this space a bit more useable as a dining room. Rather than just for six months of the year not being useable at all. One of the good features they were going to do was convert it from an Edwardian style – which is what it currently was – into a tiled gable end conservatory. So the roof would go right to the edge, and then it’s going to have a slight overhang with some underhand LEDs, which should be brilliant at night.

However, despite removing the old roof, the new one was yet to go up.

All the excitement had worn off, and from that point on, things went from bad to worse. They had plenty of problems with the original team. The team turned up late, they didn’t do a great job on the first couple of days, and – to make matters worse – they left the conservatory unprotected. Shallow water pooled on the floor, which wasn’t an ideal situation. The tradesmen also didn’t install retaining beams in the middle. The business tried to rectify the situation when the homeowners complained by sending a new team out. Unfortunately – whilst the new team were more competent – they had issues with the glass. The first time the glass arrived with the new team, it was actually broken. This left the homeowners without any glass for about three weeks. This halted production and left a massive draft as only a waterproofed membrane was laid in the roof’s place.

Eventually, enough was enough, and the homeowners sacked them off. That’s when they decided to get in touch with us.

One could argue this was the homeowner’s first big project. They had heard some nightmare stories and went into the unknown. This might not have been a quintessential nightmare, but we can only imagine how stressful it was at the time. It’s such a shame the homeowners’ goodwill was tested like this.

Unfortunately, you get a bad egg who tries to take advantage of good people.

Starting work on the tiled gable end conservatory

Lucky for them, the homeowners dropped that company and moved to us.

With phase one ended and the roof off, you’d have thought things would be plain sailing. However, the heavens had opened, so we had to work quite quickly. Given how the previous team had left the conservatory, we did our best to waterproof the floor and asked the homeowner to stay indoors. This way, they could deal with any water that did leak through to their home as we got our warmer roof in place. Our team got the battens on and the foam insulation installed. Once the weather cleared up, an electrician came in and wired everything together. As he unpacked, we added an external membrane and our lightweight tiles. This ensured their tiled gable end conservatory was watertight.

The homeowners were thrilled by the massive improvement in aesthetics – and waterproofing.

Both we – and the homeowners – can categorically say that the new tiled gable end conservatory roof is a massive improvement on the old one. It’s far quieter when it rains, and as their existing radiator was water damaged, the homeowners sprang for underfloor heating. This is a massive benefit. Yet, the inside temperature with the old polycarbonate roof was only about one degree more. Despite this, the heat from the old radiators would go straight up into the polycarbonate roof and then out. It was probably heating more air outside than inside – it was not ideal – whereas the new roof is far warmer.

Yet, the real question was – would the tiled gable end conservatory stay that way?

To check this, the homeowners diligently installed an electronic thermometer.

They wanted to ensure little heat escaped through the windows and even installed carpet after the flooding fiasco. This proved a massive help as it took the edge off having a tile floor. Also, despite having underfloor heating installed, they neglected to use it simply because it was so expensive.

In January, they noted that the temperature outside was around about 6 or 7 degrees.

Yet, the temperature inside was 13.7 degrees, which isn’t bad, and the interior typically stays 12-13 degrees on average. This was without having to do much in the way of heating their tiled gable end conservatory. The lowest they had seen since was about 6 or 7 degrees, which is obviously really cold, but it was night-time with a heavy frost outside. This was the result of having no heating for the best part of six hours.

The homeowners were happy with the acoustics too.

They knew that conservatories featuring glass roofs amplified rainfall. Yet, with a tiled roof, you don’t get any noise. The only myth the homeowners wanted to dispel was something their original salesman said when he came around. He said they could potentially remove the sliding doors between the house and the conservatory. However, it drops to about 10 degrees on average at night. If their sliding doors weren’t in place, that would be a LOT of heat loss coming out of the main house into the conservatory and out through the windows.

The other option they looked into was installing some thermal blinds to the windows.

Despite the warmer roof, a lot of heat escapes this way. Yet, given the cost of bi-fold doors and the cost of the blinds – they were starting to get into extension territory. Whilst there is an argument to be made about spending a little more to get an extension, you might not be able to maximise your light. Yes, you could install a skylight or an orangery-style ceiling, but at that point, you are starting to creep up into some serious money. This is something most homeowners are simply not prepared to – and why would they? The homeowners informed us that the value of their house has increased. Therefore, the cost of the roof will likely cover itself by the time they come to sell their property.

Finally, was a Tiled Roof Conservatories warmer roof for a tiled gable end conservatory worth it?

These homeowners gave a unanimous yes.

However, it does depend on the circumstances that you have first of all. Do you have a heating source within the original conservatory? Have you considered putting blinds up for the windows because you might still lose a lot of heat out this way?

Overall, the homeowners were really happy with their tiled gable end conservatory.

It’s provided them with a much more usable dining room in the summer, and it’s brilliant as you can push the table back and get people around for a big barbecue. It just made it a much more homely room that they use. They noted the temperature is now so much better regulated than it was with a polycarbonate roof. They also told us how it would get so hot back in the summer. Yet, after the roof installation, the temperature just remained a steady 20 degrees.

Even in the heat of the day, they could come into their conservatory and chill out a little bit.

They recommended modifying an existing conservatory with a tiled roof. If you want something a bit more durable and a bit more usable – something you can use throughout the year – they said that it was worth it. It’s also a far cheaper option than going for a full-blown extension and does add value to your house – so definitely a win-win all around.

They do stress that you should first find a reputable supplier and installer like us. Doing so just takes a lot of that pressure off – so do your research!

The Tiled Roof Conservatories process

Better still, quoting for tiled roof conservatories couldn’t be easier. In fact, we’ve broken it down into a four-step process. To find out more about our quick quotes, see below.

Conservatory Style & Dimensions

Input the style of the conservatory you want (click here for the styles we offer) as well as the width and projection (mm)

Wall & Roof Style

Select the aesthetic style of the wall you would like as well as the roof type and style (please note that insulation will have a significant impact on your property)

Colour of Conservatory, Doors, Fanlights & Any Extras

Input the colour, amount of doors and adjoining doors, plus fanlights. Lastly, leave any necessary additional information

Your Details

Enter your name, contact details and preferred payment method. We also appreciate hearing about how you found us and whether you would like future marketing

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