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5 Reasons to have Conservatory Roof Insulation Fitted

1) Avoid your conservatory turning into a furnace in summer

On the few beautiful days that we do get over in the UK, it’s a shame that the conservatory doors once again get shut off. In the height of summer temperatures in an uninsulated conservatory can rise as high as 42 degrees! That’s similar temperatures to death valley!

After having insulation installed, your conservatory will be cooler, without sacrificing too much sunlight, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the best of summer.

2) Avoid your conservatory turning into a freezer in winter

As soon as November comes around many people abandon their new glorious addition to their property. The whole structure becomes an ice chamber, plants die, surfaces become too cold to touch. We’ve even heard some stories of ice forming!

It’s such a shame to waste such a beautiful new space. After you get your conservatory insultion fitted it can be wonderful again. Winter nights in a nice stable temperature, candles reflecting off the dark glass, a glass of red wine… gorgeous… something you don’t want to miss out on!

3) Keeps your energy costs down

For those that do try to keep their conservatory in use throughout the winter months, yet don’t have sufficient insulation fitted, many turn to electric heaters. These, as I’m sure you are aware, are energy hounds! Save yourself a small fortune in the long run by getting your conservatory insulated!

4) Keeps the noise down

Have you been in a conservatory during a rainstorm? If you have you’ll know about it! A small downpour can sound like an Amazonian torrent! Conservatory roof insulation can shield you from a great deal of this rackety noise!

5) Elongates the life of your conservatory

Without sufficient insulation, most conservatory tends to form mould and condensation, which we all know is extremely bad news for any structure!

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Conservatory Roof Replacement

On a recent installation of a new timer conservatory roof we decided to take some photographs throughout the process to give you a better idea of how the whole process works.

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The Stages of Conservatory Roof Insulation

Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the whole process of conservatory insulation and seeing the steps involved. We took these photos on a recent install to visually show the process. If you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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New Insulated Conservatory Ceiling

Recently Mr & Mrs Bavin got in touch to look into having a new insulated roof fitted into their conservatory. We of course installed a beautiful roof and their conservatory is now usable throughout the year!

Some before and after images:

“Since having the ceiling installed last year, we’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the use of our conservatory.

Previously we had to use a couple of electric heaters to keep the downstairs warm through the winter, whereas the summer time it was like a furnace. Now, we can enjoy a normal range of temperatures throughout the year, and our heating bills have fallen!

The installation team were professional and very friendly and the job done within the promised timeframe, leaving the place very tidy.

All in all, very happy with everything.”

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How to insulate a conservatory roof

Conservatories are the go-to extension to add space and value to your home. The problem is that most people get them fitted in the spring and don’t consider how the coming heat of summer and cold of winter will drastically effect the temperature in the conservatory.

Then of course all this happens at once. The conservatory is far too hot to enjoy in the summer, it becomes a micro greenhouse. Then winter comes round and just opening the conservatory door releases a wave of cold air into the rest of the house..not pleasant.

Insulating your conservatory will ensure it becomes a much more valuable and usable space. Don’t worry if your conservatory is already built, insulation can be fitted at any time.

About 25% of all the heat in your conservatory can escape through the roof, this makes it normally the very first step in shoring up your extension.

Conservatory roof’s can be insulated by adding a layer of insulation between the rafters and then hiding this behind a new false ceiling, leaving a much more comfortable warm space to enjoy. Do ensure you use a professional company to fit this system, we have heard of some horror stories involving condensation and damp destroying the newly fitted roof!

If the idea of a new ceiling doesn’t sound quite right for you, or is outside of your budget a good option can be insulated blinds. These are again placed between the rafters in your roof. It won’t work quite as good as the new ceiling but would take the edge off the extremes.

We hope this brief overview was of some use to you, if you do have any questions about conservatory insulation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can run through all the options available to you.

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Insulating the World’s Biggest Conservatory

It was a surprise to find out that the biggest conservatory in the world is actually here in on our very own shores…the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The Eden project was built on an old clay mine by a team of horticulturalists. It’s a structure of three separate conservatories, or Biomes as they are calling them. Built using tubular steel to form a frame and glazed with ETFE (ethyltetrafluoroethylene) hexagonal panels.

The biggest of these three conservatories is the rainforest area which is big enough to fit the Tower of London and houses an epic array of lush tropical plants and is kept at a toasty 18–35°C.

So how do they insulate this massive conservatory?

For the most part the whole site gets the bulk of it’s insulation and energy efficiency through its glazing method. The ETFE used is a type of plastic polymer similar to Teflon which has excellent high light transmission properties, it also only has 1% of the weight of glass, so perfect for large structures.

The ETFE in The Eden Project was made into pillows with layers of air pumped between them, providing excellent insulation without effecting the sunlight that passes through.

It’s rare for Rundle & Dorey to turn down a project, but think the Eden project may have just been out of scope! Get in touch if you have a conservatory slightly smaller than the Eden project!

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5 Ways to Enjoy your Conservatory after Installing Insulation

It’s a story we hear quite a lot. “After getting my conservatory installed, we never really use it”

After the excitement of a whole new wing added to your home has died down and you have basked in the glory of how much it has added to the price of your property, the poor old conservatory tends to get it’s doors shut and forgotten about.

“We’d use it in summer if it wasn’t so damn hot” or “It’s freezing in winter” Are the most common complaints. Of course you know we can help you out there with our conservatory insulation solutions, but this isn’t the purpose of this blog posting.

This blog posting is dedicated to new ways to celebrate the rebirth of your conservatory. After the insulation has been installed the temperature will no longer be a problem, you can enjoy any time of the year!

Here are a few ideas…

Extra Conservatory Living Room

This makes perfect sense and is one of the easiest to get up and running with. A few comfy chairs, maybe a sofa, a TV and you are sorted! Ideal for families who have differing ideas on what to watch on a Saturday night. The extra space is also wonderful at Christmas and other events held at your house to keep certain people apart!

A Conservatory Office

Do you work from home? If so this one is a no brainer. Imagine working basking in glorious healthy sunlight?! You can be isolated from the rest of the house with no distractions and just crack right on with your work. We have clients who have even had telephone extensions installed.

Garden Conservatory Wonderland

Fancy yourself as a gardener but are scared of slugs and birds destroying your precious crops? Worry no more. A conservatory once insulated from harsh winters and baking summers is a perfect environment to grow plants and fruit you never before thought possible in the UK! (Maybe not banana plants!)

A Conservatory Gym

Let us guess…you didn’t stick with the gym membership? Don’t worry we didn’t either! Why not set your own up? You may struggle fitting in a steam room, sauna and pool but you can certainly enjoy a running machine or cross trainer surrounded by the beautiful views of your garden. And a massive plus is the extra privacy..nobody can see you sweat!

A Conservatory Man Cave

Every mans dream is to have their own room or man-cave. Filled full of old vinyl, games consoles, comfy seats and wires that don’t seem to do anything! It may be a bit of a hardsell to the rest of the family but if you can swing it, its a wonderful new lease of life for a conservatory…and so beautiful at night with all those LCD’s reflecting off the glass!

Have you any more ideas?

Whilst putting together this article we’ve thought of hundreds more but will save them for a later blog post..lucky you!

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