Christmas is such an expensive time of year, social outings, presents, and the big Christmas food shop – it all adds up! On top of that the dark nights mean we spend more time indoors with our lights, TVs and heating on.
Saving energy often just takes a little extra thought and planning. Take a look at our 7 simple steps to an eco-friendly Christmas:
1. Considerate Cooking – Put the lids on pots so your food takes less time to cook, use the microwave for smaller jobs, and fill up your oven space by cooking multiple dishes at the same time.
2. Ambient lighting – LED lights use up to 90% less energy than regular lights, fibre optics use even less, and candles use nothing at all! Enjoy these festive lights and turn off the main lights.
3. Block out the drafts - Close the curtains once it’s dark, insert a chimney balloon, insulate pipes and anywhere else that leaks air into your home. Heat rises, avoid it escaping through your roof by insulating your roof space.
4. Fill up the fridge – Your fridge has to work harder to stay cool if there’s less in it. Plan out your meals and stock it up. It’ll also save you from having to nip to the shop mid-week, avoiding temptation to buy more while you’re there.
5. Make the most of your radiators – Bleed your radiators to get them working as efficiently as possible and make sure your furniture isn’t blocking the heat from them.
6. Shutdown standby – leaving devices such as TVs, games consoles and laptops on standby eats up your energy every day. Turn your devices off properly and you’ll save in the long-run.
7. Benefit from body heat – Turn down the heating when guests are round, the extra bodies will heat things up and if you are treating your guests to dinner the oven will heat the place up too.
These simple tricks could help you save some money this Christmas and going forward. Don’t forget our CosyRoof conservatory roofs are so energy efficient they qualify for reduced VAT. Get a quote now.
How to add value to your home – 5 top tips
22nd November, 2018 posted in by
The key to adding value to your home is making life easier for the potential buyer. Often the less work they have to do the more attractive the property. Check out our top tips to impress the buyer & maximise the value of your home.
1. Get a new kitchen and/or bathroom
Kitchens and bathrooms play a bigger part in the sale of your home than most rooms. A dining room that requires redecorating is a relatively easy job and a nice way for the new owner to put their stamp on the space, however if the bathroom needs updated it’s a much bigger, more expensive job. Kitchens are often seen as a focal point of the home – this space should be clean, inviting and practical.
2. Create extra space from existing space
Using the space you already have will cost less than an extension. You can up your number of bed & bathrooms with an en suite loft conversion or add an extra reception room through a garage conversion.
If your home has an out-of-date conservatory this “extra space” may in fact reduce the value of your home. Buyers will see the work required as a hassle and extra cost, often factoring this into the value of the offer they make. A conservatory conversion will transform this unusable space into a valuable extra room that can be used all year round. This could cost as little as £4,000 - £6,000 and add up to £15,000 to the value of your home. Get a conservatory roof replacement quote.
3. Kerb appeal
In a Pinterest perfect world first impressions count more than ever. According to Dulux, buyers are willing to pay up to 25% more for a freshly painted home with kerb appeal. Some simple and low-cost fixes can make a huge difference. Take care of the garden, clean the gutters and windows, paint your front door and decorate with details such as a nice knocker and letterbox.
4. Energy efficiency
Buyers are willing to pay extra for benefits that will save them money in the long run. A new energy efficient boiler is a great asset and worth highlighting to potential buyers. Single glazing, on the other hand, may put them off resulting in them negotiating a lower price.
When you put your house on the market you will need an energy performance certificate (an EPC), a standardised document which ranks properties in terms of energy efficiency. Along with energy efficient devices proper insulation will help to improve your EPC rating. Find out how spray foam insulation can make a difference.
5. Let in the light in
Bright, fresh homes sell for more than dark, dreary ones. Maximise the light in your home with skylights, patio doors, mirrors, neutral colours and spotlights. Renovating your reception rooms and kitchen into an open plan space will allow light to flow through your home.
Don’t forget to be aware of the ceiling price in your area and don’t overspend – no matter how many extra features you add there’s a limit on much you can realistically sell your home for. This might be ok if it makes your home more comfortable for you, but if you’re aim is to sell and make a profit try not to get carried away.
Seasonal Styling – Cosy Up Your Conservatory for Winter
Some simple tweaks can transform your conservatory from a bright, fresh sunroom to a cosy winter snug. These simple décor additions can be easily stored away when the seasons turn again.
Add some ambience
The shorter days and wetter weather can get a bit dreary. Brighten your mood with some ambient lighting. Dimmer switches and floor lamps will create a cosy atmosphere, perfect for relaxing in. Bulbs play a big part too, choose a soft yellow natural light as opposed to a harsh bright white. Candles offer a simple and cheap way to add some ambience, Christmassy cinnamon smells are our favourites.
Choose cosy colours
You might like to keep your conservatory neutral and bright for the summer; but adding some deeper colours will help to warm the place up come winter. Woody natural colours add rustic charm, while a splash of red will bring some festive cheer. Just adding a tartan throw can inject colour to existing neutral furniture.
Cheat with some heat
It always helps to stick the heating on for an hour or so when you get in from the cold. However most traditional conservatories don’t have radiators. A cheap electric heater will add some additional warmth to your room and can be easily stored away. We’ve even seen some of our customers work a log burner into their CosyRoof conservatory!
Warm up your windows
Adding Curtains or blinds to your conservatory will help to trap the heat, provide privacy when the lights are on, and create an inviting cosy appearance – especially if your get a bit spooked in the dark this time of year.
Roll out the Rug
A rug is an essential come winter especially if you’ve tiled or wooden floors. It will really pull the room together and add a sense of closeness. A long-haired shag pile rug is perfect for warming your toes on a chilly day and might look so comfortable you choose to lounge on it over the sofa.
Adding textures to a room can really up the comfort levels. Think layers of fluffy throws, knit cushion covers, faux fur rugs and soft heavy curtains. These layers also provide you your chance to add the warming winter colours as mentioned earlier.
No snug is complete without all your favourite entertainment. Whether you prefer Netflicks, video games, books or a good sound system, kitting out your conservatory will make you want to spend more time in it this Winter.
There’s no cosier feeling than sitting inside your CosyRoof conservatory watching the stars on a chilly night. Wrapped in a blanket listening to the battering of the wind and rain while enjoying the thought of having nowhere to go.
With the summer months over and the weather turning you may think you’ve missed your chance to update your conservatory this year. Think again! Autumn is one of the best months to enjoy your conservatory, taking in the autumnal views from your sofa on a day that’s too cold to sit in the garden. Here’s five more reasons to stop putting off your conservatory conversion.
Winter is coming
Our skilled fitters transform conservatories all year round, even on the bleakest winter day. But why wait until it becomes an unusable space? Last year we saw one of the coldest, snowiest winters in years and another is predicted for this year. If you convert your conservatory in Autumn you’ll be able to make the most of your space all winter long. The sooner you decide, the earlier you’ll be able to take advantage of your new conservatory.
Gas prices to rise
Gas and electricity as prices are set to go up again this winter – unfortunately this feels like news on repeat, it just keeps going up! Converting to a CosyRoof will help improve your energy efficiency, in fact our CosyRoofs are so energy efficient they qualify for reduced VAT – just 5%! Upgrade your conservatory before winter hits, less heat will escape, and you’ll start reaping the benefits of reduced heating bills.
Your new conservatory will be the perfect space to entertain this Halloween. Enjoy the view of fireworks from the warmth of your conservatory. Keep an eye on your kids outside while catching up with friends over a drink inside.
Somewhere to escape
Feel like the house gets a little too crowded this time of year? The kids stop playing outdoors and start bringing their friends round. Turn that no so zone conservatory into a space you’ll want to spend time in. You’ll have somewhere to hide away from it all. Or turn it into a kid’s den and reclaim your living room.
Converting your conservatory turns in it into a new room, an extension to your home which can be used all year round. This means you can use it like any other room turning it into a tv snug, kids play room or even a bedroom – see more alternative uses on the blog! Dining rooms are a popular choice, here’s some of our customers enjoying theirs for Christmas dinner.
If your conservatory has become an unusable space – too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter or leaking on rainy days, then it’s time to invest in a replacement conservatory roof.
A quick fix can be tempting, but often it’s just putting off the inevitable. In most cases resealing will only give you an few more months before another leak appears, racking up more costs in the long term.
Here are 7 reasons to replace your conservatory roof
1. Add space to your home
Has your conservatory become too hot to relax in? Condensation and mould making it a no-go zone? What a waste of space! If you find yourself avoiding this room then it’s time to do something about it.
Our roofs are fully insulated and insured for 10 years. CosyRoof is so energy efficient that it qualifies for reduced VAT – just 5%. That means your conservatory conversion is now more affordable. It’ll also save you costs in terms of trying to heat your conservatory in the winter, reducing the heat lost from your home.
3. It takes less time than you think
Have you been putting off a conservatory conversion because you think it’ll take over your home with the work will go on for weeks? Our fitters can transform your conservatory in just 1 – 2 days.
Getting you booked in is easy too. Just fill out a quick quote form and our representative will be in touch. They’ll call out to your house at a time that suits you, take measurements and discuss what you would like. They’ll even give you a quote there and then! How’s that for convenience?
4. A stylish extension to your home
If your conservatory is looking a bit run down it’s not a place you’ll want to show off to visitors. A replacement roof however will turn your conservatory into a bright new space to be proud of. You’ll be finding excuses to host the next get-together with friends and family.
We have a range of tiles to choose from so that your new roof suits your existing home. Our experienced fitters can create a roof for any style of conservatory, including custom build designs.
5. Save time on maintenance
Glass and poly-carbonate roofs come with a lot of upkeep. You won’t have to waste any more time cleaning moss, dirt or leaves of the roof. No more worrying about when the next leak will appear or trailing furniture around to avoid the sun glare.
6. Add value to your home
If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future an old conservatory that requires an upgrade may put potential buyers off. We’re hearing more and more often about buyers putting in lower bids in order to cover the cost of a conservatory conversion when they move in.
The Telegraph reports that “conservatories built on the cheap with uPVC can actually deter buyers and can feel very dated”, whereas a well-built conservatory can add 5% to the value of your home.
7. Temperature control all year round
Ever feel like your conservatory feels like a greenhouse half the year, then a freezer the next half? Well, not for long. Our roofs are fully insulated meaning, not only will this keep your conservatory nice and snug in the winter but it will stop it from over-heating in the summer too. You’ll be able to enjoy your conservatory all year round, not just a week or two in September!
Ready to convert your conservatory to a CosyRoof? Fill out the quote form now to start your transformation.
Leaving devices on standby is a convenience that could set you back on average £70 per year. Worth it? Turn off the games consoles, TVs, computers and sound systems at night. You’ll be surprised how many devices you’ve been leaving on all the time – it all adds up!
2. Turn down the thermostat
According to The Energy Saving Trust you can save £75 a year just from turning your thermostat down by 1C and you’ll hardly notice the difference in temperature. Make sure you set your heating on timers so it’s only running when you need it, cutting costs further.
3.Energy efficient devices
Choose energy efficient appliances - Look out for A, A+ or A++ energy ratings on white goods and pick eco-friendly light bulbs. While they may initially cost a little more, in the long run they’ll reduce your bills.
4. Get the most out of your freezer
Defrosting your freezer once every 6 months will help it to perform efficiently. Surprisingly the more you keep in your freezer the less it has to work to maintain its temperature. So, get stocking up – this trick works with your fridge too.
5. Cook multiple meals at once
Heating anything whether it’s the kettle, the washing machine, or the oven is a big energy zapper. If the oven’s on for a couple of hours make the most out of it and use the space available. Cook extra meals for lunch throughout the week at the same time as your Sunday roast.
6. Monitor your energy consumption
Using an energy meter will help you track your energy consumption. You’ll be able to see where you are wasting energy, sometimes all you need is a reminder and you’ll see yourself making smarter decisions like avoiding the tumble dryer on a nice day and putting less water in the kettle.
7. Install a new boiler
On average boilers are responsible for 60% of our annual energy bills. Switching from an old, less efficient boiler, to a modern A-rated one that allows you to control the temperature in each room could save you up to £570 a year on heating bills. Find out if you qualify for a grant.
8. Wash clothes at 30c
90% of the energy used to run your washing machine goes on heating it – if you cut the temperature, you’ll also cut the costs. Washing clothes at 30°C instead of 40°C uses approximately 40% less electricity and will clean everyday clothes just as well.
9. Don’t block your radiator
According to the Energy Saving Trust 42% of homes block their radiators with furniture, this prevents the hot air from circulating and makes it harder to heat your home. Keep clothes away from the radiators too. Drying clothes this way makes the boiler work harder, it can also be bad for your health, and doesn’t look great if you have guests round. If you have the space hang clothes in a utility room or outside when the weather allows.
10.Invest in double/triple glazing
With single glazed windows you can easily feel the draft entering your home, it’s easy to see how much heat can be lost this way, driving up your heating bills. New windows can be costly, but as well as improving energy efficiency they’ll also add value to your home, reduce noise and prevent condensation. Starting with the rooms you use the most is a quicker way to start seeing improvements.
11. Convert your conservatory
Often people avoid spending time in their conservatory as it’s far too cold in the winter – choosing to convert your conservatory to a solid tiled CosyRoof will improve energy efficiency and allow you to enjoy this space all year round. Our insulating properties are so outstanding that CosyRoof qualifies for reduced VAT (only 5%) due to the energy efficiency of the product. Find out more & get a quote.
12. Don’t forget to Insulate
You can save up to 40% on your heating bills by insulating your home with Spray Foam Insulation. This is a quick way to get serious improvement in terms of energy efficiency, providing an airtight seal made of eco-friendly materials. CosyInsulation is BBA approved and offers a lifetime guarantee, ensuring you save money in the long run.
13. Add Solar panels to your home
Solar panels allow you to generate your own energy from the sun, making your home more environmentally friendly, using less energy from the grid and cutting your costs. It doesn’t have to be a sunny day to produce energy, it can still work when it’s cloudy. You can even make money from your solar panels by feeding into the grid and benefiting from the Feed-in Tarrif scheme.
Converting your conservatory into a room– 8 Alternative ideas you’ll love
Conservatories make beautiful sunrooms, however there are many other ways you can make the most of your space. More often we are seeing our happy customers using their conservatory as an extension to their home, converting it into a room in its own right.
Toys taking over the house? Turn your conservatory into a dedicated play space for the kids to play ‘til their hearts are content. Your kids will love having their own den and you’ll enjoy less clutter and sticky hand marks around the house. With easy access to the garden it’s also a great way to encourage the kids to get outside for some vitamin D!
2. Games Room
It’s not just kids that love to play. Game rooms are becoming a popular use for converted conservatories for even the big kids! You can create a social space with a pool table, games consoles, beer fridge and comfy sofas. Perfect for getting the gang round or simply getting away from the rest of the house after a long day.
A tiled roof conversion will allow you to use your conservatory all year round, making it the perfect space for a cosy night in, even in the coldest of winters. Decorate with a soft rug, fluffy throw and wide screen tv…put up the feet and relax! Your CosyRoof is weatherproof & will reduce the rain noise too – less distractions from your favourite show.
Contrary to popular belief your conservatory can be turned into a bedroom! Previously a conservatory could never be used as a bedroom due to the amount of condensation and heat loss in the winter. However, a solid tiled roof will keep your conservatory comfortable throughout the year, making a unique space bedroom.
5. Dining room
Fancy some al fresco dining? No matter the weather, enjoy views of the garden over your meal. This bright fresh space will impress guests and give you an excuse to get the family to sit down together for dinner. A CosyRoof will keep your conservatory at comfortable eating temperature all year round, not too hot in the Summer or too cold in winter.
6. Art Studio
For creative types a conservatory filled with light and surrounded by beautiful views is the ideal space to get inspired. Whatever your craft, you can enjoy the serenity of the outdoors without the risk of getting rained on or your creations blowing away in the wind.
7. Home office
More and more people are working from home as we see businesses shift towards remote and flexible working. A conservatory allows a space separate from the rest of the house to focus on work. A vibrant working environment with natural views may also reduce stress levels and allow for a pleasant eye break.
According to a recent survey 6% of conservatory owners use theirs as a gym. A home gym is a valuable extension to your home – particularly if you can’t get out to the local gym with small children. It’ll also save you money on costly membership fees. A CosyRoof means it won’t get too hot to work out in the Summer like a glass roof would.
If you’ve got an alternative use for your CosyRoof conservatory tag us to share your pictures with us on Social Media we’d love to see how you are using your #CosyRoof.
CosyRoof are very pleased to announce our new partnership with JHAI.
Founded in 1999, JHAI has an outstanding reputation within the construction industry, having processed over 65,000 Building Control applications in the last five years – over 17,000 in the last year alone!
They are licenced every five years by the government (via the Construction Industry Council) to carry out Building Regulations approvals, as an alternative to local authorities.
For our customers, this means greater assurance in what we deliver for them. With a CosyRoof conservatory that has been Building Control Approved, you can be confident that you’ve invested in true quality.
When we first talk to customers about having a CosyRoof fitted, one of the most common questions we get asked is about loss of light.
“Will I lose natural light with a tiled conservatory roof?”
“Will my conservatory be much darker without a glass/transparent ceiling.”
And if you’ve landed on this blog post, there’s a good chance that you’re pondering the same question too.
Without seeing your conservatory first hand, it’s almost impossible for us to confidently and accurately determine whether you will lose light with a solid conservatory roof. It depends on many factors, such as the size and shape of your conservatory as well as its placement and positioning.
Generally, in most cases the answer is no – you won’t lose light and, if you do, it won’t be noticeable. From our experience, customers only lose at most 5% light and this can be compensated by using light reflective paint on the inside of the roof, making it just as bright as ever.
How to make your conservatory brighter
If you are worried about losing light in your conservatory with a solid roof, there are some things you can do to ensure that the room is still as bright as it can possibly be.
Spot lights and roof windows
If your conservatory does become noticeably darker, you can introduce roof windows and spot lights to increase light sources.
Regardless of whether your conservatory loses light or not, we always recommend having light furniture and décor in your conservatory as it will make it seem brighter and more spacious. Choose light colours when it comes to the walls, floors, curtains and large furnishings such as sofas or tables.
Increasing the amount of reflective surfaces will also stop your conservatory from seeming so dark. If you have the opportunity, large mirrors or glass tables can help the light bounce around the room.
Lighting and light décor
Even if your new solid conservatory roof doesn’t impact the brightness, it’s still a good idea to install lighting in the room to ensure that it’s still comfortable and habitable during the winter and when it gets dark in the spring and summer nights are early autumn evenings
Reduced sun glare
One of the greatest benefits of switching to a solid CosyRoof conservatory roof is the significant reduction of sun glare, increased insulation and better ventilation – making it a comfortable all year round.
If your conservatory is always freezing in the winter and like a blinding greenhouse in the summer, converting to a lightweight but solid tiled conservatory roof is the answer.
Preparing Your Conservatory For Spring - 5 Great Tips
The days are getting a little bit longer, the cold spells are slowly disappearing and Christmas seems like a very distant memory… which means Spring is well and truly on its way.
Before we know it, the temperature will be in the double digits and we’ll be spending more time in our conservatories, as it’s often the best room in the house for soaking up the sunshine and admire the good weather. So, is your conservatory ready for the excitement of the new season?
If you still have some prep to do, here are our top tips forgetting your conservatory ready for the Spring months.
Give it a good old Spring clean
Nothing gets you more in the mood for the new season than a big Spring clean. It revitalizes your home and makes you feel more comfortable in your living space.
Your conservatory should get just as much (if not MORE) attention than any other room in your house when you’re doing your annual Spring clean. Dust, dirt and even spots of mould can accumulate over the winter months which will need attention.
You’ll also want to clear out any winter-specific furniture from your conservatory, such as cosy pillows are big fluffy blankets that just won’t be seasonally appropriate once winter has passed.
The greatest benefit from giving your conservatory a Spring clean, however, is the peace of mind it offers. Once you’ve got it in a tip top condition that you’re proud of, you’ll be much more excited about spending time in it.
Add some plants
The addition of plants can transform your conservatory from a winter wonderland into a summer paradise. They make the space look immediately brighter, more colourful and airy and – if you choose wisely with your plants, they may even add a lovely pleasant scent.
When it comes to choosing plants for your conservatory, you will have to do some research – as the kind of plants you keep will be determined largely from the type/structure of your conservatory. For example if you have a conservatory with all glass surfaces where it’s difficult to control heating and tends to be very warm in the summer, you may be restricted to more exotic blooms.
However, if you have a well insulated conservatory (one with a CosyRoof – for example), you’ll have a lot more options when it comes to selecting plant life; you’ll have a wider choice of tibouchinas, cordylines, clivias, aspidistras and gorgeous succulents.
Nothing will make your conservatory seem more fresh and new than a spot of redecorating. You don’t have to go for a total revamp, but adding some small decorative touches can give the room a boost for spring. You can update the furniture entirely or go subtle with new cushions, ornaments and picture frames in bright neutral colours that are classic and will stand the test of time.
When it comes to redecorating, if want want to spend a considerable amount, it’s always best to avoid new or modern interior trends, as it will be much better value to buy items that you can bring out every Spring.
A conservatory is often the best room in the house during the spring and summer months as the large amount of glass adds more sunlight. However, when it gets really bright the glare can sometimes be too much to bare.
To avoid too much sunlight, invest in a good set of blinds that you can easily pull down, open or close when you need to.
If you need more advice, read our previous blog with tips for choosing the perfect conservatory blinds.
And finally, if you want a conservatory that’s perfect for every season, get a CosyRoof. In just 2-3 days we can convert your conservatory roof into a solid, tiled one which is properly insulated and heating controlled to stop it getting too warm or too cold.
Our conservatory roofs significantly reduce sun glare which can remove the need to invest in expensive light controlling blinds. This gives you a lot more freedom to choose blinds and decorate your conservatory in a way that you like.
CosyRoof offers the best value when it comes to converting your conservatory roof. We operate across the UK and Ireland. To find out more, get a FREE quote today.
As a homeowner, there are few things more frustrating than having a leak in the home.
Firstly, it can be an absolute nightmare trying to identify exactly where the leak is coming from and secondly, there’s always the looming possibility that it’s going to cost a fortune to fix.
Unfortunately for those with conservatories, leaking can be a common problem.
As the roof tends to be weakest part of the conservatory, general wear and tear over the years can cause damage, letting unwanted water into the roof.
And, as many conservatories, are not properly insulated and ventilated, water in a conservatory can lead to mould if left untreated, which can cause serious respiratory problems.
If a lot of water is entering into your conservatory, it can also cause damage to furnishings and interiors, particularly if you have carpet and fabric sofas and chairs.
Common causes of leaks in conservatory roof
Slipped off roof panels
If your roof panels have slipped, this will create a gap at the ridge of the roof where water will be able to get through. This gap will also allow noise and wind to enter the conservatory too.
You can purchase kits to repair roof panels or loose cappings at the end of the panels. However, we strongly recommend consulting a professional. If you’re not confident that slipped panels are the cause of your leak and you do not have any experience with the construction of a conservatory roof, you could end up doing irreparable damage.
Flashing covers over the joint between the conservatory and the house. Lead is often chosen as the material for flashing as it is durable and can withstand most weather conditions. However, if your lead flashing is not properly fitted, leaks can occur.
In recent years, roof vents have become particularly popular in conservatories to allow air to better circulate and prevent condensation. However, if your vent is poorly installed, leaks can occur. Thankfully, on most occasions, these can be easily repaired.
Most conservatory fitters will use rubber sealants to secure the edges of the structure. However, over time the material can deteriorate and wear down, letting in drafts and leaks.
What To Do If Your Conservatory Is Leaking
Although the above are some of the most common causes of leaks in conservatories, they are not the only ones.
Leaks in conservatories can be caused by a number of factors and no matter how much you examine the structure and the materials, it may be impossible to diagnose it yourself, without specific knowledge and experience.
If the leak is easy to spot and seems to be coming from the ridges, it’s likely that the leak is coming from worn sealant and should be easy and fairly inexpensive to fix.
However, if the source of the leak is not visible, or seems to be coming directly from the roof, you may need to consider replacement.
Replacing your conservatory roof
Converting your conservatory to a solid roof is the best way to permanently prevent leaks from occurring.
Polycarbonate, glass, uPVC and aluminium conservatories will always be susceptible to damage and leaks. Even if the leak is easily repaired, due to the quality of these materials, the problem is likely to arise again a few years, months or even weeks down the line.
When decorating your conservatory, one of the most important factors is choosing the right blinds.
Not only do they add to the overall look of your conservatory, but they provide a necessary function.
As your conservatory is likely to be the brightest room in the house, you’ll need blinds that adequately cut out enough sunlight to ensure the room is habitable in summer and on those blindingly sunny winter days too.
The problem is – there are a lot of things to consider when shopping for your conservatory blinds and there are so many styles, colours and materials to choose from.
So where do you start?
Things To Consider When Choosing Your Conservatory Blinds
Size– be sure to measure the length and width of all of your window panes so you know what size to look out for. The last thing you want is to buy a set of blinds that end up an inch too short or a foot too long as they won’t do the job and your conservatory will look unfinished.
Thickness – you’ll also have to consider the thickness of your conservatory blinds, as thicker materials tend to be heavier and your conservatory may not be able to take the weight when the blinds are mounted.
Colour – colour is important too. Conservatory blinds may look one shade in the shop but may turn out to be an entirely different hue when mounted, with light streaming through. We recommend taking home a sample before purchasing, if possible and this will give you a better idea of how the blinds will look in your conservatory.
Kinds Of Blinds With Pros And Cons
If you’ve ever gone blinds shopping before, you’ll know that there’s an abundance of different styles. Although you’ll instinctively know which style you like best from an aesthetic point of view, you’ll need to consider the functional pros and cons too.
Roman blinds consist of a headrail with a fabric section that’s manually drawn down, with stiffening rods behind the fabric to ensure they fold neatly. As they come in many different fabrics, patterns and colours, they are often the best choice when it comes to styling. They can also be lined with blackout fabric.
They are especially great if you have a lean-to or gable end style conservatory with square window frames which lend to a minimalist look.
However, roman blinds can be difficult to clean and can act as a magnet for dust. If you have problems with condensation in your conservatory, they may also become mouldy. If fitted with blackout lining they can be heavy and they can also be pretty costly.
Venetian Blinds When it comes to Venetian style blinds, you will need to choose aluminium ones, as PVC or wooden blinds will not be able to withstand the more demanding temperature conditions of a conservatory.
Aluminium blinds and offer a better sense of privacy as you can control the tilt and the amount of visibility through them.
They are easy to clean and the aluminium won’t discolour. In addition, they are also quite light so won’t put any strain on your conservatory structure.
Venetian blinds are relatively inexpensive and are good in terms of insulation.
However, many people do not like the look of Venetian blinds and they can sometimes juxtapose with the styling over your conservatory.
Vertical blinds offer many similar benefits to venetian blinds, in terms of privacy and light control. Again they are not heavy and should not cause any structural problems within your conservatory.
Like roman blinds, however, being made from fabric can make vertical blinds more susceptible to dust and insects. But most vertical blinds will be washable and easier to clean than roman ones. It’s also worth mentioning that vertical blinds do fade over time and, although the fading will be consistent throughout, it’s important to note if you have chosen them for aesthetic reasons.
Roller blinds are a good choice for a conservatory as they look good and are easy to clean as they retract fully. Like roman blinds, they can come in many colours and patterns, giving you more opportunity to find a style that perfectly complements your conservatory.
Problems do arise when it’s extremely sunny as you may have to draw down the blinds fully to block out the light. And, due to the sunlight, patchy fading may occur meaning that roller blinds would have to be replaced more frequently than venetian or vertical blinds.
So which is best?
The type of blinds you choose for your conservatory will largely depend on your own style preference. In terms of practicality in light control, insulation and privacy, venetian or vertical blinds tend to come out on top.
Got a question about conservatory blinds?
If you have any questions about conservatory blinds, or want recommendations of shops and providers, you can contact us.
As time goes by, you might start to notice that your conservatory isn’t as full of life as it once was.
It might be looking a little rough around the edges or perhaps the roof has some damage which is causing problems in your home.
Depending on the product, material and workmanship, the average conservatory has a lifespan of about 10 – 20 years. So, they don’t last forever.
If your conservatory is getting on a bit, there’s a good chance its roof may need replaced with a more modern product that’s durable and created to stand the test of time.
Here are some signs to look out for, which will tell you if your conservatory roof needs to be replaced.
If you spot signs of leaking or water damage in your conservatory, your roof needs replaced immediately. If the leak is coming from the roof itself, rather than from frames, it is likely that damage has been building gradually over time because of slipped panels, loose cappings, leaking vents or sealant problems.
So, even if you are able to temporarily repair or cover the leaking area, this unlikely to resolve the problem entirely.
Most leaking in conservatories occurs due to poor quality roofing material which degrades over the years. Most often this happens when your conservatory roof is made of polycarbonate materials which warp due to temperature fluctuations.
Condensation is a common problem in conservatories (you can read our blog about conservatory condensation here). And although it seems like a harmless source of frustration, condensation can lead to mould which is extremely harmful to the lungs. If you have a persistent condensation problem in your conservatory, you need to consider replacing your roof.
3. Drafts Of Cold Air
If there’s a draft in your conservatory, this is a sure sign that it needs replacing. This will make the room uninhabitable in winter and is extremely inefficient in terms of energy consumption. Similar to leaks, drafts can come about for a number of reasons. In most cases, it happens because of sealant not be properly implemented or simply wearing over time.
There’s also a chance that it could be due to poor glazing, as conservatories are typically single glazed.
If the draft is not coming from the edges of your conservatory or any doors or windows, there could be a crack or damage to the roof which is letting cold air in.
4. Damage To Frames And Exterior Wear And Tear
If your conservatory looks like it’s seen better days, it probably has. If your frames are cracked or blistered and if there’s dark spots, scum and algae on the walls or roof, your conservatory probably needs a refresh. This kind of wear and tear is usually a visual signal that there are deeper structural, insulation or ventilation problems that need to be addressed before bigger problems ensue.
5. You’re Just Not Spending Any Time In Your Conservatory
A conservatory should be enjoyed. For most people, a conservatory is an investment and a positive addition to the home. If you’re not spending any time in your conservatory because it’s too cold, too warm, or generally uncomfortable, you should consider replacing your roof to transform it into a room you absolutely love.
If you recognise any of these signs, we strongly recommend considering replacing your conservatory roof.
As mentioned, this signs are usually symptomatic of deeper problems within your conservatory which will simply worsen over time if ignored.
At CosyRoof, we can replace your polycarbonate conservatory roof with a proper structure that takes just 2-3 days to install and has a 10 year insurance backed guarantee plus a 40 year guarantee on all our tiles.
We’ll give you a proper roof that’s energy efficient, reduces noise and sun glare and can be enjoyed year-round.
With a name like CosyRoof, you can probably guess that we’re all about the cosiness.
We believe your conservatory should be a snug, comfortable and inviting room that you want to spend time in. That’s why we’re loving this year’s biggest home and interiors buzzword – ‘Hygge’.
What Is Hygge?
Hygge (pronounced ‘hue gah’) is a Danish concept and a popular Scandinavian way of living. As Danish people are known around the world for being the happiest and most content people, ‘Hygge’ is slowly but surely infiltrating UK culture to become an emerging trend.
Like all of the best words, it doesn’t have any direct translation in English but it is the equivalent of that cosy feeling you get when you’re relaxed in front of a roaring fire, underneath a blanket, in your comfiest pyjamas with a nice hot drink, a good book and absolutely no distractions.
Every one’s own version of Hygge will be different but it simply embodies the notion of creating a nice warm atmosphere in which to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Bringing Hygge To Your Conservatory – 5 Ideas
1. Blankets, Cushions And Comfort
An immediate way to inject Hygge into your conservatory is to kit it out with an abundance of warm fluffy blankets and cushions. Texture and softness can add unmistakable comfort to a room, especially in autumn and winter.
2. Sweet Scent-sations
It’s around this time of year that all those gorgeous candle shops pop up, emitting their glorious festive scents. We all know the power of a good scented candle; not only does it fragrance a room but the warm glow of a candle is incredibly relaxing. There’s a reason why the Danish are the largest consumers of candles in the world per capita.
3. Musical Magic
Hygge really is about awakening all the senses, so when you’re spending some time in your conservatory, why not play some music? We’re not talking heavy metal or pounding dance tunes, but something soft, low and melodic that you can sit and appreciate in silence, in your stress-free sanctuary.
4. Create A Routine
If you make a point of spending a little bit of uninterrupted, self-indulgent ‘me-time’ in your conservatory every day, you’ll soon start to see it as your own special ‘Hygge space’ that you look forward to enjoying. They say it takes 30 consecutive days of practice to form a concrete routine, so start spending time in your conservatory today and within a month, it should be your favourite spot in the home.
5. The Simple Things
As Hygge is about the simple pleasures in life, if your conservatory is to take on this feeling, it has to include some of your favourite things. Put some of your best loved possessions, ornaments and photos in your conservatory to make it feel more welcoming and homely.
6. Invite friends
Hygge isn’t just exclusive to alone time; friends, family and good conversation are Hygge too. Invite some friends around or take some time out in the evening with your family in your conservatory. Enjoy some food, drinks and the kind of good chat that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Make sure your conservatory is equipped for Hygge
Hygge is cosiness and to achieve this feeling, your conservatory needs to be physically equipped for it. If your conservatory is poorly ventilated, it will be impossible to cultivate Hygge. If that’s the case, you might want to consider converting to a CosyRoof. Read more about our conservatory roof conversions.
Short answer? Yes! A conservatory can make a fantastic extra bedroom. It works especially well as a ‘sleepover room’ if you have young children who want their friends to stay, or perhaps as a spare room if you have guests of family members coming to visit.
That said, it’s not quite as easy as dragging a bed into your conservatory, adding some nice curtains and saying ‘voila!’
Converting your conservatory into a bedroom requires a bit of planning and forethought – especially if you’re thinking about transforming it into a permanent bedroom space that someone will sleep in every day of the year.
There’s a lot to think about and often a few significant practical measures to take before you can dive right in and get decorating your exciting new sleeping space.
Conservatories are built to be air and water tight to protect against the elements when winter takes hold. This does however mean that they are often not well ventilated.
As a result you might notice that your conservatory accumulates a lot of condensation which can contribute to dangerous damp and mould, making it practically uninhabitable for almost half the year and totally inappropriate to use as a bedroom.
If this sounds familiar, you may need to consider a conservatory roof conversion if you want to use the space as a bedroom.
At CosyRoof, our conservatory roofs are plastered and insulated to regulate the temperature year-round and prevent condensation. This means the room will be more comfortable and much safer, removing the risk of chest and lung illnesses attributed to damp and mould.
Similarly, heating can be an issue. Due to poor ventilation and insulation in conservatories, they can end up being way too hot in the summer but freezing in the winter. This means they can be difficult and expensive to heat, with most people resorting to using electric heaters to keep the space warm.
Converting to a CosyRoof will, again, help solve this problem and make your conservatory more fuel efficient, as the proper insulation makes it possible to retain the heat that would otherwise escape through a glass ceiling.
Double or triple glazing your conservatory windows will also help keep heat in. You may also want to think about draft excluding and perhaps fitting a thermal underlay beneath your flooring to stop heat escaping from there too.
Most of us like our bedrooms to be silent and peaceful at night, so if you’re turning your conservatory into a bedroom you’ll need to take noise into consideration.
Most conservatories are made of glass or polycarbonate which aren’t exactly sound proof materials. So, if your conservatory is close to a noisy main road, or an area where people tend to gather at night, it might not be the best idea to try and use it as a bedroom.
And in the UK, we unfortunately have to acknowledge the weather too. If you’ve ever spent a rainy afternoon in your conservatory you’ll know the incredible noise it makes. And while some might find it relaxing, others will not be happy to sleep through a torrential downpour pounding down
on the glass conservatory roof.
At CosyRoof, rain noise is one of the most common complaints we hear when consulting with new customers and thankfully our roofs are made up of layers that not only weatherproof your conservatory, but also eliminate rain noise too.
One of the benefits of having a conservatory is the light it brings to your home. But if you’re thinking about turning it into a bedroom this could be a drawback due to the glare and sunlight that creeps through in the early summer mornings.
To aid this, you might want to think about fitting some good quality black-out blinds and curtains. If this is ineffective, a tiled CosyRoof will stop the blinding sun coming through the ceiling and make the light more manageable.
Security should be at the forefront of your mind if you’re thinking about turning your conservatory into a permanently inhabited bedroom. When a conservatory is easy to see into, you should avoid keeping valuable items in sight to prevent opportunist theft.
Ensure that your conservatory is sufficiently locked and if necessary, you might want to think about having an alarm fitted.
If you want to turn your conservatory into a bedroom, get in touch with us to discuss converting to a Cosyroof to make the transition.
How To Prevent Condensation In Your Conservatory – 8 Great Tips
And as it gets a little chillier, you may have noticed some condensation in your conservatory. Perhaps the walls feel a little damp and maybe the floor is event wet.
If this occurs, don’t panic! Condensation is a common problem in conservatories which can be easily improved…
What Causes Condensation?
Conservatories are built to be air and water tight which is great for keeping the heat in and protecting against the wind and rain at this time of year.
This does mean that your conservatory isn’t always well ventilated and, as the temperature drops outside, warm water vapour can build up and turn to liquid as it hits the cold glass surfaces in your conservatory.
The Problem With Condensation In Your Conservatory
Condensation might seem like a harmless inconvenience but if it’s not addressed, it can actually lead to some pretty serious issues.
Condensation is a cause of damp which can result in mould. Mould not only damages fabric and surfaces but it can also create health problems for you and your family, such as illnesses of the throat and lungs.
It’s therefore of the utmost importance that you try to prevent condensation in your conservatory before it has the chance to lead to troublesome mould.
How To Prevent Condensation In Your Conservatory – 8 Great Tips
1. Ventilate Your Conservatory
The key to preventing condensation is good ventilation. It might seem a little counter intuitive, but keep the room warm (using a portable heater if necessary) and leave windows slightly ajar for a few hours each day to let the air circulate. Keeping the door open, from the conservatory to the rest of your home, will also help reduce the risk of condensation.
2. Ventilate Your Entire Home
It’s worth ensuring that the rest of your home well aired too, to prevent any build-up of excess moisture. Keep doors open and use cooker hoods and extractor fans when cooking, bathing or washing clothes. If you haven’t already; think about moving your tumble dryer outside of the house as these appliances are major culprits of adding moisture to your home in the winter months.
3. When Drying Clothes…
Don’t leave laundry to dry in your conservatory is this will only contribute to the moisture levels.
4. Install Trickle Vents
Have trickle vents fitted when installing your windows. These little slots that are positioned at the top of your window, a
5. Or Try Condensation Catchers
If installing trickle vents simply isn’t feasible, try the cheaper and lower commitment option of placing condensation catchers on your window sill. These are absorbent strips that catch the moisture to stop it leading to damp.
6. Avoid Having Too Many Plants In Your Conservatory
While plants might be a nice aesthetic addition to your conservatory, they do produce moisture so it might be best to move them outside for the winter months.
7. Double Glazing
Double glazing your conservatory may also help with condensation as it will increase the temperature of the surfaces inside.
8. Put A Dehumidifier In Your Conservatory
If you’ve already tried some of the tips mentioned and the condensation problem is persisting in your conservatory, you can place a dehumidifier in the room to try take away some moisture.
Get A CosyRoof
Although all the tips mentioned above will help improve your condensation issues, they won’t resolve the problem completely.
Instead, you might want to consider converting to a CosyRoof which is properly tiled, fully insulated and breathable. Having a CosyRoof, rather than a glass ceiling will help as there will be one less cold surface on which condensation could form.
The temperature control that CosyRoof offers also stops your conservatory from getting too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer.
The kids are back at school, the clocks are going back and we have all noticed the tins of sweets on our supermarket shelves for Christmas. Winter is here folks!
For most, winter means open fires, mugs of hot tea and escaping the elements somewhere warm and cosy. However for those homeowners with conservatories, when the winter chill arrives, they are faced with the disappointing and frustrating task of abandoning their beloved conservatories and putting them into hibernation until the spring.
However, with a CosyRoof conservatory roof conversion, our thermal insulation system makes it possible to retain the heat in your conservatory which would otherwise escape through the glass roof. Rather than pump you’re hard earned money into heating a conservatory with a glass roof, invest in a long term solution that will enable fuel efficiency and give you a comfortable living space all year round.
In just 2-3 days, our specialist CosyRoof team can convert your conservatory roof to a solid, tiled roof, leaving your walls, windows and doors undisturbed and leaving you with a warm, snug space in your home in which you can enjoy the festive months with family and friends.
It could not be any easier!
When it comes to your conservatory this winter you should also take the following into consideration when it comes to keeping your conservatory warm:
Unfortunately, glass is never going to be great insulator but double or triple glazed windows in your conservatory will certainly make a huge difference. It’s important to bear in mind that as the majority of conservatories are made mostly of glass, this is where the majority of heat is lost and it is therefore worthwhile to give this a thought.
A draught proofed door and blocking off any other draughty areas in your conservatory will help retain the heat in this space. There are many tools and gadgets on the market to help draught proof your conservatory such as this PVC Covering Self Adhesive Draught Excluder from B&Q.
Curtains and Blinds
Apart from making your conservatory look the part, curtains and blinds can be useful in both attracting and retaining heat for your conservatory. During the day, if the sun is out, it is advisable to open your blinds or curtains to let the light into the room. When the sun has gone, by closing the blinds or curtains, you can retain the heat as it will not escape through the glass.
Even though most heat rises and will leave your conservatory through the glass, sometimes heat can be lost through the floor as well. If you’re like me and walk around the house with no shoes on, if the floor is cold then your conservatory is going to feel even colder than it actually is. It can be as simple as adding a rug or some carpet or even adding an insulation layer with your underlay.
So, there are options out there. You do not have to suffer another winter with a cold, underutilised and wasted conservatory space. Instead, you could be spending the festive season in a fully insulated, warm and cosy room to enjoy with family and friends.
The benefits of a CosyRoof conversion in terms of longevity, thermal insulation, fast installation time and more importantly giving you the opportunity to get the best value from your conservatory will give you piece of mind.
The garden is in full bloom, the kids are off school and the sun is shining. Where else would you be enjoying the good weather other than in your conservatory right? That extension of your home that brings the outside in, where you can entertain friends or let the kids enjoy the light airy space. The reality is that we hear all too often that this promise falls short and your conservatory is too hot in summer making it feel more like a greenhouse a conservatory for you to enjoy.
Consequently, so many conservatory owners under utilise their conservatory space and simply do not get the value from it. Suddenly all the advantages of building the conservatory seem to be outweighed by the fact that climate control is prohibiting you from enjoying your extra living space.
So, if you’re conservatory is too hot in summer, our CosyRoof system is a fantastic lightweight solution that will regulate the temperature of your conservatory to ensure it’s a pleasant temperature whatever the season. In addition to reducing the temperature of your conservatory during the summer, a CosyRoof’s tiled conservatory roof removes all rain noise and significantly reduces sun glare meaning there is no need to install conservatory blinds. Our tiled roof system is so energy efficient that it qualifies for reduced VAT of just 5%.
Converting your conservatory roof to a CosyRoof will enable you to transform your interior. The plastered, fully insulated ceiling will make this room feel like an extension of your home, suitable for all occasions either for all the family or for a more relaxing environment in the garden just for you.
The longevity and versatility of a CosyRoof means that you could even use your conservatory to expand existing living areas e.g. kitchen or dining room, we want our solution to adapt seamlessly to your life, whatever your needs both now and in the future.
So, if you are tired of admiring your conservatory from your living room because it is too hot in summer, transform it with a CosyRoof into an extended living space that will be suitable all year round, sunshine, rain, hail or snow!
Less is more,with home owners of today. Gone are the days when the conservatory was just a place to sit and read the papers. A conservatory for home owners of today is often an extension of their home which extends into their garden. Because the home is naturally a beautiful place to be.
A conservatory offers modern day living which doesn’t require planning permission yet can add significant value to a property. How home owners use their conservatory varies from property to property, some might use it as a playroom, some as a dining area and some might extend their kitchen into this space. However something that remains consistently the same from home to home is the conservatory offers a place to sit, entertain and enjoy life.
Overtime conservatory furniture has evolved, gone are the days of matching wicker chairs and side table which were complimented with the red floral cushions. Conservatory furniture of today offers home owners with a modern contemporary style to suit all lifestyles, designs and budgets.
Rattan furniture is trend that refuses to go out of style. It’s perfect for conservatory living as its offers a range of lifestyle options with sets being widely available from home improvements stores to high street supermarkets.
A key trend of home owners of today is to use the conservatory as a dining area. By placing modern dining furniture into your conservatory offers home owners with the illusion of dining Alfresco all year round. Especially if they have went the extra mile by adding a wood burning stove!
Making the most out of the natural light which your conservatory floods into your home is essential. By using a natural colour scheme and soft furnishings makes the conservatory an inviting place to watch the seasons change and watch new life flourish in your garden.
A conservatory really is a place to be enjoyed all year round. It’s for all ages to enjoy life, make memories and watch the seasons change. It’s a personal space each but it’s more enjoyable when it’s insulated, warm and inviting.
As the days get longer, brighter and warmer you might find that you migrate from the living room to your conservatory, to make the most out your garden views. This is extremely true in my house.
But with this often comes the want to buy plants to try and bring the outside in or add a hint of the tropics to your conservatory. But how do you know which house plants are suitable for your conservatory? Here are our top 5 conservatory plants -
The Hibiscus is my personal favourite conservatory plant as it flowers from spring to autumn. An exotic flowering plant which loves nothing more than to be placed in a bright, sunny and well ventilated conservatory. The Hibiscus likes to be well watered during growing season and won’t appreciate being left to dehydrate. For the best flowering results deadhead wilting flowers to encourage new growth.
The Bougainvillea is a leafy, shabby climber commonly available in pink or white flower, pink is my personal favourite. The Bougainvillea is a half-hardy plant that will thrive when positioned in a bright sunny position but make sure it is protected from direct sunlight. The Bougainvillea flowers from spring to summer and likes to be well watered. They are prone to whitefly so keep those spray guns at hand to treat weekly. The Bougainvillea is a beautiful bright flowering plant and if you’ve ever visited the Canary Islands you would have noticed them growing wildly.
3. Mini Calamondin Tree
A mini orange tree to you or me not only looks stunning but also smells amazing. The Mini Calamondin is easy to look after, even for a novice and loves nothing more than being placed in a bright sunny location, making it perfect for your conservatory. If cared for correctly this exotic plant will flower up to four times a year. Like most conservatory plants the mini orange tree likes to be well watered however it prefers to be thoroughly dried between watering. Great for those who live a busy life or are a bit forgetful!
4. Venus flytrap
The Venus flytrap is not only great to look at but is even easier to look after. This insect eating plant is a great conversation started for any visitor but it is also a great way to educate your children or grandchild on gardening. This plant will thrive in a conservatory next to a window and likes to be well watered and will not appreciate being neglected.
The Yucca plant is the ideal plant for any conservatory and will look amazing positioned in any corner. This is a low maintenance plant which loves plenty of sunlight and again likes to be well watered. The yucca likes to be well watered and failing to do this will result in your yucca getting a much said looking appearance with droopy leaves. My top tip for keeping your yucca leaves nice and health looking is to damp them down with milk every so often. My Nanna always did this and I’ve continued her routine and her yucca is fast approaching its 15 birthday.
How to Stop Rain Noise and Sun Glare on your Conservatory Roof
In the conservatory business, we’ve met countless customers who have specifically asked us how they can stop the rain noise and sun glare on their conservatory roofs that makes their conservatories virtually unusable for the majority of the year. The explanation behind this is simple: conventional clear-roofed systems have few insulating properties leaving their structures vulnerable to adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain and intense sunlight. This is where we come in.
At CosyRoof, we understand the intricacies of roofing. It was this knowledge that led to the creation of our unique service which prevents rain noise and sun glare on your conservatory roof. While our weather leaves a lot to be desired; our roofing doesn’t. At the centre of our business is an understanding of our national weather system and how it can affect roofing and, in turn, our experiences within the home. In Britain and Ireland, we love the luxury of the conservatory space but unfortunately do not have the luxury weather to necessarily suit it.
Recognising the limitations of standard conservatory roofing, CosyRoof created a unique system that transforms that climate-challenged conservatory into a cosy room. By stopping rain noise and sun glare, the conservatory space automatically becomes much more usable throughout the entire year, giving you true comfort in your home.
How do we prevent rain noise and sun glare? CosyRoof’s originality lies in the actual structure of our roofing. Aside from being visually stunning, our fully tested roofing system uses high performance materials throughout, ensuring high quality insulation and temperature control; two problems which the common conservatory often encounters. Whatever the season, we can regulate the room temperature to provide you with the perfect conditions for relaxing.
As one particular customer commented: “The horrific noise when it rained made our conservatory unusable. I contacted five companies about a roof with velux windows. Four tried to talk me out of it. Only the CosyRoof surveyor said it was possible.” This complaint is frequent and while we can’t stop the rain from falling or the sun from shining, we can provide a solution to their adverse effects. Unlike traditional companies who use glass and polycarbonate roofs - non immune from the outside elements - our tiling is made up of layers, all designed to effectively weatherproof your conservatory. To summarise: we use eight layers for durability and weatherproofing, placed atop breathable felt and lathe. The fully installed ceiling consists of 75mm of insulation between the rafters, 9.5mm thick plasterboard, 3mm of bonding and 3mm of finished plaster - all of which provides excellent thermal properties.
CosyRoof has been firmly established as the UK’s leading conservatory climate control specialists covering the whole of the UK and ROI. A CosyRoof conservatory transformation means quality that lasts and lasts. No sticking-plaster or halfway house fix, but a durable long-term solution that can significantly reduce the occurrence of rain noise and sun glare, giving you less annoyance and more enjoyment in the home.
We believe the conservatory is a sacred place within the home that provides a sense of peace and serenity that other rooms can not. By fully protecting the space from the distractions of the outside world, we can help maximise your experience and give you the room you’ve always dreamed of.
You’ve seen us in the papers, you’ve heard us on the radio - now you’re going to see us on your TV screens. We’ve been working behind the scenes on our first TV advert and we’re so excited for it to get its’ first airing next week. In fact, we’re so excited we’re finding it hard to keep it to ourselves…so we’re giving you a sneaky preview right here!
Mrs Fiddis was experiencing a lot of problems with her conservatory - clothes were damp if they were left in the conservatory, drafts from the conservatory were filtering through to the rest of the house. She contacted CosyRoof and was soon on her way to a hassle-free, comfy, cosy conservatory.
Watch her customer story to find out how she found her CosyRoof experience:
“The CosyRoof sales person who came out knew everything, every question we had to ask…”
“They couldn’t have done anything better. Everything they did was very slick and very professional.”
CosyRoof transformed Mrs Fiddis’ problematic conservatory into a usable space all year round and improved the quality of their family living space. To transform your conservatory, why not give us a call today or fill in our no-obligation ‘Get A Quote’ form.
Spring has finally sprung in the UK but the typically British climate means we don’t often have the chance to get outside and enjoy it. So why not bring the outside in?
Experience the great outdoors from the comfort of your own conservatory by giving it a fresh feel with botanical prints, floral accessories and some au natural additions.
Wicker / Cane Furniture
Add a little bit of nature to your conservatory, starting with wicker or cane furniture. There are some great, hard-wearing Rattan pieces on the market today in a variety of colours. Choose wicker for your entire furniture collection within the conservatory or simply add signature pieces such as coffee tables, storage baskets or foot stools.
Botanical Print Décor
Inject some beautiful blooms in your conservatory this spring through botanical prints on curtains, blinds & wallpapers. A floral print on blinds will block out any harsh sun glare whilst still injecting a pretty glow within the conservatory. Adding paper with a fine botanical print can add warmth to conservatory walls or why not go all out with a bright, bold motif on a feature wall to add some serious oomph!
Living in Great Britain, we can’t always walk barefoot along side Mother Nature – unless of course you bring ‘Mother Nature’ home. Kick off your shoes and enjoy the soft texture of a floral print rug or a faux grass mat on your feet.
You could quite literally bring the outdoors indoors and create a beautiful garden room to immerse yourself in. Delicate snowdrops, vibrant tulips or a pastel coloured crocus would make the ideal plant for a cooler conservatory whilst a Hibiscus plant, an exotic African Violet or a plant pot full of Bromeliads would be the perfect addition to a warmer conservatory and induce a tropical rainforest feel. Adding a climber such as Jasminum can also spring your conservatory into style!
If you’re the ‘could kill a cactus’ type, you could always cheat by adding vases of artificial flowers to your conservatory or introduce flowers via accessories. Adorn you’re conservatory furniture with floral print cushions, protect your coffee table with floral print coasters or display cherished family photos in ornate floral frames.
There’s a multitude of ways to create a fresh, feminine, floral feel to your conservatory this spring so take our ideas and run with them – you’ll have a bloomin’ beautiful conservatory in no time!
Once you submit your ‘Get A Quote’ form, you can expect to hear from a CosyRoof representative within 24 hours. We can arrange a date for CosyRoof staff to visit you onsite if you wish, to discuss optional extras such as velux windows for your conservatory or view one of our many customer video stories. Once you’re happy with all your options, we’ll give you a start date. From that start date, building work will be complete between 3-5 days. So you see, it’s easy as 1,2,3 to get a CosyRoof conservatory!
When considering adding a conservatory to your house, the trickiest questions you had to ask yourself were ‘How much can we afford?’ ‘What conservatory shape will we go for?’ and ‘Where will we build it?’. But just when you think you’ve considered everything, the builders come in and baffle you with questions about glass types and glazing for your conservatory windows.
We know that can be confusing so as conservatory climate control specialists, let us break down the conservatory jargon for you!
U Values: this refers to the measurement of heat transfer through a material (the lower the U Value, the better the insulation)
WER: this means Window Energy Ratings which is why you may see or hear of A, B or C rated windows
Polycarbonate: this is a lightweight, multi-wall sheet used for insulation purposes
Solar Factors: this is the amount of solar energy that is able to radiate through a specific type of glass
Low E Glass: this stands for low emissivity glass which means it has better thermal performance and keeps heat in
Toughened Glass: this type of glass is up to 5 times stronger than normal glass and is often referred to as safety glass
Light Transmittance Value: this is the level of light that can be transmitted through a particular type of glass
Warm Edge Spacer: this reduces heat loss around the perimeter of the glass unit
N.B – The type of conservatory glass you choose may have implications on the type of activity you plan to undertake in your conservatory. For example, the type of glass used in the windows of your conservatory would be very different if you plan to use the conservatory as a greenhouse as opposed to a cosy room where the kids can play on a wet day.
When you invested in a conservatory, you probably envisaged a space where you could escape the elements outside, cosy up with a nice cup of tea or a book and embrace the warmth and peace and quiet your new room offered – but over time, you’ve discovered there is nothing cosy about your conservatory.
You have 2 options: insulate your conservatory roof or convert your conservatory roof.
But before you make a decision, you need to weigh up the pros and cons of conservatory roof insulation and conservatory roof conversion to ensure you’re making the right investment and fixing the problem at hand. As conservatory climate control specialists, we know exactly what we’d be advising you to do but let us give you the pros and cons for each option and enable you to make an informed decision yourself.
Roof Insulation Pros
Cheaper than a roof conversion Only a short term fix
Roof Insulation Cons
Can cause other issues (e.g. leaking)
Climate control issues eliminated
Roof Conversion Pros
Long term investment for your home
Completed within 3 days
Allows for greater design options
Could contribute to reduced heating bills
More expensive than roof insulation
Roof Conversion Cons
Adding multi-layered insulation to your conservatory roof is a quick fix but it still doesn’t ensure your conservatory will be warm in winter and cool in the summer as heat and cold transfer through glass will still occur. Insulation also increases the chance of condensation occurring between the glass and insulation sheets, which can lead to leaks. So whilst insulation may be the cheaper option now, it does come with the risk of increased costs further down the line.
The long term (best) option is to opt for a conservatory roof conversion. A conservatory roof conversion allows you to keep your existing walls, doors and windows but add a lightweight roofing system that will transform your conservatory into a usable room, all year round.
So if you’re considering making changes to your conservatory, choose the right choice; choose CosyRoof!
So you’ve had a conservatory roof conversion and now have a usable room all year round but the big question is – what are you going to use that room for?
CosyRoof don’t just convert conservatories, we also convert your way of thinking about conservatories too! Check out our top ’10 Ways to Use Your Conservatory’ for inspiration on how you can make the most of that additional space…
Ways to Use Your Conservatory: #10 – Greenhouse
A greenhouse was the original purpose of a conservatory so why not stick to tradition and use it for this purpose? With its’ climate control qualities, a conservatory with a CosyRoof would be the ideal space to nourish and nurture your plants.
Ways to Use Your Conservatory: #9 - Children’s Playroom
Fed up of tripping over trikes, trucks and teddies? Or finding felt tip pen on your sofa cushions? Then use your conservatory as a playroom for the kids!
Give them their own designated play area where they can enjoy hours of fun out of the way and where you can keep the ever growing set of toys they have.
Ways to Use Your Conservatory: #8 - Bedroom
Why not turn your conservatory into an extra bedroom? Everyone could do with a guest bedroom for when the extended family come to stay, or when the children want to have a sleepover.
With a CosyRoof guaranteeing your conservatory to stay warm in winter and cool in summer, it’s the ideal space for another bedroom.
Ways to Use Your Conservatory: #7 - Dining Room
Turning your conservatory into a dining room allows you that ‘al fresco’ dining experience without worrying about the UK weather.
Whether you use it every evening for family dinners or on special occasions such as Christmas and Birthdays when you’re feeding the extended family, turning your conservatory into a dining room is a great (and very popular) idea!
Ways to Use Your Conservatory: #6 - Kitchen
Kitchen too cramped to cook? Why not expand it to the conservatory!
Using a conservatory as a kitchen is a popular choice and a great space saver. It also takes care of those not-so-pleasant cooking smells that lingered around the house before.
Ways to Use Your Conservatory: #5 - Storage Space
You can never have too much storage!A conservatory can be a great space to store away the kids toys when they’ve finished playing. It can also be a great space for book shelves and DVD/CD racks too.
Some people choose to use their conservatory as a bit of a display cabinet - a place to store and showcase their family pictures, their medals and trophies, their certificates of achievement etc.
Alternatively, a conservatory can be a great place to hide your ironing or washing out of view of visitors! (shusss, we won’t tell anyone…)
Ways to Use Your Conservatory: #4 - Office Space
Need office space? Look no further than your conservatory! Maybe you’re self employed, operating a business from your own home or just have the luxury of working from home on the odd occasion. Whatever you’re employment status, turning your conservatory into an office could be a very productive idea!
Using your conservatory as an office allows you to separate your work life from your home life. It provides you with a quiet space to hold meetings and conference calls.
And when it’s not being used as your office, it can be a great homework/study area for the children too!
Ways to Use Your Conservatory: #3 - Relaxation Room
This is one for the mums! Turn your conservatory into your own little den for some quality ‘me’ time. Fill it with comfy textiles, aromatherapy candles, books and magazines and relax in the peace and quiet under a CosyRoof.
A conservatory is a popular room to enjoy some relaxation - a little escape haven for those times when you need to ‘get out of the house’.
Ways to Use Your Conservatory: #2 - Bachelor Pad
This is one for the dads! Turning your conservatory into a bachelor pad is a popular choice and will certainly make you one of the lads…
Fill your conservatory with a pool table, a dart board, some plasma screens, a mini fridge full of alcoholic beverages and voila…instant ‘cool’ status.
Ways to Use Your Conservatory: #1 - Swimming Pool
Ok so it’s a little bit out there and nothing but a dream to most of us but it is possible…
After you have fitted a CosyRoof insulation system, the next step you will want to take is looking into your home heat loss. We have provided 5 simple tips below that can make a huge difference in your heat loss prevention. With heating & energy costs always on the up, following these tips can save you hundreds of pounds over the year.
7 Home Heat Loss Tips
Loft Insulation: We all know heat rises, if you insulate your loft between the rafters, then a complete layer of insulation over this totally about 270mm. This can save the average household £175 per annum. Please not it is worthwhile lagging all pipework in your loft as it will be considerably colder due to your reduction in heat traveling into the roof space.
Draft-proof Windows & Doors: Without question this is the cheapest way to save by closing out unwanted ventilation.
Improving Window Glazing: It may be expensive to replace your windows to Energy Efficiency A and take forever and a day to get your investment back. However, it is worthwhile sealing all the glazing units and buying inexpensive glazing film from a good hardware store. This could reduce your heat loss through your windows by more than 20%.
Insulate Your Water Tank: A good cylinder jacket around your tank will keep your household hot water warmer longer. It is also worthwhile lagging associated pipes.
Yes Haggle: This may seam an odd one. Perhaps it is not heat loss but its money saving. You can save hundreds of pounds per year by haggling with energy suppliers to get better pricing on your utilities. In years gone by loyalty got you better pricing, however, now loyalty hits your pocket. Treat it like a job and shop around, it could perhaps be your best days work of the year.
Fires: You can buy insulation balloons for your chimney that can dramatically cut down drafts. Please Note: This is only for households that no longer use their fire.
Radiators: We are all tempted to use radiators to dry clothing, don’t! This smothers heat. In addition to this place tin foil down the backs of radiators and this will deflect heat into the your home rather than through the walls.
13 Money Saving Tips to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
As climate control specialists, we understand more than most the importance of a cosy home during the winter months but heating your home results in increased energy bills which isn’t ideal…especially when UK homes are already feeling the pinch this winter due to rises in fuel costs!
But you don’t need to worry about those things – CosyRoof are giving you an early Christmas present for 2013…13 money saving tips to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Heating timers – it seems an obvious one but some many people neglect to use their heating timers. Setting a timer means you won’t be wasting money heating a house that’s vacant whilst you’re at work or when you have to dash out at the last minute on an unexpected errand.
Radiator requirements – are all the radiators in your house turned on? That’s a money waster right there…only heat the areas you’re using for any length of time. Spare rooms, kitchens, hallways & corridors can all be switched off to save some pennies.
Feel the heat – if you’ve switched on your heating, don’t then block it out by covering radiators with clothes or towels you had drying there the day before! Free up your radiators. That goes for furniture as well…pull furniture away from heating appliances so heat can disperse – this means you won’t have to have your heating on as long to fully heat a room.
Close doors – again, simple but so effective & something the majority of people fail to do. Don’t just ‘close them over’, close them tight to keep heat in. This will also reduce the length of time it takes to fully heat a room.
Curtain Calls – curtains & blinds are aesthetically pleasing in a room but they also have practical functionality too! Close blinds & pull curtains when heating is on to block out draughts & lock in the heat.
Draught excluders – energy efficiency in a home is significantly reduced due to gaps in windows & doors. Sealing these gaps professionally is your best long-term option but in the short term, many home interior companies sell a range of draught excluders that will match or compliment your existing décor.
Turn your temperature down – yes, that’s right, down! Heating your home can be up to 10% more cost effective if you reduce your temperature by just one degree. Most adults should be at a cosy level of warmth in a room of 18C.
Water Waste – 14%-25% of the energy consumed in a home is through heating water. If you leave a hot water tap dripping after use, that’s a heck of a lot of water waste – enough to fill half a bath per week in fact!
Standby – think how much money electricity companies make solely from home appliances alone that are on ‘standby’. If they’re not needed in the immediate future, turn off anything with that little red light! Unplug tv’s, kettles, mobile phone charges, computers & laptops to reduce your electricity bills.
Energy saving bulbs – according to Uswitch, lighting equates to around 10%-20% of your electricity bill. You can significantly reduce your electricity consumption by switching to energy efficient light bulbs.
Smart lighting – if energy bulbs aren’t your thing, why not introduce energy saving devices instead? Motion sensor lights & dimmer switches are ‘fancy’ lighting options people put in place to add something to a room but they’ll also add pounds to your pockets by reducing your electricity consumption. Combine lighting devices with energy saving light bulbs for double the impact!
Holiday lighting – Festive lights account for a substantial portion of your December energy bills but we’re not suggesting be a scrooge & forfeit Christmas light altogether…just make the switch to LED holiday lights. LED lights are 75% more efficient & last 25 times longer than standard lights.
Do a home energy check – see how energy efficient your home really is with a home energy check. It’ll provide you with recommendations on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency & ways to reduce your energy bills. It will also give you some ammunition to tackle your energy providers with when it comes to negotiating your new energy tariff for 2014.
Be cost-effectively cosy this Christmas with CosyRoof money saving tips on how to heat your home for less!
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