One of the first questions customers ask us when they are considering replacing their conservatory roof is: How much does a tiled conservatory roof replacement cost?
Replacing your conservatory roof certainly isn’t going to be cheap so it’s important that you have realistic expectations prior to seeking quotations.
Replacing your polycarbonate roof with a solid tiled option runs into thousands (not hundreds) and can actually cost as much as the existing conservatory cost to erect in the first place. We have known this comes as quite a shock to some consumers who have contacted us for advice.
But you have to put this into perspective. Installing a tiled conservatory roof to your existing conservatory turns your temporary structure into a permanent home extension. And when you think of it in these terms, the costs are relative!
Where costs are concerned, there are only really four things that determine the overall cost:
Where it might be tempting to go for a ‘cheap’ option to keep the cost down, this will probably involve cladding over your old roof structure. This is bad practice and not one we exercise at Ploughcroft. We only recommend high-standard, fully approved options when making any improvement to your home.
Every conservatory roof replacement we have installed has been different. Where the initial principles are the same, each customer is an individual with individual preferences, budgets, and tastes.
However, the basic fundamentals are the same, and every conservatory we price includes the following as standard:
As an example, a standard EQUINOX 3m x 4m conservatory roof replacement in SlateSkin would cost in the region of £7,500.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, a 10m x 4m Ultraroof™ conservatory roof replacement in SlateSkin with 4 x glass rooflights would cost in the region of £20,000.
Our conservatory roof replacements come with a choice of roof coverings, Lightweight SlateSkin being the most popular. A slightly cheaper option is the metal Metro-tile alternative. The Metro-tiles are not as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as the lightweight slate options but would come in at approx. 10% cheaper than the SlateSkin option by comparison.
Should the design of your conservatory be complicated and unsuitable for SlateSkin, individual Tapco lightweight slate can be used as an alternative. This works out slightly more expensive due to the time it takes to lay the individual slates. You should expect to pay approx. 5% more than the SlateSkin option.
We always deal with the Building Regulation approval on your behalf and the costs are included in our quotations. Just for your information, these cost approx. £250 per application.
There are several things you can add to personalise your new conservatory which will increase the original basic price point, but in the main, these come down to your individual preference, taste, and budget.
The most common are:
We find that a lot of the older style conservatories have central fans or pendant lights installed. As these are no longer fashionable, most customers opt to have these removed. Removing these and adding modern, energy-efficient spotlights will add between £400 & £600, depending on the size of your conservatory.
A solid roof obviously makes your conservatory slightly darker than having a polycarbonate roof, but we have found that it’s not usually necessary to add extra roof windows. However, it’s a personal preference, and customers do tend to be sceptical that their conservatory will be bright enough. Adding VELUX windows will add approximately £450 per window. A little more should you want blinds installing!
Some systems, such as Ultraframe’s Ultraroof™ allow for stunning solid, contemporary, glass rooflights, and these vary in price depending on the size and shape of the glass panels and just how many you fancy installing. But to give you some indication, budget £500 per panel.
The above are all optional, but if you are anything like us, and you just have to have the whole caboodle, then knowing the costs will help you budget for your project!
Replacing your conservatory roof shouldn’t incur too many hidden costs but there are a few things you need to consider. These are really down to choice rather than necessity.
Doing any renovation works is a dirty job. No matter how clean our staff (and they are pretty good by industry standards) your property will be pretty dusty throughout the works. You may, therefore, want to consider budgeting for a cleaning company to do a spring clean once the works have been carried out.
Your new insulated conservatory roof replacement will be plastered internally but will need decorating once dry. So, unless you are a dab hand with a paintbrush, you might need to employ a decorator. Remember that even though it’s only one storey, it is pretty difficult to paint ceilings and obtain a professional finish, especially around roof windows. And if you are anything like us, you will want the whole conservatory freshening up with a lick of paint and looking the bee’s knees once it’s done!
We use a reasonably priced decorator should you need their help after your conservatory is complete.
At Ploughcroft we do not employ ‘Salespeople’. We are not a double-glazing outfit either! All our installers are qualified roofers and not UPVC window installers. All our surveys are carried out by our Director, Chris Hopkins, who is a qualified roofer and building engineer. As such you can be sure that we will give you the very best advice where your new conservatory roof is concerned.