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Conservatories have been a popular addition to homes for many years, providing extra space for relaxing, dining, or entertaining. However, over time, they can become outdated and in need of refurbishment. And with the news that older conservatories could knock up to £15,000 off the average home’s sale price, you might be thinking about what to do with them. But all is not lost. The good news is that it is possible to refurbish an existing conservatory and transform it into a living space that meets your current needs and preferences.
For modern conservatory ideas and modern conservatory design, here are some of the things you need to consider when refurbishing an existing conservatory:
Check the condition of the existing structure
Before starting any refurbishment work, it is important to check the condition of the existing structure. Look for any signs of damage, such as cracks or leaks, and ensure that the foundations and supporting walls are still stable. If there are any major structural issues, it may be necessary to carry out more extensive repair work or even replace the entire conservatory.
Upgrade the roof
One of the most significant ways to refurbish an existing conservatory is to upgrade the roof. If the existing roof is made of polycarbonate or glass, it may not be very energy-efficient, and can get very hot in summer and very cold in winter. Replacing the roof with a modern, insulated option, including a new glazed or tiled roof, or a solid roof, which combines both glass and tiles, can make a significant difference to the comfort of your existing conservatory. You can decide how much natural light you want to come through into your conservatory while a solid roof will also allow for the installation of spotlights or downlights, making the living space more of an extension of your home.
Not only will a new conservatory roof allow you to use your conservatory space all year round, but it also reduces the pressure on energy bills as it will stay warmer for longer in winter and remain cool through the summer months. Furthermore, if you opt for a modern tiled conservatory roof replacement, it will create the illusion of a full extension without any of the extra hassle involved.
Replace the windows and doors
If the windows and doors in your conservatory are old or outdated, replacing them can be a cost-effective way to give the space a new lease of life. Upgrading to modern, energy-efficient double glazed units will help to retain heat in the winter and keep the space cool in the summer. You can also opt for bifold or sliding patio doors that open fully to create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living.
Update your conservatory glass
Upgrading the glass in your conservatory, both in the windows and the roof, can bring it into the modern age with the help of innovative glazing technology. With A+ energy ratings easily attainable, double glazing options like Comfort Glass for windows offer exceptional performance. The glass boasts a thin coating that allows heat to enter from the sun, but then reflects it back into the conservatory, which effectively reduces heating demand and cuts energy bills. Additionally, the glass features a specialized coating that allows just the right amount of sunlight in, keeping the space warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
A glass conservatory roof with high performing glass also provides incredibly low U values for greater thermal performances, is solar controlled to deflect the heat of the sun when it reaches a comfortable temperature and can be self-cleaning thanks to an ultra-thin coating that reacts with daylight to break down dirt, keeping your conservatory gleaming for longer.
Open up your conservatory
If you want to enhance the flow and layout of traffic in and around your conservatory living space, going open plan could be an effective solution. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if your plans involve removing doors, windows, or walls that currently separate your conservatory from the rest of your house, you’ll need to obtain Building Regulation approval before proceeding. One option to consider is adding bi-fold or sliding patio doors, which can serve as a stunning focal point in your conservatory and create a seamless transition to your garden thanks to their clean lines. Alternatively, you could opt for floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, which would allow you to bring the outside in and maximize natural light, resulting in a truly modern living space.
Update the interior
Refurbishing the interior of your existing conservatory can also make a big difference to its overall appearance and functionality. This can be as simple as repainting the walls or adding new curtains or blinds, or as complex as adding new furniture, lighting, and decor. You can also add additional features such as a bar area or a home cinema system to make the space more functional and enjoyable, or use it as another style of room, such as a dining room, sunroom or living room.
In conclusion, refurbishing an existing conservatory is a great way to breathe new life into the space and make it more functional and enjoyable to use. By upgrading the roof, windows and doors, and updating the interior, you can transform your existing conservatory into a comfortable, functional space that complements your current lifestyle.
Modern conservatories with SEH BAC
As FENSA-approved installers, you can put your absolute trust in us and our installers on planning permission and to ensure building regulation compliance is continually maintained. We can provide tiled, glass and solid conservatory roof replacements, as well as a roof lantern.
Our windows are available in practical uPVC or premium aluminium frames and our doors are made-to-measure in high-quality uPVC, aluminium, or robust composite materials. Take a look at our seasonal offers, visit your closest SEH BAC showroom, or contact us for conservatory ideas to modernise your conservatory on your South East home today. It is the perfect home improvement.