We love our conservatories but, unfortunately, it is a well-known fact they many are not the warmest of rooms in the winter months. Our favourite room should not be neglected or avoided over the hassle of wrapping up warm in our own homes.
Conservatories should be enjoyed all year round, they offer us a chance to enjoy our gardens and outdoor spaces with protection from the elements.
Personally, I love the joy of watching the local wildlife, especially birds, from my conservatory windows. I always ensure there is plenty of birdseed available to entice them to my patio. For a short-term solution, you can try to heat up your conservatory quickly or invest in a conservatory heater but if you want a long-term solution that doesn’t raise your energy bills, you can install insulation in the room to keep it toasty all year long.
Why Should I Insulate My Conservatory?
Depending on the age of your conservatory, you may be losing a substantial amount of heat from the glass. While you could opt to insulate all your windows, the most effective and cost-efficient way is to just focus on the roof.
As heat rises, this is where most is being lost which really contributes to a chilly conservatory. On the flip side, the roof actually preserves heat in the summer. When the sun beats down on the glass it traps the sun’s rays inside and can make the room unbearable during heatwaves, giving off a greenhouse effect. Great for your conservatory plants, but perhaps not for you. Proper conservatory insulation can help with this problem in both weather extremes.
Can I Insulate My Conservatory Roof Myself?
Depending on your abilities and time, you can certainly insulate your own roof. Firstly, you need to consider your own safety. Do you have a ladder that is tall enough that you do not have to do any unnecessary reaching and someone who can ensure your safety while you are on it?
Are you able to manage any weight of your conservatory insulation kit and do you have the correct tools available?
When considering conservatory insulation kits, it may be worth reading conservatory insulation reviews as these will give an honest opinion on the difficulty so you can judge your own ability before wasting money online.
What Is The Best Insulation for a Conservatory Roof?
This can vary depending on your requirements, style and age of conservatory and budget. As with anything there are certainly more effective methods, but they can also come at an expense.
This doesn’t mean you should shun these pricier options straight away as this investment could also achieve the exact results you are looking for and if you opt for a cheaper method that does not bring enough warmth, you may end up spending more in the long-run.
You can also increase the value of your property with sufficient investment, so not only will you get immediate benefits from your new snuggly room but a long-term benefit if you do decide to sell and move somewhere new.
Here is a range of options available for your conservatory roof:
Solar Control Film
This is a very popular option for insulating a conservatory, it does not break the bank and is simple so even those who shy away from DIY should be able to have a go.
You can purchase solar control film online or in most hardware shops across the country. It comes in long rolls and there are many different widths available. Measure your glass panels properly before purchasing, even though you can overlap solar control film and even cut it down to size, it may look unsightly if doing so. There is no point in making your conservatory toasty if you are going to feel it looks ugly whenever you are in it.
This film works by trapping the heat in from the sun and works in a similar fashion to tinted or reflective glass. In summer, it protects against strong heat and glare and rejects high levels of solar infrared heat.
Thermal Wadding and Aluminium Foil
We’ll admit, this isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing of solutions, but it is the cheapest and easiest. Using a combination of these with traditional materials is incredibly effective at absorbing and emitting heat. As aluminium foil is a heat reflector, it is a great way to insulate your conservatory yourself and is easily removed for the warmer months. Thermal wadding uses air pockets to absorb heat which works excellently in trapping that hot air you crave.
If you want to cover this, you can always add draping to your roof to hide it and give an Arabian nights feel. The extra layer of fabric will also add to your heat insulation.
We have already spoken about window blinds but have you ever thought of getting blinds for your roof? By using these, you can open and close them as you please. Keeping the blinds open when the sun is up lets in as much heat as possible, while closing them at night helps to trap the heat in.
They are also versatile for the summer, so you can shut out the sun when it gets a little too hot to cope with.
It is certainly worth the investment to have custom blinds created to fit your space to ensure there aren’t large gaps between your blinds that let heat escape. There are also some great thermal blinds on the market, these are made of fabric specifically designed to keep heat in.
With all this in mind, you should now have an idea on how to insulate your conservatory and preserve as much heat as possible. Using these methods should help to reduce your energy bills and more importantly, reduce our impacts on the environment. Don’t let your gorgeous lean-to go to waste in winter, enjoy it as much as you can.
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