With increasing demand for its revolutionary tiled roof systems, we are busier than ever. But, the number of companies practising ‘Clad overs’ are on the increase. Just because a tiled roof looks professional, it doesn’t mean that they all are good.
The conservatory has seen numerous developments and changes throughout the years, becoming especially popular in the 1990s as a cheap way to add extra space to a home.
In the past few years, sophisticated designs and better materials are boosting their popularity again and the conservatory/orangery/extension are becoming an integral part of the house rather than an afterthought.
Having progressed from functional to social space throughout the decades, the conservatory is now in its next phase of regeneration thanks to an increase in the number of homeowners expressing interest in replacing their worn-out glass or plastic roofs with new, lightweight tiled conservatory roofs as a result of the higher energy efficiency they offer with homeowners looking for ways to reduce their heating bills and enjoy their conservatories/extensions all year round.
But as the popularity of tiled conservatory roofs has increased, so too has the number of cases of installers practising ‘Clad overs.’
A ‘Clad over’ is when an installer tries to pass off by installing a tiled roof onto an existing structure using timbers and tiles/slate and plasterboard for a real tiled roof. Quite often, rather than replacing the whole conservatory roof, which is what is required to pass Building Regulations, the installer will simply take out the old polycarbonate sheets, then directly fix timber battens to the pre-existing roof and then plaster over to mask any potential issues.
From all appearances it may look almost as good as a professionally fitted, solid tiled roof, however the ‘Clad over’ will create problems for the homeowner. The new roof will add too much weight to the original PVCu or aluminium structure that carried the polycarbonate or glass roof; it will offer no measurable insulation or structural calculations and is susceptible to cracking plaster and leaking at the first sign of rain.
And considering that it is now a solid tiled roof, the conservatory will now fall under Building Regulations, potentially causing the homeowner issues later down the line when they try to sell their property without any Building Regulations certification.
The only benefit to the consumer for a ‘Clad over’ has is the cost – a typical job will cost the end user somewhere in the region of £4,000, whereas a solid tiled roof will cost around £8,000 – but when you consider the inevitable problems, they are very much a false economy and will cost you a lot more over time. We have already seen Local Councils ordering the removal of ‘Clad over’ roofs and Trading Standards getting involved when unscrupulous companies have convinced homeowners that they are installing a fully insulated roof and then they find out when it has been installed it turned out to be a ‘Clad over.’
The best thing to do is to find out exactly what is being sold to you. Look at the company’s literature and marketing information. Find out if they offer Building Regulations. Check out their websites and offerings. See examples of their work.
Once you know you are getting a fully insulated lightweight tiled roof you know that it will transform your conservatory into a room you can use all year round, saving you money on fuel bills and staying warm in winter, and cool in the hotter summer months. The SupaLite tiled roof system can also be tailored to fit with a conservatory’s existing window frames, meaning that you won’t have to suffer the expense of an entirely new conservatory to improve your home’s appearance and energy efficiency.
So, what are you waiting for? Call us now on 0161 300 4900 to see how we can help you transform your conservatory into a room you can use 365days a year!