Transform a conservatory to an extension, with a replacement conservatory roof

Can you convert a conservatory into an extension? Yes! Our short guide gives you important information on how to turn a conservatory into an extension.

Do you have a conservatory that’s seen better days or that you’re regularly abandoning in the height of summer? Converting your conservatory into an extension is easier than you think and is a great choice to give your conservatory a longer lifespan. Combine the best of a conservatory and an extension with a replacement conservatory roof. Adding a solid roof transforms a conservatory to an extension, both inside and out. The tiled exterior blends in with your house and the interior gives you an attractive customisable ceiling. The improved insulation a solid roof gives really creates the feeling of it being an extension.

Conservatory with red solid roof.

1. Select a designer to convert your conservatory to an extension

Before you replace your replacement conservatory roof, it’s important to consider the design aspects for your conservatory extension. Do you want the conversion to compliment or contrast with the main building of your home? Likewise, take time to consider how the interior of your conservatory should look. Find ideas on conservatory furniture here. Do you want spotlights built into the ceiling or a chandelier in your conservatory extension? Emerald can help you with each step of the design process. Meaning you are sure to end up with your ideal, dream space. We are experts in knowing which conservatory works best with the style of your home.

2. What will you use the conservatory extension for?

A conservatory extension is a flexible home improvement option, and Emerald Windows can help to tailor it to your needs. Whether you’re looking for a home office, extra space for children to play, or a new dining room to entertain your guests, we can design and install it to your exact requirements.

If you’d like to convert your conservatory into a kitchen, having an idea of its layout before work begins is important, as the positioning of electrics and plumbing will need to be accounted for.

The beauty of conservatory extensions is their wide range of uses, meaning you can effortlessly adapt the space as your needs change. Find more inspiration here!

3. Set yourself a budget for converting your conservatory to an extension

When budgeting for your conservatory conversion, remember to include furnishing your new room in your financial planning.  Also, make sure you have a contingency plan of between 10% and 20% to cover any unexpected costs that may arise.


4. Planning permission & Building Regulations for converting your conservatory into an extension

If you were wondering whether planning permission is needed to convert a conservatory into an extension? The answer in most cases is no.

Normally planning permission isn’t needed to convert your conservatory roof. However, building regulations may be required. A full survey will need to be carried out to ensure your conservatory extension can take the weight of a tiled roof. It also might be necessary to change your windows and doors. Whatever is needed, Emerald will take care of it all. Meaning your new conservatory roof conversion, will be a stress-free experience.


5. What about the rest of your home after you’ve replaced your conservatory to an extension?

Whilst a tiled roof makes your conservatory far more energy-efficient, the potential savings to your energy bills will be limited if other parts of your home aren’t improved as well. Old windows and doors are notorious culprits for thermal inefficiency, so it might be worth replacing them too!. After all, what better way to show off your brand-new conversion with stylish windows and doors that utilise modern technologies.

To keep your conservatory conversion looking its best, it is important to carry out regular maintenance. Upkeep needed, is minimal, but with regular care, your new conservatory conversion will last you for many happy years to come.


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The hassle-free solution: transform a conservatory to an extension

The benefits of opting for a conservatory roof conversion over an extension are many. Firstly, an extension may need Building Regulation approval. Secondly, a conversion will cause far less disruption to your home and life and can normally be installed within a matter of days. Extensions, however, are far more disruptive, taking longer to construct and may require new foundations to be dug. Also, extensions due to the nature of work and materials involved, are a more costly choice, than converting a conservatory into a room

Quick-fire conservatory to extension FAQs


Q: Is a conservatory conversion cheaper than an extension?

A: Upgrading your conservatory space with a high-performance tiled roofing system generally works out to be a more cost-effective option. It is also far less disruptive to your home life than building a full-blown single-story extension.

Q: Can you use a conservatory all year round with a tiled roof installation?

A: Yes! Tiled conservatory roofs are incredibly energy efficient, staying cool in summer and warm throughout the winter months.

Q: How long should a conservatory last?

A: High-quality conservatories (just like ours!) can last between 20-30 years, as long as they’re properly taken care of.

Add an efficient and attractive replacement conservatory roof to your conservatory extension

Our tiled roofs make a fantastic alternative to glazed roofs and are ideal for changing a conservative into an extension. With improved sound and thermal insulation, they will transform your conservatory into a beautiful and comfortable living space. The Guardian Warm Roof is the ideal choice for converted conservatories. Its unique system of lightweight tiles keeps the heat in when you need it, whilst also staying cool in summer. Undoubtedly a solid roof conservatory is a beautiful room you will love all year round. Get in touch with Emerald Windows and Doors today to bring your conservatory back to life and turn it into an extension or visit our showroom to see our range of beautiful conservatories.

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