How To Insulate A Conservatory

How To Insulate A Conservatory

How To Insulate A Conservatory

 If you are thinking of adding a conservatory to the side of your home, or you have already got one in place, it’s a crucial step to make sure that it is insulated properly.


Without the correct insulation, you may find that it’ll be far too cold to enjoy during the winter months, or you’ll need to up your energy usage significantly in order to heat it up. It’s not just for those cold days though, as insulation can help keep the conservatory from getting too hot in the summer too.


That begs the question then: how do you go about insulating a conservatory? Well, the short answer is that there are a few different ways to do so.


Conservatory Roof Insulation

Insulating the roof of your conservatory is so important, as around 25% of all heat in the room tends to escape via the roof. This can be drastically reduced with the correct insulation in place.


Conservatory Foil Insulation

The most popular style of conservatory insulation is using foil. The benefits to using foil insulation in this scenario are vast, as you can easily place the foil under the glass on the conservatory roof.


Of course, you’ll want to spruce it up a little bit to finish off the look, which you can do with a material such as plastic or similar, making it both effective and easy on the eye.


Foil is ideal as it will reflect the heat and keep the warmth in the room, when required, and it also has the ability to absorb heat. This can mean that whether it’s freezing cold outside or the sun is blazing, your conservatory will be kept at a comfortable temperature.


After finding the product of your choice, the following step by step guide can be followed:


1.     Ensure that the temperature in your conservatory is a mild temperature that’s not too hot or too cold, preferably at least 5 degrees.

2.     Clean the inside of the conservatory roof and make sure that there’s no dirt or dust on the surface.

3.     Use double sided sticky tape on the surface where the foil is going to be placed, making sure that the entire area will be covered. Using multiple lines of tape is advised, to give each part of the foil at least two lines of adhesion.

4.     Cut the foil to the required size after measuring each part of the roof, and add an extra 50mm or so to prepare for any overlaps.

5.     Fix the foil to the sticky tape on the roof, with the overlap of 50mm in place.

6.     Seal the overlapped part of the joints with some reflective tape to stop any unwanted air movement.


You can then add any plastic or other material to finish the job and make it look a little bit easier on the eye.


Installing a New Conservatory Roof


Although foil insulation is the easiest way to insulate your conservatory roof, another option is to replace your roof altogether and build a new one.


It goes without saying that this would be a far more costly and time-consuming option, but if your current conservatory roof is not up to scratch then it might be the best way to go.


Insulated plasterboard can be used to make sure the new roof is insulated properly, but you’ll also have to consider other parts like the guttering and the tiles.


Solar Control Film


One method that may be easier than some others is through using solar control film. It often comes in the form of a sheet that is applied to the windows of the conservatory. The main purpose of this is to retain the heat from the room and ensure it doesn’t escape.


It can also prevent harmful UV rays from blazing through the windows too, as well as reducing any unwanted glare.


We’d advise that you look to go with a high-quality film for this, as poorer quality versions can start to peel off after a few years and may need to be replaced.


Polycarbonate Options


Polycarbonate can also be used and is particularly good for maintaining heat in the colder months. This could either be via a full replacement, or by adding a smaller layer of polycarbonate underneath the existing material.


It’s important to note that this option can last less than ten years, so it would be good to have a long-term plan as to what you’re going to do when it needs to be replaced.



Conservatory Window Insulation

As well as insulating the roof of your conservatory, you can also look at options for your windows too. If you’re on a smaller budget, then looking at blinds and curtains can help.


It’s cheap and quick to install, though it would be best to combine it with more effective insulation such as the roof options listed earlier.


Pull down blinds can also be placed on the ceiling panels of your conservatory, which is especially useful for reducing the amount of sunlight that beams in during the summer months, and helps you keep the room cool.


During the winter, it’s important to look out for any signs of mould on your blinds and curtains, which can be caused by condensation.


As well as the windows, insulating the walls is also an important step to take.

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