Just because a tiled roof looks professional,
it doesn’t mean that it is
The popularity of the conservatory is well and truly on the rise, thanks in no small part to new, lightweight tiled conservatory roofs.
The most common reason homeowners want to upgrade their worn-out glass or plastic conservatory roof for a high quality tiled replacement is because of the extreme changes in temperatures during summer and winter.
New sophisticated designs and better materials mean that conservatories are now able to retain warmth in the winter months and keep your conservatory cool on sunny days, meaning homeowners now have a space that is usable all year round.
One such revolutionary design is SuapLite’s lightweight tiled roof system. The highly-respected manufacturer has seen increasing demand in the tiled roof system in the past 12 months as a quality retro-fit product to replace tired conservatory roofs or a high-performance solution for exciting new-build projects.
But this new-found popularity has come at a cost – the number of clad overs is on the rise and proving a problem for both the industry and homeowners.
“A clad over is when an installer tries to pass off basic timber installation material, low-grade tiles and plasterboard for a real tiled roof to the detriment of the conservatory and the homeowner.”
Dave Watters, Managing Director at SupaLite, is well placed to see how these botch jobs are affecting the industry and he commented:
“At SupaLite we find it very distressing when we hear of installers practising clad overs due to the problems they create for homeowners. It’s important that homeowners are aware of the dangers so that they can enjoy the genuine article instead of a poor imitation.
“Rather than replacing the whole conservatory roof, the installer will just take out the old polycarbonate sheets, direct fix timber battens to the pre-existing roof and plaster over to mask any potential issues.
“This creates a number of problems. Firstly, 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 it will be 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.
“The only benefit to the consumer for a clad over is the cost but, while it might feel like the bargain of the century, when you consider the inevitable problems it will cost you a lot more over time.”
While homeowners have become the direct victims of clad overs, installers are at risk of feeling the impact too.
But there are ways approved installers can combat unaffiliated installers that do dodgy clad overs so that consumers can be certain the work carried out is of the highest standard.
SupaLite provide bespoke marketing material highlighting the fact that Building Regulations apply to tiled conservatory roofs, ensuring that the house owner is aware and can challenge sales people who are offering clad overs.
It’s also vital that installers produce and share valuable online content to build more trust with their audience and position themselves ahead of those installers that try to pass off shoddy work as a leading solid tiled roof brand.
SupaLite are the manufacturers behind the revolutionary SupaLite tiled roof system for conservatories and orangeries which is in high demand thanks to its lightweight design, exceptional thermal performance and ease of installation.
Conservatories are not renowned for being robust but SupaLite has resolved this problem with the help of aluminium. With this material, the main structure of the system strikes an important balance between sturdiness and lightness: a SupaLite roof is not much heavier than a standard glass roof, but aluminium’s inherent strength also means that they are perfectly suited to coping with the UK’s unpredictable weather. The SupaLite Extralight tiles are also tested by the British Research Establishment to ensure that they are secure and weatherproof.