Getting ready to raise the (new) roofPosted: March 10, 2014
So far my wife and I have cleared a lot of stuff out of the conservatory, but now we on the last lap, and this involves removing the larger items such as furniture and fitted units. The latter are going to be scrapped and replaced by newer units, and these will need to be ordered from IKEA in the very near future.
We are having the existing carpet removed and replaced by a type of vinyl flooring (called TLC) that is similar to a wood laminate but capable of dealing with somewhat heavier-duty traffic. (The conservatory has French windows that open out onto the garden and these provided our main access to the rear of the house.)
The reason for all this effort is due to the failings of the existing roofing material (it is prone to cracking and it flexes during high winds) and the failure of the seals between it and the supporting end walls. Over the past few years the leakage has reached serious levels, and no remedial work will fix it. During the recent spate of storms the wind lifted the edge of the roof enough to damage the seals to such an extent that they no longer function with any degree of effectiveness. As the following photographs show, this has damaged to plasterwork on the walls, and once the new roof is on, this will have to be removed and replaced.
The new roof is glass and will be much heavier that the existing plastic one. It is going to be fixed at a great angle – which should ensure that is does not ‘lift’ during high winds – and it will have ‘hips’ at each end that will help rainwater to run off and into the gutters with greater ease. The glass will also be double glazed (which should reduce the heating costs for the conservatory) and will coated so that it is self-cleaning.
As long as the leaks stop and the conservatory becomes usable again, it will be worth all the time, effort, and cost.