Conservatories are great investments and are fantastic for adding some extra space into your home in a cost-effective way. They provide you with a light, airy room that can be used for multiple purposes and help to connect the inside of your home with the outside seamlessly. However, there are some issues that you can encounter with your conservatory that may limit how much you use it. Fortunately, these issues can be dealt with quickly and efficiently if you take the right steps.
Temperature is one of the most common conservatory problems. They often tend to be too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. This problem occurs as glass is a poor insulator, so it allows heat to escape in the winter and lets in too much in the summer. The key to solving this is to improve the insulation of your conservatory. An easy way to do this is to add in some insulated curtains. These can reduce the loss of heat both in and out of your conservatory. The most effective method, however, is to replace the glass with a more insulating material. You can usually add a solid roof fairly easily to most conservatories and these tend to add more insulation than glass.
Having a room in your home that is prone to getting a lot of sunlight sounds great and, at the right times of day, it is. But, many conservatories can become too bright at certain times of the day which makes them less enjoyable to use. Finding an effective way to shade your conservatory is important, especially if you use it regularly. Blinds are a cheap and easy solution to this problem. Redecorating your conservatory is also a good idea if the room is too bright. Incorporate some warmer colour tones or add in some darker flooring to take away some of the brightness and glare that can be reflected off of lighter colours.
Because glass is so thin, it is not a good barrier to prevent excess sound. One way to tackle this common conservatory problem is by opting for quality double or triple glazing. If you still find that your conservatory is letting in too much noise, then you can usually do other things to combat it. The same solutions that work for controlling temperature will work for providing sound insulation, too. Heavy thermal curtains have a good effect on noise control, but adding in a solid roof is a better-lasting option which provides more significant benefits.
Condensation is one of the biggest conservatory problems, especially during the winter. As your conservatory will tend to be much colder than the other rooms in your house, when air circulates into the room from other areas of the house, water vapour in the air will cool and then turn into liquid in the form of condensation.
An easy solution to this is to buy a dehumidifier and leave it running in your conservatory for a few hours a day. This is not an energy efficient or permanent solution, however, so should not be used extensively. The best solution to this issue is to find a way to balance the temperature in your conservatory. Using the temperature tips from earlier will help to do this, but you can also add in some kind of heating. If you are thinking of adding radiators or underfloor heating, you’re best contacting your local building control surveyors as they can cause problems with building regulations.