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Do I need building regulations for a conservatory with a tiled roof


If you have a conservatory installed at home, and you are looking to improve it, you may have considered a replacement roof. A tiled replacement roof can help improve your home's thermal efficiency and create a comfortable space for you and your family to enjoy throughout the seasons. As with any home improvement, it’s important to understand and comply with any relevant building regulations. We have put together this short guide to help you understand what regulations apply when replacing your old roof with a tiled conservatory roof. 

Conservatory building regulations

Before focusing on the tiled conservatory roof alone, it’s worth understanding what regulations apply to an entire conservatory. It is necessary for any type of extension, glazed or otherwise, to comply with the relevant building regulations. However, conservatories are normally exempt from building regulations when:

  • They are built at ground level and are less than 30 square metres in floor area.
  • The conservatory is separated from the house by external quality walls, doors or windows.
  • There is an independent heating system with separate temperature and on/off controls.
  • Glazing and any fixed electrical installations comply with the applicable building regulations requirements.

So, what are the building regulations for tiled conservatory roofs?

If you are generally happy with your current conservatories performance, usability and overall feel, you may not deem it necessary to opt for a full scale replacement. If it’s just the roof that is causing problems, then a replacement roof could be the perfect solution for you. If you currently have a polycarbonate roof, or an old and ineffectively glazed roof, then it is unlikely that you are experiencing optimum thermal performance. This means your conservatory can become uncomfortably hot or cold with the changing seasons and will cost you more money in energy bills.

Today, as long as the new tiled roof complies with the conservatory regulations we mentioned above, the vast majority of tiled conservatory roofs naturally adhere to building regulations. With this in mind, it’s still always worth checking with your installer before installation. Certified and accredited installers will take care of any building regulation related issues for you, should there be any. 

Why choose a tiled conservatory roof?

A tiled conservatory roof boasts a number of benefits that will transform your conservatory into a comfortable space to use all year around. 

  • Save money on your heating bills with extremely low U-values
  • Tiled roofs are compatible with all styles of conservatory 
  • A tiled roof will keep you shaded from the sun 
  • You can colour match your tiled roof to your fascias, soffits and gutters
  • You can have roof lights, or a lantern style roof, to allow some natural light to come through 
  • Tiled roofs eliminate the sound of heavy rain and wind that can be exaggerated by older polycarbonate roofs
  • You can choose from a variety of tile colours and styles to suit your home and keep a uniform design

For more detailed information on building regulations and tiled conservatory roofs, you can visit the planning portal here.

Replacing your current conservatory roof with a tiled roof is a great way to make the most out of your conservatory and improve its thermal efficiency. If you’re considering a new tiled roof for your conservatory and you’re ready for a quote, fill in your details in the form below and an installer will contact you with a free no obligation quote



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