Flooded with natural light with a fantastic view of the garden, your conservatory is likely one of your favourite spaces in the home.
However, without the proper insulation, often they can become overheated in the summer, or cold and damp during the long winter months, meaning a space that can only be enjoyed for half of the year.
Conservatory insulation has become an increasingly popular option for homeowners to improve the livability of their spaces, with the added benefit of helping to reduce heating bills too! But to save costs, some will try and DIY an insulation project themselves.
The issue is that, without the right training and years of experience working on conservatory insulation, you could be doing more harm than good – and your conservatory is a valuable and expensive asset.
But before we get into the potential pitfalls of a DIY insulation job, first let’s take a look at the more common DIY conservatory insulation methods out there.
Common approaches to DIY conservatory insulation
There are some really simple ways you can better insulate your conservatory that shouldn’t cause many issues. Simple draught excluders around the door are easy, cost-effective and will make a bit of a difference during the colder months.
But more comprehensive attempts at conservatory insulation can cause issues.
First, trying to block out the sun’s rays in summer and retain a bit more heat in winter through heavy curtains or ceiling blinds will work for a while. But if your conservatory is already struggling with dampness and condensation, then you could see mould start to form.
Another approach is to stick a thermal insulation layer to your existing roof structure. This will help avoid some heat loss, but it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing approach!
The more drastic DIY approach is to attempt to fully install a multi-layer foil insulation system yourself, finished with PVC panels or render.
All sounds great, but there’s a potentially very costly catch…
Why a DIY solution to insulating your conservatory is fraught with danger
The issue with any DIY insulation ‘fix’ like those mentioned is that they’re fraught with potential dangers. Incorrectly installed supporting frameworks can cause major leaks to the existing roof structure, with repair bills likely outstripping the cost of the DIY attempt in the first place.
DIY installations that don’t follow properly tested industry guidelines, including key factors such as the provision of specified air gaps, can cause more condensation than you were looking to stop.
You also need to consider the potential fire risk of the work you’re carrying out too. The materials used in DIY insulation will undoubtedly add to the fire risk in your conservatory as they were not part of the original design, and leaving any insulating materials exposed could help a blaze spread more quickly.
Making any changes to your conservatory structure can also invalidate any guarantee or warranty it still holds!
And finally, remember that your conservatory is a valuable asset attached to your home. It was expensive to build and will be even more expensive to replace. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, it’s not the best project to try and tackle without professional expertise.
A professional, affordable alternative
The main reason why people take on a DIY project themselves, even on the scale of insulating a conservatory, is that they think getting a professional company to do it properly will be too expensive.
But that’s not the case.
At Sagars 365, our conservatory roof insulation projects start from as little as £1,999 + NO VAT. 10-month finance options are available and installations are typically completed in just one day.
Conservatory roof insulation works by fixing our multi-layer foil insulation quilt to your existing roof structure and then finishing off with either PVC panels or fresh rendering.
The result? A room that looks and feels like an extension of your home, a space that’s cooler in summer and warmer in winter, AND our customers tell us they save up to 25% on their heating bills!
The other important benefit of getting a professional to insulate your conservatory instead of a DIY attempt is that, at Sagars, all our work is guaranteed for 10 years.