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What You Need To Know Before Getting A Solid Roof Fitted


Frustratingly for a significant number of conservatory owners, they will have barely got any use out of their extension so far during the summer break. The reason why? It’s just too hot to use! And it’s likely to be a similar story for them once winter arrives – who wants to spend their time in a fridge-like space?

But there is a product available that can resolve this issue – the solid roof!

Amber Home Improvements supplies and fits the UltraRoof 380, one of the leading solid roof products on the market, which once installed, will totally weatherproof any current conservatory. 

Prior to having a solid roof fitted though, you need to check if you will have to obtain building regulations approval first. It’s difficult for us to say if you will or you won’t as some local authorities will insist that you do and others will say the total opposite. 

It may come down to whether your conservatory has the strength to handle having a solid roof added to it. 

The UltraRoof 380 is one of only a handful of solid roofs to be LABC (Local Authority Building Control) approved, which increases your chances of receiving approval, but it isn’t a given if there’s a suspicion the structure will collapse underneath the roof when it has a thick covering of snow on it. 

The window and door industry’s main regulator, the Glass and Glazing Federation, says that the addition of a solid roof turns what was a temporary structure into a permanent one. They follow that up by recommending you speak to your local authority building control team if you need any advice. 

You will make life a lot easier for yourself if you let Amber take responsibility for your solid roof installation as we do all the necessary checks before proceeding with a solid roof project. 

Don’t pay attention to any solid roof ‘specialist’ that claims you definitely won’t need building regulations approval with no basis to make such a claim. 

Not having a building regulations certificate for your solid roof, when you should have one, will be a real problem. If you ever want to sell your house, you will have to hand over the document to the next occupier as they will need to know that the roof complies with building standards. If you don’t have it, good luck trying to find a buyer! You do have the option of applying for retrospective building regulations approval, but there’s no guarantee it will be granted, plus it will cost you money to make an application. 

Do everything by the book and a solid roof will give you your conservatory back and make it a valuable part of the house again. 

If you head to our solid roofs page, you will be able to view a gallery of solid roof installations completed by Amber. 


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