It meant that depending on the position of a conservatory, it could be too hot to handle in the height of summer while sending the mercury plummeting in the depths of winter.
Building technology has moved on, however, and modern conservatories are far more thermally efficient. With A+ glazing and insulated roofs on the market, a conservatory today will have a more stable ambient temperature than one built a decade ago.
For those with an existing, older style, conservatory, with a polycarbonate or traditional glass roof, there are now options to transform its ability to keep heat in during the cooler days and reduce solar glare when the weather is brighter.
Garry Morgan, director of Denbighshire-based Artisan Windows and Conservatories explained: “Recent technological advances in the fenestration industry over the past 10 years have been extraordinary. It means that a conservatory or orangery built today will be far more thermally efficient than 10 or even five years ago.
“These new roofing and glazing products can often be retro-fitted to an existing conservatory, making it more energy efficient and helping the room keep a comfortable ambient temperature all year round.”
One of the most popular options is a solid tiled or slate effect roof. This system boasts the same thermal efficiency as a traditionally constructed house roof, but is a lightweight system that can be retro-fitted to an existing conservatory.
In a grey slate or red-tile effect, the exterior of the roof is designed to sympathetically blend with most UK homes. It even has a textured finish, created by using natural stone granules in an acrylic base coat.
Inside the conservatory, a solid roof creates more of a garden room feel. The ceiling can be finished with plasterboard, painted white to maximise light, or tongue and groove to give a more mellow finish. To allow some sunlight in, it’s possible to add a rooflight window.