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Householder guide to reroofing conservatories and porches available

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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With an increasing number of home owners choosing to replace obsolete translucent conservatory roofs with solid ones LABC, the member organisation representing local authority building control departments in England and Wales, has produced a new guide aimed at helping consumers make the right decision.

As many conservatories are now reaching the end of their natural life or are costing substantially more to heat than previously, home owners are looking for a cost-effective way of retaining existing floor space while improving the energy efficiency of the structure. The obvious choice for many is to remove the old glass or polycarbonate roof and fit a new solid one.

However, as conservatories and porches are traditionally lightweight in nature and are not generally designed to carry the weight of a solid roof, a Building Regulation Application is required if you’re planning to invest in a solid conservatory roof.

This is to ensure the existing structure can carry the added weight.

“Our members have reported that some installers are approaching home owners and offering to replace their translucent roofs with heavier, solid roofs directly onto the existing roof supports.

"With this method, there is a real possibility of movement or even collapse - a building regulation application is needed to ensure that this will not occur.” comments David Ewing from LABC.

“While the cost required for this simple swap may be appealing, unlucky property owners may find themselves paying more money later to deal with problems caused by a heavier roof.

"By making a building regulation application to your local authority building control team, each application is checked for structural analysis and thermal compliance and building control surveyors will visit the site to ensure the work is installed properly to certify any alterations to your conservatory are safe.”

The new householder guide to reroofing conservatories and porches explores this further, highlighting potential pitfalls and providing more information on how LABC can help with your building control requirements.

The guide is available free of charge on www.labc.co.uk/home-owner-guides

LABC is the member organisation representing local authority building control departments in England and Wales.

Its membership includes over 3,000 professional surveyors and support technicians and has a 70% market share of building control in these sectors: domestic conversions and improvements; new homes and apartments; commercial offices, workshops, industrial and warehouses; education; healthcare; care homes; retail; leisure and entertainment; and stadiums.

LABC promotes the design and construction of buildings that are safe, healthy, accessible and environmentally efficient to comply with the Building Regulations. LABC builds awareness of local authority building control amongst the public, developers, designers and contractors.

It also works with government, trade organisations, manufacturers, distributors, research establishments, test houses and professional institutions to support innovation in building.For more information please visit LABC website: www.labc.uk.com

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