Can i put a clear roof on a lean to!

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  1. Honeybea

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    Hello, I am planning on having the lean to/summer house below built, but I would like to have a clear/see through roof ( the ones you have on a conservatory) would this be possible or will it make it too weak to stand up in bad weather.
     

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    Yes no problem. You can use a decent quality triwall polycarbonate. You do need to detail it correctly using tape over the ends etc and correct flashings.
     
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    r896neo thank you for your reply. What would be the best thing to buy, do you have a suggestion at all. Can you explain more about ' I need to detail it correctly using tape over ends' as I have no idea what I am doing! I already have a concrete floor and I have wooden decking over the top of this. I felt that I would put another wooden flooring on the top of the decking for the lean to ( maybe put some more support underneath the decking)....I am going to put my 6ft tall fridge and 6ft tall freezer out there so I hope it can hold this weight. Then I want to put a dining table and chairs an a sofa. I am trying to find idea's on how to do this on 'youtube' but have not found anything suitable yet. Many thanks, Carolyn.
     
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    So no dpc ? (Damp proof course?)

    You normally would need to bolt/screw the lean too to the base. There would also be a large beam fitted to the wall of the house to act as support for the roof. From this come rafters ( sloping down) and purlins ( running at right angles to the rafters This creates a strong box like structure

    Then (if the roof is wood) an aluminium bar is fitted to each rafter, designed with a recess for the plastic roof, and capped with aluninium or plastic

    There are aluminium roof structures available as well(i.e. No need for the wood)

    Bear in mind that a freezer stored outside in wha will be a very cold in winter and very hot in summer box will be working like the clappers.
     
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    No damp proof course for the floor as it won't be touching the ground, it will be sitting on top of decking. I definitely want a clear/see through roof as its going to be so dark. I am having electrics put out there and maybe a radiator, or maybe a plug in heater, not sure what one to pick to be honest. I will have the double doors to the side and I want windows all along the front so it is light and airy.
     
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    You need to rethink. Your decking is totally unsuitable as a floor, and not suitable to build walls on top of. Putting a radiator out in this would be a huge waste of time.

    I think you must decide whether you want a lean to with proper walls and floor or you want a shed stuck on the reaer of the house. The shed will be ok for storage and a freezer etc but a sofa will quickly get ruined in such a damp environment.
     
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    Poly roof will turn it into a sauna if it gets much sun.
     
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    I am a bit stuck then to be honest....I cannot have a conservatory, so felt that the lean to in the pic above would be perfect. But they must have teirs sitting on a raised concrete base i'm guessing.
     
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    No I doubt theirs does its just a shed floor by the looks of it. I just was trying to make you aware of the limitations. Its basically a shed, would you be happy putting a sofa in a damp freezing shed?

    Merely putting a radiator out there does not make it a habitable room.

    You can insulate it a little in the walls but without a proper floor it will be very cold and draughty.
     
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    Would it be suitable if I made a concrete base then flooring on top of that!
     
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    I would say you have 2 choices.

    1. Go with the shed lean to on your decking and live with the compromise of it being cold, draughty, a little damp and full of spiders etc.

    2. Build a proper small timber frame lean to with insulation in walls and floor. This will be as good as a conservatory but much more expensive than the shed option.

    In my opinion there is no middle ground really.
     
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    The last place I lived had a double glazed hardwood conservatory which a DG glass roof.
    I fitted a radiator in there which froze up and the pipes burst so not one of my better ideas
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    I have decided to have a wooden roof now, mainly because of bits of tiles sliding off the roof to be honest. I don't want to take any chances.
     
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