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Insulated Conservatory Roof Panels to replace Polycarb

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by SullyTheDIYer, 29 Jun 2014.

  1. SullyTheDIYer

    SullyTheDIYer

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    Hi,
    I have an approx 15 yr old 3 x 3m Victorian conservatory and the 16mm clear triple wall polycarbonate roof panels need to be replaced. It is south facing and gets incredibly hot in the summer. Glare and UV fading are big issues. I also have the usual issue of cold in the winter also but its easier to heat it up then than cool in the summer!

    I have looked at all sorts of solutions from DIY insulation and plasterboard etc up to the many lightweight tiled solutions on offer but they are too expensive for my budget at over £5k.

    I have come across some insulated panel options such as EcoRoofPanels.co.uk which look interesting. They do a 16mm and 25mm option and claim U-values of 0.99 and 1.46 respectively. It's basically solid foam type insulation sandwiched between an inner and outer layer of powder coated aluminium. The fact that it is a direct replacement for the Polycarb panels appeals to me as a very easy DIY job.

    Has anybody used these panels or similar such as the similar ECO Therm or thicker Thermotec?

    The other option I looked at was 16mm bronze polycarb with gold solar inserts. How would the ECO Panels compare with that option?

    Thanks,
    John
     
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    Hi, have you thought about making the panels yourself?
    I made a complete 4m x 4m foam and fibreglass roof on the floor, then lifted it up onto the top of the conservatory in two pieces.
    I made a former on the floor, covered it with the plaster board I needed on the inside, then fibreglassed over it, then bonded 150mm foam, shaped and then fibreglassed over it all again.
    This made a sandwich construction, that was strong, very warm, watertight and above all, lightweight, as the timber used for the former was left on the ground.
    By adding shape to the roof, it didn't need timber inside it, just ply pads to mount it/ fix.
    Once the two halves were bonded together, there are no joint that can leak.
    I then made glass fibre sheets and cut them to look like leadwork and stuck them on when the roof was in place.
    I've got photos, if they're any help to people.
     
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