How to deal with a leaking conservatory roof

20th Nov 2019
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There’s never a great time to have a leaky conservatory roof, regardless of what the temperature is outside. Leaks could be caused by a range of factors and there are a few options available to you to get your leaking conservatory roof fixed.

The available fixes could vary depending on the type of conservatory roof you have. It’s recommended that you fix a leaky roof as soon as you can. Leaks could cause health concerns from mould or mildew and even further structural problems.

Leaking glass conservatory roof

Why is the conservatory roof leaking?

Some of the factors include:

  • Damage to the glass

Accidental damage, thermal stress or other environmental factors could lead to the glass conservatory roof being damaged.

  • Damaged or deteriorated conservatory roof sealant

This is one of the more common reasons a glass conservatory roof would be leaking. The conservatory roof sealant should provide air-tight protection from the elements, but this layer could break down either through poor installation or wear and tear over time.

How can I get a leaking conservatory roof fixed?

If your conservatory is within its guarantee period, you may be able to get the problem fixed by the installer or manufacturer. Alternatively, some reputable companies offer glass repair services that should resolve your problem. If the conservatory is well out of its guarantee period, it may be worth considering a more energy-efficient replacement roof.

Tip: accidental or malicious damage often won’t be covered under the guarantee.

Edwardian conservatory

Leaking polycarbonate conservatory roof

Why is the roof leaking?

Some of the factors include:

  • Damaged panels

Varying temperatures, hail or natural wear-and-tear could be the causes for the damage.

  • Poor installation

Panels slipping or being too short could be a sign of poor installation. Wall flashing, waterproof membrane that seals the area between the wall and conservatory roof, is a common area that is could develop leaks due to poor installation.

  • Conservatory roof sealant has failed

The sealant may break down naturally over time. This weatherproof layer protects the room from the worst that the Surrey weather can throw at you.

How can I get a leaking conservatory roof fixed?

Some problems may be fixed under the product’s guarantee. As with the glass conservatory roofs, malicious and accidental damage isn’t normally covered under the product’s guarantee. If your conservatory is sweltering in the summer and chilly in the winter, a replacement roof may be the best way to revive your living space.

Solid Guardian Warm Roof Conservatory

What is the best sealant for a conservatory roof?

Tip: some DIY fixes may void the warranty of the roof or conservatory as a whole.

If you are experiencing a leaking conservatory roof, it’s the first sign that there is a major problem with your glass extension. Re-applying a conservatory roof sealant is a quick fix to stop leaks for the time being, but if your conservatory continues to leak, we advise on getting a specialist to take a look before the problems become worse. They’ll examine your leaking roof and explain the extent of the issue, advising on the best solution to get your conservatory back to performing like normal.

There are many brands of roof sealants available at home improvement stores. You should choose a sealant which offers high-protection from extreme weathers, and look at the longevity of how long it will last. Some conservatory roof sealants will only protect from leaks for a short time. You should also note that your conservatory guarantee may not protect against DIY jobs, so you should be confident that you’ll be able to apply the sealant correctly. If you’re not sure, we advise on calling in a conservatory roof expert.

Replacement roofs for leaking conservatories in Guildford, Woking and Surrey

Due to its outstanding energy efficiency and quick installation, the Guardian Warm Roof is the ideal conservatory roof replacement. The solid, lightweight roof can be fitted to any existing frame and its precision-engineered design transforms the room into a versatile living space that can be enjoyed all-year-round.

To find out more about your conservatory and roofing options, please get in touch with the Sheerwater Glass team today. Give us a call on 01932 344415, contact us online or pop into our showroom to view our range of conservatory roof systems for yourself.

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