How to save thousands on a home extension
We could all do with a little bit more space but extending your home doesn’t come cheap. As an estimate a traditional single storey build will set you back over £1,500 per m2 plus VAT
With most extension coming in at least 5m X 5m, you’re looking at a cost of £30,000 to £40,000 minimum before adding architect and structural engineer fees, the cost of planning applications and building regs. That’s also before VAT.
Add VAT and you’re looking at £40,000 to £60,000.
Is it worth moving? Well, by the time you factor in estate agent and solicitor fees, you may find that your money doesn’t get you very much further up the property ladder. Good properties, particularly family homes, are also currently pretty thin on the ground.
There is, however, a solution and it may be staring you in the face right now. A lot of people have fallen out of love with their conservatories – and for good reason.
Older conservatory installations are notorious for being baking in the summer and cold in winter but before you give up on it, you might want to consider a thermally efficient solid roof replacement?
UltraRoof from KJM Andover Hampshire
We supply the UltraRoof from industry leaders Ultraframe. It’s a highly-engineered solution weighing in at only a little more than a traditional glass roof at 38KG/m2. This means that in the vast majority of cases, it can be installed as a direct replacement for your old conservatory roof.
But that’s where the similarities end. The UltraRoof, as a modular solid-roof system emulates the appearance of a traditional batton and tile roofing system but is far more thermally efficient and quicker to install.
The first step is to fit a patented box eaves beam, which sits on top of existing window frames. This is filled with light weight but highly thermally efficient EPS beads. These are the same beads as those used in cavity wall insulation, preventing heat loss and heat gain.
This also forms the soffit structure and basis for the hidden aluminium framework which forms the roof. We then add Kingspan Unidek Aero structural insulated panels to it and the box eaves. The roof is finished in tough engineered copolymer interlocking roof tiles, which offer a strong aesthetic match to traditional roof tiles and slate finishes. These are available in carbon grey, harvest brown and terra brick finishes.
Able to accommodate roof pitches of 12.5° to 41°, it means that the UltraRoof can be fitted and water tight in as little as a day, so you don’t have to live with builders for weeks on end.
Inside, the addition of plasterboard forms an airy vaulted ceiling, with internal soffit, for housing down-lights and internal cabling. Depending on your roof, it can also be designed to accommodate Velux-type roof lights or lower cost fixed window lights.
This makes the UltraRoof a very smart way of breathing new life into your conservatory and delivering extra family living space at comparatively very low cost.
It’s also suitable as an alternative and far lower cost solution to new build roofs in traditional or glazed extensions. This can significantly reduce the overall cost of your new build, while almost indistinguishable from traditional installations.
The UltraRoof is part of a new generation of smart home improvements that combine year-round living space with high performance and rapid installation.
There are other benefits too. The addition of a glazed extension to your home is also classed as a ‘permitted development’. The legislation was introduced in 2008 to cut the bureaucracy for homeowners wanting to make home improvements and to get the UK building again.
It means that within certain limits, you don’t need to apply for planning permission to add a conservatory to your home (find out more here).
It could mean that within just a few weeks, you’re existing conservatory could be transformed from unloved space to playroom, dining room, sitting room or gym.
It’s also worth nothing that if you don’t want solid roof but would still like to retain a traditional conservatory glass-roof aesthetic, todays advanced solar control glass roof systems, deliver huge flexibility and can transform your conservatory from summer sauna to a chilled out year-round family living space.
If you’d like to know more please don’t hesitate to contact us or even better come and see an installed roof in our showroom to get a sense of just how transformative this product is. You need to get very, very close to spot that it’s not a traditional roof tile system!
With our range of bi-folding, inline sliding patio and French doors, imagine summer with family and friends and the highly flexible space an UltraRoof solid conservatory replacement roof could give you.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more by calling 01264 359355 or emailing email email@example.com.
You are welcome to visit our showroom in Andover Hampshire to view this new roof.