Conservatory Roof Conversion and Floor Tiling.
Meadow View of Welshpool (MV), was asked to replace the polycarbonate conservatory roof with a Guardian System roof. As part of this work, MV also laid new tiles supplied by us, over an insulated and thermostat controlled electrically heated floor supplied by them. We chose MV and this type of roof because we have had a conservatory roof conversion at a previous house carried out by them, which we were very satisfied with. We were provided with a number of estimates covering the work, which we felt were fair and reasonable. The work has a guarantee backed by the “Consumer Protection Association”. At MV’s suggestion, two full length (ie ridge to gutter) windows were incorporated into the roof close to the house wall. At our suggestion, an opening roof light opposite the house wall was also included: all three windows to provide additional light into the adjacent room. Two 13A outlets; and TV aerial and satellite connections; were let into the floor in the corners opposite the house. Finally, an electrical supply for a central ceiling light was installed. Again at MV suggestion, the double doors between the house and the conservatory were lowered to provide a flat continuous floor into the conservatory; but we finished the gap where the threshold had been. Whilst it was difficult to pin MW down as to when they could start, a date early in August 2019 was finally agreed. The work took in total about four weeks. MV workers arrived on time every day. They were polite and courteous at all times, knowledgeable about their products, and worked well together as a team. The plasterer was particularly clean, especially regarding the brickwork on the house exterior, which we had decided not to plaster. The new aluminium roof sections fit perfectly onto the existing window frames. The pre cut plywood roof boards also fit perfectly into the aluminium frame. The long windows were manufactured a few mm too long, and only one could be fitted; a new window was ordered and fitted later. Approximately 100mm of insulation was fixed under the roof boards, and insulated plasterboard completed the internals of the roof. This was subsequently plastered. Externally, coated metal tiles were fixed over a waterproof membrane. These gave an appearance of a traditional tiled roof, very close in colour and appearance to those of the house. All the old roof, packaging materials, and other “rubbish” was removed at the end of the job. The finished conservatory has exceeded our expectations; the feeling is of a “Garden Room”, not a conservatory. The room is light and airy, and the adjoining room less dark than hitherto, but has a pleasing outlook into the conservatory and the garden beyond. The ceiling is enhanced by the plastering, which has subsequently been painted white and makes the most of the light. There is little noise from rain, which previously was intrusive. The solid roof reduces the heat from the sun, but as the work was completed at the end of August 2019, the full effects of hot summer sun are unknown. Turning now to the tiling. The sub floor, which was completed by a different builder, was rather rough and not as level as expected; but MV’s tiler overcame this at the tiling stage. In addition, the difference in height between the house and conservatory floors was inconsistent, but also overcome by using extra insulation under the electrical under-floor heating mat. The cables for the 13 A sockets were laid in conduit let into the insulation. It was easier and simpler to clip the aerial and satellite cables to the outside of the conservatory. The quantity of leveller needed above the heating mat took the tiler by surprise, but he was able to complete this aspect the job by working much later into the evening than normal. During the mixing of the leveller, the wind blew some of the powder onto the patio beyond the tarpaulin protection, and this, coupled with light rainfall, resulted in the patio being left stained in places by the leveller. The chosen tiles were of three different sizes, (600 X 600, 300 X 600 and 300 X 300 mm) and laid in a staggered pattern. The use of wedges resulted in a floor that appears and feels flat and level with the existing, with the effects of the misalignment already mentioned minimised. In programme mode, the supplied thermostat for the floor has a number of adjustable time periods per day, which enable differing temperatures to be set, on a 5+1+1 basis; ie Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A manual mode is also available. The thermostat takes account of the room temperature, and utilises in addition, a floor probe, installed with the mat. However, the instructions are printed in a small type face and are difficult to read. With care and patience, setting the thermostat itself is not difficult, but having a written schedule of one’s desired times and temperatures to hand will simply the setting process. Overall the floor is impressive. It warms up quickly, but as we have not experienced a winter yet, we are unable to confirm the performance in winter weather. The flat and level appearance complements the roof / ceiling, and with the addition of a chandelier the room has that “wow” factor. An electrical test certificate which we understand is a requirement for any electrical work has yet to be supplied. Although MV proprietor promised three weeks ago to clean the patio, at the time of writing, we have not heard when this is likely. We would use MV again, but would hold money back if there were any minor issues to be resolved.