Leaking conservatory roof

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    Discovered our conservatory roof is leaking as of yesterday from one of the joins in the roof, but not where it joins the house.

    Has anyone had an easy fix for a leaking roof? Anything easy to look for?

    Also tempted to change the roof to a solid roof as we rarely use it and in the summer it’s so hot in there the previous owners of our house fitted air con so it’s almost unusable.

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    Good call.
    We changed ours 2 years ago and never looked back. Cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
     
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    What sort of cost was it if you don’t mind me asking? Any particular company or materials to recommend?

    Thanks


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    It might be useful to have a bit more idea where the leak is, dont be frightened of re-seating the plastic panels yourself. Generally Straight sheets only move in One Direction and the leak is in often just the seal at the top of the panel.. if you remove the trim at the bottom and place a piece of timber across the panel to allow you to knock it back in place.

    Corner or angled pieces can rotate in the frame in strong wind leaving tapering gap along one edge, again you should be able to knock this back in place but when it’s cold it’s a nuisance because everything is brittle round the edge and the seals are Stff.

    Post a picture of where you think it’s leaking, these are often DIY repairs which you could do while you plan the replacement with a composite roof.
     
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    Leak is coming in here

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    It’s a big space, two roof pitches and we hardly use it which is a shame

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    1107AE9B-DE02-4B58-B9F1-CC3CBA14BD2F.jpeg Yes it’s a great space, is it leaking In the corner here? If so it shouldn’t be hard to push the panel back in place, hot summer and strong winds have probably just moved the panel a bit. (Edit) push not knock.....
     
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    Yes it is. In the first picture there is a crack and the water seems to come in through there.

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    well the good news is access looks fair so having a close look isn't too bad.. middle of the valley where the gutter runs on my mum/dad's is a challenge and of course that's always where it leaks :)
     
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    I have to go in the valley once a year to clean the glass. Hate it.


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    It was about 3 years ago........After looking to provide you with a link, I have found the company I used has now gone into liquidation, so I cannot help sorry.
     
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    I have thought of fitting a conservatory, but because of the temperature extremes in winter and summer, decided against it. The rear elevation of our house is due south, so in summer the temperatures would be too high. If I did have one installed, it would be with a warm roof (solid) to minimise temperature variations.

    Friends of ours had a conservatory built a couple of years ago. It has full glass double glazed units in the roof which increases the load considerably. During the heatwave this summer, they arrived home to find two of the glass panels in the roof had exploded. There was glass everywhere and some large shards had actually marked the ceramic floor tiles. They had the panels replaced FOC, but are now wary of sitting in it during hot weather.
     
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    Exactly this ^ ^ ^ did it every other year in a previous house. Easy to fix if it is this. A bit fiddly with the seals, but no real issue for any novice. Make sure you use a block of wood, hitting the end with the hammer will damage the perspex.

    If you struggle to knock it up, you can peel a seal out down the length this will make less effort required to knock the panel back up. Note the shape of the seal when you peel it out so to make sure it goes back in the same way.
     
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    Thanks for the advice all


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    In our previous house we had a large conservatory on the south side, and practically lived in it. When we moved 10 years ago, we had one built on the south side about 12'x12', and have never regretted it. Roof is double skinned slightly opaque, certainly gets very hot when closed up in summer (90-100 deg), but soon cools down when windows and roof vents are opened. Really good when we have a group of friends over. We also use it a lot in winter with an electric heater, as it is not connected to the house heating system. Can't really imagine life without one. There is also a much larger garden room at the back, with a solid roof, We very rarely if ever use it.
     
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    I have two radiators in it on the central heating and roof blinds but my wife hates them being closed as it’s darker but I think it would be warmer with them closed in winter.

    Also want a tv out there as well but not allowed!


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    You have just bought a vw Amorak.....
    Come on ‘man up’....tell her it’s important ...


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