If you are considering building a conservatory onto your home, then congratulations! This sunroom extension should be one of the most enjoyable locations within your home, where you can relax, read, enjoy the proximity of your garden, play with the kids, or do any amount of pleasurable activities.
Before you plunge into the building process however, be sure of your plans and of what materials you are going to use in the construction of your sunroom. The type of roof you are going to have is especially important, as conservatory roofs have an important part to play in the overall structure.
Most homeowners make the best use of their sunrooms in the summertime. That is if their roofing is such that it is able to repel the sun's rays adequately and that there is not a huge build-up of heat inside the structure. If you are unable to control the heat build-up, then staying in a conservatory during the hottest part of the day can become a challenge.
Before you build have a look at where you are considering placing the structure. Many homeowners have no option as to where they place the extension, but if you can place it in some slightly shaded area, then it may get some protection form its surrounds. Other homeowners would argue that you are actually blocking the sunlight from your conservatory then and that is a valid point. However having your sunroom in the shade for a few hours of the day may well help to control the heat build-up.
If you have not yet built your conservatory, you are in an ideal position to build a structure with a quality roof that is able to assist in reflecting the sun's rays and to stop them from entering the interior space of the room. A polycarbonate conservatory roof with glazing that has been specially treated in order to reflect heat is one such solution.
Other homeowners may have built these roofs in earlier times and perhaps did not use reflective polycarbonate glazing. In these cases they could purchase conservatory roof insets and insert them into the polycarbonate glazing. This is a low cost way of adding sun protection to an already existing roof.
Another option for pre-existing conservatory roofs is to stick a conservatory roof film to the inside of the glazing. Again this solution is not expensive and will help cut down on the amount of heat that gains access to the conservatory.
By installing conservatory roof blinds and drapes you are assisting the heat-reducing efforts being made by something like a polycarbonate conservatory roof. However drapes and blinds on their own, while they can control the light entering a room, are ineffectual in stopping heat because by the time the rays of the sun hit the blind or curtain, they are already in the room and will facilitate heat build-up.