Conservatory Refurbishment: Scrap or Improve?

If you’ve moved into a house with a leaky old conservatory, or indeed have one which you erected yourself but has seen better days, you may be wondering what to do about it. Sometimes it seems like the best and only option really would be to rip it down and start again, but that is not always necessarily true. Here’s some food for thought if you’re wondering whether to scrap your old conservatory or try to fix it up.

Signs that it’s time to scrap your conservatory

A new conservatory is going to cost a pretty penny, and on top of that you’ll have the expense of dismantling and disposing of your existing building. For this reason, most homeowners will try to explore all the possibilities for refurbishing their conservatory before they decide to take it down. However, there are a few tell-tale signs that your conservatory is never going to be right for you, which may make you think twice before you spend any time or money on it. For example:

  • The layout is all wrong
  • There are no opening windows or other ventilation spots
  • There are signs of subsidence
  • The conservatory is making your home insecure
  • There have been dangerous modifications made to the room

If all or any of these are true for you, it might be time to call it a day and think about scrapping the conservatory.

The easy fixes

Sometimes it’s only minor cosmetic issues which can be fixed relatively affordably to make your conservatory a pleasant place to be again. For example:

Flooring

If your conservatory floor looks a bit tired and worn, a replacement shouldn’t set you back more than a couple of hundred pounds. Laminate and vinyl are the cheapest replacement solutions, but fade and wear fast so be prepared to replace again. Tile and stone are the hardest wearing, but also require a more significant investment. Check out our blog post on conservatory flooring for more advice.

Walls

If you have low brick walls in your conservatory, as well as any walls leading onto the house, these can be majorly improved by simply repainting or plastering. Look for any major damage to the walls that might indicate subsidence, as this could turn out to be an uneconomic repair.

Blinds: Nothing makes a conservatory look worse than stained and tatty blinds. Good blinds are not an insignificant investment, but if you choose well and maintain them properly, they should last for a long time. See our page on choosing conservatory blinds for more information.

Cosmetics

If your conservatory is structurally sound but looks like a dog’s dinner, you could give it a whole new lease of life with some skillful renovation and decoration. Wooden conservatories in particular age really badly, but can be easily sanded back and repainted to look like a brand new model.

If you dislike your conservatory but for just any of these reasons above, chances are an investment in a new one is not going to be worth it. Explore all the avenues for rescuing your old conservatory before plumping for a new model. You can work with specialist renovation companies who can take care of renewing old and tired conservatories professionally. Quite often they can even salvage parts of your existing conservatory, such as foundations and walls, and add on new parts, such as windows and doors, to make an amazing new room at a fraction of the price.

Investing in a brand new conservatory can come with a number of benefits, but make sure you’ve thought through the options thoroughly before making the leap.