You're not alone and with global warning now a fact of life in the UK, it is time to reclaim what should be an enjoyable room.
How can my conservatory be more bearable on hot and sunny days?
Unfortunately, there is no miracle product on the market that will make your hot south facing conservatory more user friendly without compromises. The answer has often been to install blinds. They are not a bad solution to limit the amount of sunlight, but don't do much against excess heat, and in fact just help trap the heat inside the room. Blinds can also be fiddly, unattractive, especially on odd shaped roofs with triangular panes, and tend to gather dust and dead flies. They are also very expensive!
So what are the alternatives to conservatory blinds?
Window film is the perfect alternative to conservatory roof blinds for several reasons:
How does window film work?
Our solar control films are made of several layers of polyester material, including a metallized layer, designed to control the amount of sunlight and infra red light going through the glass. The darker the film, the more effective it is, so be prepared to sacrifice some daylight. Window film is applied internally directly to the glass, and the effect is immediate.
Which film should I purchase?
We have a wide range of products available depending on the type of glass or material your roof is made of, the size of the roof, the aspect of the conservatory, and what you expect the film to achieve. For best results, we often recommend a dark film on the roof panels, and a lighter or heat rejection film on windows and doors, but each case is different.
Can I apply the film myself?
The answer is yes, however, it can be a difficult job especially on complicated roof structures, or roofs with long panes, especially when working at heights and on ladders. Ideally two people are best but if DIY is not your cup of tea, we offer an installation service covering Central and Greater London, as well as most of the South East. Get in with us via our contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Does the film always work?
We have applied window film on hundreds of conservatories since we started trading in 2003, and window film will always improve the room in varying degrees depending on the film you select. The most effective films are always the darker films, so there's always a compromise with the amount of daylight that you are willing to sacrifice. In some cases, where the roof is made of double glazed units not made of toughened glass, the only option might be to cover the roof panes with a completely opaque film to see any great benefit. Selecting the right film is crucial so please contact us so we can recommend the most suitable product for your purpose.
Click here to see our selection of conservatory glass and roof films, available to purchase by the metre or cut to size.