conservatory poly roof too hot


Postby Clive B » Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:12 pm

Have a large conservatory approx 30' x 12' which is south facing thus far too hot to use in summer. If I stuck sheets of polystyrene insuluation to the polycarbonite roof would it help reduce heat build up. Am not concerned at loss of light because have 3 walls of windows. Would I need to leave an air gap? Also would it help reduce heat more if I also stuck aluminium foil between the polystrene & the polycarbonite to reflect back the sun?
Another option I am considering would be the use of insulating rolls, ie. the padded stuff with the silver foil. Would this be better than using the former.? Help!
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Postby stoneyboy » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:16 pm

Clive B,
Insulating under the polycarb will give all sorts of condensation problems.
Have you tried coolglass - its like a chalky liquid which is applied to the outside of greenhouses to cool them in summer.
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Postby rosebery » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:20 am

You could try Googleing either of these:

"llumar.co.uk"

"polycool.co.uk/"

I've used the latter's products in my own and also fitted it in 3 / 4 others. Makes a enormous world of difference in the summer and seems reasonable effective in winter as wel.
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Postby Clive B » Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:41 pm

Have tried coolglass but whilst it must have helped it was no where near effective enough. Have looked into the various films but they are very expensive with no guarantee of success.
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Postby rosebery » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:04 pm

Polycool product isn't a film. It a reflective strip that fits into the channels of your polycarb roof sheets and being slightly oversized forms a U shape in the channel. Its very effective and no I don't work for them or anyone connected with them.

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Postby jankeef » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:52 am

I have a south facing conservatory and instead of having a polycarb roof which is like being inside a drum when it rains, I had a blue glass roof. This actually helps keep the temp down in the summer and we can use the conservatory whatever the weather as the rain does not cause a noise problem.

If you decide to go for a glass roof, don't be conned into getting active glass as it does not do what pilkington claim.
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Postby rosebery » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:56 pm

"If you decide to go for a glass roof,............"

I'm not totally convinced the OP wants to change the polycarbonate roof he already has installed.

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