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Condensation in Conservatory Roof Panels

Condensation in Conservatory Roof Panels
 

Wherever warm, moist air meets cooler air, condensation inevitably forms.  This can be on any scale, right from the atmosphere itself – producing rainfall – or on a humbler scale in our homes. 

Yes, whilst life on earth would be redundant without condensation, most of us would prefer to live without it in our homes. Commonly affected areas include: doors, windows, and in glass panels inside of conservatories.

This turns what should be a useful extra room in Summer, and a cosy indoor garden in Winter, into a climate change battle ground all of its very own.

So how do you combat condensation in conservatory roof panels? It’s time to find out…

Space that Breathes

Ventilation is a key factor in reducing condensation in conservatories.  In Summer, this is fairly easy to achieve; if the weather is good you’ll most likely want a window or two open, to allow some air to circulate.  This will go some way towards reducing the risk of condensation developing. 

Winter is the more problematic time for conservatories – on so many levels.  All that lovely glass allows heat to escape quickly – meaning that your garden room becomes more of a cold store.

Even so, the air outside will still be colder meaning that Winter is the time that condensation in conservatory roof panels becomes a real problem.  Ventilation and heating can help; plug in a heater, and open the windows – this will heat the air and circulate it, removing moisture as it goes.

It’s one of the more expensive options, however, and you may begrudge turning up the heat-only to allow it easy access out of your home.

Domestic Cloud Forests

Cloud forests occur mostly in tropical regions, and there is one famous, artificial cloud forest on Ascension Island.  This was created in the nineteenth century to increase the water supply available for troops stationed on the island. 

When it comes to conservatories, plants can have a similar effect, capturing and releasing moisture into the space.  Whilst you probably don’t run the risk of an Attenborough and a bunch of monkeys setting up home amongst the Aspidistras, you will see condensation levels rising to the roof.

This is especially true in the Winter months, if you house lots of plants in the conservatory.  Cutting down on the number of plants – especially in Winter – will reduce the amount of moisture that they produce and reduce the risk of creating your own indoor cloud forest.

Delicate plants can be moved to other rooms and hardier specimens can be kept outdoors.

Garden Room Not Drying Room

The conservatory can, on the face of things, look like a great place to dry clothes in the Winter months – or during wet Summer ones.  There’s usually plenty of space, and a bit of direct sunlight can go a long way; certainly it beats turning on that expensive tumble drier!  

However, turning wet clothes to dry ones involves evaporation and, therefore, condensation.  If you do need to dry clothes in the conservatory, try to do so on days when you can open vents and windows to allow air to circulate – cold but dry Winter days will be the most practical for this purpose.

 
 

Double Glazing and Condensation in Conservatory Roof Panels

If you have an older, single glazed conservatory, fitting double glazing will have a doubly positive effect.  Double glazing will help to cut the condensation in conservatory roof panels quite drastically.

Some condensation is still likely to occur, but the extra layer of glass creates an extra barrier between the warmer air on the inside, and the colder air on the outside.  Installing new vents as part of the glazing units will also offer extra air-circulation capabilities to the room.

Additionally, the second benefit of double glazed panels is simply to add to the insulation of the conservatory.  This will help to reduce heat loss and the cost of your energy bills.

Retro-fit Roofing

This sounds like one of those big jobs that require hordes of tea-swilling builders with muddy boots, and a penchant for bacon butties.  However, replacing a glazed roof with a new ‘proper’ roof isn’t the only option here.

Insulated conservatory roof panels can be fitted to the existing structure, and subsequently perform two important functions.  Firstly, they are designed to add insulation to the room, making it easier to achieve an ambient temperature (at a lower energy cost) all year round.

They are also specifically designed to prevent condensation in conservatory roof panels, reducing annoying drips, humidity and all the associated issues that these challenges can cause.

 
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