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Cooling down a plastic conservatory - Will this do the trick?

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RGPargy · 30/06/2008 23:18

hi everyone

Our conservatory is unbearably hot in the summer months and it's really pissing me off! It runs the entire width of the back of our house and you have to go through it to get out the back door to the garden.

We have vertical blinds up at the windows that the previous owners of the house left behind but there's absolutely nothing on the roof of the conservatory, which to me seems a bit daft?!

So anyway, to cut a long story short, we are very broke so cannot afford bespoke Hillarys blinds or anything like that but have come up with the idea that we could perhaps get 2 or 3 large (unused!) dust sheets and suspend them across the roof in order to reflect the light/heat from the sun.

Has anyone done this or something similar and it's worked?? Honestly, it's like literally walking into a sauna when you walk into it and what's worse is that we cant shut it off from the rest of the house so the heat from it just pours through the downstairs of the house so much that quite often it's hotter INSIDE than it is outside!!

Help!!

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procrastinatingparent · 30/06/2008 23:29

We found this specialist foil stuff that you insert into each section of the polycarbonate roof. It was not super cheap, and it took ages to do. But it has made our conservatory bearable again.

If you are thinking about dust sheets, your budget may not stretch to this stuff. But it has been very good.

we didn't use these guys but this kind of thing

JudgeNutmeg · 30/06/2008 23:33

We had the foil insert too and they have given us a year-round usable room. We had Hillary's quote £1800 for blinds and then we got a £450 quote or the solar inserts. Really worth the money IMO.

If you are completely brassic them hang the sheets. When you have some dosh, get the inserts as they really make an unbelievable difference.

RGPargy · 30/06/2008 23:47

I'd never thought of solar inserts. Good idea!

We ARE completely brassick so we'll have to do the sheets for now, but deffo worth getting the inserts by teh looks of things!

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