Phew! overheating conservatory

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Hi, don't know if anyone can advise me on shading of a conservatory roof?

It is 3m x 3.5m and is a slanting roof(pent?) of plastic channel-like panels.
It gets so hot in the summer as there are only 4 little windows in the walls to let the heat out. I'm just wondering if anyone would have any ideas. I did google shade cloth but the sites are all in China, US or S. Africa! This shade cloth is like greenhouse shading but comes in big sizes, although I'm not sure if one would put it on the outside or the inside. Is there anything in the UK that would do the job?

Some years back I did have solar inserts put in the channels of the old roof but they went green and rusty and necessitated having new panels on the roof last year.

Any suggestions gratefully received.

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  • savemoney
    savemoney Posts: 18,127 Forumite
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    edited 29 June 2009 at 5:37PM
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    My MIL has a plastic roof its got a large gap in the plastic and has two layer

    She had blinds in the roof inside and when pulled down they do make a big difference in Summer and Winter

    I think they run on some wires and the blinds have folds in them, I have a feeling they wont be cheap
  • Chippy_Minton_2
    Chippy_Minton_2 Posts: 1,839 Forumite
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    Serena51 wrote: »
    Some years back I did have solar inserts put in the channels of the old roof but they went green and rusty and necessitated having new panels on the roof last year.

    You should have replaced them with glass.
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  • Serena51
    Serena51 Posts: 203 Forumite
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    Thanks for that helpful idea Chippy but unfortunately I was not in a position at the time to pay for a whole roof, which would have been required if using glass as the present one would not have been sturdy enough to take the weight.

    I was really looking for help with my current situation.
  • Barneysmom
    Barneysmom Posts: 10,123 Forumite
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    All you need is to stretch a piece of curtain wire across the width at both ends and rape some cheap muslin, like an Arabian Nights ceiling. You could dye it first, any colour you like. I don't know how big it is, you could buy cheap kingsize sheets in various colours and use them.
    Much cheaper ( and less risky than climbing onto the roof)..
    Have a look at this, maybe you could do something like it? I found it on Google Images...........

    http://vivwild.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/sv202691.jpg


    I wouldn't use that colour myself though :)
  • Chippy_Minton_2
    Chippy_Minton_2 Posts: 1,839 Forumite
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    Barneysmom wrote: »
    rape some cheap muslin, like an Arabian


    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
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  • Barneysmom
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    :o:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    Well spotted!
    I think I meant 'drape' :cool:
    Well, it made us laff which is always good........:)
  • savemoney
    savemoney Posts: 18,127 Forumite
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    That looks a good idea may strong wire of that wire you get for net curtain and sue some strong double sided sticker type hooks
    Barneysmom wrote: »
    All you need is to stretch a piece of curtain wire across the width at both ends and rape some cheap muslin, like an Arabian Nights ceiling. You could dye it first, any colour you like. I don't know how big it is, you could buy cheap kingsize sheets in various colours and use them.
    Much cheaper ( and less risky than climbing onto the roof)..
    Have a look at this, maybe you could do something like it? I found it on Google Images...........

    http://vivwild.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/sv202691.jpg


    I wouldn't use that colour myself though :)
  • knowloads
    knowloads Posts: 368 Forumite
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    shade the outside for a quick fix. scaffolding safety netting is big and strong see ebay etc. being a pent roof, its simple to fit. £1 shop sell tough sprung clamps that we use for sheeting jobs. (Inside shades are not as effective as the heat has already come in, then it builds up.). In the good old days my dad used emulsion paint on roof lights, not perminent but worked OK
  • Serena51
    Serena51 Posts: 203 Forumite
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    Thankyou knowloads, I will probably go down the route you suggest
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