Different Types of Conservatory Roof

There are three main types of conservatory roof in use in the UK: polycarbonate, tiled and glass. Learn more about the different types of roof available and the benefits and drawbacks of each. Which one is best for your conservatory?

Polycarbonate Conservatory Roofs

More than 95% of conservatories installed in the last few years will have a polycarbonate roof. While polycarbonate usually has a lower price point, it is not cost effective in the long run and has a lot of drawbacks. One of the major problems is the fact that polycarbonate offers poor insulation, making conservatories too hot or cold to use for much of the year. It also tends to be less durable than other types of roof, which can make maintenance more challenging. For most people, a polycarbonate conservatory roof will not be the best solution and many choose a glass or solid tiled roof instead.

Solid Tiled Conservatory Roofs

A tiled roof will make a conservatory feel more like a home extension, with a solid ceiling and a roof that blends in with the rest of the property. It is a more expensive option than a polycarbonate roof but it will also be more long lasting, plus it will improve energy efficiency to reduce bills. One of the key benefits of a solid tiled roof is its thermal efficiency, balancing the temperature of the conservatory throughout the year – warmer in winter and cooler in summer. This means that the conservatory will not just look like an extension, it can be used like one as well. All in all, a tiled roof can give lots of scope to make a conservatory an integral part of the home.


Glazed Conservatory Roofs

Glazing is similar to polycarbonate but achieves a brighter, more aesthetically pleasing finish. That being said, it can still create many of the same issues including thermal inefficiency, which can make the space unusable for large parts of the year.

Instead of glass, many homeowners are now choosing solid tiled roofs with rooflights to incorporate natural light. If a glass roof is still the preferred choice, then solar controlled glass can be used to deflect heat away and prevent glare.

If you are considering a new roof for your conservatory, the most energy efficient, attractive and convenient options are solar controlled glass and tiles. If you would like to upgrade your roof without replacing the entire structure, you can also consider an insulated ceiling. This involves the installation of a solid ceiling that prevents glare and helps to regulate the internal temperature – you can choose from a UPVC or plastered ceiling finish.

Learn more about the different conservatory roof options available and find out if they could be right for you and your home. Replacing a conservatory roof is a simple process that can be completed in as little as one day. Get a  quick quote online.


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