Best conservatory roofing material options

What Are the Best Types of New Conservatory Roofs?

The best type of conservatory roof really depends on what you are looking to achieve. The most popular material used on conservatory roofs is glass which lets in lots of natural light. You can also opt for tiles if you are looking to create more of an extension to your home.

Tiled or solid roofs won’t let as much light into the room but they will have good insulation and can be fitted with roof windows.

You can also install a cheaper alternative to glass which is called polycarbonate plastic although this material does not insulate as well. You will also not be able to benefit from new innovations in glass technology such as self-cleaning and anti-glare features.

The most popular conservatory roofing options are:


Glass Conservatory Roof

Glass conservatory roofs are a great way to bring more light into the room.

There are many different types of glass to consider when choosing your new conservatory roof. Thermally efficient glass reduces the amount of heat escaping. It comes in the form of double-glazed panels filled with an energy-efficient gas and can also be protected with a special coating.

Self-cleaning glass reduces the need to get to those high and hard-to-reach places on your conservatory roof. It works with a special coating which reacts with the sunlight to break down dirt.

As conservatories can get very bright, particularly in the summer, tinted glass is a good idea to reduce the intensity of the sun’s glare.


Solid Conservatory Roof

Solid roofs can help solve problems with temperature control as they provide effective insulation in the winter and reduce the intensity of the sun in the summer.

Although having a solid roof won’t make your conservatory as bright as a glass roof, you have options to install velux-style windows or combine solid roof panels with glass panels to create the best of both worlds.


Tiled Conservatory Roof

Tiled conservatory roofs are a good option to create a lovely extension to your home.

Tiles provide effective insulation and obviously require less cleaning than glass, they can also be matched to blend in with the rest of your home.

A conservatory with a tiled roof won’t let as much light into the room in comparison to glass although you will have the option to install windows.


Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof

A cheaper alternative to having a glass conservatory roof is polycarbonate plastic however these are not as efficient at maintaining a consistent temperature in the room. They also let in more noise and less natural light.

Whilst glass roofs are more expensive, they will be a better long-term investment compared with polycarbonate plastic. The amount of progressive technologies in glass offer a range of benefits such as tinted glass that reduces glare, energy efficient glass and self-cleaning properties.


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Which Conservatory Roofing Material Will Be Best for You?

Best Conservatory Material

The type of roof you choose will depend on what you are looking to achieve from your conservatory.

If you want a light and bright space where you can enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and the sound of the rain, glass is your best choice, particularly with the range of technologies you can get such as anti-glare and self cleaning.

Polycarbonate plastic is a cheaper alternative to glass but is reputed to have poorer insulation.

If your objective is to create an extension to your house, a tiled or solid roof will be more suitable. It will also be more durable in extreme weather and better at insulation.



Who Are the Best Conservatory Roofing Companies?

When choosing your conservatory roofing company, we recommend that you check they are a member of The Conservatory Association. This is a division of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) which promotes the highest technical standards and protects homeowners when buying glass or glazing products.

The best companies to install your new roof can be both national and local. One of the leading national replacement conservatory roofing companies is Everest who have been in business for over 50 years fitting windows, doors and conservatories that are custom-made for your home.



Tips for Getting the Best Price

When looking for the best price for your conservatory, it’s worth taking a little time to compare at least three installers that are a mix of both national and local companies. This will give you time to digest what they offer and whether or not they are the right choice.

It’s not a good idea to sign a contract the first time you meet with an installer and before you’ve had a chance to shop around.

It’s also key to consider that choosing the cheapest option could prove to be a false economy as installing a conservatory is about quality, energy efficiency and durability. Check out our conservatory roof price page for more information on cost.



Can You Replace Your Conservatory Roof?

It is unlikely that you will require planning permission to replace the roof if you already have an existing conservatory. Your roof installer will do a survey at the beginning of the project before they provide you with a quote which will assess whether you need planning permission.

You do not have to hire the same company that installed your conservatory to replace the roof. You can shop around to find a new installer, perhaps one with particular expertise in the material you want to switch to.

If you feel that your entire conservatory is poor quality, you may want to consider replacing it all rather than just the roof.



Do You Need to Change Your Conservatory Roof?

There are many reasons why you might need to change your conservatory roof. Perhaps it has been damaged by mould or suffers from condensation and leaks. An older conservatory may have poor energy and thermal efficiency, which will increase your energy bills. This will also make it less likely to be enjoyed during the winter which means you are not getting the best value out of your conservatory.

A new roof that addresses all these issues will allow you to get maximum enjoyment out of the space all year round. It will also make it more energy efficient, saving money on your bills and will generally increase your property’s value.



Next Steps

Select the type of conservatory you currently have to get a bespoke quote for a new conservatory roof.

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