What are the benefits of a tiled conservatory roof?
You might wonder what the benefits of a tiled conservatory roof are when a glass roof lets in so much more sunshine.
Anyone who has ever had a glass roof will be able to attest to all the following drawbacks which far outweigh any benefit achieved.
Let’s explore the downsides first....
As beautiful as Victorian style conservatories are, cleaning a glass roof exterior is extremely awkward and difficult. Access to it is not easy and an expert cleaner is required because it’s jolly dangerous! If you don’t want the expense of professional cleaners you can invest in a specialist cleaning kit. This includes conservatory ladders designed specifically for the job and they are not cheap! Good quality ladders sell for almost £400. Specialist water fed, extendable conservatory brushes cost anything between £120 and £150. Prior to water jetting you need to clear all the debris and mould that builds up along the frames. If you don’t get rid of all the mould it will continue to germinate.
Unfortunately the interior makes you wish someone had invented self-cleaning glass. Trying to achieve a pristine, smear free finish is almost impossible.
If you want to make best use of a conservatory you should be able to use it all year round. However, the climate in Britain tends to be more cold than warm. Unless a conservatory is heated you won’t be able to use it in the winter. Glass does not retain heat and so much of it is lost through a glass roof. This directly equates to increased heating costs as heat rises and is lost through the roof.
The benefits of a tiled conservatory roof
Use it year round
Usually the structure of an old conservatory can’t support the same type of roof tiles you have on your house. For this reason, it is necessary to use specialist lightweight tiles. A layer of insulation material is fitted before tiling and this means that you retain more heat, thereby reducing your heating bills.
A tiled conservatory roof allows you to use the space all year round. You can watch the seasons change from a white blanket of snow in the winter to colourful spring flowers; from bright sunshine to the gold and copper colours of autumn.
Noise levels will noticeably reduce
Older style conservatories with glass roofs don’t offer much protection from noise. Rain hitting the roof makes a lot of noise and in the UK there is never a shortage of rain. If you are just sitting out relaxing it’s probably not such a nuisance but if you are trying to concentrate, it can be irritating.
Tiling with insulation is the solution to bringing this noise down to the minimum.
Lowering your carbon footprint
Lightweight roof tiles are environmentally friendly. So as you watch nature’s changing seasons you can be confident you are giving something back. Tiling a conservatory roof with recyclable products which lower fuel costs reduces your carbon footprint. If you want to go even more ‘green’ you could consider adding solar panels too.
Matching the style of your home
Conservatory roof tiles are manufactured in many styles and colours. They may not be as heavy as those on traditional roofs but they can be matched to them. This is particularly useful for listed buildings. You get the benefit of modern technology with the aesthetic appeal of ancient architecture. Planning authorities have strict rules for renovating period buildings but are invariably sympathetic to designs of conservatory roof tiles.