What to Look for When Replacing a Conservatory Roof
Your conservatory is an extended living space in your home, and whether you use it for relaxing in the summer time, or as a social room for your children, it’s important for it to be properly protected from the elements. A roof is only as good as the quality of the components used to make it, or how well those components have stood up to the elements over a period of years.
If you’re looking to replace your conservatory roof, you must consider the style of roof, weather and environment, as well as your budget.
The following guide provides an insight into the three primary conservatory roof options available, and the circumstances in which they are most suitable. Remember also that if you have previously had glass panels installed, it may be possible to install polycarbonate panels easily, but a tiled roof could be more costly and complicated to arrange.
Tiled roofs have a much more traditional feel than polycarbonate and glass roofs, making a conservatory appear more as a continuation of the house than an extension.
As well as a more charming appearance, tiled roofs offer extra strength and an opportunity to insulate the property more efficiently. If your environment is generally colder with less sunlight, this extra insulation can keep the conservatory warm even through the winter months. Tiled roofs can be typically cheaper to install initially, but may cost more if you are intending to convert a glass-roof conservatory.
If you are used to lower temperatures outside, but you don’t want to lose the huge amount of light that traditional glass roofs let in to your property, polycarbonate roofs are a great alternative.
Polycarbonate panels can be purchased in widths of between 16 and 35mm. The thicker the panel the more insulating it will be, meaning you can enjoy a warm conservatory even on cold days. Thick panels can be just as effective as insulating the room as double glazed windows, too. This is the perfect combination of a traditional conservatory experience and the insulation properties of a tiled roof. This option does, however, come with a few downsides. Polycarbonate panels are less effective at cancelling outside noise, and can become dirtier more quickly than glass panels. One of the most attractive features of polycarbonate roofs, however, is the lower cost compared to glass.
Traditional Glass Roofs
A glass roof is the most popular option for conservatory owners not just because of how durable they are, but because they allow plenty of light into the room and have good insulating properties – assuming you are using double glazing panels. There are even self-cleaning glass options, that take away the need for regular maintenance, as well as the option of coated glass that protects your furniture and fabrics from direct sunlight.
The soundproofing qualities of glass panels make them a great option if you’re replacing your conservatory roof, too. For many conservatories, it is possible to simply renovate or repair the frames on the top of the property extension and replace panels with a modern alternative. These panels can also be fitted with a variety of frame materials, from uPVC to wood.