From the ground up, there are so many things to consider when you’re thinking about building a conservatory. Choosing the right conservatory roof is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make before you start to build. Here you’ll find all you need to know to answer the question ‘what is the best conservatory roof system?’, helping you get the best value out of your roofing budget and the best use out of your conservatory.
Or, if you’re looking to replace an existing conservatory roof, you may want to explore the benefits of alternative roofing options. Rather than carrying out a like for like replacement of an old or damaged conservatory roof, installing a different roof system may put an end to the things you didn’t like about your old roof and breathe new life into your conservatory.
With a range of conservatory roofs to choose from, we weigh up the pros and cons of each of the conservatory roofing types to help you decide what is the best conservatory roof system for your build or conversion project.
Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof System
Polycarbonate conservatory roofs are the cheapest roofing option available. Lightweight and flexible, they’re easy to install too. Although they’re budget-friendly, polycarbonate roofing systems aren’t expected to last much longer than 10-15 years. You could end up facing extra costs further down the line with a replacement roof or paying for repairs to leaks and water damage.
Because a polycarbonate conservatory roof doesn’t offer much by way of insulation or soundproofing, homeowners may find it difficult to regulate the temperature in their conservatory, and light rainfall can sound like a torrential downpour. Too hot in summer, too cold in winter, and too noisy on a rainy day, a polycarbonate roof can affect how often you get to use your conservatory throughout the year.
Although, polycarbonate roofs allow lots of natural light into a conservatory, they don’t provide as much as a glass roofing system due to their opaque finish. Taking all of these factors into consideration, it might be worth looking at other options if you’re not restricted by your budget.
Glass Conservatory Roof System
Glass conservatory roofs have been one of the most popular conservatory roofing types traditionally. Bringing in lots of natural light and offering an unparalleled view of the sky above, glass conservatory roofs are a great option for homeowners who want to feel closer to their garden from the comfort of their home.
With the latest developments in glass technology, conservatories with modern glass roofs don’t suffer from the same problems as older conservatories with basic glass roofs. With a variety of glazing options on offer, glass roofs are more energy efficient than ever, retaining heat and reducing wasted energy thanks to better double glazing insulation. Conservatories with tinted glass roofs are also better at reducing glare and regulating temperature too, reflecting the sun rays on hot summer’s days so things don’t heat up too much inside. And, with self-cleaning glass also available, maintaining those hard to reach spots on your conservatory is also easier.
Although more expensive than polycarbonate roofs, a glass roof is expected to last a lot longer, making buying one a sound(proof) investment.
Tiled Conservatory Roof System
Converting a polycarbonate or glass conservatory roof system into a tiled roof is becoming an increasingly popular option for homeowners who want to make their conservatory feel like more of a permanent fixture.
Because the sun can’t get into the conservatory through the tiles, and the tiles trap any heat that tries to escape in winter, a tiled conservatory roofing system is the best conservatory roof for transforming your garden room into an all-year round usable space.
And although the amount of natural light entering the conservatory is significantly reduced with the addition of a tiled roof, homeowners have the option to install roof windows to allow more light in, or can incorporate glass roof panels into the final design.
Solid Conservatory Roof System
Homeowners can also choose to build or convert their existing conservatory roof into a solid roof, with no need to apply for planning permission. A solid conservatory roof system is a long-lasting option, with an expected conservatory lifespan of over fifty years, depending on the quality of the installation and materials used.
Changing a glass or polycarbonate roof to a solid roof, will be subject to a building regulation application. This will ensure the structure of the conservatory can handle the weight of a solid roof.
Adding a solid flat roof, also opens up possibilities for adding roof lanterns. A roof lantern creates an orangery effect, allowing in natural light whilst helping to regulate the temperature of the room.
Choosing the Best Conservatory Roof System
The best conservatory roof system for you will depend on your personal wish list and individual needs. If you’re working to a tight budget then a polycarbonate roof might be the option for you. If you want to enjoy clear blue skies and starlit nights a glass roof could be the one. If you’re looking for a year-round more permanent feature then consider a tiled or solid roof option. By knowing what you want to get out of your conservatory, you can be confident you’re choosing the best conservatory roof system to tick all your boxes.
Get roofing ideas for your conservatory by requesting a free Conservatory Land brochure. Browse the range of conservatory styles and roof designs available to find your perfect conservatory roof system.