If you’re building a conservatory or looking to upgrade an existing one, shopping for a new or replacement conservatory roof means you’ll need to take a few things into consideration to help you find the best conservatory roof types to suit your specific needs.
To get the most out your money, and the conservatory itself, it’s worth taking the time to think about how the different types of conservatory roofs available will affect how much you’ll need to budget for, and how often you’ll use the room once the roof is installed.
Conservatory roof types can play a big role in regulating the temperature of the room and the amount of natural light entering the space.
It’s important to choose the right roofing option for you so that your conservatory stays functional, comfortable, and enjoyable all year round.
Our roofing products are designed to suit a wide range of budgets and individual requirements and at Conservatory Land, our conservatory roofs come in two tried and tested options, the polycarbonate conservatory roof, and the glass conservatory roof.
Here we’ll guide you through the advantages and disadvantages of both conservatory roof types to help you decide which one is best for your conservatory project.
The Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof
Energy Efficient: Polycarbonate conservatory roofs are made from thin layered sheets of clear or tinted plastic.
The thicker the better, this way of manufacturing the roofing material helps to insulate the conservatory as the gaps between the layered sheets trap warm air, keeping heat inside the room below.
At Conservatory Land, you’ll have the chance to upgrade your plastic roof to a thickness of up to 32mm for extra energy saving insulation.
This is especially useful in chillier months, as a thicker polycarbonate roof will reduce the amount of heat escaping through the conservatory roof and will keep the warmth produced by internal heating devices in.
Keeping the interior a little warmer during winter means you can continue to use your conservatory without the worry of it being too cold.
Lightweight yet strong: Polycarbonate plastic roofing sheets are a hardwearing alternative to a glass conservatory roof.
Lightweight, they offer easier transport and quicker installation compared to a glass roof option.
A polycarbonate conservatory roof is also designed to withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures without cracking or breaking, so you know it can handle whatever each season can throw at it.
Although they are extremely durable, plastic polycarbonate roofs can be scratched or dented easily and over time its appearance may change and may need replacing.
On a Budget: A polycarbonate conservatory roof is a popular option for many homeowners looking to build a conservatory on a budget, choosing a polycarbonate conservatory roof instead of a glass roof could save you several hundred pounds.
Keep it Cool: If you’re concerned about your conservatory becoming too hot when the sun finally comes out, choosing a UV blocking tinted polycarbonate roof can help to prevent heat from outside entering the conservatory on hot summer days, helping to regulate the temperature inside the conservatory during summer and keep it cool.
The Glass Conservatory Roof
One of the best types of roofing options available, double glazed panels make fantastic replacement conservatory roofs when compared to their polycarbonate counterparts.
Modern glass conservatory roofs have a lot to offer thanks to contemporary manufacturing methods, making them a more affordable, warmer, safer, quieter, and more convenient option for many households with a conservatory.
Long-lasting: For a few hundred pounds more you can buy a long-lasting glass conservatory roof that can not only withstand the elements but will also stay looking good for years to come with the right maintenance and care.
Designed to be tough and durable, should the glass become damaged or faulty over time, individual panels can be replaced quickly and easily with as little disruption to you household as possible.
A clear view: In contrast to the polycarbonate roof, you receive transparent glazing when you choose a glass conservatory roof.
Giving you a glare-free clear view of the sky above, you can watch clouds float by and the stars come out from the comfort of your cosy conservatory.
Extra insulation: Keeping your conservatory cool in summer and warm in winter, choose a glass conservatory roof filled with argon gas to help keep your home-to-garden space insulated and usable all year round.
Limiting the amount of heat energy leaving the conservatory, our insulated glass roofs will also help to keep your energy bills low too.
Relaxing rainfall: With a standard polycarbonate roof you may be forgiven for confusing a light downpour for a hailstorm outside.
A glass conservatory roof offers a quieter alternative when it rains, so you can enjoy the gentle pitter-patter of raindrops as they land on your glass roof and feel closer to nature as you snuggle up in your favourite conservatory chair.
Using the latest developments in window technology, there are more user-friendly glazing options for homeowners than ever.
Depending on the type of glass you choose for your conservatory roof, you could also benefit from:
Self-cleaning: Enjoy clean conservatory glazing without the hassle of washing the windows yourself. Self-cleaning glass is especially convenient in hard to reach places, making it the perfect material for a glass conservatory roof.
Sun protection: There are also options for adding UV protection to your glass conservatory roof, keeping you safe from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.
Choosing the Best Conservatory Roof Types
From adding another room to your property and saving money on energy bills, there are advantages to using either conservatory roofing option.
But, with a more comprehensive list of benefits, it’s the glass conservatory roof that is likely to have the most to offer to most individuals.
If you’re still undecided when it comes to your conservatory roof, request a Conservatory Land brochure for some conservatory design inspiration, or speak to a member of our team for a free quote to help you make up your mind on the best conservatory roof types for your particular project.