Knowing how to choose the best glass for a conservatory roof is important when you’re adding a conservatory to your home, or if you’re weighing up the different options for replacement conservatory roofs to give your existing conservatory an upgrade.
By finding out which is the best glass for your conservatory roof and the different types of glazing available, you can ensure you’re getting the best materials possible to suit your budget, your design, and your needs.
Benefits of glass conservatory roof
The most popular options for conservatory roofs include budget-friendly polycarbonate conservatory roofs, temperature regulating tiled or solid conservatory roofs, light and bright glass conservatory roofs, and ‘best of both worlds’ lantern roofs.
Choosing a glass roof for a conservatory offers many benefits to homeowners. Compared to other roofing materials, such as polycarbonate sheets or a lightweight tiled roof, glass can be versatile, adapting easily to the changing seasons and the changing functions of your garden room.
Depending on the type of glass you choose, a conservatory glass roof has the potential to offer:
More peace and quiet. Compared to a polycarbonate roof, glass conservatory roofs are typically quieter when it rains. Plus, the insulation within double glazed roofs provides extra soundproofing, so you can enjoy your garden even if you live near a busy road or celebrate a little longer into the evening without disturbing the neighbours.
Extra light. Glass conservatory roofs allow maximum light to enter the room, even on an overcast day, compared to polycarbonate or tiled roofs. And choosing glazing that has low glare properties means you’ll only be dazzled by how great your conservatory is.
Added convenience. Modern conservatories can also be fitted with self-cleaning glass, reducing the amount of time spent climbing ladders and washing difficult to reach spots at the top of your conservatory.
Toasty warmth and energy efficiency. Contemporary conservatory glass is designed to be extra eco-friendly. Insulating to retain warmth when needed and preventing wasted energy from escaping, you’ll find the amount of time you spend in your conservatory increases as your energy bills go down.
More time to enjoy. More durable than polycarbonate roofs, homeowners will get more enjoyment from investing in a glass roof as it will last longer and still look fantastic as the years go by. With the right care and maintenance, you can avoid the costs associated with replacing a polycarbonate roof with a predicted lifespan of around 10-15 years.
How Much Does a Glass Conservatory Roof Cost?
The cost of a glass conservatory roof will vary depending on the size, style, and specification of the conservatory, but you can expect prices to start in the region of £2,500 for an average size lean-to conservatory up to around £5,500 for a larger Edwardian style conservatory.
Because Conservatory Land offer some of the lowest conservatory prices in the UK, contact us for a free quote. We’ll be able to advise you on the different glazing options to suit the dimensions of your self-build project, and come up with different options to suit your budget.
Four of the Best Glass for a Conservatory Roof
Once you’ve decided that glass for your conservatory roof is the way to go, your next decision is which type of glass to choose.
Choose from a range of state of the art conservatory glazing options that use the latest in glass technology to bring a range of benefits to your conservatory.
Standard Toughened Safety Glass
This is the most budget-friendly conservatory glass roof option, however, it doesn’t have an energy efficient coating applied and lacks solar control functionality.
This means that your glass conservatory roof will allow more heat to escape, making it more difficult to keep your conservatory warm in the colder months.
It also means that it will allow more heat from the sun to enter your conservatory on hotter days, making it more difficult to keep your conservatory cool. It also has no self-cleaning properties which will require more maintenance.
Energy Efficient Glass
For homeowners looking to make bigger savings on their energy bills and be a little kinder to the environment in the process, energy efficient glass could be the perfect solution. Its eco-friendly design substantially reduces the amount of energy that escapes through a conservatory roof, cutting household energy emissions and energy costs at the same time.
Blue Self-Cleaning, Solar Control Glass
If you’ve got a south or west facing garden that sits in the sun for most of the day and you’re worried your conservatory could turn into an oven on the warmest days, Blue Self-Cleaning, Solar Control Glass might prevent you from getting hot under the collar.
Blue Self-Cleaning, Solar Control Glass is designed to maintain the perfect temperature, keeping you nice and warm in the winter, while making sure your conservatory doesn’t get too hot in the summer.
Blue Self-Cleaning, Solar Control Glass is extra smart too, using rainwater and daylight to break down dirt and clean itself, so you can sit back and enjoy the comfort of your conservatory and the view.
Clear Self-Cleaning Glass
If your conservatory roof has awkward nooks and crannies that are difficult to reach and clean, Clear Self-Cleaning Glass might be the best glass for you.
Clear Self-Cleaning Glass is an ideal glass for a conservatory roof and windows. Covered in a special coating, it prevents the build-up of dirt on your roof and windows so they look cleaner and clearer for longer.
The downside to this glass, is that unlike Blue Self-Cleaning, Solar Control Glass as described above, it has no solar control properties, therefore your conservatory could become uncomfortably hot in the summer months.
Choosing the Best Glass for Conservatory Roofs
Because Conservatory Land only supply the best quality glass, choosing the best glass for your conservatory roof is easy. All you need to do is choose the glass that meets your specific needs, from anti-glare to self-cleaning.
Get a free quote for the perfect glass to complete your conservatory roof or request a free brochure for some conservatory design inspiration. Call us for free on 0800 952 8000.