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Conservatory with tiled roof: pros & cons

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Many people choose tiled conservatory roofs over traditional glass or polycarbonate ones in a bid to increase comfort and energy efficiency.

A solid roof can transform a conservatory into a proper extension, rather than occasional room.

Tiled conservatory roofs are a type of solid roof available in a variety of materials to suit different property types and budgets.

Depending on your requirements, solid tiled roofs are available with lightweight metal tiles, synthetic plastic tiles, or as tile effect sheets.

Installing a new tiled roof on an existing conservatory can be a more laborious and expensive job than opting for a new polycarbonate or glass roof. This is because you are essentially turning your temporary structure into a permanent extension.

Whether you are replacing an old, existing conservatory roof, or considering your options for a new build conservatory, a tiled roof may be the right option if you want to spend a little more to create a permanent extension on your home.

Tiled roof conservatory building regulations

Replacing an old glass or polycarbonate conservatory roof with a new solid tiled roof does not require planning permission, but it does require Building Regulatory Approval.

This is because adding a solid roof to your conservatory changes its classification from a ‘temporary’ structure to a ‘permanent’ one.

Your conservatory will need to be assessed to ensure that it can safely handle the weight of a solid roof.  Sometimes it may be necessary to adjust your conservatory’s structure to ensure that it can support the roof safely and complies to relevant building regulations.

These changes could include adding extra batons or rafters for additional support, changing windows and doors, or the installation of roof vents to increase ventilation.

It is advised that you obtain Building Regulatory Approval from your local authority prior to purchasing your new solid conservatory roof.

Why choose a tiled roof for a conservatory

Tiled roofs are usually the most expensive type of conservatory roof, but they can offer a variety of benefits if you decide to make the investment.

Comfortable all year around – Conservatories with old and outdated glass roofs can sometimes be too hot and bright in the summer, and cold in the winter. Tiled roofs help you to control the temperature in your conservatory and reduce glare from the sun, to create a comfortable living space no matter what the weather.

Extra living space – A solid roof turns your conservatory from an occasional room to a living space that can be used all year round,

Add value to your property – Adding more permanent living space to your home increases your property’s value. If you decide to sell your home in the future, you are likely to benefit from your investment.

Energy efficient – Old polycarbonate roofs that were installed 10 or more years ago tend to lose a lot of heat. Solid roofs are an attractive option for the environmentally conscious, as they are efficient at reducing the amount of heat lost through the roof of the conservatory. A conservatory with a tiled roof will usually be fully insulated and thermally efficient, keeping your home warmer and reducing your energy bills.

Improved soundproofing – Whilst some people like the sound of rain on a roof, it can sometimes be impractical if it’s very loud and you’re trying to watch television or have a conversation. Tiled roofs reduce the noise from rain and other sound pollution.

Variety of finishes available – Solid tiled conservatory roofs are available in a wide range of finishes, allowing you to pick a tile design that blends in with the rest of your home’s exterior.

Low maintenance – Tiled conservatory roofs require very little maintenance as they are very durable, and dirt does not show up on them as clearly as it does on a glass roof.

Pros and cons of a solid conservatory roof

Whilst a conservatory with a tiled roof has its benefits, it is not the right solution for every property.

To help you decide if a solid conservatory is right for you and your home, we’ve put together a list of the pros and cons of solid conservatory roofs.


  • Creates a comfortable environment for use all year round.
  • Energy efficient – saves money on your heating bills.
  • Choose a style of tile to complement your home’s exterior.
  • Better soundproofing.
  • Low maintenance – doesn’t show up as much dirt as a glass roof.


  • May require extra batons and rafters to be installed to support the weight of a solid roof.
  • Doesn’t have the wow-factor that a glass roof does.
  • Is likely to require Building Regulatory Approval.
  • Doesn’t let in as much light as a glass roof.
  • Usually more expensive than polycarbonate and glass.

Tiled roof alternatives

Tiled roofs provided solutions to many of the challenges posed by old glass conservatory roofs installed ten or more years ago.  

However, over the years, technology has advanced and there are now plenty of polycarbonate and glass roof solutions on the market that offer all the same benefits of solid roofs and more.

At Conservatory Land, we offer a range of modern polycarbonate and glass roofs that offer exceptional comfort and thermal performance, as well as boasting elegant roofs and sky views.

In addition to being comfortable and energy efficient, many of our roofs also feature our popular self-cleaning glazing to improve your conservatory’s appearance and reduce maintenance.

It is now entirely possible to replace your old conservatory roof with a more comfortable and energy-efficient solution without breaking the bank or having to switch to a solid roof.

Polycarbonate conservatory roofs

This is your most affordable option. Polycarbonate plastic is durable, lightweight and long-lasting. Polycarbonate roofs are made from thin, layered sheets of plastic. The layers trap warm air to provide excellent thermal insulation.

At Conservatory Land we provide the option of upgrading your polycarbonate to a thickness of 32mm for extra thermal insulation and energy saving.

Glass conservatory roofs

Durable and long-lasting, glass conservatory roofs offer the best view to the outside world. Glass roofs are much quieter than polycarbonate roofs, reducing rainfall to soothing background noise.

At Conservatory Land we offer a variety of add-on features for glass roofs, allowing you to pick and choose features to suit your budget and requirements.

These optional extras include:

  • Glass filled with argon gas for superior insulation
  • Self-cleaning glazing
  • UV protection

For further information about any of our conservatory roofs, 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.

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