If you have a conservatory installed, or you’re considering an installation in the near future, then you will probably have decided on a style from the ranges available. Whether you’ve opted for a Victorian, Edwardian, bespoke or lean-to design, it’s time to consider the conservatory roof. And this will have a massive impact on your conservatory as a whole.
Below you’ll find the main conservatory roof options available, with a full description on why you should consider the option for your home.
Glass conservatory roofs
You’ll probably know by now but conservatories are typically made from glass. What you may not know is that this is part of Building Regulations and conservatories can only have 25% brickwork.
With a glass roof you’ll be in keeping with the conservatory’s design, letting in plenty of light throughout the year. You’ll need to ensure your conservatory frames are thick and strong enough to support the weight, so glass is often perfect for aluminium constructions.
Heat reflective glass
Heat reflective glass is an option that’s becoming more and more popular in the UK for the conservatory roof. It’s otherwise known as energy efficient glass and a metallic coating helps to retain heat whilst not limiting the amount of light that passes through.
With heat reflective glass you won’t have to worry about glare either, especially on those sunny summer days. Remember though that low-e glass doesn’t act as insulation and will need combining with double or triple glazing.
Another possibility for the conservatory roof material is self-cleaning glass. A thin photocatalytic coating will be able to breakdown the dirt that accumulates on the roof with natural sun rays. Once the grime has been loosened it can then be washed away with natural rainfall. This helps to cut down your time spent maintaining the roof.
If you want to, it’s possible to combine self-cleaning glass with heat reflective properties. However, it’s important to specify this to your contractor as early as possible.
Tiled conservatory roof
Tiled roof conservatories are better known as sunrooms or garden rooms. This option has proved to be quite popular in the domestic market because it blends in well with the existing house.
As such, planning permission tends to be easier to gain with tiled rooftops, especially for those who live in a conservation area or listed building. If you have a south facing garden, tile roofs give the opportunity to avoid the conservatory overheating.
On top of this, tile roofs mean you have more privacy and are protected from prying eyes.
Polycarbonate is one of the favourite conservatory roof options in Britain. It’s often picked because of its ability to keep heat out of the conservatory and up to 80% of the sun’s rays can be blocked. As such, you’ll have the benefits of a more consistent temperature, especially in summer months.
Polycarbonate roofing will also reflect glare and experts say this can be reduced by 86%. As well as this, in the winter when you want to keep warm, heat won’t escape through the roof. Polycarbonate helps you to control energy bills and prevents your expenses escalating.