Choosing a Conservatory Roof

The roof is a key element of any conservatory and deciding which one to go with can make or break your new space. The choice is vast and varied, so determining the best fit for your conservatory will take some thought and meticulous research. Here at Roofing Megastore we are on hand to help you make those all important choices and find the perfect conservatory roof for your project.

There are a few different roof types that you can choose from; polycarbonate, glass and solid tiled. All of these offer their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages so it is essential to consider what you will be using your conservatory for before you commit to anything.

Glass roofs are usually the most expensive but they look the part and will really impress visitors to your home. They are also highly durable, and when glazed in clear glass they can let lots of natural light flood into the conservatory. The downside is that they are prone to damage from inclement weather, especially during storms, and regular maintenance is required to keep them looking as good as new.

Polycarbonate is a cheaper option and is much easier to work with than glass. It is also easy to customise so that it fits your conservatory whatever its shape. However, it is not as effective at heat regulation as glass and can get hot inside during the summer. Polycarbonate roofs can be glazed in varying levels of transparency and homeowners can prioritise whether they want their conservatory to allow more light in or to retain heat.

A solid tiled roof turns a conservatory into something that looks more like an extension of the rest of their house and less like a conservatory. They are tough, independent and will typically last for at least 50 years. They do not have that glassy sheen and sparkle, however, and they can feel a bit cold in winter.

If you decide to clad your existing conservatory roof it is crucial that your installer is aware of the structural calculations that need to be made. Any drilling of the original structure may negatively impact it and lead to leaks. It is also important that you request a copy of your installer’s fire safety certificate.

Lastly, it is worth noting that planning permission is usually not required to replace or clad your conservatory roof as this is classed as “Permitted Development.” If you have any concerns about this, please check with your local authority. To find out more about the wide range of roofs available for your conservatory, why not speak to our team on the phone or online? They can provide you with expert advice to help you make the right decision for your project. Alternatively, you can order your roof and get it installed quickly and efficiently by our network of approved installers. To receive a free quotation, simply fill in the form on our website.

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