Choosing the right roof for your conservatory

Choosing the right roof for your conservatory

Planning and building a new conservatory takes a considerable amount of time and money. Whether you opt for the DIY option, or to work with contractors, you’ll need to pay attention to the finer details to ensure the build goes smoothly, so you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your investment.

Deciding upon the right roof for your conservatory is a key part of the build process and to help you understand the differences, we’ve laid out the different styles below for you:

Glass roofs

This may seem like the most obvious choice and it certainly is one of the most popular options available. Built using strong aluminium frames, not only do they offer a sleek finish to your conservatory but allow even more light to come into the space. Solar controlled glass is a good way of managing the temperature during the hotter months if you are worried about the natural sunlight becoming too amplified. Reinforced glass is also a great way to remove any security risks you feel a standard glass conservatory roof may pose. Or, if glare is of particular concern to you during the summer, tinted glass will help reduce this significantly.


Tiled conservatory roof

The great thing about installing a tile roof is the wide variety of colours and shades that allow you to match it to any style palette you need. They can also sometimes be referred to as ‘warm roofs’ due to the high levels of insulation they provide. Compared to glass conservatory roofs they require less cleaning, which is ideal for those who are looking to lower the amount of ongoing maintenance required in their conservatory. If you are concerned that a tiled roof would block out too much light, the good news is you can still incorporate skylights and windows if needed.


Polycarbonate conservatory roofs

Installing polycarbonate plastic as an alternative to a glass roof is certainly a more cost effective option. The roof is comprised of multi-layers of plastic sheets and the gaps between each one trap the warm air. However, a big downside to this style is they are not as efficient at maintaining the temperature within the conservatory. Access to natural light is also reduced, while protection against outside noise becomes less effective. If you decide to tint the colour of your polycarbonate roof then on hotter days it can help bring the overall temperature down inside the conservatory.


Lead conservatory roofs

Lead conservatories can have partially flat roofs installed for a number of reasons and allowing access to the roof is typically the most common. Especially as building regulations stipulate that a conservatory is not built in such a way that restricts or prevents ladder access to windows in a roof or loft conversion that may be used as an escape route in an emergency. It can also just be a personal choice to block out views from any overlooking rooms. A solid lead roof insulates from winter weather, as well helping to reduce sun intensity in the summer. This style will minimise the amount of natural light coming in but installing a mixture of lead and glass panels is a way to navigate this issue.

If you need further information about conservatories, you can always look at our guide to conservatory types and read about how much a conservatory may cost depending on which style you choose.