Many properties opt to add a conservatory at some stage if they wish to add another room onto their home with ease. If you are considering adding a conservatory, or you already have one that needs some repair, you may want to find out more about the roof options available.
Different types of conservatory roofs
The most common and familiar type of conservatory roof is the polycarbonate roof. This is available in different thicknesses and with different U-Values. Ideally you would want a thick roof with a high U-Value to get good quality results from this option. It can be tinted to reduce the amount of sun coming in.
Next up is glass. This is a better option than the one above since it can be self-cleaning and heat-reflective too. Both these elements should be present in your choice of glass because it will make the conservatory more enjoyable for longer periods throughout the year. It may not be suitable as a replacement roof for an existing conservatory though. This is because the roof beams should be strong enough to accommodate the heavier weight of the glass.
The third option is the tiled roof. You won’t see these very often on modern conservatories but they have many benefits that should be considered. Other options may be cheaper but they won’t necessarily lead to a habitable conservatory you can use and enjoy throughout the year.
A tiled roof can only usually be fitted when the conservatory is built using brick. This is because the weight of the roof must be properly supported. However some companies use lightweight tiles, opening up all the benefits of a tiled roof to owners of other types of conservatories as well.
What are the advantages of tiled conservatory roofs?
Many people opt for a cheap conservatory with a basic polycarbonate roof and then find they cannot use it in the warm weather because it overheats. They also discover it is too cold for use in the winter – leaving them with a room that isn’t as practical as they first thought.
This isn’t the case with a tiled conservatory roof. This type of roof comes with many advantages – not least the fact your conservatory will be usable all year round. It will be warmer in the winter months and cooler in the summer, unlike other roof types. You can even have skylights put in if you want a little more air and to see the sky at times.
You also won’t get the glare you’d expect from a glass roof, or even a polycarbonate one. Instead you will have a lovely bright yet shaded room that feels more like a part of your home.
If you currently have a conservatory with a glass roof you may have noticed your heating bills have increased. Heating a conservatory is a notoriously-difficult process – unless you have a tiled roof. In this case you will have the same benefits you get with your main house. The roof can be insulated and your heating bills will go down as a result.
If you have ever sat inside a conservatory with a polycarbonate roof during a rain shower you will know how noisy it is. Tiled roofs get rid of this annoyance too. You’ll hear the rain and you will still feel closer to the garden than to the house, but you won’t have the loud hammering of the rain to cope with.
There is also the question of how much privacy you would get in the average conservatory with a glass or polycarbonate roof. You may be overlooked by neighbours, in which case you will always feel as though someone might be watching you. With a tiled roof this concern is no longer there.
As you can see, there are many reasons why a tiled roof could turn out to be the best choice for your conservatory. If you are having one installed in the near future, consider having a tiled roof right from the start. If you already have a conservatory, or you’ve moved and inherited one from the previous owners, look into how viable it would be to replace the roof with a tiled one.
In both cases you should get several quotes for the work and make sure the installers have experience of tiled roof conservatories. This may be a more unusual option but as you can see from the information given above, it is a more practical one too. It opens up your conservatory to be used throughout the year.