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Conservatory Roof Options

glass roofingMany homeowners are more than happy with having a clear glazed conservatory roof, but there are also many who find that fully glazed roofing causes them some problems with managing heat.

Quite a large number of conservatory roofs have been fitted with poly-carbonate panels, often single sheets that offer very little energy efficiency and allow heat & cold to penetrate into the room, making it too cold in winter & too hot in summer.

Replacement conservatory roofing has become more popular and here are some of the alternatives.

Double Glazed Conservatory Roof

If you wish to retain the clear aspect of the roof, then double or triple glazed panels can be fitted. These sealed units will have the same insulating properties as a double glazed window and can be tinted or coloured to reduce glare.

You could also combine solid composite panels or use tinted “after-market” filming (like tinted car windows) to reduce glare or incoming direct sunlight.

It could also be convenient to use “self-cleaning” glass such as Pilkington Activ™ Self-Cleaning Glass that uses the changing UK weather to keep itself clean.

Solid Roofing

  • Energy Efficiency – use room 365 days per year
  • Lightweight solid roof options
  • Synthetic Tapco slate or shake tiles
  • 10 yr or more guarantees
  • Colour options to match your property

Glazed Roofing

  • Self-cleaning glass
  • Double or Triple glazing
  • Low-e & gas filled units for extra energy efficiency
  • Cloured, tinted options
  • Toughened or Laminated Glazing

Tiled Conservatory Roof

You could use standard concrete or slate tiles of any type to replace the existing roof, but there are some options which offer more energy efficient solutions and look good at the same time.

Lightweight tiles are in the market and are combined with double insulating layers, breathing membranes & plywood to give excellent insulation & weather proofing.

You might want to think carefully before putting a fully tiled roof on something like a small cheap conservatory for 2 reasons. 1) it may not be strong enough to support it. 2) it could make it look out of proportion to the size of the room.

Popular colours are grey, red & brown.

conservatory roofCombined Solid & Glazed Conservatory Roof

A very interesting “middle-ground” is to combine solid & glazed sections of the roof. Choosing this option can benefit you in a few ways.

Combining both allows you to retain the incoming natural light, but by selecting areas to be opaque or solid, you can actually manage where the light from above comes into the room.

The solid sections are well insulated and therefore help manage heat & cold issues.

A system that works well for this is to use double glazed panels and solid insulated composite panels.

By using a combination of solid & glazed panels it also allows you to make more use of the ceiling inside the conservatory, where you can fit stylish lighting, ceiling fans or maybe speakers for your sound system.

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