Choosing the right conservatory roof

Choosing the right conservatory roof

When you're planning to add a conservatory to your home, the style of roof you choose is one of the key decisions that you need to make. There are lots of different types - from glass conservatory roofs to solid tile roofs - and each one has pros and cons. Before you make any decisions, it's a good idea to think about the benefits of each one.

Glazed roofing

Glass is the ideal material to choose if you're trying to maximise the amount of natural light that flows into the room. Thanks to new glazing technology, many roof panels now come with a special coating that provides UV protection as well as a level of thermal insulation. Southern Plasticad uses Pilkington ActivTM Blue glass in its conservatories, which has a special coating that stops too much heat penetrating through. It also breaks down dirt, making it easier to keep the roof clean.

Polycarbonate roofing

Polycarbonate panels are made of heavy-duty plastic. They are far cheaper than glass panels, but still allow natural light to come in. Also, because the structure of the panels makes them slightly opaque, you will get less glare from the sun, plus any dirt that builds up on the roof will be less noticeable from the inside. Another benefit is that you get a better choice of finishes. Southern Plasticad offers polycarbonate roofs in clear, opal or bronze.

Tiled roofing (Guardian roof)

If you plan on using your conservatory all year round, a guardian roof may be your best option. It provides optimum thermal insulation, keeping the room cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Guardian roofs can be fitted with roof windows if you need more natural light in the room, and you can also choose a tile style that matches the roof of your home.

Give us a call today if you're interested in finding out more about different conservatory roof options.