What is the Best Conservatory Roof Material?

We are all spending more time in our homes this year than we have ever done before. Our conservatories have becoming our offices as well as sanctuaries where we take time to relax and recharge.

With the summer months approaching fast, many of our customers are asking us about the different conservatory roof options we offer, and what the qualities of each material are.

A new roof can significantly improve the performance of existing home extensions and conservatories. According to a recent survey by Which, leaking roofs and poor temperature insulation are some of the most common faults when it comes to conservatories and extensions.

With rapid improvements in conservatory roof technology, you can now choose a new roof for your conservatory, with the peace of mind that you will be able to enjoy your extended living space all year round.

In the past, planning regulations stated that your conservatory roof had to be 75% translucent. However, in recent years these regulations were relaxed. There are now many options that homeowners can choose from. These include a glass conservatory roof, a polycarbonate roof and a tiled conservatory roof. 

To help you decide which option is best for your conservatory, our experts have compiled the following guide to conservatory roof materials.

Glass conservatory roof: Modern technology to keep you comfortable

A glass conservatory roof will help create a wonderfully light living space while at the same time protect you from the harsh British weather conditions. Upgrading to a new glass roof will transform your conservatory into a bright welcoming room, with greater temperature control and less noise from the outdoors. You will be able to enjoy relaxing views of the outdoors in peace and quiet all year round.

Replacing your old plastic or glass conservatory roof with a new SMARTGLASS® roof can have a significant effect on the way your conservatory looks and feels. The SMARTGLASS® range includes products which benefit from both self-cleaning and solar control properties.

Specially designed for conservatories and large glazed areas, SMARTGLASS® Ultimate is the newest addition to our glass roof options. This range represents the very pinnacle in terms of glass technologies for conservatory and glazed roofing areas and is unsurpassed in the UK market. It works to further reduce the amount of direct sunlight coming through to your conservatory. Its unique solar control coating helps keep internal temperatures cool whilst still maintaining excellent light transmittance. This glass naturally comes with true self-cleaning and warm edge technologies, and is exclusively available in our popular cool blue tint.

Polycarbonate conservatory roof: Lightweight, affordable option

A polycarbonate conservatory roof is made using layers of clear or tinted plastic which traps air to act as insulation. Polycarbonate roofs are compatible with all types of existing and new build conservatory designs and sizes, whether it’s a small lean-to or a large scale P-shaped design.

Hipped or mono-pitch designs can easily be achieved, and the traditional aesthetics ensuring your roof will complement your conservatory style and the overall character of your home. 

Modern polycarbonate roofs are exceptionally sturdy and lightweight. They also contain solar reflective inserts which can reduce glare and block a significant amount of UV rays. This makes polycarbonate a great, affordable option to roof your conservatory. 

Tiled conservatory roof: Ultra-lightweight style and elegance

Ageing conservatories are often associated with being too hot at the peak of summer due to the large expanses of heat-transmitting glass and vice versa in the British wintertime. A tiled conservatory roof will help to avoid this issue as well as reducing glare from the sun and noise from the outdoors. An added benefit of a tiled roof is that it will allow your extension to blend seamlessly with the rest of your home, due to the wide range of colour and configuration options.

If you are worried about the reduction of light that comes with this choice then roof windows can be installed to ensure you can maintain a bright and airy space.

The internal surfaces of our conservatory roofs can be finished with a modern plasterboard or tongue and groove timber ceiling. These features can help create the look and feel of a conventional home extension.

Roof lanterns: A stunning architectural showpiece in your home

Roof lanterns are a great way to enhance the natural light within a space whilst simultaneously adding volume and height. Many people choose this option when constructing an orangery, tailoring the size, style and glass options to suit their property.

This type of roofing option leaves a ‘pelmet’ or ceiling border which can be used to incorporate extra lighting, speakers or other accessories into a room.

How do I get advice to help me with my conservatory roof options?

Here at Jackson Windows we have been helping customers create their perfect homes for over 25 years. We are FENSA registered and serve in Lincoln and surrounding areas including Newark-on-Trent, Worksop, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Louth, Sleaford, and Grantham.

We are local, reliable and trusted, and have an outstanding rating from our customers. You can read what our customers say about us here.

For a free, no-obligation quote, you can call us on 01522 541294 or visit our Lincoln showroom in Pelham House, Canwick Road, open 6 days a week. Here our team will be on hand to take you through the wide range of options available to you.

To get a free quote from the comfort of your home use our submit your online quote now and start your journey to your dream home with Jackson Windows, your local manufacturer of bespoke, quality double glazing products.