Types of conservatory roofs - what's the difference?
Posted on 29th March 2019 at 14:35
It’s not all about the conservatory, the type of roof that you go for should also be one of your main priorities - especially with so much choice available. You’ll need to think about what you’ll be using your conservatory for, and how you can choose the type that will best complement your day-to-day life. Keep reading to find out more about solid conservatory roofs and the different types.
About solid conservatory roofs
Solid conservatory roofs are a great alternative to, or replacement for, polycarbonate roofs. They integrate beautifully into the existing property, adding a vaulted, plastered ceiling with the option of installing downlights or spotlights into the space. They’re also well insulated, to keep the conservatory warmer during the cold, winter months, unlike traditional conservatories that are often rendered unusable when it’s cold due to poor insulation.
Types of solid conservatory roofs
There are multiple types of solid conservatory roofs to choose from, to best suit your home and lifestyle. At Nu-Look we offer a choice of slate or tiled replacements for existing polycarbonate or glass roofs. Below is a summary of the key features of each roof type:
Tiled conservatory roof
Tiled roofs are perfect if you want to blend the conservatory into the rest of the house, as the tiles can be chosen to match the existing roof and brickwork on the rest of the property. As energy costs are constantly climbing, we all want to do everything we can to keep our heating bills down. Tiled conservatory roofs are incredibly thermally efficient, helping to keep the heat in, so that you’re not wasting money on heat that escapes through the roof.
Skylights can be added to these conservatory roofs to add more light for the effect of a polycarbonate or glass roof.
Slate conservatory roof
Slate conservatory roofs are available in a wide variety of colours, so they can be customised to match the existing roof of any house. As with tiled conservatory roofs, they’re incredibly thermally efficient, and are very durable. These conservatory roofs have great acoustics and reduce noise pollution.
Both slate and tiled conservatory roofs are often chosen over glass conservatory roofs by those who’ll be using the room as a living room, or general living space in which they’ll be watching TV. With glass conservatory roofs it’s difficult to block glare, which can make it almost impossible to watch TV during the day. With slate and tiled conservatory roofs this isn’t an issue.
Glass conservatory roof
If you like the look of traditional conservatories, but want to upgrade from the poor thermal efficiency of polycarbonate, a glass roof may be the ideal choice for you. They may look similar to polycarbonate roofs, but fortunately, have none of the same drawbacks.
We offer the innovative technology of self-cleaning glass, this glass reacts to the sun, breaking down the dirt on the roof which can then be rinsed away by the rain or using a garden hose for a clean, streak-free finish.
Another of our glass roof technologies is low-emissivity glass, this provides amazing energy efficiency to reduce your heating bills - keeping your conservatory warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Polycarbonate conservatory roof
When you think of a traditional conservatory, you’re probably picturing it with the classic polycarbonate roof. We recommend a full replacement to a solid conservatory roof, so you can benefit from the points above, and add value to your property. Polycarbonate roofs are incredibly noisy when it rains (which unfortunately is all too common here in the UK), and make the conservatory itself too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.
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