It may have been more than a decade since your conservatory was originally installed, but advances in roofing materials and technologies means that it is now possible to upgrade your conservatory with a brand-new roof. In fact, Fantastic Handyman suggests that a conservatory roof replacement could breathe new life into your existing space – and save you money on heating bills in the winter!
Many homeowners choose to replace their conservatory roofs because they’ve simply had enough of the sunshine coming through their polycarbonate or glass roof. It’s too hot in the summer, too bright and the UV light is fading their furniture. Then in the winter it’s too cold and the heating bills are far too high!
So what can you do to remedy these problems and enjoy your conservatory all year round? Well, rather than tearing it down and building a new one you can consider getting a solid tile roof or a modern Hybrid option – a combination of glazed panels and solid sections. In addition to providing a more attractive and comfortable living space, these conservatory roofs will also help you to control the temperature of your conservatory better – and reduce noise levels too!
Solid tile roofs are tough, independent and typically last 50 years. They can be coloured to match your home’s roof and they look very sophisticated, adding a real touch of class to your conservatory. The only downside is that they can be quite heavy – and so may require extra reinforcement within the structure of your conservatory to ensure that it can support the additional weight.
Alternatively, you could opt for a polycarbonate roof, which is significantly cheaper than a tiled roof. Polycarbonate is made from layers of plastic sheeting with an air gap between them and it is very durable, lasting at least 15 or 20 years. However, it’s not as good at insulating your conservatory and the sheets can discolour over time.
Finally, a glass roof is the most popular option and it can be a great choice for those who are looking to keep their conservatory as light as possible. Advances in glass technology mean that modern glass roofs are much more thermally efficient than ever before, helping to keep your conservatory cosy in the winter and cooler in the summer. In addition, they can be coated with self-cleaning coatings to avoid streaks and spots, and there are also low-emissivity glass options available that can further boost your energy efficiency and lower your heating costs. conservatory roof replacement