What is the Best Type of Conservatory Roof?

The best type of conservatory roof is now a solid conservatory rood often referred to as a tiled conservatory roof or warm roof and in recent years these have now started to replace glass and polycarbonate conservatory roofs due to the many benefits they offer.

What is the History of Conservatories?

Conservatories first came about in the 16th-century when they were first used by wealthy landowners to cultivate fruits which then were used for cooking and dinner accompaniments. They were also used as greenhouses for growing plants and flowers due to the warmth and protection they gave away from the elements. The earliest conservatories were made of wooden panels with glass and simply offered basic protection away from the elements as warmth for the plants and fruits tom thrive in.

Many cities, especially those in colder climates built municipal conservatories to display tropical plants and flower. This type of conservatory was popular in the early nineteenth century. By the end of the 19th Century homeowners started to use their conservatories for social events and as additional space in their homes. This is when the look of a conservatory was much more important and they were first made from just glass panels. Since this time they have changed and progressed in looks and structure and they have become extremely popular for homeowners to expand their homes due to their ease of construction, cost and the benefit of the extra space they offer.

What Types of Conservatory Roofs are there?

  1. Glass Conservatory Roofs
  2. Polycarbonate Conservatory Roofs
  3. Solid/Tiled Conservatory Roofs

What are the Benefits of a Glass Conservatory Roof?

Energy-Efficiency – A polycarbonate conservatory roof is not as energy efficient as a glass roof due to plastic not being so airtight and energy-efficient. Glass is more energy-efficient thank polycarbonate and it does retain some heat which will keep you warm during winter, however, on the downside of this your conservatory will get very hot in the summer. A glass conservatory roof is not as energy efficient as a solid conservatory roof which will regulate the temperature all year round so that it isn’t too hot in the summer and too cold to use in the winter.

Durability – Although a glass conservatory roof can be up to 4 times more expensive than a polycarbonate roof they are far more durable and will last you many more years before you have, or need to replace it compared to polycarbonate roofs.

Appearance – A glass conservatory roof looks much better than what is now seen as an outdated polycarbonate conservatory roof. A polycarbonate roof often makes a conservatory look like it has been bolted onto a property compared to a glass or even better a tiled conservatory roof which will make it look like a seamless addition, matching your existing home.

Weather Resistance – Glass is more weather resistant compared to a polycarbonate roof and you will see fewer scratches over a period of time on a good quality glass roof.

Noise Reduction – When you have a polycarbonate conservatory roof the rain will sound very very loud and more like a downpour compared to the actual weather outside. A glass conservatory roof is much quieter when it rains making it feel cosier in the winter months.

Views – A glass conservatory roof will give you a better and clearer view of the outside compared to a polycarbonate roof which gets dirty quickly and is difficult to keep clean over time. A view through a polycarbonate roof will be slightly hazy and blurry compared to a clean glass roof.

Natural Light – A glass conservatory roof maximises and allows more natural light to enter your conservatory compared to a polycarbonate roof and this is really important when it comes to having a conservatory or a sunroom as you want to feel like you can see your outside and enjoy it when you are inside.

What are the Disadvantages of a Glass Conservatory Roof?

Cost – A glass conservatory roof can be up to 4 times more expensive than a polycarbonate roof.

Energy-Efficiency – A glass conservatory roof does not regulate the temperature and will act as a greenhouse in the summer, making it unusable and toom hot, and it will feel cold in the winter compared to a solid tiled conservatory roof. A solar controlled glass conservatory roof reduces the amount of heat allowed to pass into your conservatory in the warmer months and transmits more heat in the colder months, allowing the temperature to rise quickly and stay warmer for longer, however, a solar controlled glass roof is considerably more to buy and install compared to a normal glass and or polycarbonate roof.

A glass roof on a conservatory can be incredibly hot during the summer months and unbearably cold throughout the winter significantly reducing the opportunities to enjoy the additional space in your home, which is why many conservatories end up being used as storage rooms and dumping grounds. Whilst many of us enjoy the idea of son much natural light the downside is that glass roofs fade furniture and fabrics quickly as the sun naturally bleaches material. This often reults in homeowners fitting blinds and them being closed during the summer to try and keep the conservatory cool and prevent the sun from fading furniture.

Cleaning – A glass conservatory roof is difficult to keep clean and free of smears and smudges, compared to a tiled conservatory roof which is minimal maintenance if anything at all. You can buy self-cleaning glass conservatory roofs, however, again they will cost a lot more than standard glass and they will still need regular cleaning which is difficult and can be dangerous cleaning a conservatory roof.

Views – A glass conservatory roof will give you a better and clearer view of the outside, compared to a polycarbonate roof, however, they are still difficult to keep clean to maintain your clear view.

Noise – A glass roof is not as noise efficient as a solid or tiled conservatory roof.

What are the Benefits of a Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof?

Cost – A polycarbonate roof is the cheapest option if you compare it to the cost of a glass or solid conservatory roof, however, there are many more advantages to a tiled conservatory roof.

What are the Disadvantages of a Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof?

Durability – A polycarbonate conservatory roof will normally only last between 10-15 years if that before you have to, or need to replace it.

Energy-Efficiency – One of the major issues with a polycarbonate roof is the lack of thermal insulation and this makes them too hot to use in the summer and too cold in the winter which results in a conservatory not being used all year round.

Cleaning – A polycarbonate conservatory roof is even more difficult to keep clean than a glass conservatory roof. It will show dirt quickly and it is really difficult to keep it free of smears, smudges and watermarks compared to a solid or tiled conservatory roof which is minimal if any maintenance at all.

Appearance – A polycarbonate conservatory roof looks outdated and makes a conservatory look like it is tired and has been bolted onto a property, compared to a solid tiled conservatory roof which will make it look like a seamless addition, matching your existing home and looking and feeling like a ground floor extension rather than a conservatory.

Weather Resistant – A polycarbonate conservatory roof will be exposed to the elements and won’t last as long as a glass or solid or tiled conservatory roof with scratches and marks appearing quickly.

Noise – A polycarbonate conservatory roof sounds very loud when it rains and it will feel more like there is a downpour is happening outside even if it’s just a few drops or a drizzle. A solid conservatory roof is noise efficient and you won’t hear the rain at all.

Views – A polycarbonate conservatory roof gets dirty quickly and is difficult to keep clean over time. A view through a polycarbonate roof will be slightly hazy and blurry due to its opaque finish.

Natural Light – A polycarbonate roof doesn’t allow as much natural light to enter through your roof compared to glass due to its opaque finish.

Tiled Conservatory RoofWhat are the Benefits of a Solid also Known as a Tiled Conservatory Roof?

Conservatory constructions and materials have developed significantly over the last few years and there are now many more options available which offer many benefits. A conservatory can add additional space to a property and provide a modern indoor space that connects you to the outdoors. If your conservatory is over 15 years old it is more than likely the roof will need to be replaced to ensure your room is comfortable and usable all year round.

Appearance – Solid conservatory roofs are becoming an extremely popular choice when it comes to conservatories if you are thinking about just replacing and updating its roof or having a new conservatory built. Conservatories were traditionally a summer room that you could open up the doors and use whilst you were in your garden but they are now being transformed with solid tiled roofs that enable you to use the space all year round. Replacing your glass or polycarbonate conservatory roof with a new tiled conservatory roof will transform it into what looks like a more permanent ground floor extension externally and offering a modern and bright internal space that the whole family will love using.

Design – Solid conservatory roofs come in a huge range of styles and colours and are manufactured to your specifications and your conservatory’s exact measurements. You can choose to match the tiles to your home or you can go for something completely different as a contrast. Whichever option you choose it will transform your conservatory and home internally and externally.

A good and professional conservatory roof company will offer a free home assessment where they will assess your existing conservatory structure to check it is sound enough for a new tiled roof as well as offering you design and colour inspiration. They will complete all of the necessary measurements and support you with everything from planning and design, right through to your installation and finishes.

Energy-Efficiency – Tiled conservatory roofs are extremely thermally efficient and will enable you to use your space in the summer and winter, compared to a glass or polycarbonate roof which makes it too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. The solid tiles and insulation make their thermal efficiency (energy rating A) which will reduce your heating bills and keep its temperature regulated and comfortable all year round, which makes them the ideal conservatory roof replacement.

Cleaning – A solid tiled conservatory roof is minimal maintenance if any at all, compared to a polycarbonate or glass conservatory roof which are really difficult to keep clean, smudge and watermark-free.

Durability – Solid conservatory roofs are extremely durable and hard-wearing exactly like the roof on your property. Most manufacturers and suppliers of solid tiled conservatory roofs offer over 10 years plus guarantees after installation and in truth, they will last much longer than this. A new solid tiled roof also provides additional strength and support to the structure of your existing conservatory which is another added benefit.

Versatility & Cost – A tiled conservatory roof can easily replace a glass or polycarbonate roof meaning you don’t have to start all over again and have a whole new conservatory and this will save you a lot of money. As long as your conservatory structure is sound then it is easily and quickly replaced. A good and reputable company will offer a free home visit to assess your existing conservatory to ensure it is sound enough for a new tiled roof.

Minimal Construction & Time – A solid tiled conservatory roof can be replaced in just days as its main structure is manufactured off-site and brought to your property, the tiles and panels are designed to slot together making the construction quick and easy with minimal disruption. The messiest part of the replacement is removing the existing glass or polycarbonate roof but in just a few days your conservatory will look brand new, modern and contemporary inside and out.

What are the Disadvantages of a Solid or Tiled Conservatory Roof?

Natural Light – One of the main disadvantages of a solid conservatory roof is the amount of light you lose. However, the benefits of it outway this. The solid roof both internally and externally will make your conservatory feel like an extension to your home rather than a bolt-on conservatory that you can’t use all year round. There is also the option of having roof lights or glass panels installed into your new tiled conservatory roof and this is a brilliant way of maintaining the natural light that enters.

Views – A new solid tiled conservatory roof won’t give you the open views to the sky, however, installing roof lights or glass panels will ensure you can still see out on bright days and evenings when the stars are shining and will ensure that it is now useable rather than being a storage or dumping area.

Cost – The cost of a solid tiled conservatory roof is more expensive than a polycarbonate roof but often less than a new glass roof, however, there are so many benefits to a solid tiled conservatory roof which outweigh the cost comparison to a polycarbonate roof.

In summary

A new solid conservatory roof will give your home a new look, make it usable and increase your property’s value. Take your time when considering all of the benefits and disadvantages as a conservatory roof replacement is a major decision. Always use an experienced and reputable conservatory roof company to obtain quotes and use their expertise and advice as it will be costly if you make the wrong choice.

About Guardian Roofs UK

We are the Guardian Roof experts and can help you choose the right roof option for you and your conservatory. Guardian Warm Roofs are solid tiled roofs which are lightweight, thermally efficient and fully insulated enabling you to use your conservatory all year round. Our expert team and fully qualified installers will transform your conservatory into an impressive home extension that you and your family can enjoy all year round.

Guardian Warm Roof Benefits

The lightweight, insulated Guardian™ Solid Roof system was designed and developed over a 10 year period and with one purpose – to replace the glass and polycarbonate roof that was used in the construction of most UK conservatories over 10 years ago.

The main design focus was on its dynamics and performance and the overall weight of the replacement roof which needed to be installed onto existing conservatory structures. During the 10 year period, extensive tests were carried out for compliance and approval of vigorous structural and thermal standards. The result is not only a brilliant product but a very practical and eye-catching solution for home improvement, offering the next generation of home and conservatory roof replacement.

  • Pre-assembled, factory-engineered modular construction provides superior build quality
  • Outstanding energy-efficiency with a U-value of 1.0 W/m2K, these are the most energy-saving home roof replacements available
  • Faster modern methods of construction taking days to install with zero on-site waste
  • A wide range of colours and finishes available
  • Bespoke design to suit your needs and design ideas
  • Technical support from start to finish
  • Guaranteed for 10-years
  • Good for the environment due to the panels using much less timber than typical timber frames, they are one of the most economical and eco-friendly forms of construction
  • Thermally efficient keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer
  • A quicker and more cost-effective way to increase the usable space in your home (both in the panel fabrication and construction)
  • No issues with shrinkage or settlement
  • Less waste produced compared to conventional building methods
  • Airtight and soundproof roof (the insulated panels and tiles significantly reduce noise penetration)
  • Increases the value of your home

Replacing your Conservatory Roof

Many people and homes have the same issue, they love their conservatory but it’s either too hot, too cold or too noisy. Most of the issues are due to one element which is the roof. Replacing a glass or polycarbonate roof with a stylish Guardian™ Warm Roof won’t just improve the appearance of your conservatory and property but you will have a fully insulated and soundproof roof that enables you to use your conservatory all year round. Bright, modern and airy inside, and substantial and impressive on the outside.

Rapid Installation

Installed by one of our Guardian Team Installers, the whole conservatory roof transformation only takes a few days and is completed with minimal disruption to you or your home.

Engineered for Quality

Each Guardian roof is designed and engineered to your precise design and measurements and pre-assembled under controlled factory conditions to ensure it is of the highest quality before it is delivered to you and our team.

Energy Efficiency

It has been independently proven that a Guardian Warm Roof can save you money on your energy bills, they use high-performance insulation that achieves a superior U-value of only 0.18 W/m.K (England & Wales) and 0.15 W/m.K (Scotland).

Guardian Roof Styles

There are a number of different conservatory-style roofs and we offer a Guardian Solid Roof solution for any shape or size conservatory. Don’t worry if it isn’t a typical style as we offer a fully bespoke replacement roof service to suit any shape or size.

Guardian Roof Finishes

The Guardian™ Warm Solid Tiled Roof offers a huge range of roof tiles to choose from to best match your home. Internally, you can choose from a modern plastered finish or if your room is naturally bright a timber finish may a better option. You can also enhance the light entering your conservatory by adding a skylight or two and add some contemporary spotlights to bring the room to life in the darker evenings.

If you are looking to update your conservatory roof with a modern Tiled Conservatory Roof then a Guardian Warm Roof is just what you are looking for. Contact us today on 0845 564 0628 and one of our expert team will be able to answer any questions you may have and arrange a no-obligation assessment and quote.

When we come to your home we will assess your conservatory to ensure it is suitable for a solid tiled roof replacement, we will go through design ideas and finishing options, measure and provide you with a no-obligation quote. It really is that easy, contact us today.