Which Material Makes The Best Conservatory Roof?

Until 2010, conservatory roofing options were limited. You had to decide between a glass conservatory roof or a polycarbonate conservatory roof. Nowadays, homeowners have the option of installing a tiled roof on their new-build conservatory or replacing their existing conservatory roof with a tiled roof, whichever applies. We've previously discussed the benefits of installing a tiled conservatory roof and the different conservatory roofing materials available, but below we've explored which conservatory roofing material makes the best conservatory roof for your home, dependent on your needs...

Polycarbonate conservatory roofs

Polycarbonate conservatory roofs used to be the only option available to homeowners looking to install conservatories and they were great, at very specific times of the year, early Autumn and early Spring time, i.e. when it wasn't too hot or too cold.

Other than that however, homeowners that have had polycarbonate roofs installed on their conservatory in the past have often complained about leaking roofs, poor sound insulation, cold spots, overheating (in the summer) and high energy bills. Hence, lots of homeowners nowadays have made the switch from polycarbonate conservatory roofing and replaced it with thermal efficient tiled conservatory roofing instead. 

If you're looking to use your conservatory only at select times of the year and don't plan on it being a fundamental part of your home, then installing a polycarbonate roof on your conservatory might be something that you could consider. 

Glass conservatory roofs

Glass conservatory roofs are similar to polycarbonate conservatory roofs in the sense that they allow lots of sunlight in. Unlike polycarbonate roofs however, they're not known for leaking, but they are again similar in the sense that they have poor sound insulation and are recognised for being cold in the winter and too warm in the summer. 

Again, if you're looking to use your conservatory at select times of the year, then a glass conservatory roof is also something that you could consider. 

Tiled conservatory roofs

As mentioned above, tiles have only been a conservatory roofing option for the past few years. There are a few tiled roof brands available, but here at Martindale Warm Roofs, we work with Guardian Warm Roofs because they are currently the only warm roof supplier that have Local Area Building Control approval. 

Guardian Warm Roof supply tiled conservatory roofs that are lightweight and easy to install. Conservatories with tiled roofs installed are beneficial for many reasons, but most in part because it makes the conservatory useable all year round. Other benefits include: 

  • Tiled conservatory roofs are much more visually appealing, compared to glass or polycarbonate. The tiles come in a wide range of colours and styles that can be designed to perfectly blend in with the rest of your home. 
  • If you are worried about losing light in your conservatory, we can install skylights into the tiled roof. This regulates the temperature of the room, while still letting in plenty of light, giving you the best of both worlds.
  • A tiled conservatory roof can help you save money on your energy bills, as you won’t need the heating on so high all throughout the winter. This can make a big impact on your yearly spending, and you still get to enjoy your conservatory.

All of the common problems faced by glass and polycarbonate roofs are solved by opting for a tiled roof. No more avoiding your conservatory because it’ll be far too cold or too hot, you are finally free to enjoy it all year round.

Looking to install a new or replacement tiled roof on your conservatory in Northampton?

If you are local to Northampton and are looking to install a tiled conservatory roof, whether it's on a new build conservatory or to replace your existing conservatory roof, our installers are on hand. We offer Guardian Warm Roof Installations across Northampton. To get in touch, give us a call on 01604 845 264, email us at info@martindalewindows.co.uk or fill out the contact form on our website. We hope to hear from you soon!