Glass Conservatory Roofs

 Glass conservatory roofs have also been around for a long time and have been very expensive in the past compared to polycarbonate conservatory roofs and not particularly energy efficient either. There is now a huge range of glass which can be used in conservatory roofs. Most types of glass are graded on U Value with the lower the number the more efficient it is at retaining heat. Conservatory roof glass is available in different colours and shades with blue being the most popular.  The biggest advantage of installing a glass conservatory roof is the amount of light that enters the conservatory and the clear view of the sky that it offers. However this comes with disadvantages, it can be very difficult to watch television when the sun is high due to glare, they can still become very hot in the summer and almost blinding to the eye.

Glass conservatory roofs have also been around for a long time and have been very expensive in the past compared to polycarbonate conservatory roofs and not particularly energy efficient either. There is now a huge range of glass which can be used in conservatory roofs. Most types of glass are graded on U Value with the lower the number the more efficient it is at retaining heat. Conservatory roof glass is available in different colours and shades with blue being the most popular.

The biggest advantage of installing a glass conservatory roof is the amount of light that enters the conservatory and the clear view of the sky that it offers. However this comes with disadvantages, it can be very difficult to watch television when the sun is high due to glare, they can still become very hot in the summer and almost blinding to the eye.

How to install a glass conservatory roof

 A glass conservatory roofing system is installed in the same way as a polycarbonate conservatory roofing system by removing the old conservatory roof and installing an eaves beam to the existing window frames to attach the frames to the roof rafters, the rafters with then attach to the ridge to create a framework. Glass units are then inserted in between the rafters and sealed into place instead of polycarbonate sheets. Again it is essential that you use a qualified surveyor for this so that the framework is a perfect fit as they cannot be easily altered.

A glass conservatory roofing system is installed in the same way as a polycarbonate conservatory roofing system by removing the old conservatory roof and installing an eaves beam to the existing window frames to attach the frames to the roof rafters, the rafters with then attach to the ridge to create a framework. Glass units are then inserted in between the rafters and sealed into place instead of polycarbonate sheets. Again it is essential that you use a qualified surveyor for this so that the framework is a perfect fit as they cannot be easily altered.

Glass Conservatory Roof Maintenance

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Glass conservatory roofs are still high maintenance as they require regular cleaning and show up any dirt instantly compared to solid roofs which do not show any dirt at all and polycarbonate roofs which are slightly obscure. Some customer’s can clean their own glass conservatory roof however it can be awkward, time consuming and sometimes dangerous we would recommend asking your window cleaner if they provide this service. Always be wary of 'self-cleaning' glass it will help slightly but any bird droppings or debris from nearby trees will still need phsycially cleaning.

Glass conservatory roof pros & cons.

  Pros   Maximum light  Less rain noise than polycarbonate roofs  More usable than polycarbonate roofs   Cons   High maintenance  Most cannot be used all year around.

Pros

Maximum light

Less rain noise than polycarbonate roofs

More usable than polycarbonate roofs

Cons

High maintenance

Most cannot be used all year around.

Glass Conservatory Roofs In Brief

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In brief glass conservatory roofs will remain popular with customers wanting their conservatory to be as light as possible or who like to look at the sky whilst sitting in their conservatory. However there are many homeowners who have replaced their glass conservatory roof for an insulated solid roof well before it actually needed replacing and this is down to the lack of insulation and wanting to be able to enjoy their conservatory all year round. Glass conservatories are not a cheap option so are fairly niche in that most customers who are prepared to spend more on their conservatory roof will often opt for a insulated solid roof or a lantern roof and those homeowners on a budget will opt for a polycarbonate roof.

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