Polycarbonate Conservatory Roofs
Polycarbonate conservatory roofs have been the most popular form of conservatory roofing over the last 30 years. The average consumer might recognise this sort of roof as a plastic roof that their conservatory was originally built with.
This material has advanced in recent years with insulation qualities improving compared to the earlier materials. The reason polycarbonate conservatory roofs are so popular is due to costing less compared to alternatives such as glass conservatory roofs and solid conservatory roofs, cost is often a deciding factor for most customers. However polycarbonate conservatory roof are not as effective as other methods of roofing and most, unless north facing, will not be usable all year round which is a very important factor to consider. Although the roof is cheaper in the first place if you cannot use the conservatory as much as you would like it may be false economy opting for this type of conservatory roof.
How to install a polycarbonate roof?
A polycarbonate conservatory roofing system is installed 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. Polycarbonate sheets are then inserted in between the rafters and sealed into place. 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.
Polycarbonate Roof Maintenance
Polycarbonate conservatory roofs are one of the highest maintenance roofs to install onto your conservatory as they require regular cleaning, attract moss growth and a prone to discolouring which can give an unpleasant look. Most of these can be prevented by regular cleaning, some window cleaners offer this service, however it is inevitable that the polycarbonate sheets will eventually discolour.
polycarbonate conservatory roof Pros & Cons
+ Cheaper than most other options
- High maintenance
- Not energy efficient
- Noisy during rainfall
polycarbonate roofs in Brief
Polycarbonate roofs are coming towards the end of their life cycle due to being too cold in the winter, too warm in the summer, requiring regular maintenance, discolouring and being very noisy when it rains. There are a number of other options which we would recommend exploring before deciding on a polycarbonate roof. Be extremely cautious of any salesman or installer promising greater energy efficiency or being able to use the conservatory more than usual if you already have a polycarbonate roof.
Please bare in mind the advantages are only applicable if an experienced contractor and the correct tools and materials are used.
To read about other types of conservatory roofs click here - Ultimate Guide to Conservatory Roof 2018.