Continue reading below to find out which conservatory roof is most suitable for your needs and important buying advice.

Ultimate Guide to conservatory roofs 2018

INTRODUCTION

 Conservatories can be a great addition to a home and a lovely place to spend time admiring the garden, bringing the outside in. However it can be very difficult deciding on which roof to choose when building a new conservatory or replacing a conservatory roof. There is a lot of conflicting and dishonest advice from companies surrounding the question, “Which is the best type of conservatory roof?"  The simple answer is there is not a perfect type of roof it depends on your needs as a customer.  In this guide we will clear up some of the common misconceptions and give you professional advice so that you can make the right decision when buying a replacement conservatory roof.

Conservatories can be a great addition to a home and a lovely place to spend time admiring the garden, bringing the outside in. However it can be very difficult deciding on which roof to choose when building a new conservatory or replacing a conservatory roof. There is a lot of conflicting and dishonest advice from companies surrounding the question, “Which is the best type of conservatory roof?"

The simple answer is there is not a perfect type of roof it depends on your needs as a customer.

In this guide we will clear up some of the common misconceptions and give you professional advice so that you can make the right decision when buying a replacement conservatory roof.


Choosing a conservatory roof company

 Where can you find a reputable conservatory roof company? This can be a difficult question. There are a number of things you should look for before deciding on the right company for the job.   Most reputable companies and installers do not knock on doors canvassing for work, it is the oldest trick in the book the travelling ‘salesman’ who just so happens to be ‘working down the road’ is more than likely an untrustworthy character who you should not trust to replace a conservatory roof. Experience is important, always look for a company who use highly experienced installers to ensure you get the best job possible. Another important point when buying a conservatory roof is having the option to look at previous work the company have completed and past customers to talk to, a good job and a happy customer minimises the chances of a shoddy job. Vetting companies such as  Checkatrade  can help to ensure that who you are dealing with have the necessary insurance policies, certifications and a host of past customer reviews. Social media like  Facebook  has become a credible way of vetting a company for yourself. It is essential to obtain a written quotation or order form, detailing terms and conditions as a legally binding document to protect yourself, this should state the total cost including VAT, as well as warranty details, payment terms and legal terms. Finally an  insurance backed guarantee  underwrites the workmanship and  deposits  if the company was unfortunate enough to go into liquidation before or after the work is completed, this should give you total peace of mind. This begs the next question how much does a replacement conservatory roof cost? Well it is very difficult to say if you follow these steps you can almost guarantee that you will have a great conservatory roof to enjoy for years to come however you will have to pay for the privilege but it is very much a case of you get what you pay for. You can request a free quotation for any methods below by  clicking here.

Where can you find a reputable conservatory roof company? This can be a difficult question. There are a number of things you should look for before deciding on the right company for the job. 

Most reputable companies and installers do not knock on doors canvassing for work, it is the oldest trick in the book the travelling ‘salesman’ who just so happens to be ‘working down the road’ is more than likely an untrustworthy character who you should not trust to replace a conservatory roof. Experience is important, always look for a company who use highly experienced installers to ensure you get the best job possible. Another important point when buying a conservatory roof is having the option to look at previous work the company have completed and past customers to talk to, a good job and a happy customer minimises the chances of a shoddy job. Vetting companies such as Checkatrade can help to ensure that who you are dealing with have the necessary insurance policies, certifications and a host of past customer reviews. Social media like Facebook has become a credible way of vetting a company for yourself. It is essential to obtain a written quotation or order form, detailing terms and conditions as a legally binding document to protect yourself, this should state the total cost including VAT, as well as warranty details, payment terms and legal terms. Finally an insurance backed guarantee underwrites the workmanship and deposits if the company was unfortunate enough to go into liquidation before or after the work is completed, this should give you total peace of mind. This begs the next question how much does a replacement conservatory roof cost? Well it is very difficult to say if you follow these steps you can almost guarantee that you will have a great conservatory roof to enjoy for years to come however you will have to pay for the privilege but it is very much a case of you get what you pay for. You can request a free quotation for any methods below by clicking here.

Choosing a style of conservatory roof

 There are 4 types of conservatory roof that we have analysed in detail, to find out a brief overview of each conservatory roof style keep scrolling to read the short version below, if you would like to read more detail about a particular style please click on the links below or as you go to find out more information such as how to install and maintain each style.   Polycarbonate Conservatory Roofs    Glass Conservatory Roofs    Solid Conservatory Roofs    Lantern Conservatory Roofs

There are 4 types of conservatory roof that we have analysed in detail, to find out a brief overview of each conservatory roof style keep scrolling to read the short version below, if you would like to read more detail about a particular style please click on the links below or as you go to find out more information such as how to install and maintain each style.

Polycarbonate Conservatory Roofs

Glass Conservatory Roofs

Solid Conservatory Roofs

Lantern Conservatory Roofs

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.  In summary polycarbonate conservatory roofs are worth considering if budget is the main deciding factor and you do not intend to use the conservatory all year round. However if you would like to enjoy your conservatory most days you may feel this roof is unsuitable for your needs.  To read our full analysis of polycarbonate conservatory roofs  click here.   If you are ready for a free site survey and no obligation quote  click here.

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.

In summary polycarbonate conservatory roofs are worth considering if budget is the main deciding factor and you do not intend to use the conservatory all year round. However if you would like to enjoy your conservatory most days you may feel this roof is unsuitable for your needs.

To read our full analysis of polycarbonate conservatory roofs click here.

If you are ready for a free site survey and no obligation quote click here.

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.  In summary glass conservatory roofs are the best option when maximum light is the main deciding factor. However like polycarbonate conservatory roofs they often are not usable all year around due to a lack of insulation so are not ideal if you want maximum use from your conservatory.  To read our full analysis of glass conservatory roofs  click here.   If your are ready for a free site survey and no obligation quote  click here.

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.

In summary glass conservatory roofs are the best option when maximum light is the main deciding factor. However like polycarbonate conservatory roofs they often are not usable all year around due to a lack of insulation so are not ideal if you want maximum use from your conservatory.

To read our full analysis of glass conservatory roofs click here.

If your are ready for a free site survey and no obligation quote click here.

solid Conservatory roofs

 Solid insulated conservatory roofs have become extremely popular in recent years and make up a huge proportion the UK conservatory roof market. They have a number of different names such as; tiled conservatory roofs, solid conservatory roofs, then a number of brand names such as Supalite and Guardian.  These roofs were designed with a focus on being usable all year round making the conservatory warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, this is achieved by using layers of insulation which retain the heat in the winter and stops excess heat and sunlight entering in the summer. In terms of U Value obviously solid insulated conservatory roofs have the lowest number on the market with Supalite as low as 0.18 which is the equivalent of a very well insulated house roof, which helps to make the conservatory feel like a room in the house rather than a traditional conservatory.  The main concern for most when deciding whether an insulated tiled conservatory roof is the light reduction, solid conservatory roofs let through less light than polycarbonate and glass conservatory roofs, however roof lights can be installed to increase the amount of light in the room. From the inside of the conservatory the ceiling will be a plastered finish like a normal roof but pitched instead of a flat ceiling. Often LED spotlights are installed into the ceiling. From the outside of the conservatory the roof looks like a house roof of a single storey extension rather than a conservatory which can also be an appealing factor for some buyers.  In summary if the main deciding factor is getting maximum use from the conservatory and to use it as an all year round room then a solid conservatory roof is the best option for you. The only disadvantage of solid conservatory roofs is that they are more expensive than most other types of conservatory roofs which is worth taking into account if there is only a small budget available.  To read our full analysis of solid conservatory roofs  click here.   If you are ready for a free site survey and no obligation quote  click here .

Solid insulated conservatory roofs have become extremely popular in recent years and make up a huge proportion the UK conservatory roof market. They have a number of different names such as; tiled conservatory roofs, solid conservatory roofs, then a number of brand names such as Supalite and Guardian.

These roofs were designed with a focus on being usable all year round making the conservatory warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, this is achieved by using layers of insulation which retain the heat in the winter and stops excess heat and sunlight entering in the summer. In terms of U Value obviously solid insulated conservatory roofs have the lowest number on the market with Supalite as low as 0.18 which is the equivalent of a very well insulated house roof, which helps to make the conservatory feel like a room in the house rather than a traditional conservatory.

The main concern for most when deciding whether an insulated tiled conservatory roof is the light reduction, solid conservatory roofs let through less light than polycarbonate and glass conservatory roofs, however roof lights can be installed to increase the amount of light in the room. From the inside of the conservatory the ceiling will be a plastered finish like a normal roof but pitched instead of a flat ceiling. Often LED spotlights are installed into the ceiling. From the outside of the conservatory the roof looks like a house roof of a single storey extension rather than a conservatory which can also be an appealing factor for some buyers.

In summary if the main deciding factor is getting maximum use from the conservatory and to use it as an all year round room then a solid conservatory roof is the best option for you. The only disadvantage of solid conservatory roofs is that they are more expensive than most other types of conservatory roofs which is worth taking into account if there is only a small budget available.

To read our full analysis of solid conservatory roofs click here.

If you are ready for a free site survey and no obligation quote click here.

Lantern Conservatory Roofs

 Lantern style conservatory roofs have a glazed roof on top of the actual roof, this can be very impressive and lends itself to larger conservatories and orangeries to increase head room and give the impression of grandeur. Dating back to the 1800s lantern roofs have evolved into many different shapes and styles from beautiful traditional styles to stunning contemporary styles to suit the most modern of properties.  The main reason customers opt for a lantern style roof is twofold; light and style. Arguably on the right conservatory or orangery a lantern style roof can be the most impressive looking out of all of the other options available, with the added benefit of allowing natural light in through the glazing.  Lantern style roofs also usually outperform glass roofs because they incorporate some solid aspects so are better insulated than a full glass conservatory roof so have a lower U Value.  In summary lantern roofs are worth considering if all year round usability is a deciding factor as well as natural light. However like solid conservatory roofs these roofs should not be considered if budget is key.  To read our full analysis of lantern conservatory roofs  click here.   If your are ready for a free site survey and no obligation quote  click here.

Lantern style conservatory roofs have a glazed roof on top of the actual roof, this can be very impressive and lends itself to larger conservatories and orangeries to increase head room and give the impression of grandeur. Dating back to the 1800s lantern roofs have evolved into many different shapes and styles from beautiful traditional styles to stunning contemporary styles to suit the most modern of properties.

The main reason customers opt for a lantern style roof is twofold; light and style. Arguably on the right conservatory or orangery a lantern style roof can be the most impressive looking out of all of the other options available, with the added benefit of allowing natural light in through the glazing.

Lantern style roofs also usually outperform glass roofs because they incorporate some solid aspects so are better insulated than a full glass conservatory roof so have a lower U Value.

In summary lantern roofs are worth considering if all year round usability is a deciding factor as well as natural light. However like solid conservatory roofs these roofs should not be considered if budget is key.

To read our full analysis of lantern conservatory roofs click here.

If your are ready for a free site survey and no obligation quote click here.

Funding Options

 An important decision when decided which company or style to use is how are you going to pay for the project. The larger reputable conservatory installers will offer different funding options to help you spread the cost of the replacement roof out as it can often be an expensive project which can cost more than the budget you had in mind. At Bespoke Building & Paving Ltd we work along side Improveasy and offer 0% finance on conservatory roofs, this allows you to choose whichever driveway you prefer with the added flexibility of spreading the cost and without paying a premium to do so. To find out more about funding options or for a free site survey and affordability check  click here.

An important decision when decided which company or style to use is how are you going to pay for the project. The larger reputable conservatory installers will offer different funding options to help you spread the cost of the replacement roof out as it can often be an expensive project which can cost more than the budget you had in mind. At Bespoke Building & Paving Ltd we work along side Improveasy and offer 0% finance on conservatory roofs, this allows you to choose whichever driveway you prefer with the added flexibility of spreading the cost and without paying a premium to do so. To find out more about funding options or for a free site survey and affordability check click here.

In Summary

 In summary different people like different things and have different priorities when it comes to how much they want to spend or how much time they want to spend enjoying their conservatory. If we had to say which conservatory roof is right for you;  Minimum Usage + Low Budget = Polycarbonate Roof  Maximum Light + Medium Budget = Glass Roof  Maximum Usage + High Budget = Solid Conservatory Roof  Maximum Usage + Maximum Light + High Budget = Lantern Roof  Hopefully this has helped you to narrow the choice down to one or two different styles and you feel confident enough to start looking for conservatory roof companies to compare quotations and past work.    To find out more Bespoke Building & Paving Ltd  click here.   To get a free site survey, quotation and professional advice  click here.   All services are free of charge and no obligation.

In summary different people like different things and have different priorities when it comes to how much they want to spend or how much time they want to spend enjoying their conservatory. If we had to say which conservatory roof is right for you;

Minimum Usage + Low Budget = Polycarbonate Roof

Maximum Light + Medium Budget = Glass Roof

Maximum Usage + High Budget = Solid Conservatory Roof

Maximum Usage + Maximum Light + High Budget = Lantern Roof

Hopefully this has helped you to narrow the choice down to one or two different styles and you feel confident enough to start looking for conservatory roof companies to compare quotations and past work.  

To find out more Bespoke Building & Paving Ltd click here.

To get a free site survey, quotation and professional advice click here.

All services are free of charge and no obligation.


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