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Making The Switch: What Is The Best Material For a Conservatory Roof?

January 8, 2024|News

Perhaps the most important part of any conservatory is the roof – integral to the thermal efficiency of your space as well as the overall aesthetics, choosing the right material for your conservatory roof is an important decision!

In past years, homeowners had a very limited choice when it came to conservatory roofing materials. However, with the advent of new technologies, there is now a wider range of materials to choose from.

While this range of roofing materials is undoubtedly a good thing, it can make it more difficult for homeowners to choose what is best for them! So what is the best roof for a conservatory?

SupaLite conservatory roof with Extralite tiles

Why do older conservatories need roof replacements?

When conservatories first gained popularity in UK homes in the 1980s and 1990s, most conservatories were glazed.

The materials used varied, but the most popular materials included single-glazed glass or polycarbonate sheets – these materials, although often the cheapest options, offered little in the way of thermal efficiency and led to freezing temperatures in the winter months.

Luckily, technology has revolutionised the modern conservatory – however, many older conservatories still feature single-glazing or polycarbonate roofs and are in desperate need of modern roof replacements!

What are the different types of roofs available for a conservatory?

There are several different types of conservatory roofs to choose from, including a range of glass and tiled roof materials. Each option has its own benefits and considerations, so it’s important to assess your specific needs and preferences before making a decision.

What is the best roof for a conservatory? Discussing different materials

The best roof material for your conservatory will depend largely on the type of installation (whether retrofitting an existing conservatory or a newbuild installation), as well as the style that you’d prefer.

Generally, there are two main types of conservatory roof materials today: glazed or tiled (or solid).

Today, glass roofs are much more thermally efficient than in years past, and so you can enjoy plenty of natural light without compromising on energy efficiency.

Many homeowners are also turning to solid roofs to offer modern style and optimal heat retention. Modern tiled conservatory roofs are extremely lightweight, meaning that they can be used on older existing conservatory structures without damaging them.

Ultraframe glazed conservatory roof


Glazed conservatory roofs: natural light and classic aesthetics

Glazed roofs are a classic choice for many, as this style offers homeowners the maximum amount of natural light. Glazed roofs also seamlessly blend indoor spaces with the outdoors, as homeowners can bask in sunshine and enjoy expansive views.

A glazed roofing system also provides a more traditional aesthetic, making it the perfect choice for those with Victorian or Edwardian style conservatories in mind.

At Tyneside Home Improvements we offer thermally-efficient glazed conservatory roofs for those who want maximum natural light without the heat loss. Made by industry leaders Ultraframe, our high quality glass conservatory roofs are designed to protect against the elements while still allowing for a bright and inviting living area.


Tiled conservatory roofs: optimal thermal efficiency and  modern style

For those prioritising thermal efficiency or looking for a more modern aesthetic, tiled conservatory roofs are a great choice as they offer a combination of warmth and style.

Tiled conservatory roofs are crafted with high performance insulating tiles for maximum heat retention. Not only will this better insulation make your space more comfortable, but it will also help to reduce your carbon footprint and lower energy bills.

A solid tiled roof also removes the issue of glare during the summer months!

SupaLite tiled conservatory roof from Tyneside Home Improvements

At Tyneside Home Improvements, we can install the SupaLite tiled conservatory roof on both newbuild conservatories and as a roof replacement on older existing conservatories.

The industry-leading SupaLite roof system is crafted with thermal efficiency in mind, and comes with a choice of either Extralight roof tiles or Tapco Slate tiles. Both of these options come with a wide range of different colours that will harmonise with any existing property.

Find the best conservatory roof for your home: get in touch today

Are you looking to find out what is the best roof for a conservatory? Are you looking to improve the thermal efficiency or aesthetics of your existing space?

While there are a number of factors to consider to find the best option for you, our talented team at Tyneside Home Improvements is on hand to help you find the best solution for your home.

We install new conservatory roofs in Newcastle and the surrounding areas, and we also offer a 10 year guarantee on all of our products – so you know that your new conservatory roof will stand the test of time!

Get in touch today to begin planning your conservatory roof replacement – call us on 0191 489 5063 or contact us online for a free, no obligation quote.


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