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What is the Best Replacement for a Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof?

April 17, 2024|News

Although the best choice of replacement for a polycarbonate conservatory roof will vary depending on your personal preferences, there are several different options for both glazed and tiled conservatory roofs which can improve thermal efficiency, style and durability.

Polycarbonate roofs have been used in conservatories across the UK for decades; while a relatively inexpensive material, polycarbonate is not a great insulator. This means that old polycarbonate conservatory roofs can become very cold in the winter and hot in the summer, making your space virtually unusable for much of the year.

Thankfully, technology has advanced and both glass conservatory roofs and solid tiled options offer a more premium solution, perfectly blending function and style.

What are the disadvantages of polycarbonate roofing?

In the summer, a conservatory with a polycarbonate roof suffers from excessive heat gain and can become uncomfortably hot, like a greenhouse. Conversely, in winter, it struggles to retain heat, making it less usable during colder months.

Heavy rain on polycarbonate can also be incredibly noisy, and the aesthetic is often less appealing compared to other materials!

Replacing a polycarbonate conservatory roof: which option is best for me?

Upgrading your old conservatory roof can breathe new life into the space, making it more comfortable and usable year-round. But with various options available, which one reigns supreme?

Glass conservatory roofs: natural light, charming aesthetics

Glass conservatory roofs bathe your space in natural light and offer several advantages over polycarbonate roofs.

Like polycarbonate, glass floods your conservatory with natural light, creating a bright, airy and inviting space. However, unlike polycarbonate, glass roofs offer thermal efficiency and can come with solar control glazing to regulate temperatures in your space.

Modern glass technology offers much better insulation; at Tyneside, we install high-performing glass conservatory roofs from industry leaders Ultraframe. This roofing system from Ultraframe is designed to be durable, strong and weathertight, with a triple-layer storm shield to protect your conservatory from the elements.

Tiled conservatory roofs: Sophisticated style, superb insulation

For those looking for only the very best in terms of energy efficiency, lightweight tiled conservatory roofs are a great replacement for your old roof.

These innovative tiles are significantly lighter than traditional concrete or slate tiles, minimising the load on your conservatory structure. This eliminates the potential need for expensive structural reinforcements often required with heavier tiled roofs.

At Tyneside Home Improvements, we offer tiled conservatory roofs from SupaLite- these solid roofing systems are known for providing incredible insulating properties, while their innovative design maintains breathability and prevents condensation.

Better still, the SupaLite conservatory roof comes with two different slate options (lightweight tiles or Tapco slates) and with a variety of colours so you can choose the best option to suit your home’s aesthetic.

How much does it cost to get a replacement conservatory roof?

The exact cost of replacing a polycarbonate conservatory roof will depend on the materials and finishing touches you choose, as well as the size and configuration of the rest of your conservatory. At Tyneside, we offer a free, no-obligation quote to help you get a more accurate idea of the cost of your roof replacement.

However, the cost you spend when replacing your roof will be offset by energy savings – both our glass and tiled conservatory roof options are designed to keep warmth inside your home in the colder months, reducing your energy consumption – and energy bills!

Are there any regulations or permits required for replacing a conservatory roof?

A roof replacement does not usually require planning permission, however, this can vary based on location and the type of roof being installed. It’s crucial to check with local authorities to ensure compliance with building regulations – at Tyneside, our team can help you with this!

Replace your polycarbonate conservatory roof with Tyneside Home Improvements

Dreaming of a more usable and beautiful conservatory? Whether you want to improve energy efficiency or enhance the aesthetics of your space, Tyneside Home Improvements can help!

Our team can provide the perfect conservatory roof replacement for you. Whether you’re looking for a glass roof or tiled, our team of experts will guide you through every step of getting a new roof, ensuring you find the perfect solution for your home.

Plus, all our products come with a 10-year guarantee, giving you peace of mind that your new conservatory roof will last for years to come.

Ready to transform your conservatory? Contact us today! Call us on 0191 489 5063 or fill in an online contact form for a free, no-obligation quote.


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