The roof of a conservatory is vital to help keep the building weather-tight
and it is often an important feature in the external look of the extension.
A conservatory should have a proper roofing system, which is purpose-made.
Most companies offering good quality uPVC and aluminium products buy in
their roof systems from specialist companies. Don’t be fobbed off
with a roof that is just made of window frames, which will not have the
strength needed and will run the risk of leaking.
Give the following points some thought and check them out:
A good quality uPVC conservatory roof will have aluminium used within
the roof frame to add extra strength.
Can the roof can take the weight of the glass or polycarbonate panels
to be used?
What makes it weather tight?
What are the insulation properties of the roof? Will it provide good
Does it have special glass to protect against bright sunshine and the
effect of the rays on furniture?
Will guttering be attached?
Are the installers qualified?
How good is the guarantee and does it run for the same length of time
as the rest of the conservatory?
The two materials mostly used in a conservatory roof are glass and polycarbonate.
Glass, while more expensive, is often the preferred roofing option. It
provides a better match for walls, is clear, and can provide better sound
The glass must be toughened or laminated to give extra strength. It is
also worthwhile checking out the options that can help protect against
the glare of the sun, combat damage from the sun’s rays, and/or
offer protection against heat.
There is even a glass with a coating which helps the sun to break down
dirt which accumulates on the roof and it is washed away by the rain.
Polycarbonate is more cost-effective than glass. It is lightweight, hard
wearing, with good insulation properties and again has the option to provide
extras which prevent glare and reduce heat.
Although the roof can have clear panels there are other choices available
including an opaque finish, and a bronzed finish which can blend well
with a wood-effect uPVC frame or of course timber.
Often conservatory owners find that the temperature in the conservatory
is better controlled with the installation of blinds. Several companies
provide a service which includes measuring and fitting.