Types of Conservatory Roofs

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A conservatory is a great way to add value to your home and create a bright new living space. There are many options for the roof, including glass, polycarbonate and solid tiled.

UPVC roofs are an affordable option. They are a popular choice for conservatories and are easy to repair.


Polycarbonate (PC) is a tough transparent plastic that can be shaped and thermoformed. Its high strength and stiffness, good optical properties, and dimensional stability make it a useful substitute for glass in machine guards, signs, architectural glazing, face shields, and skylights. It is also used in medical devices for its heat resistance and sterilizability by ethylene oxide or limited autoclave cycles.

Leaking conservatory roofs are a common issue with older conservatories and can be caused by perished lead flashing or water that has accumulated underneath the conservatory panels. Fortunately, these leaks are easy to fix and usually don’t require a lot of work. However, you may need to hire a professional if the leaks are severe or if you have an older conservatory. The cost of the repair will vary depending on a few factors, including the type of roof, size of the conservatory, and whether you need to hire a scaffolding company.


Glass roofs are a great way to flood a conservatory with natural light, which can brighten up a dark space. They also provide a stunning view of the sky, which is especially beneficial for people with plants in their homes. This type of ceiling is also energy efficient, preventing heat loss and saving on energy bills.

They are available in a variety of tints and opacities, and can even be solar safe with self-cleaning options. The installation process is relatively quick and straightforward, with minimal damage to the existing structure of the conservatory. Unlike polycarbonate, glass roofs are more resistant to damage from weathering and can be used all year round. A good glass conservatory roof can improve insulation and reduce noise from traffic or nearby buildings.


UPVC is a popular building material that’s used for window frames and other applications. It’s durable, low-maintenance, and has good insulating properties. It’s also resistant to fire and chemicals. It’s often called PVCu, or unplasticized polyvinyl chloride, and is a great alternative to wood or aluminium.

A UPVC conservatory roof can be fitted to an existing polycarbonate or glass conservatory, and is available in a choice of colours and finishes. It can also be enhanced with a range of extra features, including tie bars, finials, crestings and skylight windows. All our UPVC conservatory roofs are A rated and can be supplied with solar control to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. They are FENSA registered and come with an insurance backed guarantee.


Adding a solid conservatory roof to a timber frame will increase the weight of the structure and you may need to strengthen your foundations. A reputable installer will always discuss this with you before commencing work and will take into consideration the depth of soil, any other ground conditions and the building regulations for your area.

GRP rafters are then fitted creating the structural frame, unlike wood this is not susceptible to rot or condensation and will not be at risk of cold bridging or sweating. The next step is to fit insulated panels, these are extremely lightweight and will massively improve your conservatory’s energy efficiency.

The final step is to add tiles, the most popular option is a Tapco Slate or Metrotile concrete effect tile. These are very strong, durable and are available in a range of colours and styles.


A new conservatory can be a valuable addition to your home, but it’s important to protect it against damage and rot. If you notice rotting panels, contact a professional immediately. They can replace the rotting panels and apply weatherproofing to help prevent future rot. They can also recommend a suitable paint for your conservatory, which will help to prevent rust and fade.

A glazed conservatory can be uncomfortable in winter, but a tiled roof can transform it into an all-year-round space. Preseli Home Improvements can install a Leka tiled conservatory roof, which is available in a variety of colours and finishes. This type of conservatory roof is warmer than polycarbonate and can reduce energy bills. It’s also a great choice for orangeries and garden rooms. conservatory roofs swansea

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