Conservatories are the most common kind of home extension in the UK. As they are so affordable and easy build, with many other benefits, it is easy to understand why conservatories are so popular. When it comes to choosing the right conservatory to suit your home, there are many styles to choose from; Gable, Georgian, lantern, Sunroom, Victorian, a combination of different styles, or a completely bespoke build.

What many people don’t realise is that there are a number of options available when it comes to conservatory roofs:

Polycarbonate roofs


A considerable percentage of modern conservatory roofs are glazed with polycarbonate roofing panels. Polycarbonate has a number of benefits as a roofing material:

  • It is highly affordable
  • Polycarbonate can withstand a considerable range of temperatures, ranging from -20°C to 100°C making it an ideal roofing material throughout the year
  • It is available in a number of different colour choices including clear, opal, bronze and bronze/opal. Polycarbonate panels are covered with a special protective coating, eliminating the worry that they will discolour over time

Polycarbonate conservatory roofs are available in different thicknesses. 25mm polycarbonate is most commonly used, and the most cost effective. 35mm polycarbonate is 40% thicker, and as a result provides you with a higher level of thermal and sound insulation as well as glare from the summer sun.

If you are concerned that your conservatory will get too hot in the summer and too cold during the winter months, solar control polycarbonate is designed to reduce summer heat build-up, but also to retain warmth in the winter.

Glass conservatory roofs

Glass is becoming an increasingly popular choice for conservatory roofs. Glass roofs boasts numerous benefits including appealing aesthetics, ease of maintenance, and good sound insulation. Glass is also proved to be more energy-efficient than the polycarbonate alternative.

Glass conservatory roof panels incorporate special coatings which help to deflect heat from inside back into the home during the winter months, but also to help to reflect excessive solar heat in the summer, keeping the interior of your conservatory cooler. By choosing energy efficient glass roofing panels, you can stand to reduce your energy bills.

Solid conservatory roofs

A solid conservatory roof can be a great investment for your home, offering the best levels of insulation of any roofing option. Although both polycarbonate and glass roofs are designed to reduce summer heat-build up and to keep the warmth in during the winter, if you are especially concerned about keeping your extended living space at a comfortable temperature all year round, a solid tiled conservatory roof is the right choice for you.

If you are looking to build a new conservatory, you have a range of excellent options to choose from to make sure you get the right roof for your home extension. If you have a conservatory, but do not feel that you get enough benefits from your current roofing materials, a new roof can be fitted quickly and simply by experienced conservatory fitting contractors.