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Before settling for polycarbonate, why not consider one of these alternative conservatory roofs?

Keeping your conservatory or orangery comfortable and stylish might seem like a daunting challenge, but the truth is that it really doesn’t have to be. If you find yourself suffering from pesky draughts, heat leaks, cold spots, the likelihood is that your conservatory is not at fault, rather, it’s just the roof you’ll need to contend with. Especially if your extended space is still sporting a polycarbonate roof installed 20 or so years ago, one of these alternative conservatory roofs could make for the perfect replacement. So what are your options when it comes to the number of alternative conservatory roofs out there? Thankfully, we at Associated Windows are here with a comprehensive breakdown of all the main contenders.

Red tiled roof on uPVC conservatory

Tiled conservatory roofs

Definitely one of the most sophisticated alternative conservatory roofs, tiles make it easy for homeowners to enjoy their extended space while maintaining a true sense of privacy. It’s also one of the best options for those wanting to make a fashion statement. Most conservatory roof options are transparent or at least translucent, but by making yours entirely opaque you have complete control of design and colour. Popular finishes include; Black, Brown, Grey, and Mulberry.

As you’d most likely expect from a tiled conservatory roof that’s installed to remain airtight – exceptional thermal efficiency is a given. Once fitted, tiled conservatory roofs from Associated help keep your extended living space cool in summer and warm in winter, reducing energy costs thanks to preventing heat from escaping as it rises. U-values as low as 0.18 wm²/K are achieved which is well below what’s required from the minimum standard of energy efficiency.

  • Energy efficient – save on heating bills and stay warmer with u-values as low as 0.18
  • Visually stunning appearance with sleek trims and cappings
  • Suits Edwardian, Victorian, P-Shape, and Lean-To conservatory styles
  • Structurally sound with a range of tile finishes and colours

Glass conservatory roofs

Of all the alternative conservatory roofs available, those engineered in crystal clear glazing are great at helping natural light better permeate your extended living space. After all, the reason most homeowners choose to have a conservatory is to feel closer to the natural beauty of the outside. Glass conservatory roofs improve over their polycarbonate counterparts thanks to improved temperature balancing that means it’s always easy to stay comfortable, using innovative glass technologies to actively deflect the sun’s heat and reduce maintenance levels.

As well as improved light and protection, all our replacement glass roofs can be installed to meet a U-value of 1.0 wm²/K. This means your energy bills will be easily lowered when swapping from polycarbonate to efficient glazing – you’ll quickly recoup the cost of your initial investment in no time Glass roofs are also generally installed slightly thicker than plastic or polycarbonate roofs, filtering out any loud noise that would be heard during harsh rainfall. Peace can be enjoyed well into the future.

  • Spoils conservatories with lashings of natural light
  • Energy efficient – Reduce heating costs and stay warmer with u-values as low as 1.0
  • Solar control and self-cleaning to protect you and your conservatory roof
  • Configurable to any style of conservatory

Glazed roof lanterns

Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that are capable of having the biggest impacts, Glazed roof lanterns from Associated Windows certainly fill this category, engineered in lightweight but inherently strong aluminium which works as a seamless addition onto any new or existing conservatory roof. It shares a lot of the same benefits as a glass conservatory roofs but focusses the sunlight that enters so that it’s more direct. Light entry is a lot more controlled.

Glazed roof lanterns maintain the high thermal capabilities of whatever style roof surrounding it you have installed, preventing the rising warmth from fully escaping. Most people consider them to be the perfect way to balance the feel of both an inside and outside living space, as they bring you closer to natural light while still letting you enjoy a solid roof.

  • Multi-chambered frames for sufficient energy efficiency levels
  • Slim lines and minimal frames for improves sunlight entry
  • Coloured to any one of 150 distinct colour finishes
  • Installed onto any flat roof surface

Alternative conservatory roofs – Making the most of your extended space

The three alternative conservatory roofs might share a lot of differences in appearance, ability, and function, but one common trait they share is in how they improve upon polycarbonate roofs in almost every way. Whether you want to prioritise style, light entry, or thermal performance, we’re confident that by opting for either a roof lantern, tiled, or glass conservatory roof, you’ll instantly be able to use the extra living space in the way that was originally intended.

Insulating roof solutions from Associated Windows

So, if you’d like to take your conservatory or orangery to the next level and be able to use it as you originally intended, why not research more about the many alternative conservatory roofs on offer. We at Associated Windows have a great local reputation throughout the whole of Bristol, and would be more than happy to help you achieve your home improvement goals.