New & Replacement Conservatory Roof
Whether you are looking for a new conservatory roof or a replacement roof for your conservatory you have a couple of options from which to choose.
- Full Glazed – with Poly-carbonate or glass panels
- Part Glazed / Part Tiled
- Fully Tiled / Solid
Apart from choosing this style from outset when you first install your conservatory, it is most likely that you will be replacing an older glazed roof and would be a relatively simple operation once the job is properly surveyed
You can opt for something like double glazed panels of Pilkington Activ self-cleaning glass or a less expensive option would be to consider poly-carbonate panels.
A professional survey is required as you may be altering the overall weight of the roof and you should have a professional to confirm the new loading on the supporting structure is acceptable.
Part Glazed – Part Tiled
If you want to create something unique, then this configuration offers some great options combining good levels of natural light but with the look & feel of a more “solid or traditional” house extension.
Using a combination of composite panels & energy efficient glazing can allow you to come up with a design that combines the best of both solid & glazed roofing.
Fully Tiled / Solid
One option is to install a lightweight, energy efficient tiled roof and an advantage for this is that you can increase the headroom and create some nice vaulted ceiling effects – it also gives you freedom to fit something like a recessed lighting system as the internal panels allow for this, whereas it would not be possible with full glass roofing.
You could also look at the option to replace glazed panels with composite panels, this has the advantage of needing less construction work and therefore likely to cost less to do.
Under normal circumstances, Conservatories are considered “permitted developments” and do not require planning permission as long as they are built within certain guidelines, however if you are making changes to the amount of clear glazing, this could impact on the permitted development status and therefore you must check to see if your work will require planning permission well before doing any work.
Your contractor should be aware of all building regulations & planning permission requirements and can help you with this.