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If your conservatory is getting a little long in the tooth and its roof is showing signs of wear and tear or if you simply want to give your conservatory a makeover by replacing the roof, there are various options available to you. In this brief article, we set out some of your choices including the factors that you may wish to take into account when you go about replacing the conservatory roof.
The principal thing that you will want to consider is the material that the replacement roof is to be constructed from. This is primarily a matter of personal taste but sometimes the positioning of the conservatory also dictates the materials that will be needed to make up the roof.
There are three main types of conservatory roof construction materials to choose from.
The most popular material for a conservatory roof is glass. This material allows more light to enter the conservatory and also means you can look out through the roof during the day or night. Enjoying a clear, starlit night under a new glass conservatory roof can be great fun. If you do choose a glass replacement roof, however, there are other factors that you will also need to consider.
Single glazed roofs are more liable to lose heat and let in sound, whereas double or even triple glazed roofs are far more heat and noise efficient. To add to the heat retention, one side of the glass can also be coated with a heat reflective metallic coating. This can give it the appearance of smoked glass. An additional effect of the coating is to let more heat in and stop more from getting out. It is a great way of making sure your replacement conservatory roof is as heat efficient as possible, helping to keep your fuel bills down.
Cleaning the exterior of a glass conservatory roof can be a hazardous process. For that reason it is possible to invest in self-cleaning glass. This type of glass has a special coating that works in two ways. Firstly, the sun’s ultraviolet rays cause a reaction that allows the coating to break down organic debris and loosen dirt. Secondly it also allows rainfall to wash this debris and dirt away. In this way the conservatory roof can keep itself cleaner for longer.
Finally, when deciding on which type of glass you want your replacement conservatory roof to be constructed from, it is important to remember that the heavier the glass, the stronger the supporting roof beams will need to be.
This man-made material is becoming very popular. It is strong, safe and, like glass, can be made heat and sound efficient if the appropriate thickness is chosen. It is also possible to choose from quite a wide selection of tints, which can be effective in providing some shade and reducing a certain amount of glare. Although polycarbonate is seen by many as an effective alternative to glass, it should be said that is does not have the same clarity. If you are looking for a perfect view from the conservatory roof, then glass is likely to be better than polycarbonate.
Tiled conservatory roofs are popular for those who want to preserve a little privacy, particularly if their conservatory is overlooked. This type of solid roof also suits those who want their replacement conservatory roof to blend in with the rest of the property.
It can also be a requirement of the local planning authority that the roof is of a solid construction if the conservatory is to be added to a listed building. Although this type of roof allows less sunlight to enter, it can be extremely heat and noise efficient and make the conservatory seem more like a complete extension to the property. The issue of cleaning the roof is also less of an issue if it is tiled.
There are many options available to anyone looking for a replacement conservatory roof. To find out more about the different types of construction you should consult closely with your supplier and installer to ensure that you find the roof that suits your personal taste and meets any planning issues that may affect your property.
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