Conservatories constructed between the 70's and 80's often featured glass roofs and walls, with many having brick foundations. During this period thermally efficient glass was expensive and many now experience poor insulation throughout the year.
Should you have an old glass conservatory roof, the likelihood is that you would be best suited considering either a polycarbonate or tiled alternative. Solid polycarbonate is a particularly good choice, as you will likely not need to source new glazing bars and it provides a similar appearance.
If glare is an issue during summer, you'll find tinted glass panels too. Solid polycarbonate is also available in tinted varieties, providing you with an ideal alternative to glass whilst maintaining the same appearance.
Throughout the 'naughties' polycarbonate was booming! This was due to the insulation properties it offers and it being lightweight.
Whilst multiwall polycarbonate features 'tunnels', it provides a similar level of transparency as a glass conservatory roof. Solid polycarbonate, on the other hand, is virtually identical.
Multiwall polycarbonate is a low-cost and well insulated sheet that combines multiple layers of plastic. Between these layers are tunnels, which hold air to prevent dramatic changes in temperature.
Solid polycarbonate is a more premium solution. Whilst its insulating properties are not as significant, it offers superb strength with it being up to 200 times stronger than glass. This makes solid polycarbonate virtually unbreakable.
Both multiwall and solid polycarbonate are ideal for any conservatory. This is due to them using widely available glazing bars, including both aluminium and PVC options. The sheets themselves are also lightweight and do not require any extensive support beyond high quality timber battens.
A polycarbonate conservatory roof will typically provide a life span of 10 years. Due to some polycarbonate sheets featuring UV protection, they will not typically discolour over time. To maximise the longevity of your polycarbonate conservatory roof, utilise high quality PVC or aluminium glazing bars.
We have recently had a new conservatory roof and wall panels installed by Cheshire Bespoke Conservatories. The team did a great job, they arrived on time, were courteous and respectful at all times and we are very happy with the work they carried out. Would highly recommend this company.
The guys did a cracking job of converting our previous glass conservatory roof into a brand new bespoke Tapco tiled roof. Team were courtesy and friendly and did a great job of cleaning up afterwards. Can confirm after looking at costs with several companies, CBC are definitely competitive. Would definitely recommend.
The guys at CBC replaced our existing conservatory roof with a more traditional roof design creating a room that we can use all year round. It's a great job. Its transformed the room. I highly recommend them, the lads on site were tremendous and worked really hard to get the job done in the time frame, infact they finished earlier. We'll done, thanks again.