Conservatory Roof Buyers Guide

Glass vs Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof

Choose the conservatory roof material that's right for you

Conservatory Roof GlassWhen the concept of conservatories came into being, the only glazing option was a single sheet of glass. This was acceptable at the time because the only function a conservatory performed was to grow tropical plants and citrus trees in a climate that would not sustain these plants under normal circumstances. These plants would thrive in the hot and humid conditions they we find so unpleasant. As people spent more time with their plants in the conservatory it became evident that an alternative to the single sheet of glass was required to moderate the temperature.

The first introduction of polycarbonate was a tinted, single ply that helped reduce the glare. The next stage were two sheets joined together with an space in between. The idea was that the outer sheet would heat first, then transferring the heat at a much slower rate to the inner sheet, thereby slowing the heating process in the conservatory to a degree. This idea was then employed in the glass glazing systems, hence double glazing. We are light years ahead of those initial products and can demonstrate thermal properties that can almost compare to tiled roofs.

When considering what product you need to use in your proposed conservatory, you should take into account which aspect the conservatory will face and how much time you want to spend in it. The most often heard complaint regarding 'not well planned' conservatories, 'it's to hot in summer and cold in winter'. With the latest technological advances in conservatory roof glazing this does not have to be the case.

Conservatory Roof PolycarbonateNowadays, the most popular roof glazing is twenty five millimetre, five wall polycarbonate, in either clear, opal or bronze. These have better insulation values and heat reduction properties than untreated glass. You can also add heat-gaurd treatments, foil inserts or upgrade to thirty five millimetre, seven wall sheets for improved performance. But with the latest treatments that can be applied to double glazed glass roofs, polycarbonate can not compete. If you are prepared to spend the significant extra cash, the anti-sun, anti-glare, argon filled sealed units that are low-emission treated will make your conservatory a pleasure to be in all year round.

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