What Conservatory Roof Options Do You Have?
There are 4 main conservatory roof styles – Victorian, Double-Hip, Gable, and Lean-to. All other conservatory roof styles are variations of these. The variations are the Edwardian, P-shaped, L-Shaped, and the T-shaped conservatory roofs.
If you are looking for a replacement conservatory roof, you have the option of choosing the material as well. Conservatory roofs can be solid or tiled like your property’s roof. Alternatively, it can also be glass or polycarbonate.
Both the roof style as well as the material depend on what you want and need. For example, if you want privacy and durability over more natural light, you would probably want a solid roof. However, if you want a cheap and lightweight conservatory roof replacement, polycarbonate might be most suitable.
Similarly, you can use a different roof style as a replacement. However, if you want a specific architectural style, you may want to stick with the relevant roof style.
So, what are your conservatory roof style options? Here they are…
What Are the Different Conservatory Roof Styles Available?
Most conservatory styles follow a square or rectangle floor plan. As a result, most conservatory roofs are suitable for a square conservatory. In fact, for more of the square conservatories, it is the roof that gives them their distinctive style or appearance. The only non-rectangular shapes are the Victorian conservatory, and the P-shaped style. The latter is a composite of a square shaped conservatory and a Victorian style.
Let’s see what each style looks like.
The Victorian conservatory roof is the most popular style. It is the only conservatory style with a distinctive shape as well as roof. This conservatory style is characterised by a bay window on one end. A bay window is a projecting window shape made up of multiple facets. Each facet is a window sash. As a result, you get a large curved shape on one wall.
The conservatory roof is designed to fit over this curved shape. Along this edge, the roof ‘fans’ out using triangular panels to create a curve.
This distinctive conservatory style is a must-have for heritage properties. However, it can also be adapted to modern properties to add an elegant charm. It is a classically stylish shape and gives you a conservatory that is more than just a square room. The bay window gives you a sense of projecting outwards into the garden. It also creates a quaint corner which adds interest to the room.
A lean-to conservatory has the simplest shape and roof style. It is a basic square shape, with a single sloped roof. At its highest point, the roof sits against the main property. As a result, it gives the appearance of leaning against your house. This is the trait that gives the style its name.
The single sloped roof, and the basic square shape, mean that the conservatory is the easiest to install. As a result, both the lean-to conservatory roof and the style are the lowest priced options. However, it does not mean that the conservatory or the roof style is undesirable. The simple and classic shape gives your home a beautiful Mediterranean air. This uncomplicated style is extremely popular for this very reason.
A lean-to conservatory roof is a single sloped roof. In case of a double sloped roof, you would have two sloped facets. Each panel would slope in the opposite direction while joined at their highest point. However, a double hip roof is made up of 2 sets of double sloped panels.
This means that instead of sloping in two directions, the roof style slopes in four directions. As a result, all four walls have a sloped roof panel ending over them. Because of its shape, the conservatory roof style gives the impression of standing apart from the main house even though the conservatory is attached.
The Edwardian conservatory is another historical architectural style that lends itself beautifully to modern architecture. The roof is generally a double hipped roof. However, in some cases, it may only have 3 sloping panels. The fourth side, where the final slope would have been is attached to the main property.
This conservatory roof style is also quite popular because the height of the roof can be increased by sharpening the angle of the slope. As a result, you can make it as high as your property height allows. It is also a beautiful way to add historic architectural details in a modern way.
The Gable conservatory roof might be the most dramatic of all roof styles. It is made up of two sloping panels. However, instead of them sloping down the front, they slope down the sides. As a result, they meet in the front to create a triangular shape over the entrance.
It is this design feature that makes this roof so stunning to look at. The large triangle is often decorated with elaborate sun-burst patterns or simple vertical panels. Because of the embellishments, your eye is drawn upwards. As a result, this conservatory roof style helps give the impression of height even with a small or medium sized conservatory.
A P-shaped conservatory roof is created when you combine a square conservatory with a Victorian conservatory style. Generally, a lean-to or an Edwardian conservatory are extended to one side with a Victorian room. The curved bay window edge gives the composite style a P shape.
P-shaped conservatories are great for creating additional space in places where you can’t extend too far in one direction. This way, you make optimum use of the space available to you. Moreover, you get an interesting glazed extension shape.
A T or L-shaped conservatory roof style is created by putting together two square shaped conservatories. If you have one long shape with another square shape sticking out at a right angle on one end, you get an L-shaped conservatory. On the other hand, if you have a rectangle shaped conservatory with another square shape sticking out of its middle, you get a T-shaped style.
Both these styles are quite effective at making use of space efficiently. For example, the L-shaped conservatory might be ‘wrapped’ around the house. As a result, you get better use of space than trying to extend it out in just one direction.
Why Are Conservatory Roofs Important?
Conservatory roofs are very important for the look and performance of a conservatory. As we saw earlier, in a lot of cases, it is the conservatory roof that defines the architectural style. As a result, the roof is an important aspect of the identity of the style.
However, in addition to the aesthetics, conservatory roofs also contribute to the performance of the conservatory. Here are some ways in which the conservatory roof helps improve the performance of your glazed extension.
The kind of conservatory roof you choose can affect the amount of light you get in your conservatory. A glass roof will allow unrestricted sunlight, unless you choose tinted glass. A polycarbonate roof will block some amount of light, the conservatory won’t be as bright. However, a solid roof will block out all natural illumination!
In order for your conservatory roof to be heat efficient, it needs a roof that will help retain the heat inside. Double glazed glass roofs can be quite good at heat retention. In some cases, though, polycarbonate roofs are even better. Solid roofs, of course, provide excellent insulation. However, you need to balance it out with your needs.
Does your conservatory stand in full sun? In which case, you might not want it getting too warm. On the other hand, if it’s in a side that gets less sun, you would want it to catch as much infrared as it can.
A glass conservatory roof will be completely transparent. As a result, if you have neighbours on higher levels, you may not get a lot of privacy. Polycarbonate conservatory roofs will be slightly obscured, while tiled roofs give you complete privacy. However, that is offset by the fact that you cannot see out either.
Security & Durability
A solid conservatory roof is much more durable than the other two options. Being solid, it also provides greater security. However, well-installed double glazed and polycarbonate roofs can be quite secure as well. However, they are not as durable. In fact, polycarbonate roofs might need to be replaced every 10 years.
Weather & Noise Protection
If you sit in your conservatory, you should be able to enjoy it in any weather. With polycarbonate roofs, it can be difficult because it conducts sound very well. As a result, it can become extremely noisy when it rains. Double glazing can muffle the sound quite a bit, but a solid conservatory roof is the quietest. Similarly, if it’s a bright and sunny day, clear roofs might allow too much light, and therefore too much heat.
What Material Should Your Conservatory Roof Be?
As we have just seen, the material you choose for your conservatory roof affects the performance of your conservatory. Consequently, your material choice boils down to what features you want.
Glass gives you extremely good performance. It lasts quite long, and you can get self-cleaning glass roofs for easy cleaning. It floods your room with natural light and you can enjoy the stars in the night. However, if you have a south or south-west facing conservatory, a glass conservatory roof might make it too bright and hot. It also does not give you as much privacy.
Polycarbonate conservatory roofs are the lowest priced option. They are also very light. As a result, if you are replacing an old conservatory roof, you don’t have to worry if your foundation will be able to bear the weight. They offer a slightly reduced amount of natural light. As a result, they are not as bright as glass roofs but don’t block out all light like solid ones.
However, they can trap in a greater amount of heat than the other two options. Also, they get scratched easily, and often need replacement quite frequently. Also, they can get very loud if it is raining.
Solid roofs are great if you want durability and privacy. They last much longer than glass or polycarbonate. Moreover, they give you better thermal performance as well. A solid conservatory roof gives you a sense of permanence as well as security. You also get better weather protection, heat protection, and less noise.
On the flip side, you also get less natural light. If you wanted a conservatory specifically for a bright and sunny space, this might not be the right choice for you. Having said that, it’s easy enough to manage the amount of light with roof windows and roof lanterns. However, the room will not be as bright as with a glass roof.
Where Can You Get Affordable Conservatory Roof Prices?
If you want competitive conservatory roof prices, you should start by comparing quotes from various companies. This way, you will be able to select the price range that fits best within your budget. You should be aware of the material you want, and its features. This way, you will not be disappointed after you have a new roof installed.
Moreover, you also don’t want a roof that is heavier than your current one. If it is, you might have to redo the foundation. This is a technical aspect that will be assessed by the surveyor. However, if you don’t want to waste time and money, it might be worth being aware of these restrictions before you shop around.
Getting a conservatory roof price quote is not as difficult as you might think. In fact, you can start right here with us! Simply hop on to our online quote generator and tell it what you want. You can choose from our selection of roof styles.
However, if you have a bespoke conservatory shape and want a special conservatory roof, simply contact us. Send us your specifications and someone from our team will contact you with more information. We will even give you a list of recommended local installers approved by FENSA or Certass.
So why wait? Get your conservatory roof quote now!
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
What Materials Can You Build A Conservatory With?
Conservatories can be constructed with either timber, aluminium or uPVC, the latter being the cheaper material out of the three. Please consult our pricing guide below to get a better understanding of what a new conservatory may cost you.
How Much Does a Conservatory Cost?
Prices on conservatories begin around £6000, however, this will be dependent on the shape, size and style of your conservatory. Please refer to our pricing table below to get a better idea on how much a conservatory will cost or start a quote with us today.
How Long Will My Conservatory Last?
Depending on the materials used to build it, the installation and the general maintenance for a conservatory, they usually have a life span of anywhere between 10-30 years. UPVC conservatories, on average last about 20 years.
Do I Need Planning Permission To Build My Conservatory?
In most cases, you do not need planning permission for a conservatory, however, it must reach certain guidelines. For example, it cannot exceed the height of the original structure of the home. Please check your local council site for more details (links are found in the 'Gateshead Information' section).
Can Conservatories Only Be Made Out Of uPVC?
Conservatories can be made out of uPVC, timber and aluminium – it really depends on the style you want for your home. However, uPVC is the cheapest material to make a conservatory out of; timber and aluminium are significantly more expensive. Please check our pricing tables below to get more of an idea on costs or start a quote with us today.
What’s the Difference Between an Orangery and Conservatory?
The biggest difference between an orangery and a conservatory is the construction of the roof. More than three quarters of a conservatory roof is glazed and an orangery has less than three quarters. A conservatory should have over half of the area of the wall glazed.
How Much Is A Conservatory?
A Conservatory is cost-effective way of expanding your home without needing planning permission in most cases. Conservatory prices start around £6000. Please refer to our pricing guides below to see how much a conservatory may cost you, or start a quote today.
Can I Choose Custom Glass?
You can choose from a wide range of custom glass. Your double glazing installer will offer you a choice of glass types and glazing designs so you can choose custom glass for your windows, doors or conservatory.
What is The Best Type of Conservatory?
When choosing the best type of conservatory for your home, your property and garden size as well as style have to be considered. For example if you lack garden space, you don't want a conservatory build that is going to be too overpowering. There are conservatory designs for all types of home and specification so any property, traditional or new can benefit from this airy extension.
Why Should I Buy A Conservatory?
A conservatory is an affordable way to extend living space and will prove to be a worthy investment over time. Not only does it help improve the value of your property but it provides you with a multi-functional space to use all year round.
Should I Buy A DIY Conservatory?
A DIY conservatory can be a great option if you have the required knowledge and building skills. It can be an expensive choice however, if anything should go wrong. The best thing about a supply and fit conservatory is that your installer takes care of all of the work for you, this includes any building requirements or planning permission.
Do I Need Conservatory Planning Permission?
Conservatories are seen as a permitted development, however you may require conservatory planning permission if you have a listed property or if you are living within a conservation area.
How Much Does A Conservatory Cost?
Your conservatory cost will depend on its specification. Your conservatory size, style, finishes, glazing and build are all factors which will determine the overall price. The good news is, you can now calculate the cost of your conservatory online using our handy online quote builder.
Why Should I Choose One Of Your Installers?
All installers that operate in affiliation with Double Glazing on the Web are accredited by a recognised industry body such as FENSA or CERTASS. Double Glazing on the Web vet all of our double glazing installers to make sure you receive a professional and efficient quality service.
What is an Orangery?
An Orangery extension is different from a conservatory in both size and style. Orangeries are typically designed to be a direct extension from your home, with brick walls that complement your existing build. An orangery roof usually incorporates a glazed lantern which provides a conservatory style element, providing lots of natural light.