Lean-to style conservatories are the most popular type of conservatory for UK homeowners. Their versatile design means that they can be installed onto almost any property including bungalows and dormer-style houses. Thanks to the flexibility of the roof’s pitch, they are compatible with most property layouts. They can be specified in almost any size, from the relatively small (3m x 3m) to a large glazed extension which runs the entire width of a property. They can be connected to the original property via one or several entrance points to create a large open plan living area and can function as a dining room, extended living space, work area or anything else you desire.
If you already have a lean-to conservatory installed at your home, you’ll fully understand why they are so popular. At Compare Companies, one of the most common questions we receive is ‘can you replace a lean-to conservatory roof?’ Many homeowners wish to upgrade their conservatory and feel that the roof is outdated and perhaps not performing to the required standards. The simple answer is yes, of course you can replace a lean-to conservatory roof. Let’s take a closer look at what options are available.
Which is the best lean-to conservatory roof option?
When replacing your lean-to conservatory roof, there are three options:
- Polycarbonate conservatory roofs
- Glass conservatory roofs
- Tiled/solid conservatory roofs
Each option has its own benefits for the homeowner and the best choice for you will ultimately depend on your expectations for your newly revamped conservatory. Before you decide, it is important to consider how your new conservatory roof will fit in with your property’s design and what you intend to use the conservatory for once the renovation is complete. To help you to make a fully informed decision here’s more about each particular roof type.
What are Polycarbonate conservatory roofs?
Polycarbonate conservatory roofs were once the most popular conservatory roof choice. They are the most cost-effective option and require very little maintenance. They do however have an average life span of around 10 years which is less than other material options.
Unfortunately, polycarbonate roofs do not usually provide the required levels of thermal performance expected by today’s standards. They can be noisy during heavy rain and can sometimes become prone to leaks as they begin to age.
Are glass conservatory roofs any good?
Glass conservatory roofs have now replaced polycarbonate roofs as the go-to conservatory roof material. If you already have a glass conservatory roof in your lean-to conservatory, however, it may not provide the same high-performance levels of a modern glass roof if it is over 10 years old.
Modern glass roofs can incorporate a range of features to improve their performance. Solar control glass regulates temperature to create a comfortable year-round living space. Self-cleaning glass reduces maintenance levels while argon gas filled double glazing will noticeably improve energy efficiency.
Can I replace my conservatory roof with a tiled/solid conservatory roof?
When you want to maximise thermal performance and increase interior privacy levels, a tiled conservatory roof is the best option. You can replace your old lean-to conservatory roof with a tiled/solid roof to make the thermal performance of the conservatory match that of the original property.
The tiles of a conservatory roof can be matched to the existing property for a uniform aesthetic and will provide a strong and weather resistant exterior which should last in excess of 50 years. Tiled conservatory roofs are normally the dearer option and you will need to ensure that the current structure is strong enough to support the extra weight of the new roof but this is normally assessed by your chosen installation firm when quoting.
Choose the best lean-to conservatory roof with Compare Companies
At Compare Companies, we help homeowners to make a fully informed decision about their home improvement plans. Have a look at our conservatory roof replacement page for more information on the best conservatory roof replacement for your home improvement plans.
If you’d like to speak to someone about your home renovation plans, one of our friendly advisors is always happy to help. For more information about replacing your lean-to conservatory roof or any of your home improvement plans call 0800 084 5076 today. Fill in our simple form and the installers will contact you with a quote taking the leg work out of doing the research yourself.