Conservatory conversions 2024: Is it worth putting a proper roof on a conservatory?

side view of a conservatory with a grey tiled roof attached to a red brick house

Do you have a conservatory installed at your home? Have you found that it’s far too hot in summer and way too cold in winter? Does your conservatory have an old polycarbonate roof or a glass roof which is more than ten years old? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you could benefit from a replacement conservatory roof.

Conservatory roof replacement options side view of a traditional style conservatory with a tiled roof attached to a red brick house used to indicate conservatory roof costs in 2023

If you’re thinking about upgrading your conservatory, you’re probably wondering: ‘Is it worth putting a proper roof on a conservatory?’ The answer is most definitely yes. You could of course, replace your old conservatory roof with a modern fully glazed alternative. Modern glass roofs provide far higher performance than their older counterparts and can help to regulate temperature and control the sun’s rays. If, however, you like the idea of a more permanent feel, then a tiled or solid conservatory roof is an excellent option.

When it comes to replacing your conservatory roof with a more traditional ‘proper’ roof, there are several options. You could opt for:

  • Tiled roof – available with either slates or concrete tiles to match your home’s aesthetic
  • Solid roof – composite GRP panels are used to boost thermal performance
  • Lightweight warm roof – Easy to install and fully customisable

Each of these conservatory roof options provide a higher level of insulation than a glass roof and help to create a cosier feel to the interior of your conservatory.

Benefits of putting a proper roof on a conservatory

When you decide to enhance your conservatory with a new roof, you unlock a wealth of benefits. Once the installation is completed, you’ll be amazed at the transformation of your extended living area. With a tiled or solid conservatory roof you can expect:

  • Enhanced energy efficiency
  • Increased property value
  • Improved acoustic insulation
  • Quick and efficient installation
  • Durable and weather-resistant exterior
  • Better heat retention capacity
  • Attractive exterior appearance
  • Choice of slate and tile colours

What’s more, a solid roof on your conservatory will make it feel more like an integral part of your home than an additional space, but you’ll still enjoy great natural light intake through the glass walls.

Complete customisation for your tiled conservatory roof

Now you know that a solid or tiled conservatory roof will greatly improve the performance of your conservatory. Perhaps you’re still wondering, however, what will it look like? The good news is, with a proper conservatory roof you have lots of opportunity for bespoke customisation.

Whether you choose concrete tiles, slates, or a lightweight composite material for your conservatory roof, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of attractive colours. Most conservatory roof materials are available in a range of greys, blacks, browns, and reds and can be matched to your existing property’s roof. Fascias, soffits, and guttering can also be supplied to match to create a uniform appearance to your home exterior.

Add skylights to a solid roof for the traditional conservatory feel

Just because you have chosen a solid roof doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the light offered by a traditional glass roof conservatory. Adding skylights or a roof lantern to your roof will create the light that you would expect from a conservatory, but the vaulted ceiling interior will give your home a unique ambiance. What’s more, you’ll still benefit from everything we’ve mentioned about solid and tiled conservatory roofs.

When putting a roof on a conservatory is necessary

Knowing when to put a new roof on your conservatory can help prevent any permanent damage to your conservatory, and any added costs that go along with it.

If you notice any water leaks, cold spots, draughts, mould or moss, roof sagging or any other visible damage such as cracks or dents, you should consider getting your conservatory roof replaced or converted urgently. All of these symptoms indicate the potential of severe problems that could cause irreparable damage if not addressed quickly.

It’s always best to pre-emptively replace or convert your conservatory roof before these problems arise. If your conservatory is getting too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter, you notice excessive noise from the outside, or your notice that your energy bills are a little higher than usual, these are all signs you should consider upgrading your conservatory roof.

It can be difficult to diagnose the right course of action for your conservatory roof, which is why we recommend finding a conservatory roof installer near you to help with any decision making and installation.

Would you like a quote on a new solid conservatory roof?

Conservatory roof replacements vary in price. The size of your conservatory will make a difference as will the choice of material. A tiled conservatory roof could cost anywhere between £7,000 and £20,000 depending on your specifications.

At Compare Companies, we take the hassle out of your home improvements. Simply fill in the details using our simple form and we’ll arrange for three quotations from local fully vetted installers to be sent directly to you. Our service is completely free with no obligation whatsoever to proceed.

Have a browse of our conservatory product pages to find out more detailed information about your home improvement options. If you’d like to speak to one of our friendly team of advisors call 0800 084 5076 today.

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