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Which Is Best, Glass or Solid (Tiled) Conservatory Roof?

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Whether you’re planning to build a new conservatory in 2022, or are thinking of replacing your existing conservatory roof, you should be aware of the options available to you. The most common options are either a glass roof or a solid, tiled roof. Each option has its own set of pros and cons, so to help you decide, we have compiled descriptions below.

Glass Conservatory Roof

If you are planning a dream conservatory that maximises the natural light in the room, a glass roof may be your ideal choice. A larger amount of glass will create a clean, modern look, but can still blend nicely with more traditional surroundings. Alternatively, if you are just looking to upgrade in order to keep your conservatory warm in the winter and cool in the summer, this will also work perfectly for your needs.

Thermal Efficiency

Glass roofs are surprisingly energy efficient. Their insulating properties come from the latest advances in glass technology. This allows for your conservatory to stay cooler in the summer, keeping more of the solar rays from passing through the glass, and keeps your conservatory warm in the winter, allowing the temperature inside to rise quicker and making it cheaper to heat.

Noise Reduction

If noise levels are a concern, particularly if your conservatory roof still consists of older, polycarbonate, upgrading to glass can make up to a 50% improvement. With typical British weather inducing frequent rain showers, the sound of it hitting a polycarbonate roof can be a deal-breaker when it comes to using the conservatory during this weather. Having a glass roof will allow you to listen to music or hold a conversation inside the room without being interrupted.


Conservatory glass nowadays is incredibly durable and long-lasting. Installing a modern conservatory glass roof will ensure that you shouldn’t need a replacement for decades to come.

Solid, Tiled Conservatory Roof

A solid roof conservatory can create a seamless addition to your home. It can easily blend with the existing roof colour, allowing for a new living space that matches your home’s existing exterior. As with glass roofs, the energy efficiency factor still plays in with solid roofs, keeping heating costs down.

Low Maintenance

Tiled conservatory roofs are incredibly durable. As well as this, dirt and debris is much less likely to be visible and you can easily get away with not cleaning them regularly. With a glass roof, you may need to rinse away dirt and dust to keep the visibility you signed up for, but a solid roof eliminates this.

Seamless addition

As mentioned, there are countless styles and finishes which can be applied to the exterior of a solid roof conservatory. This can include any brickwork as well as the roof tiles, and these can easily be matched to what you already have in terms of brick and tiling. This can be particularly appealing for a more traditional property where you don’t want a conservatory to stand out too much, but still want the extra space and natural light.

Energy efficient

The solid roof on a conservatory is generally going to have the same effect as the roof on your home. Fully insulated and thermally efficient, this will help to keep your home warmer without raising your energy bills.

Conclusion – So Which Is Best?

In conclusion, glass and solid roof conservatories each have their benefits. Whether you’re wanting something which allows the maximum amount of natural light in, or a more seamless addition to your home, Three Counties has an option for you. If you need any help still deciding, feel free to contact us and one of our experts will be happy to assist!

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