Popular Features & Options
Choice of Primary Construction Material
The main frames and roof beams can be made from a choice of Aluminium, uPVC or Timber. Within the timber range you have hardwoods, such as Oak or you could use an African hardwood such as Idigbo.
Modern timber products include engineered timber, which has a very stable nature. It is strong and without graining issues which make it almost impervious the warping and shrinkage.
The lowest cost option would be to incorporate poly-carbonate panels which, although they are light & cheap, may come with a few issues regarding heat management.
A much better, though costlier option is to go for a full glass double glazed conservatory roof. If you want to improve the performance of the roof, you could opt for coated glass (low-emissivity) with Argon gas filled sealed units.
Self-cleaning glass for the roof is also an excellent product to keep your glazed roof in tip-top condition.
Tiled and slated conservatory roofs are becoming more popular, especially as a replacement for an existing building. Many folks are replacing their poly-carbonate systems for a solid tiled roof.
There are a few different products you could use such as:
Concrete tiles – A comparatively cheap tile covering, but heavy and gets even heavier in the wet as they can absorb water.
Clay Tiles – similar properties to concrete tiles.
Quarried Slates (Natural Slate) – A wonderful tile. Classic colour, not so heavy as concrete tiles and slate tiles add terrific character to any building.
Synthetic slate – some different versions are in the market that mimic natural slate and also look good. Such as fibre cement slates (smooth or textured). You could also look at tiles that are made from a combination of recycled plastic and limestone (Tapco Tile do these really well).
The benefits of synthetic roof tiles are their lightweight and durability.
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