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Special Polycarbonate and Glass Roofs: Conservatories to Choose From

"Having a conservatory built from scratch involves a lot of decision making including the roof. So within those days, there will come a time when you need to decide whether to have a glass or polycarbonate roof.

Both of these roofs have their own qualities and features that make them appealing to a certain point. But despite that, you can never have both at the same time. So to help you choose which one is more appropriate for your home, we’ve listed a few things worth remembering about each conservatory roof material.

Glass Roofs for Conservatories

Installing a glass roof for your conservatory provides a more appealing view of the sky since it provides a transparent roof. Glass roofs also give more light into your conservatory reducing the need for artificial light during the day. Apart from that, it is more discreet during the rain when compared to polycarbonate roofs.
Glass roofs conservatories can be manufactured with self-cleaning technology and solar reflective properties. Other options available for glass roofing are true self-cleaning, easy clean coatings, and solar control. Some difficulties you may encounter with glass roofs are the sun’s glare, too much heat, and sometimes the lack of privacy. But these can all be remedied by installing blinds.
One thing you have to take note is that glass roofs are heavier compared to polycarbonate roofs. You have to reinforce your roofing to accommodate the weight of glass roofs which can add more costs into your project.

Polycarbonate Roofs for Conservatories

With polycarbonate roofs, it is safer, cheaper, and offers better solar reflection when installed with foil inserts. Moreover, this kind of conservatory roof lasts longer and is more durable compared to its counterpart.
While glass roofs are mostly available with 24mm thickness, polycarbonate is available in various thicknesses with different insulating properties. You can also choose from different colours for your roof such as bronze, white, and clear. Add some solar control foil inserts in order to block 80% of the sun’s glare from your conservatory.
Since the thickness of polycarbonate has many measures, it is a lot lighter than glass roofs. Conservatories made with polycarbonate can give better protection from the outside hazards.
Both of these materials have their respective pros and cons. It is up to you to weigh your options and to determine which one will actually fit a lot better in your home. Choose one wisely to fully enjoy your conservatory whole year round."


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