Light, bright, and airy, nothing says ‘Wish You Were Here’ more than a glorious glazed conservatory space. But as the mortgage market becomes increasingly volatile, and the costs of moving continue to escalate, many savvy homeowners are opting to renovate rather than relocate. Turning their attention towards value-adding conservatory roof replacements, replacing tired polycarbonate conservatory roofing with modern glass is particularly popular in Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas.
So, is glass or polycarbonate better for my conservatory roof?
You’ll be pleased to learn that most polycarbonate conservatory roofs can be replaced with gleaming glass. Other than the obvious aesthetic boost, modern glass conservatory roofs (like ours!) are a much better investment – boosting property value by up to 10% in some cases. Combined with modern self-cleaning glass, contemporary glazed conservatory roofs give you more time to enjoy the space as they eliminate the time-consuming job of cleaning dirt and moss that often plagues typical polycarbonate conservatories. Much more robust and resistant to scratches than polycarbonate, and lasting twice as long, they’re also quieter as glass has much better acoustic insulation features.
Is a glass conservatory roof more efficient than polycarbonate?
Yes! Old polycarbonate roofs offer no protection against heat gain and are poor insulators, making polycarbonate conservatories prone to overheating in summer and too cold to use in winter. Glass is the preferred choice, as it can achieve industry-leading A+ energy ratings to retain much more heat during the colder months and absorb more of the sun’s warming rays through winter. Furthermore, modern solar control glass keeps refurbished conservatory spaces cool through summer by reflecting the heat and filtering light to reduce glare. The combination of these fantastic features makes glass a much better option for updating old-fashioned polycarbonate panels.
Is polycarbonate cheaper than a glass conservatory roof?
Yes, polycarbonate conservatories are usually 3-4 times cheaper than glass conservatories. But ultimately, you’ll pay much more over its lifespan in higher energy costs compared with an ultra-efficient glass conservatory roof that will, in essence, pay for itself.
Making your conservatory appear like a full home extension is particularly popular at the moment. So, if you’re still undecided, it’s worth considering replacing your polycarbonate roof with a modern tiled roof too.
Polycarbonate vs glass conservatory roof
To help you decide, we’ve put together this handy comparison table for you.
||Cheap, low quality
||Affordable, high quality
||Double glazing, self-cleaning glass, solar control glass, acoustic glazing, decorative glass
||Typical U-values: 1.5 – 2.4
||0.9 – 1.2
|Colour tint options
||Clear, Bronze, Grey, Opal
||Blue, Neutral, Aqua, Bronze
||10 – 15 years
||20 – 30 years
Inspiring glass conservatory roof replacements in the Midlands
From glass to tiles to bespoke hybrid roofs that incorporate both options, we’re confident we can rejuvenate your conservatory space. Get a free quote, visit our showroom in Kingswinford, or contact us to get one step closer to your dream conservatory goals.