Innovations in conservatory design – Glass roofs

Lantern roof in an orangery, installed by Mendip Conservatories in Clevedon, North SomersetIf you’re looking to upgrade to a new conservatory, the likelihood is that you bought your last one in the early 2000s. More likely than not, it had a full uPVC framework with a polycarbonate roof. Sweltering in the summer and unusable in the winter, this generation of conservatories could only be used for a couple of months each year.

But a lot has changed over the last fifteen years. Now many people want their new conservatory or orangery to be another reception room, rather than a tag-on garden room. And with developments in design and thermal technology this is finally possible.

One of the ways conservatories have changed for the better is with innovations in glass technology.

Glass is the new polycarbonate

Conservatories used to have polycarbonate roofs, which offered little heat or noise insulation. These rooms were little warmer than outside in the winter months and often you’d be better sitting in the garden in the cold. Heating polycarbonate conservatories was a thankless task that saw fuel bills rocket.

But glass technology has improved to the extent that polycarbonate roofs are now practically extinct. No matter whether they’re made from uPVC, aluminium or hardwood, conservatory roofs are now built to take double glazed glass units.

Better insulation

Glass roofs achieve the same level of insulation as double glazing, so heat loss through the roof is no longer an issue. Different glass options are available for better temperature control and a quieter, more comfortable living area. These include ‘A’ energy rated glass and Argon gas-filled units.

Better insulation also means there’s no need to turn the heating up to eleven to keep the room warm. With a modern day conservatory or glass lantern roof, you can expect to see substantial savings in your winter heating bills.

Solar glass technology

Polycarbonate roofs can also be hellish in summer – literally. Solar glass, i.e. glass with heat and UV reflection, can reduce the heat gain in a conservatory during the summer. New glass roofs let you enjoy your conservatory in summer without baking like a tomato in a greenhouse!

Glass roofs are also much stronger and safer than polycarbonate, and able to bear greater wind and snow loads.

If you’re looking to upgrade your conservatory roof or installing a new conservatory, get in touch with the Mendip team today for advice or a friendly quote.