How much do replacement conservatory roofs cost?
There are many different types of roofs that can be used on a conservatory.
From the low cost polycarbonate roof to the illuminating glass roof, the conventional tiled roof to the hybrid tiled and glazed roof, there are a lot of conservatory roof options to choose from.
In this article we aim to cover topics such as:
- The main features of a tiled conservatory roof.
- The benefits of using a tiled conservatory roof.
- How much to put a tiled roof on a conservatory?
What are the main features of a tiled conservatory roof?
With a tiled roof, the conservatory can hold a more "homely" appeal and looks more like an extension to the house, blending in with the overall look and styling of the property. Roof tiles also come in a number of colour options enabling you to pick one that goes well with the rest of the house.
Tiled roofs can go with any of the various conservatory designs in existence. What's more, you don't have to stick with traditional concrete or slate tiles because there are now many products made with materials that are a lot lighter and durable.
Tiled roofs are very effective in blocking external and extraneous noises potential providing your conservatory a more peaceful environment to help you enjoy your room even more.
Solid roofing adds an extra layer of thermal insulation which contributes a lot to the ability to use the room comfortably even in times of excessively hot or cold weather – a complaint many conservatory owners with polycarbonate roofing make is that their conservatory becomes unusable during these times. In effect, they retain heat when it's cold outside and deflect heat when it's warm outside.
What are the main benefits of a tiled conservatory roof?
Lower energy bills
How much do tiled conservatory roofs cost?With the solid covering and insulated underside, a tiled conservatory roof enables you to save on heating (and cooling) costs. Hot air rises and with a something like a poly-carbonate or poor quality glass roof, this heat would just radiate out of the room via the roof.
Because a solid roof is a much better insulator, this heat does not escape. Therefore, the amount of time that you need to physically heat the room can be reduced and so money that might otherwise be spent on heating can be saved.
Increased functionality and use of the extra space
A tiled roof allows you to use to your conservatory at any time of the year, no matter the weather outside. The single biggest complaint owners make about a conservatory is that it gets too hot or too cold to use. Solid tiled roofing helps maintain a more stable comfortable temperature than would have been possible with poly-carbonate or low grade glazed roofs.
Whether you want to use the extra space for a study, lounge dining or work area, this is now possible all year round with the increased protection from outside weather extremities and noise that this roof type provides.
Weather events, such as rain can, produce unnecessary noise that annoys many people and can be distracting if you are trying to just quietly enjoy your room. This roof type blocks out noise thus allowing you to focus on the task at hand or chill out.
How many tiled conservatory roof options are there?
Actually, there is a decent range of choices, especially when you consider various combinations of materials, but the main ones would likely be as follows:
Slate – natural or "man-made" slates offer a very classic, enduring appearance and appeal. Slate looks very neat, it is not excessively heavy and keeps its looks a very long time. They come in any colour you want, to suit most UK housing stock.
Concrete tile – these tiles are what you can see on the main roof of millions of homes around the UK. There are contoured or smooth surfaced versions and you can get them in a few different colours. However, they are very heavy and brittle.
Composite Panels – these panels can be used to replace glass panels and offer a very tough lightweight, colourful long lasting, low maintenance alternative to glass or tiles
Synthetic tiles – in recent years a number of manufacturers have developed synthetic roof tiles to the point where you now have lot of options in the market. Made from combining materials such as glass fibre, rubber, limestone, polymers and cement, these tiles are super tough and very long lasting. They can also be formed into a variety of appearances, event to the extent of mimicking wood shingles.
Pros of a tiled conservatory roof
- Energy efficient
- Increased aesthetic appeal
- Less noise
- Lower energy bills
- Less sun glare
- Increases conservatory functionality
- Can be used in all seasons
Cons of a tiled conservatory roof
- Reduced amount of natural light
- Any solid or tiled roofing has to meet building regulations (as the tiled roof makes the conservatory more like a "home extension")
- Badly installed roofing without adequate ventilation can create condensation in the roof itself
- Cost – it is likely to cost more than a glazed conservatory roof.
How much does a tiled conservatory roof cost?
Prices for tiled conservatory roofing are going to be quite different if you are having a replacement roof, as compared to fitting new conservatory with a tiled roof. Mainly because you have to take into account the removal of the old roof and any potential structural strengthening required to take the weight of the replacement.
Costs are also dependent upon materials, size of roof and labour and so the price band for the cost of a tiled conservatory roof is very wide.
If your conservatory is sized around 4000mm x 3000mm or less, then you could expect to see conservatory roof prices in the region of £8,500 to £10,000 for the cost of a replacement.
For a new 3000mm deep x 3500mm wide lean-to conservatory with a solid tiled roof you should expect prices to be in the region of around £7,500 to £8,500
Or you could calculate by the average the tiled roof price of between £800 (metal backed shingle tiles) and £900 (authentic synthetic slates and tiles) per square meter.
A tiled roof is an excellent roof choice for a conservatory due to its many advantages. It is important to take into consideration however that there will be less natural light and you will need to meet building regulations and may even need planning permission in some cases.
All in all, if greater use of the room and improved energy efficiency means more to you than huge amounts of natural light and a small amount of paperwork for permits, this is definitely the way to go.
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