Choosing a Conservatory Roof
Before beginning construction on that dream conservatory make sure to contemplate the conservatory roof at length. Many agree that the conservatory roof is one of the most critical parts of construction.
There are many different types of conservatory roof available, each offering unique features. Conservatory suppliers purchase these roof systems as either a complete system or in parts for them to assemble themselves. These companies are all in competition with each other, and each one will go to great lengths to outdo the others and to promote their conservatory roof systems as the best.
When comparing different conservatory roof systems available, consider that while finding the "perfect" conservatory roof in just the right design that is of high quality yet fits within your budget and price range is important, so is selecting a reputable company that offers quality installation, service after a sale has been made as well as guarantees and warranties.
You will find many roof parts and complete conservatory roof systems targeted for the do-it-yourself conservatory construction worker. Most complete conservatory roof systems are geared toward PVCu and aluminium conservatories, and sometimes timber conservatories.
Many Factors To Consider When Shopping For A Conservatory Roof
While you're making your comparisons and searching for the right conservatory roof to suit your needs and preferences, there are many factors to consider and many questions to ask about a roof system.
For example, you'll want to find out whether the conservatory roof systems you are considering are thermally clad-which will help prevent condensation and promote better insulation. Don't even consider conservatory roof systems that aren't clad as such-they will produce far too many problems than they are worth.
Consider the material of your conservatory roof as well, such as aluminium, steel, timber, or uPVC. By far the most popular choice for conservatory roofs is aluminium thermally clad in uPVC window frame extrusion. It is recommended to make sure that the roof, no matter what material it is made out of, be a purpose-made roofing system instead of a random assortment of uPVC window frame parts to put together. This will not only give your conservatory roof a more solid, smooth, put-together look, but also help prevent any possible future leakage.
There are many other questions to consider and concerns to address with conservatory roofs and roof systems. For example, take into account how much polycarbonate the roof system in question will be able to accommodate (10mm? 25mm?) as well as whether the roof system comes with a rainwater and guttering system. Further, find out about the written guarantee on the conservatory roof as well as the rest of the framing.
You will also need to think about the glazing material. Some of the glazing options include 10mm polycarbonate, a fairly unprofessional and low quality product with poor insulation; 16mm polycarbonate, the most popular option for glazing material in conservatory roofs these days; and 25mm and 35mm polycarbonate glazing, the new options growing in popularity, which are considered more professional and are more insulated.
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