Conservatories - the options

Conservatory Roofs for Protection and Style

Whether you want a dining room with a view, a well-lit study, a sanctuary for your plants or just a spot for your family to relax, conservatories fit the bill. Light streams in through the wide windows creating a bright space for any activity and you're just a hop from your garden. Up above, conservatory roofs keep out the elements and add a grand sense of style.

Extend Your Home with a Conservatory

Adding a conservatory is the perfect way to extend your home but you need to pay special attention to the roof. One key reason is, of course, the weather.

It must be Well Rainproofed!

When you live in a country with so much rain as the UK, you need to make sure your conservatory can handle any downpour without leaking or letting water enter the main building of your home.

This means your conservatory roof must be totally water tight and also have effective guttering. The smart way to achieve both of these is to install items made of uPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride and also known as PVCu). Using a uPVC conservatory roof guarantees a weather proof finish that's also durable and stylish. You can easily add matching gutters and downpipes to handle any amount of rain.

The Benefits of UPVC

uPVC has other qualities which make it perfect for conservatory roofs. When it comes to durability, few materials can match it. It can handle anything the elements can throw at it whether sun, rain, snow or frost, and it won't warp, crack, peel, rust, corrode or tarnish.

What's more uPVC is a high fire-resistant material which makes it very safe. In the event of a fire, it is effectively self extinguishing.

It's easy to take care of, too. Just wash your roof down with soap and water every now and again and it will keep looking like new for decades.

The next great thing is that uPVC is a very attractive material and stays that way for a long time without needing to be painted or sealed. Unlike other materials, it won't discolour, and any scratches or scrapes are invisible as it's a solid structure cast from a mould.

Choosing your Style of Conservatory

Your choice of roof depends on your situation. If you're looking to extend your home with a new conservatory, then you'll choose the roof along with the whole structure. In this case, you have a wide range of styles to choose from. Victorian, Edwardian, and Lantern designs are extremely popular. In particular, Victorian Conservatories exude a classic elegance that's hard to beat. The sharp angled roof is contrasted with the mellowness of the rounded facets to produce a very attractive effect. Also known as a Victoriana conservatory, these stylish extensions generally come in a choice of 3- or 5-facet roofs.

If you already have a conservatory, you can transform it by replacing the roof with a uPVC one. Conservatory roof kits make it easy to revamp an existing conservatory with a roof in a different style of made from a different material. Rapid installation makes the whole process fast and easy. Other than changing the look, your new roof will have the durability and rock-solid waterproof qualities that uPVC offers.

Modern conservatories come with high-performance windows and doors for security and insulation as well as advanced roofing systems to ensure conservatory roofs that are durable, weather-resistant and attractive. They come with gutter assemblies with fail-safe designs to ensure that water never leaks into the conservatory.

If you want to extend your home with the maximum of style and the minimum of fuss, look into getting a conservatory. You have a great range of styles to choose from and often you won't even need to apply for planning permission.

DIY Conservatories

You can get conservatory roofs as either fully installed items or self-build kits to assemble yourself. You can customise many features of the roof by choosing from various options.

One great thing about these kits is the opportunity for colour matching with other uPVC items in your home such as doors, windows, fascias, soffits and guttering.

You can also get a range of enhancing accessories such as crestings and finials, fans and electrically operated roof vents for total convenience.

For the widest range and keenest prices in conservatory roofs, check the web sites of leading online dealers. You're sure to find something that fits your needs. Ordering is easy and delivery is fast, usually within 48 hours.

About The Author

Chris Coxon writes articles for Eurocell, a provider of a selection conservatory roofs in the UK. Conservatories are the ideal way to extend any home, providing a bright, airy room. Explore different styles such as the classical Victorian conservatory.