Solid insulated conservatory roofs have become extremely popular in recent years and make up a huge proportion the UK conservatory roof market. They have a number of different names such as; tiled conservatory roofs, solid conservatory roofs, then a number of brand names such as Supalite and Guardian.
These roofs were designed with a focus on being usable all year round making the conservatory warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, this is achieved by using layers of insulation which retain the heat in the winter and stops excess heat and sunlight entering in the summer. In terms of U Value obviously solid insulated conservatory roofs have the lowest number on the market with Supalite as low as 0.18 which is the equivalent of a very well insulated house roof, which helps to make the conservatory feel like a room in the house rather than a traditional conservatory.
The main concern for most when deciding whether an insulated tiled conservatory roof is the light reduction, solid conservatory roofs let through less light than polycarbonate and glass conservatory roofs, however roof lights can be installed to increase the amount of light in the room. From the inside of the conservatory the ceiling will be a plastered finish like a normal roof but pitched instead of a flat ceiling. Often LED spotlights are installed into the ceiling. From the outside of the conservatory the roof looks like a house roof of a single storey extension rather than a conservatory which can also be an appealing factor for some buyers.
In summary if the main deciding factor is getting maximum use from the conservatory and to use it as an all year round room then a solid conservatory roof is the best option for you. The only disadvantage of solid conservatory roofs is that they are more expensive than most other types of conservatory roofs which is worth taking into account if there is only a small budget available.
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