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How to choose the right roof for your conservatory

The roof of your conservatory will have a big impact on its aesthetics – whether inside or out. It will help to determine the look and feel of your conservatory and the way you use the space. Getting the roof just right will ensure your new extension is perfect for your home and family.

To help you get this crucial decision right, here are some key considerations when it comes to selecting a roof for your conservatory.

Take inspiration from your home

Your first port of call when looking for inspiration for your conservatory design should be the rest of your home. As @RealHomes says, “Whatever conservatory you choose, the key to success is a design that complements your home. Using materials and scale sensitively should give a convincing finish.” For example, if your home is a period property, consider opting for a roof that incorporates echoes of traditional design in its silhouette. However, if you live in a modern property, it’s best to select a conservatory with clean lines, a modern roof, and a crisp finish.


Conservatory roofs can be made from a variety of materials. However, in general they’re constructed from either polycarbonate or glass. Conservatory roofs can also be solid, something that can help to boost the energy efficiency of the space. All of these materials offer their individual benefits, so it’s up to you to work out which is right for your home.


Lightweight, affordable and easy to install, polycarbonate will help your conservatory become a bright and airy space. Robust and easy to manoeuvre, it’s ideal for conservatories that need to be constructed quickly. The material is also very durable and resistant to cracking and breaking. Polycarbonate is also a good insulator, helping to keep your conservatory warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


Stylish, solid, and long lasting, glass gives your new conservatory a high-end finish and eye-catching look. Thanks to technological innovations, glass roofs are now very energy efficient, boosting the green credentials of your property, and making your conservatory a fantastic place to be.

Solid roofs

If you want your conservatory to feel like part of your existing property, a solid roof could be for you. Though it’ll reduce the amount of light getting into your conservatory, it will help the space to be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer – potentially making it a more useful and practical part of the home.

Find out more about conservatory design by exploring our site, or by contacting a member of our team.