Some of our most frequently asked questions about conservatory roofs, answered by Holly

Hello! My name’s Holly and my Dad runs Ideal Window Solutions; your favourite local window, door, and conservatory specialists. Based in Fareham, Chichester, and Southampton, amongst a varied collection of quality home improvement products, they expertly supply a range of high-performance glass, solid, flat, and polycarbonate conservatory roofing solutions and modernising conservatory roof replacements throughout Hampshire, West Sussex, and the surrounding area.

Each conservatory roof style has so many amazing benefits, so I’m sure you’re interested in all the great offers and services Dad can provide. Double glazing is a big part of our lives – I’ve become quite the expert myself! So, I’ve taken the time to answer a range of questions specifically on conservatory roofs that we get asked a lot. If you need to know more, just get in touch!

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What types of roof can you have on a conservatory?

Available in a range of shapes and sizes, we offer 5 of the most popular conservatory roofing options around;

  • Glass conservatory roofs: Classic, elegant, self-cleaning & solar control glazing options
  • Solid conservatory roofs: Modern, excellent acoustic reductions, tiles or panels
  • Hybrid conservatory roofs: A beautiful blend of tiles and glazed panels
  • Flat conservatory roofs: Enhanced height, light and kerb appeal
  • Polycarbonate conservatory roofs: Economical, durable, lightweight
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What is the best type of roof for a conservatory?

This all depends on what matters most to you and your family. To help you decide which conservatory roof style is best, we’ve created this quick reference comparison table for ease:

Roof style Roof shape Benefits Best suited to
Lean to Single slope that rests against the main property Low pitch, perfect for bungalows. Cost-effective, simple design. Low rooflines.
Victorian Steeply pitched Panoramic views. Eye-catching design. Traditional homes.
Georgian / Edwardian Vaulted square or rectangular shape Creates the impression of more space. Traditional homes.
Gable High vaulted roof with a triangular front Impressive floor space. All properties.
P-Shape Lean to + Victorian Two designated areas. Large, detached homes.
T-Shape Victorian, Gable or Edwardian style central projection Versatile. Large homes.
Roof lantern Typically rectangular or pyramid shaped Maximum light, minimal energy use. Flat roofs.

You can also give your new conservatory that exquisite 'orangery feel' with our sophisticated Livin Room' internal pelmet, that provides housing for down-lighting or speakers for the ultimate finishing touch.

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edwardian upvc conservatory with a brown tiled roof

Is it worth putting a proper roof on a conservatory?

Quite simply, yes, it is! By adding a tiled roof to your conservatory, the benefits you can look forward to include:

  • Improved insulation
  • Heating bill reductions
  • Enhanced privacy & security
  • Exceptional weather-resistance
  • Year-round enjoyment
  • Better acoustic insulation
  • Quick installation
  • Added value
More conservatory FAQs

How much does a solid conservatory roof cost?

Every Ideal conservatory project is custom-made to accommodate your home and its specific needs - therefore, our prices are completely bespoke. Request a free, no obligation quote today.

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Black aluminium roof lantern

Does a roof lantern need planning permission?

It really depends on different factors. For example, if the roof lantern is part of a new extension it may be allowed under permitted development rights. If the roof lantern is replacing an existing roof, then chances are you won’t need planning permission. Feel free to get in contact for further advice.

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Can you put a new roof on an old conservatory?

Yes, we can replace most old conservatory roofs with the modern alternatives listed here. Offering a wide range of conservatory refurbishment options suitable for any home in Hampshire, West Sussex and beyond, we will need to inspect the condition of the conservatory before committing to anything. We offer a free site survey, to assess the site and provide recommendations.

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Do you need building regs to change a conservatory roof?

Building regulations are standards that must be followed to ensure the development is safe. So, due to the increased load on the existing structure, building regs are required for solid conservatory roof replacements. As founding members of the DGCOS, we will provide a compliance certificate to show that every aspect of the installation complies with current Building Regulations.

Can you replace a conservatory roof yourself?

Unless you know exactly what you're doing, it is not advisable to remove and fit new conservatory roof panels yourself. To avoid injury and further costs to remedy errors, we always recommend using a professional conservatory roof replacement company to carry out any work.

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