Polycarbonate roofing sheets are used for conservatory roofs because they are a strong thermoplastic material. Polycarbonate is also cheap to produce, lightweight and clear so over the years, it has become a common choice for conservatory installation companies to offer as a roofing option for customers.
There are, however, many drawbacks that come with a polycarbonate roof. The average lifespan is between 10 to 15 years. By comparison, Green Space UK guarantees our panels for a full 10 years and they generally last much longer too.
Alongside the short lifespan, the problem with a polycarbonate roof is that it provides very little heat or sound insulation. In heavy rain or hail, your conservatory will be incredibly noisy. High winds will also cause issues with sound as the polycarbonate provides little to no sound dampening.
In the summer your conservatory roof will let in and then trap heat. That can make it hotter than a greenhouse. Plus the extra heat can seep into the rest of your home, meaning the entire house is too hot.
In winter you will have the exact opposite problem. Because a polycarbonate roof has almost no insulating properties, your conservatory will likely be the same temperature as the outside. You can install radiators or use portable heaters but this will significantly increase electricity or gas costs as the heat generated will quickly escape through the uninsulated roof.
You can retrofit a polycarbonate roof with extra insulation to help keep a conservatory warmer in winter and cooler in summer, but that will not address any leaks, the short lifespan or the look of the roof.
The final issue with a polycarbonate conservatory roof is not always apparent until a few years after it has been installed. These roofs are often very difficult to maintain. The material scratches easily which can leave an ugly mark. Plus, once the polycarbonate roof has been out in the elements for a few years, it may start to discolour. That makes your home look older and less well maintained. Worse still, algae can actually begin to grow within the polycarbonate conservatory roof, making it look green and ugly.
The reason so many conservatories were built with Polycarbonate roofs is that the material is generally the cheapest option. In traditional polycarbonate roofs, the most common thickness used are 16mm, 25mm and 35mm. This made the panels light and cheap so they were easy to make and quick to install.
If your conservatory currently has an old polycarbonate roof insulation in it, the chances are there are only a few months of the year where you will be able to comfortably use your conservatory as a living space and not a storeroom or dumping ground.
The Green Space UK Difference
When you compare Green Space UK conservatory roof panels to polycarbonate alternatives, the choice is clear. Our panels are made of quality powder coated aluminium and insulation. They are built to stand up to tough weather and still look amazing.
In summer and winter, they help to keep your conservatory at a comfortable temperature so you can enjoy the space any day of the year. Plus they eliminate glare and keep your conservatory quiet even in the worst British weather.
For more information about any of our services and to get a free quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today. We look forward to hearing from you.
Here at Green Space UK, we’ve now helped thousands of homeowners to fix their conservatory roof problems. We replace polycarbonate roof panels with our made to order, Thermotec insulated panels which provide a full 8 times more insulation than polycarbonate panels.
Our panels are made from lightweight aluminium and contain 75mm of high-density insulation. They are tailor-made to fit your existing conservatory framework, meaning we can install them in less than a day and there is no disruption to your home or messy building work to contend with.
U-Values are used to measure how good a material is at insulating. The lower the value, the better the insulation. Our panels have a value of 0.29, compared to the 2.40 value of your existing polycarbonate panels. That’s 8 times more efficient!
So if you want to stay warm and cosy in your conservatory during the winter, enjoy listening to music, watching the TV, or sitting and reading a newspaper or book during bad weather, or relax during warm weather, a Thermotec roof from GreenSpace will enable you to enjoy all of the above, no matter what weather Mother Nature throws at us!
If you’d like to find out more, don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 0803202 or fill in the quotation form on this page.