Conservatories are a popular addition to many homes, offering a versatile space that can be used for various purposes, whether you’d like an extra kitchen area, living room, home office, or even a gym.

However, older conservatories often suffer from issues such as poor insulation, excessive heat in the summer, and cold temperatures in the winter, leading to discomfort and excessive energy bills.

It may be a good idea to consider a replacement conservatory roof to address these issues and transform your old conservatory into a comfortable living space that can be used all year round.

Popular options available to homeowners looking to upgrade include tiled roofs, glass roofs, and lantern roofs, which this blog will explore.

White uPVC conservatory with a black tiled roof

Why Are Polycarbonate Roofs Falling Out of Favour?

Before we explore the best conservatory roof replacements, let’s take a step back and analyse why this is a point of discussion.

Polycarbonate conservatory roofs have been commonplace across the UK for decades, a popular choice due to their affordability and ability to let in plenty of light.

However, they are now falling out of favour largely because of their poor insulation properties and issues with condensation, as modern, energy-efficient alternatives combat these short fallings.

Polycarbonate roofs allow heat to escape easily, making the conservatory too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. Additionally, condensation can build up on the inner surface of the roof, leading to dampness, leaks, and potential damage to the conservatory structure.

If you have a polycarbonate roof, you may also be familiar with its poor soundproofing, often making it unusable in heavy rain.

Transition to Modern Roofing: Tiled, Glass, and Lantern Options

Given the issues of polycarbonate, homeowners are seeking better options which are in no short supply thanks to advances in modern technology.

Tiled roofs, glass roofs, and lantern roofs have all risen in popularity in recent years, and we’ll explore their ability to breathe new life into your conservatory below.

Tiled Conservatory Roofs

Tiled conservatory roofs are a popular choice for homeowners looking to replace their old structures and act as more of a natural extension of the home than a separate living space.

Tiled, solid conservatory roof systems designed by SupaLite are made from a lightweight aluminium frame, which is filled with insulation material. The solid roof is completed with a choice of tiles or slates, available to be installed by Renaissance Conservatories – reducing your reliance on expensive appliances in the process.

With various colour options available from Renaissance Conservatories, you can choose roof tiles that seamlessly blend with the rest of your home’s exterior, creating a cohesive and visually pleasing look.

Roof lights can also be installed, to maintain a stream of natural light and ventilation.

uPVC victorian conservatory with a brown tiled roof

Benefits of Tiled Conservatory Roofs

Tiled roofs provide excellent insulation, keeping your conservatory warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

This improved insulation allows you to use your conservatory as a comfortable living space throughout the year, regardless of the outside temperature.

Additionally, the solid construction of tiled roofs eliminates condensation, ensuring a dry and comfortable environment.

Tiled roofs can transform your old conservatory into a functional and inviting space that the whole family can enjoy.

Glass Conservatory Roofs

Glass conservatory roofs have become increasingly popular due to their ability to flood space with natural light and create a bright, airy atmosphere.

Innovations in glass roof technology, have made it possible to achieve better energy efficiency and thermal performance while still allowing ample natural light into the conservatory.

Made with uPVC frames, these lightweight roof systems incorporate full-length glass panels, maximising the amount of natural light that enters the space. A large reason why they boast so many modern perks is the glazing options – at Renaissance Conservatories, we offer several glazing choices, like solar and heat-reflective glass.

With a glass roof, you can create a stunning conservatory that not only provides a comfortable living space but also improves the overall aesthetic of your home.

White uPVC gable conservatory with a glass roof

Benefits of Glass Conservatory Roofs

One of the main advantages of choosing a glass roof for your conservatory is the abundance of natural light it allows into the space, something that no longer needs to come at the cost of modern perks such as security and energy efficiency.

The ample natural light not only makes the space feel more spacious and open but also has several other benefits, including:

  • Improved mood and well-being: Natural light has been shown to positively impact mood and well-being, promoting a sense of positivity and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • Energy savings: With plenty of natural light, you can rely less on artificial lighting during the day, leading to energy savings and reduced electricity costs.
  • Connection to the outdoors: A glass roof provides a seamless connection to the outdoor environment, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of nature from the comfort of your conservatory.

Lantern Roofs

A lantern roof is a multi-panelled aluminium roofing system that features a raised central section, protruding outwards from a flat section of roof.

This design allows for increased natural light to enter the conservatory from all angles, creating a bright, airy, and comfortable space.

The architectural charm of a lantern roof adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any conservatory, making it a popular choice for homeowners looking to create a visually stunning and well-lit living space.

Black uPVC lantern roof

Benefits of Lantern Roofs

The increased natural light that comes from the raised central section can make your space feel larger and more open, enhancing the overall ambience of the room.

Additionally, the contemporary design of a lantern roof adds a touch of modernity and sophistication to any conservatory, making it a visually appealing feature of the home.

Lantern roofs are also estimated to be over 500 times more energy efficient than other aluminium roof systems, making your conservatory feel like an extension of the property that’s usable all year round.

Conservatory Roof Replacements from Renaissance Conservatories

At Renaissance Conservatories, we’re proud to offer exceptional conservatory roof replacements, whether you’re after a tiled roof, glass roof, or lantern roof.

All three options are highly customisable, meaning you can easily match, complement, or enhance your home’s existing aesthetic.

Tiled roofs for instance are available in a huge range of colours, from charcoal, to ember, to brick red, whilst the aluminium frames that makeup glass roofs and roof lanterns can also be finished in a variety of styles.

Our glass and lantern roofs on the hand can be customised with various-coloured frames. All our offerings are highly secure, energy-efficient, and durable, making them wise long-term investments.

White uPVC conservatory with a tiled roof

About Renaissance Conservatories

At Renaissance Conservatories, we’re proud to be a family-run installer based in the heart of Devon. We work closely with local authorities, so you can rest assured that we follow building regulations and planning permission accordingly throughout our process.

We offer our customers CADs (Computer-Aided Designs), so they can gain a feel for how a potential installation, or replacement roof, would look.

As well as a wide range of new conservatory roof options, we also provide a huge collection of orangeries, windows, doors, and other extensions.

If you’d like any further information, our friendly customer service team of experts are available at 01626 333393, or

Alternatively, you can fill out a free no-obligation quote online here.


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