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How Long Does a Conservatory Roof Last?

While conservatories offer a huge range of benefits to any home, they are undoubtedly a big investment. To make the most of your investment, it’s essential to ensure your conservatory is built with longevity in mind, and choosing the right conservatory roof plays a vital part.

But how long does a conservatory roof last? And how do you know when your conservatory roof needs replacing? Luckily, the team at Nu-Look Conservatory Roof Solutions is on hand to answer all your questions.

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What factors affect the lifespan of a conservatory roof?

  • Weather: The UK has been experiencing some extreme weather as of late, and strong winds and heavy rain can cause damage to your conservatory roof. However, it’s not just winter weather; consistent exposure to extreme UV can also cause a polycarbonate roof to deteriorate over time.
  • Frequency of maintenance: If minor issues with your conservatory roof go undetected, this can quickly spiral into significant and costly damage. By scheduling regular roof maintenance, you’ll ensure any problems are identified at an early stage.
  • Materials used: For your conservatory roof to stand the test of time, it’s vital that it’s made out of the most robust materials. For instance, polycarbonate is a much weaker material when compared to alternatives, such as a solid conservatory roof.
  • Quality of installation: Whether you’re replacing an existing conservatory roof or constructing an entirely new one, it’s important to choose a trusted conservatory roof company to carry out the work. Here at Nu-Look Conservatory Roof Solutions, we’ve completed over 4000 conservatory roof installations – a testament to our high-quality workmanship. 

 

How long does a polycarbonate conservatory roof last?

While figures can vary depending on the factors mentioned above, a typical polycarbonate roof is expected to last for around 10 to 20 years – a relatively short lifespan when compared to a solid conservatory roof. Over time, a polycarbonate roof will usually lose its flexibility and become more brittle, making it more prone to cracks and other damage.

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How long does a solid conservatory roof last?

By contrast, most solid conservatory roofs have a predicted lifespan of around 50 years – provided they’re installed by a trusted expert of course. Here at Nu-Look Conservatory Roof Solutions, our experts will construct a bespoke timber framework that provides the foundation for your new roof. This will then be filled with several layers of insulation that is covered by insulated plasterboard, before being topped by high-quality tiles or slate. Although our solid conservatory roofs are built to last, we always offer a 10-year insurance-backed guarantee for your peace of mind.

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Is a solid conservatory roof worth it?

Although a solid conservatory roof will usually cost more initially, it often proves to be a more cost-effective decision in the long run. Over the course of 50 years, a polycarbonate roof will probably need to be replaced two or more times; meanwhile, a solid conservatory roof will likely require no replacement or serious maintenance during the same timeframe.

There’s also a whole host of other benefits to take into consideration; a solid conservatory roof can help to regulate the temperature of your home, leading to increased energy efficiency and lower energy bills. In fact, a solid conservatory roof is such a desirable feature that it may even add value to your home, resulting in you recouping the cost of your investment.

 

Signs that your conservatory roof needs replacing

  • Leaks and draughts: Perhaps the most obvious warning sign of all, if your conservatory is experiencing leaks and draughts, this is a clear indication that your conservatory roof no longer provides appropriate protection from the elements and needs replacement.
  • Condensation: Excessive condensation normally indicates that your conservatory is badly insulated and ventilated.
  • Moss and mould: If your conservatory is poorly insulated, moss and mould can grow in this cold, damp space. Not only does this look unattractive, but it can have serious consequences for your health.
  • No temperature control: If your conservatory is fitted with a dated, polycarbonate roof, this offers very little in the way of temperature regulation. As the room will be excessively hot in the summer and freezing in the winter, you’re probably not making the most of the space. Therefore, the time may have come to invest in a solid conservatory roof replacement that allows year-round use.


If you’re looking to invest in a conservatory roof replacement that will stand the test of time, the team here at Nu-Look Conservatory Roof Solutions can help. We install high-quality solid conservatory roofs at homes across Northampton and beyond – for more information, simply contact us today or pay a visit to our showroom.

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Characterised by clean lines, full square corners and a pitched roof with a central ridge, Edwardian conservatory roofs are a popular choice for those seeking a classic and elegant conservatory.

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