The lifespan of a conservatory roof is dependent on a range of variables. The materials used to build a conservatory have the most significant influence, but the positioning, climate, and craftsmanship also have a big say. We have looked at these various factors to help you learn more about conservatory lifespan.
Polycarbonate conservatory roofs
You can expect polycarbonate roofs to last for about 20 years. However, if you have a polycarbonate roof which is between 10-20 years old, it is highly likely that it fails to maintain a comfortable temperature in the conservatory. So, we recommend replacing it sooner rather than later.
Glass conservatory roofs
Generally, glass conservatory roofs with uPVC frames offer a good level of durability, lasting for around 20 years. However, with regular maintenance, you can maximise the lifespan of any roof.
Tiled conservatory roofs
Conservatory roofs that are solid/tiled are much more durable than their glass and polycarbonate counterparts. They can last for over fifty years and require virtually no maintenance.
While some are made to last, even the best-built conservatories need to be repaired or replaced eventually.
How to know that your roof needs replacing
If your conservatory roof is older than the standard lifespan, you should consider replacing it. This is true even if it still manages to keep the weather out because its thermal performance will not be able to compete with the conservatory roofing solutions available today.
There could also be underlying damage or wear and tear of crucial aspects of the roof. Some other things to look out for are:
- Damaged tiles
- Moss and algae growth
- Leaking, draughts or cold spots
What factors cause a conservatory to deteriorate quicker?
Conservatories that are continually exposed to strong winds, heavy rain and other extreme weather conditions will deteriorate more quickly. Continuous UV exposure also hastens the rate of deterioration, an issue that is more prevalent with south-facing conservatories.
Failing to perform periodic maintenance is another big factor, so we would always suggest repairing and replacing old/broken components when necessary.
What replacement conservatory roofs are available?
Luckily, there are some great options when it comes to replacing your conservatory roof. Here at Reddish Joinery, we install Supalite tiled roofs, which have an outstanding thermal performance of 0.14 W/m2k. Alternatively, we also fit a selection of lantern roofs, which offer beautiful looks and high-quality performance in equal measures.
If you’d like one of our replacement roofs fitted to your conservatory, we’ve created a handy comparison guide to help you determine which best suits your needs.
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