Modern glass options for your conservatory roof

February 8th, 2012

When it comes to your conservatory you want to make it as energy efficient as possible, so you’re not wasting money on fuel bills and spending more than you need to. You may also want something that requires little maintenance and won’t become dirty.

For those wanting a glass roof to make the most of the outside, there are two main options to choose from. But which conservatory roof will be best for your home?

Heat reflective glass

Heat reflective glass offers great energy efficiency as it’s manufactured to retain heat in the conservatory. This means you won’t have to turn up the heating system during the colder months and can still enjoy your conservatory all through the year.

Otherwise known as energy efficient glass or low-e glass, this modern technique has a metallic coating on one side. This gives it a grey tint and allows sunlight to pass through as normal.

However, it’ll then restrict the amount of heat that enters the conservatory, which is particularly important in the summer. And then it’ll reduce the heat that’s lost through the window panes too.

It’s a fantastic way to keep your conservatory warm, but you should install it as part of a double glazed roof, in order to make the most from energy efficiency.

If you’d be interested in heat reflective glass for your conservatory, there’s two choices to look at. There’s the sputtered glass, but unfortunately this is prone to damage from air and moisture and would need to be on the inside of the glazed unit.

Then there’s the pyrolytic or hard-coat glass, which doesn’t need to be part of a double or triple glazed unit. It won’t be damaged from environmental conditions but isn’t as efficient for keeping heat out in the summer.

Both sets of glass will reduce the glare on particularly sunny days, but light is still allowed to enter.

Self-cleaning glass

Another modern glass technique that’s great for conservatories is the self-cleaning glass. The glass is manufactured with a thin photocatalytic coating and uses the natural sunlight to break down dirt that collects on the roof. This dirt will then loosen, allowing the rain to wash it away.

As your conservatory roof will stay clean for longer periods it’ll require less maintenance. You can combine the self-cleaning glass with the already mentioned heat reflective glass. If you go down this route you need to tell the installer at a very early stage.

If you’re interested in one or both of the glass roof options for your conservatory, just complete our quick quote form. We’ll put you in contact with up to five local, vetted companies from your area. You can discuss the glass roof option further and decide if it’s right for you.