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How long do conservatory roofs last?

The short answer is there is no specific answer to the average lifespan of a conservatory roof, as this can depend on several factors. Let’s face it: when we’re all looking at a new replacement roof for our beloved conservatories, we would like it to last as long as possible because of the materials and labour used to build the conservatory roof.

If you’ve ever wondered, “How long will a conservatory roof last?” or “What is the average lifespan of a conservatory roof?”, then keep reading because we will be delving into specifics on what you can expect from your potential/existing conservatory roof.

The average lifespan of a conservatory roof

So, what exactly is the average lifespan of a conservatory roof? Depending on your conservatory roof, you could expect up to 20-50 years of life, depending on the materials used to construct it. Despite this, factors such as the quality of workmanship, the weather and the conservatory roof positioning also play a big part in determining the roof’s life expectancy.

You can expect an average lifespan of:

black frame polycarbonate conservatory roof

Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof Lifespan

We can say that a polycarbonate conservatory roof’s average lifespan can be around between 10-20 years. It is common for polycarbonate roofing to become prone to harsh weather conditions like hailstones, rain and even high winds, and as you would know, we can never predict the constant changes in weather conditions in the UK, so would this be the best option for you if you’re considering value for money in the long run? We’ll let you think about that one.

Nevertheless, regular maintenance of a polycarbonate roof is guaranteed to prolong its life expectancy before you have the idea of replacing it with a new one. Removing any moss, algae, and consistent cold spots is ideal for avoiding any leaks that may lead you to fork out for a brand-new replacement.

conservatory glass roof

Glass Conservatory Roof Lifespan

Next on the are glass conservatory roofs. Since the introduction of conservatories, glass has been the traditional option as a roofing material. When speaking about the longevity of glass conservatory roofing, the answer is subjective due to the weather conditions, where your conservatory is placed and who makes use of the conservatory.

Like the polycarbonate roof, with added care and maintenance, you can expect an average lifespan of around 10-15 years, but glass is highly prone to breaks, shatters, smashes and whatever you would expect from glass. Generally, conservatory glass roofs paired with uPVC frames offer increased durability, but you can maximise their potential with regular maintenance.

tiled roof on a conservatory

Tiled Conservatory Roof Lifespan

Thought of as the more common type of roof for any conservatory, a tiled conservatory roof can last anywhere from 50-60 years with the right care and maintenance, which comes down to virtually none. Although it may cost a little more to install a tiled roof to a conservatory, a conservatory with a solid roof is known to be much more durable than a glass or polycarbonate counterpart.

Although a tiled conservatory roof requires little to no maintenance, it is still highly advised to watch out for damaged tiles and leaks to get the most out of your tiled conservatory roof.

When should I replace my conservatory roof?

If you know that your conservatory roof has passed its potential lifespan, you might consider replacing it with a new one. Even if you feel like the roof still succeeds in keeping the harsh weather conditions at bay, it is more than likely that it has lost most, if not all, of its thermal performance.

Things to look out for when considering replacing a conservatory roof:

  • Look out for cracks and mould spots in the conservatory roof frame
  • Look out for any missing or damaged tiles
  • Cold draughts coming through
  • Any leaks allowing rain to seep into the conservatory
  • The glass on your roof is cracked

Is it important to get a guarantee for a new conservatory roof?

When looking at upgrading to a new roof on your conservatory, it is no surprise that you will likely reach into your pocket for a fair amount. This is why knowing whether you will receive a fully-backed guarantee if anything goes wrong with your new roof is crucial. It is known for people who have become victims of builder’s scams regarding tiled conservatory roofing systems and can leave the buyer in alot money trouble.

A product guarantee is becoming a common standard for most conservatory roof installers, but just to be sure, make sure you read the small print before making any big decisions. For example, with Greenoak Concept & Design, you would have a 15-year manufacturer warranty, a 10-year insurance-backed guarantee, and a 25-year guarantee on SupaLite tiles, which have an average life expectancy of 50-60 years.

What conservatory roof is better in terms of longevity and budget?

Tiled conservatory roofs emerge as the optimal choice for homeowners primarily due to their unparalleled longevity. With a remarkable lifespan of 50-60 years, tiled roofs far outlast their counterparts, promising homeowners decades of worry-free use.

This exceptional durability ensures that the investment in a tiled roof pays off over the long term, providing enduring value to the property. Unlike polycarbonate roofs, which succumb to harsh weather conditions over time, and glass roofs, which are fragile and prone to damage, tiled roofs remain steadfast against the elements.

Their solid construction guarantees longevity and offers superior insulation, ensuring a comfortable living space in the conservatory regardless of the season. In essence, the extended lifespan of tiled conservatory roofs provides peace of mind and makes them a wise and cost-effective choice for homeowners looking for a roofing solution that lasts a lifetime.

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