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Polycarbonate or Glass RoofWhen the idea of conservatories came into existence, there was only one glazing option and that was a single pane of glass. This was adequate to people at the time because the only function of the conservatory was to grow tropical plants and citrus fruits in a climate which was not habitable to these plains. These plants required a hot and humid climate and as people started to spend an ever increasing time in their conservatory, they realised that they needed a substitute to the single sheet of glass as it was not enough to moderate the temperature.

The first ever polycarbonate roof that was used was a single ply that was tinted, this helped reduce glare. The next stage in the evolution of conservatory roofs was the double glazed polycarbonate roof. In this, the two sheets were joined together with a space in the middle. The outer sheet would heat first then that would be slowly transferred to the inner sheet, hence it would considerably slow down the heating process of the conservatory. This design was then implemented to the glass glazing method. These days, thanks to state of the art technology, the thermal properties shown by modern conservatory roofs can be compared to tiled roofs.

When you and considering what kind of roof you should choose when building your conservatory, remember to take into account how much time you are planning to spend in it and what you are planning to do with it.

Polycarbonate roofing materials are available in different thicknesses and the U-value improves as the thickness increases. The main benefit of the polycarbonate conservatory is that is light weight, strong and is shatter resistant. This roof is designed to be used during the winter months, as during the summer, the conservatory will become awfully hot.

If you wish to enjoy your conservatory all throughout the year then you need to use glass as a roofing material along with suitable heating and ventilation. Glass is aesthetically pleasing and the ideal choice for nature lovers as one can sit inside the conservatory and enjoy the birds and the blue skies during the day and the stars and the moon at night.

These days, many people choose a twenty five millimetre, five wall polycarbonate which is either transparent, opal or bronze, as their roof glazing. These are better insulated and have superior heat reduction properties as compared to glass. One can also add foil inserts, of simply upgrade to a thirty five millimetre, seven wall sheet polycarbonates for an even greater performance. However, polycarbonate sheets will not be able to compete, if you apply the same modern treatment to double glazed glass roofs.

If you are willing to spend a considerable amount of extra cash, you can get an anti-sun, anti-glare and argon filled units which are treated for low emissions. This will make your conservatory a pleasurable place to be all throughout the year.