There is an abundance of diverse conservatory styles you can choose from to best enhance the exterior features of your home. However, selecting the most suitable one takes some careful consideration and meticulous research. Investing your time, efforts and money into a new conservatory means choosing the most appropriate style is essential. To assist you in your plight to find the ideal conservatory design, we have devised an information pack detailing the most popular conservatory roof styles.
A Guide To The Most Popular Conservatory Roof Styles
There are a few considerations we suggest bearing in mind before finalising your decision. You need to decide what purpose your conservatory will have; is it an additional living area, a playroom for children or purely a place to grow plants? You also need to determine whether or not it will be used frequently in the summer. If so, then installing effective cooling methods will be imperative. If you are merely adding the extra space into your home to increase property value, then consider the composition of the conservatory more broadly with an open view in mind.
As well as logistics, you need to take into account the cost. Integrating the conservatory into your home by taking down a wall is going to be an expensive procedure. If you want bi-folding or French doors fitted into the space, then this will be an additional cost to bear in mind. Once you have thought about the purpose and budget of your conservatory, you can then look into your preferred design.
The Victorian roof conservatory is inspired by traditional Gothic architecture and offers a stunning panoramic view of your garden. The complex detail on the cresting and decorative glass ensures a true replication of Victorian-era design. The period style conservatory best complements traditional properties but can make an elegant addition to modern and more contemporary homes.
Because of the versatile roofing system incorporated into the design of Victorian conservatories, you can decide on both the span and pitch, maximising the available shape, size and configuration of your conservatory. You have the choice of either a glass or solid roof, depending on your preference and the aesthetics of your home.
Due to the exceptional thermal insulating qualities, we always opt for fitting double glazing windows to the structure of our Victorian conservatories in Luton. Double glazing is a vital component in guaranteeing warmth during the Winter and a cooler temperature as the Summer months approach.
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As one of the most contemporary roof styles of conservatories, the Lean-To is promised to enhance any modern property or add a stylish twist to a more traditional home; it is sometimes also referred to as a ‘Mediterranean’ conservatory. The features of a Lean-To incorporates a simple design and is ideal if you’re on a tight budget.
This style of a Lean-To conservatory is perfect for properties with restricted space under the eaves. You can alter the pitch of the conservatory roof depending on the height of your home. A steeper pitched roof will fit suitably under a taller terraced house, whereas shallowly pitched conservatories are practical for bungalows.
Those who opt for a Lean-To style are free to combine French, bi-fold or sliding doors into the structure of their conservatory to add a personalised touch. The addition of any of these window types will substantially increase the amount of light entering your home throughout the year. The simple rectangular floor-plan of the conservatory also ensures maximum utilisable space for furniture.
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With a similar design and layout to the Victorian conservatory, an Edwardian style remains a popular choice amongst homeowners. However, unlike the Victorian configuration, the Edwardian roof conservatory incorporates a square or rectangular shaped floor. Nevertheless, the rigid apex roof design still provides you with the authentic feel of a Victorian conservatory.
The practical composition of the Edwardian conservatory means it is specifically convenient for smaller properties looking to extend the available space. This additional space can be used for converting conservatories into second lounge areas, extended dining rooms, children’s playrooms, offices or gyms. With this increased space, you will find the saleability of your home and property value is likely to improve. Cosy Roof has put together a helpful article on eight alternative roof ideas to consider when converting your conservatory.
Similarly to the design of the Victorian conservatory, the three-sided roof allows maximum light into the room and a substantial amount of headroom. It is also finished with intricate detailing on the roof and elegantly designed girders. Because of these features, this design best complements the more traditional looking properties.
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The unique design of the Gable Conservatory makes it the perfect addition to most properties. With the high vaulted roof and the triangular shaped front, this style of conservatory can be adapted to suit both period and contemporary homes. However, the elevated front does mean this style best complements buildings with high ceilings.
The vertical roof system and symmetrical design of this conservatory provides a significant amount of floor space, headroom and lets in an ample amount of light. If you have a single story property and are contemplating the addition of a Gable conservatory, then you will have two options on how to go about the installation process.
The more elegant, but slightly pricier option is to create a dormer in the existing property roof that connects with the pitch of the new conservatory roof. Alternatively, you could use a sloping back pitch which will share the drainage with the house roof. This will then feed into a box gutter system and is a far cheaper alternative.
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Combining the perfect balance of British excellence with a unique Italian twist, the Loggia conservatory comes alongside a plethora of different colours and styles to choose from. As a relatively new introduction to the world of conservatory styles, the Loggia utilises revolutionary engineering without compromising on the traditional appearance that many homeowners strive to achieve.
With some of the most popular colours proving to be a rustic grey, crisp white or mossy green, the Loggia conservatory is ideal for adding a luxurious touch to your existing property. Their eye-catching structure looks fantastic from all angles yet is one of the quickest conservatories to build. During the installation process, a Loggia is carefully equipped with thermally efficient features to ensure that you are not only able to maintain a steady temperature all year round, but will also be taking one more step towards building an eco-friendly household.
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6. Tiled Roof
Also known as a Solid Roof conservatory, the Tiles Roof style has many similarities to the appearance of an extension, as opposed to a traditional conservatory. If you are keen on the idea of enhancing property space with the help of a conservatory but aim for the construction to blend seamlessly with your home, then a Tiled Roof would be the perfect route to bring your vision to life.
Due to the extension-style feel of a Tiled Roof conservatory, they are ideal for converting into an additional bedroom, living room or even dining area. Rather than an open-plan space filled with floor-to-ceiling windows and a transparent roof, instead, the area will be entirely solid walling and look the same as all other rooms in the property. Many homeowners opt for fitting sleek skylights to their Tiled Roof conservatory to enhance the amount of natural lighting and incorporate the traditional aesthetics of a conservatory.
Not only do Tiled Roof conservatories reap aesthetic benefits, but also thermal. Due to the additional layers of insulation required when constructing the solid roof structure, you are guaranteed to be able to enjoy a cosy retreat in the Winter and cool space when the temperatures begin to rise. Along with heat insulation, the additional roof layers also help to improve the acoustics of your conservatory.
Choosing Conservatory Roof Materials
Carefully deciding on what your conservatory will be built from will not only determine what it will look like, but also how much maintenance it will require. The materials used will also contribute to the warmth of the room, and the level of light let in.
You need to choose whether or not to incorporate brickwork into the structure of the conservatory. Having floor-to-ceiling glass will increase the amount of light entering but risks making the room feel like a greenhouse. Adding brickwork can help the building merge into the rest of your conservatory and make it feel part of your home rather than an obtruding add-on. We also suggest insulating any brickwork you have built to help regulate the conservatory’s temperature.
You can also decide whether you’d prefer a glass roof or a tiled roof. A glass roof will increase light transfer, but a tiled roof will give the room the look and feel of an extension rather than a conservatory. If you prefer the look of a tiled roof, but wish for substantial light, then you could consider the installation of a ceiling light. You must remember that when you’re planning your conservatory, the type of glass and other materials used will make a significant impact on the overall temperature of the room.
If you’re considering transforming your home with the addition of a conservatory, then please feel free to contact CS Windows. With years of experience providing clients with an exceptional standard of conservatories in Dunstable and surrounding area, our team create a bespoke plan to meet all of your requirements.