Glass or polycarbonate: which is best for a conservatory roof?

Glass & polycarbonate, two conservatory roofing options that epitomise the old adage of ‘tried and tested’. That being said, both have undergone significant improvements since they were first found atop conservatories all those years ago. But which material is best? Let’s have a closer look, so you can decide for yourself.


Replacement glass roof for conservatory incredibly popular conservatory roofing choice and with good reason, glass roofs have enjoyed considerable refinement over the years. Their respective features includes:

  • Glass is transparent, ensuring the maximum amount of light makes its way inside. This ensures for a supremely well-lit internal space.
  • Self-cleaning glass is available, so the amount of maintenance required to maintain a pristine finish is reduced.
  • Thanks to modern innovations, glass roofs are able to retain heat exceptionally well. This ensures for a cooler conservatory in the summer and a warmer one during winter. This can also lead to reductions in your energy bills.
  • Glass roofs insulate your home from outside noise very well. This means they create a relaxing environment for you, your family and any guests to enjoy.
  • The glass used on modern conservatory roofs is resistant to both the weather and damage. This means scratches are less likely to appear, ensuring the visual appeal of the roof will remain high.


Polycarbonate replacement conservatory roofPolycarbonate is made up of a number of sheets of plastics. Formerly found on conservatories all over the UK, polycarbonate roofs have improved significantly over the years. Those interested in one can expect to benefit from the following features:

  • Compared to older variations, polycarbonate roofs perform far better in terms of sound and heat insulation. Solar inserts are available to buy too, which provide a further boost to heat insulation. This ensures for a living space that maintains a more comfortable temperature throughout the year.
  • Polycarbonate roofs are very cost-effective. For those who are operating on a strict budget, they are a highly appealing option.
  • Supposedly, detecting dirt can be quite difficult on polycarbonate roofs, which is perfect for those after a low maintenance option.
  • Polycarbonate produces noise when hit by rain, which is a good or a bad thing depending on individual preference.
  • Polycarbonates are slightly opaque, although clear plastic is available, meaning they restrict the amount of light coming into a conservatory somewhat. This needn’t be a hindrance though, especially if you’d like a more dimly lit environment.

Have you decided whether glass or polycarbonate is the right option for you? Well, Oakley Green Conservatories installs both options, as well as tiled variations. So whichever you choose, you can expect to benefit from a professional service and exceptional quality products. For more information, a member of our team is available for a friendly chat on 01635 877 969. Or, you can send us an online message instead.