How Much Does a Tiled Conservatory  Roof Cost?

Throughout the past decade a growing number of homeowners across the country have been choosing to replace their dated conservatory roofs. They have bid farewell to their old tired glazing and replaced them with modern lightweight roof tiles in an effort to create a more practical and efficient ‘warm roof’ structure.

With tiled conservatories become ever more popular, you may be considering the switch for your own home. However, before taking on a project such as this, it is important that you understand all of the practicalities, set backs, and costs you may face along the way. In this helpful guide, we will answer some of the most common questions our customers ask to give you the full picture.

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What is a Warm Roof Conservatory?

Unlike traditional glazed or polycarbonate "cold roof" designs, a tiled warm roof conservatory is designed to allow the conservation of heat within your conservatory without the need for a ventilation system. They use a multitude of materials so less heat can escape which in turn maintains a warmer and more comfortable temperature within your conservatory.

Warm Roof Conservatory: Pros & Cons

If you’re considering a conservatory roof replacement, the likelihood is that your conservatory currently features traditional glazing. This may be glass that was installed during the 1980’s or polycarbonate fitted during the 2000’s.

Making the switch to a tiled conservatory roof can therefore be daunting so you must consider each of the benefits and negatives of fitting roof tiles onto your conservatory.

Thermal Efficiency

One of the least practical factors often found in glazed conservatory roofs is that they cause an uncomfortable build-up of heat. This happens when direct sunlight penetrates through the roof and insufficient ventilation causes the room to progressively warm up to an uncomfortable temperature. During the hottest summer days, this can cause your conservatory to become almost unliveable and incredibly inefficient.

Although there have been significant advances in recent years, such as solar controlled and gas filled glass panes, to combat this, installing a tiled conservatory roof still remains as one of the most effective solutions.

As the roof tiles do not permit the direct entry of sunlight, there is minimal heat penetration through the roofing structure. This means that your conservatory maintains a more comfortable temperature in the summer rather than rising to unbearable levels of heat. This thermal efficiency is also beneficial during the winter, as paired with the structural timber, insulation and membrane, the tiles allow less heat to escape from the internal space which stops the conservatory from becoming too cold. Not only will a tiled warm roof allow you to relax in your conservatory all year round, but it will also cause a significant decrease in how much you spend on your energy bills whilst lessening your home’s carbon footprint.

Visual Appeal

In comparison to a glass or polycarbonate conservatory roof, the tiled alternative gives you much more freedom in terms of visual design. With a solid roof, you have a much wider range of materials to choose from, all available in varying styles and colours. These include metal and synthetic tiles which both come in a fantastic selection of attractive profiles to mimic plaintile, classic slate, concrete pantile and more.

You will also find that it is much easier to blend a tiled roof into the rest of your home, creating a seamless look. When installed with the same or similar tiles to your property’s roofing structure, you make your conservatory appear more as an extension rather than just a separate add on. Although a more favourable approach for homeowners, it is really down to personal preference and taste as to which look you want to go for.

Glass and polycarbonate conservatories can often be subject to discolouration as their lifespan progresses. Tiled conservatory roofs take a much more natural approach to aging and often hold more durability in maintaining their look.

Low Maintenance

Another benefit to tiled conservatories, is that they are pretty low maintenance and can uphold their appearance without constant cleaning. On the occasion that cleaning your tiles is necessary, it is generally a stress-free process. If, in more extreme weather conditions, you find that any other roof tiles are damaged, cracked or missing, replacing them is quick and easy with little impact on the rest of the roof structure.

Sound Insulation

A common issue found in conservatories is that many lack adequate sound insulation. This means that sound easily leaks through the roof and walls which is especially irritating if you live in a busy area. As well as the loud drumming of rainfall, many homeowners even find that they can hear the whisper of wind through their conservatory during stormy weather. This is often caused by small gaps between the glazing panes and glazing bars which is often due to natural expansion and contraction but can be down to just poor installation.

Thankfully, when using roof tiles, there is no need to worry about these impractical issues. With a build-up of materials such as timber, insulation and membranes, this solid roof structure can help to significantly reduce the amount of sound the enters the conservatory space.

Durability & Lifespan

In comparison to 15 years guaranteed by polycarbonate and 25 by glass, tiled conservatory roofs can typically offer an impressive lifespan of up to 40 years of use. With high-quality manufacturing techniques utilised, roofing tiles are becoming more and more durable, with far superior resistance to the effects of aging and weathering. Because of this strength and longevity, you probably won’t find yourself dealing with the nightmare of roof replacement whilst living in your property.

Taking Tapco for example, most credible manufacturers offer a full guarantee with their roofing tiles, which in this case is 40 years. This is independently backed by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) to give you even more peace of mind.

The Most Popular Conservatory Roof Tiles

Most warm roof conservatories feature tiles made from lightweight metal or plastic. Produced as an alternative to traditional concrete or natural slate tiles, which would be far too heavy for most conservatories, these robust, long-lasting tiles are the perfect option for a conservatory. In the next section, we're going to talk you through some of the most popular tiles for conservatories, and take a look at the cost of a warm roof conservatory with each.

 

Plastic Conservatory Roof Tiles

Often referred to as synthetic tiles, plastic roofing tiles are typically manufactured from a composite of plastic and limestone. They offer undeniable durability, create a gorgeous natural appearance plus are even fully recyclable which is ideal for those looking to create a more environmentally cautious home.

Weighing as little as just 14.5kg per square metre, plastic roof tiles are loved by both DIYers and tradespeople for their ease of transport and installation. Most also incorporate pre-marked guides on each tile, which clearly indicate the necessary overlap and fixing location for varying pitches.

Metal Conservatory Roof Tiles

Unlike their plastic counterparts, these metal roof tiles are typically crafted from a single material – aluminium or steel. This guarantees unrivalled levels of strength and durability whilst remaining very lightweight. They are then coated in weather resistant paint and granules to create the natural, rustic appearance that you would expect from traditional concrete roof tiles.

Metal roof tiles can be easily installed by both handy DIYers and experienced tradesman. This is due to the superb coverage of each tile and them weighing as little as 7kg per square meter which also makes them much more convincement to transport and store. Many metal roof tiles also interconnect with each other for added ease. Metal roof tiles are suitable for use on conservatories of all shapes, sizes and styles so you can be sure to find just the right range for your roof renovation.

 

The Cost of a Tiled Conservatory Roof

To provide a rough baseline cost, our team has calculated an approximate cost for a tiled roof on the following common types of conservatory:

  • 3m x 3m Edwardian conservatory with a 25° pitch
  • 5m x 2m Lean-to conservatory with a 20° pitch
  • 5m x 3.5m Victorian conservatory with a 25° pitch

Please be aware that these quotes include the cost of roofing materials only and do not take into consideration labour costs.

Britmet Slate 2000 Metal Roof Tile

This metal roof tile is designed to imitate both natural slates and flat concrete tiles. Due to its Aluzinc steel construction, this tile is wonderfully lightweight at only 7kg per square meter. It is available in a choice of six colours and is coated in rustic granules to provide a characteristic finish.

Guaranteed for an impressive 40 year lifespan, the Britmet Slate 2000 Tile offers fantastic value for money. It offers optimum levels of durability, reliability and strength plus is versatile and flexible, making it perfect for a wide range of conservatories. With no messy cement or mortar required, you can also rely on quick and easy installation, ideal for both avid DIYers and experienced tradespeople.

Here are the estimated costs:

Conservatory

Cost of Roof

Edwardian Conservatory – 3m x 3m (25° pitch)

£700 - £800

Lean To Conservatory – 3.5m x 2m (20° pitch)

£400 - £500

Victorian Conservatory – 3.5m x 3.5m (25° pitch)

£900 - £1000

Britmet LiteSlate Synthetic Slate Roof Tile

Despite being manufactured from plastic, the riven edges and authentic surface design of the Britmet LiteSlate mimics the appearance of a natural slate so well, you will forget it’s not real. Available in a stunning array of sleek, organic colours, this attractive tile gives you complete freedom in your roofing design and allows you to seamlessly coordinate your conservatory roof with the rest of your home.

These tiles are also wonderfully lightweight, weighing as little as 15.4kg per square meter. Britmet also offer a range of purposely designed fixings and flashings to accompany this tile, which allow you to achieve a professional finish on your conservatory. Here are the estimated costs based on a:

Conservatory

Cost of Roof

Edwardian Conservatory – 3m x 3m (25° pitch)

£500 - £600

Lean To Conservatory – 3.5m x 2m (20° pitch)

£350 - £400

Victorian Conservatory – 3.5m x 3.5m (25° pitch)

£650 - £700

Britmet Plaintile Metal Roof Tile

Concrete plaintiles are amongst the most popular style of roof tiles. However, most conservatories are unable to withstand their excessive weight. It is because of this that Britmet has intelligently introduced the only metal roof tile designed to imitate a concrete plaintile and feature a broken bond.

Available in a gorgeous range of six organic colours, the durable yet stylish Britmet Plaintile creates a sleek, professional finish that requires only very minimal maintenance. Providing excellent weather resistance, this metal roof tile can easily endure a multitude of harsh weather conditions and extreme temperatures with no damages caused.

This highly impressive conservatory roof tile weighs only 8kg per square meter and offers a complete practical system, expertly designed for use on conservatories. This includes ridge pieces, top caps and wall flashings to achieve a professional finish on your conservatory.

Here are the estimated costs based on a:

Conservatory

Cost of Roof

Edwardian Conservatory – 3m x 3m (25° pitch)

£800 - £900

Lean To Conservatory – 3.5m x 2m (20° pitch)

£500 - £600

Victorian Conservatory – 3.5m x 3.5m (25° pitch)

£1100 - £1200

Tapco Synthetic Slate Roof Tile

Tapco are often considered the leader in lightweight conservatory roof tiles, with their slate effect tile adorning thousands of properties. Tapco roof tiles are by far the most realistic synthetic slate roof tile, which is achieved through a unique plastic and limestone formula.

Tapco have then used a proven manufacturing process and range of colouring techniques to create a beautiful natural look that closely resembles authentic organic slate. Unlike many other conservatory roofing systems, Tapco offer a range of accessories purposely designed for fitting their tiles onto a conservatory. These include a ridge caps, end caps and 5 way connectors.

Here are the estimated costs based on a:

Conservatory

Cost of Roof

Edwardian Conservatory – 3m x 3m (25° pitch)

£700 - £800

Lean To Conservatory – 3.5m x 2m (20° pitch)

£400 - £500

Victorian Conservatory – 3.5m x 3.5m (25° pitch)

£750 - £800

 

Conclusion

Whether you’re replacing an existing conservatory roof or are building a new one from scratch, roof tiles are a beautiful and durable solution. As shown above, they are also an increasingly cost-effective solution for homeowners. Whilst the initial cost may be higher than polycarbonate or glass glazing, the long-term durability and low-maintenance of a tiled conservatory roof is unrivalled.

With over 40 years' experience in roofing, our team can help you pick the ideal roof tiles for you. Whether you want to mimic the classic beauty of a natural slate or contemporary style of a concrete plaintile, you’ll find a solution in our fantastic selection of roof tiles. Simply speak to our team online or by telephone today!