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Solid Conservatory Roof Benefits

Few things will dampen your relationship with your home more than a conservatory you hate spending time in. You can only put up with one for so long before you’re itching to rip it out, even if the cost makes you sweat.  

A solid conservatory roof is a cheaper and less disruptive solution to your biggest conservatory woes – think being too hot/cold, excessive glare – and it is also the best upgrade you can make to your build if you’re considering a new conservatory or orangery.

Google or some AI chat tool will tell you that solid conservatory roofs are superior to the newest insulated glazed ones but can also get expensive. All of that is true, but the difference in cost between a solar-controlled glazed roof and a solid one is less than 15% in most cases – negligible for the superior comfort on offer.

What we’re trying to say is that a solid conservatory roof like the Leka system will serve you better than a glazed roof, even if you specify the best glass on the market—glazing simply cannot compete with solid insulation and roof tiles.

We provide more colour on the benefits below.

Better Climate Control

Solid roofs have excellent insulating properties – traditional conservatory roofs do little to regulate temperature, letting heat pour in during summer and escape in winter, making your space uncomfortable no matter the season.

The tiles and insulation in a solid roof help to maintain a more stable temperature to keep the summer heat at bay and retain warmth during colder months, so your conservatory stays pleasant and usable in any weather.

Reduced Energy Bills

Better insulation can lead to significant energy savings by reducing reliance on electric heaters and portable air-con units.

Over time, these savings can really add up, making a solid roof a smart long-term investment – expect to save around £40 per year on your energy bills.

Less Glare

While natural light is one of the primary appeals of a conservatory, too much direct sunlight and even bright overcasts can create uncomfortable glare, especially if you’re trying to watch TV, work on a computer, or read in the space.

A solid roof can put out between 50% and 70% of glare depending on the orientation of your conservatory and how many windows you have built into the wall structure.

Less glare equals a more comfortable space every season–solar control glazing reduces glare, too, but nowhere near as well as a solid roof.

Quieter Space

You get better sound insulation compared to polycarbonate or glass with the solid construction reducing the noise of rain, hail, and wind, creating a more peaceful atmosphere inside your conservatory.

If you use your conservatory as a home office, dining room, or relaxation space, this added quiet can make a big difference in your enjoyment of the room.

Whether it’s dogs barking, children screaming next door, planes flying overhead, or scooters revving their crackers off, a solid roof will reduce noise.

Improved Aesthetics

Polycarbonate can turn yellow and crack over time, while glass can show every speck of dirt and grime. A solid roof gives your conservatory a cleaner, more contemporary look.

You can choose from various tile or slate finishes to match your home’s style, making your conservatory feel like a seamless extension of your property rather than an afterthought. It’s a great way to boost your home’s curb appeal.

Added Durability

Tough, weatherproof materials that can withstand the elements far better than polycarbonate or glass make up a solid roofing system – we’re talking GRP rafters, solid waterproof boards, and insulation sheets.

Better materials mean less maintenance and repairs over the years, especially with timber and aluminium roofing systems.

A solid roof can also protect your conservatory’s interior from UV damage, fading, and general wear and tear caused by sun exposure. Your furniture, flooring, and decor will look better for longer with a solid roof.

Home saleability

Some potential buyers dislike conservatories because of their glass roofs, but few have qualms against conservatories with a solid roof – the quieter, better-insulated space feels more like an extension than a bolt-on product.

Your estate agent can use the solid roof feature as a selling point in their listing, and you are likely to attract more viewers because of it.


Most people retrofit existing conservatories with a solid roofing system without making any modifications to the structure – and when some modifications are necessary, they usually only reinforce the support columns.

The only thing to bear in mind is not all solid roofing systems are the same weight; a lighter roof increases the chances of compatibility. We recommend a survey to determine the maximum roof weight your existing structure can bear.

No Planning Permission

Upgrading to a solid roof from polycarbonate or glazing does not require planning permission under permitted development rules; however, your new roof system does need to comply with building regulations.

Building regulations ensure your structure is safe and built to the latest standards – the easiest way to comply is to get a pre-approved roofing system like the Leka system, which is approved by MFA.

Being approved by MFA Building Control means the Leka system requires only one post-completion inspection to get a certificate.

Engineering Expertise

You shouldn’t underestimate the engineering that goes into a solid conservatory roof – the layers, fit, and finish are beyond those of glazed roofs.

Thanks to quality construction, the best solid conservatory roofing systems are up to 20% lighter than glazed roofs and can double or triple the U value.

See For Yourself

The Leka solid roofing system is tried and proven in the conservatory fabrication trade and our multiple case studies demonstrate how – each roof is custom and prefabricated with an approved installation team overseeing every project.

We don’t ask you to tell us your dimensions, specify the products, or employ a general builder. Instead, we control the supply and installation process to ensure consistent quality.

That’s the Leka difference. Download our brochure to find out more.