Differences between polycarbonate and glass veranda roofs
Posted on 25th May 2022 at 12:13
The roof of a veranda is one of its most important features, without it you would simply have a frame! The roof is responsible for keeping the structure together and it protects you from adverse weather situations. You can’t be completely covered though as a veranda doesn’t typically have four walls.
If you’ve been thinking about having a veranda installed in your garden, you’ll most likely be met with the option of what roof you want. The most popular options are a glass roof or a polycarbonate one. Choosing the right one for you can be difficult, so we’ve created a guide to the difference between the two, their benefits, and their disadvantages.
What is a polycarbonate roof?
You may be wondering what polycarbonate means and why would we use it. A polycarbonate roof is made up of a strong and resilient plastic that can withstand extreme temperatures and is lightweight, making it a popular choice for carports, conservatories, and other external spaces.
Polycarbonate sheets can come in a variety of styles, with clear being the most used one. Most people opt for the clear style for their verandas because it won’t obstruct your view as much as a tinted roof.
Benefits of a polycarbonate veranda roof
Now we have an idea of what a polycarbonate roof is, what are the benefits of having one for your veranda?
The main benefit of a polycarbonate roof is that even though it’s light in weight, it will still withstand extreme force and is almost indestructible. Being lightweight also means it will be easy to transport and install.
As mentioned before, polycarbonate roofs are resilient to extreme temperatures, whether that’s hot or cold. As a result, the panels will last for many years without fading or becoming discoloured and remain damage-free from different impacts over the years. Polycarbonate roofs are also more cost-efficient than other materials used for verandas roofs.
Benefits of a glass roof veranda roof
Glass roofs are completely clear, which makes them the ideal choice if you’re looking for a more sophisticated look for your veranda. Being clear also means you can look outside without any obstructions so you can watch the birds or even do some stargazing. As well as being more visually attractive, glass is more resistant to scratches, so your veranda roof will remain crystal clear for longer.
Another great benefit is that during heavy rain, a glass roof will provide ideal acoustic properties, meaning there will be less noise.
Disadvantages of both as a veranda roof
As with everything, there are also disadvantages to both polycarbonate and glass roofs.
Below we have listed the downsides to both.
• Not scratch resistant
• Obstructed view
• Can be noisy when raining
• More costly than polycarbonate
• Most aren’t made with UV protection
• More difficult to install
• Twice as heavy
Now you know the differences between polycarbonate and a glass roof, you’ll be able to decide what roof is best for your veranda. If you’re still unsure about which roof you want, call us on 01604 947146 and we can help you decide which roof will be better suited for you.
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