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How Much To Put A Tiled Roof On A Conservatory?

Adding a tiled roof to the construction will add solidity to the construction and help it blend in beautifully with the rest of the home. But to do so will come at a cost that’s likely to be considerably higher than a more traditional glass or Polycarbonate roof.

It’s true that a tiling is going to be more than a ‘standard’ roof, but the extent of this differential is somewhat varied, and dependent on the type of material and finish that you opt for, a typical tiled conservatory roof will cost anywhere between £250 per square metre to £900 per square metre.

If you were to erect a standard sized lean-to conservatory with a glass roof then average pricing would be in the range of £2500 to £3500. Furthermore, a polycarbonate roof will be cheaper again, with expected costs to be somewhere between £2000 to £3000.

By comparison, an average cost for a standard sized tiled conservatory then you should expect to pay around £4000 to £6000. For a larger conservatory this could easily be increased to £9000 to £11000 per month.

The reason for the higher price is will not only be determined by the material that you choose, but also on other factors such as the number of windows you want to have installed in the roof, and things like conservatory roof insulation.

Roof Tiles To Consider

When choosing the appropriate tile for your conservatory roof, you will probably be looking to marry it up to the materials used on the main roof of your house, to ensure that the new addition blends seamlessly into the home.

However, if you are making considerations about the type of tiling to go for, then the most common variants found in the UK are:

  • Concrete
  • Clay
  • Synthetic
  • Metal
  • Slate

Why Change To a Tiled Roof?

A conservatory has long since been a popular way to add extra living space to a property. They can create a light, airy room at the back of a standard home at a cost that’s often less than a full extension and certainly taking less time to construct. And, while a standard conservatory can be an attractive and practical addition to the house, there can be the feeling that they have been bolted on to the home. This is where a conservatory with a tiled roof can make it seem like an integral part of the home.

There are a number of reasons why you might consider a solid roof conservatory over the more typical glass or polycarbonate.

  1. Aesthetics

One of the most compelling reasons that people opt for a tiled conservatory roof is that they can be visually appealing for those who want to create a consistent look to the house. In addition, the tiled effect can make the conservatory look more robust.

On the other hand, of course, is the fact that many people actually like the look of a traditional conservatory, for an elegant contrast to the rest of the house. This is something that can potentially be lost by a solid roof conservatory, which can take on the appearance closer resembling an extension.

  1. Heat and Insulation

A solid roof provides greater insulation and control over heat (both loss and retention). This is due to the fact that you have a roof much as you would on the main house, with the same insulation properties.

Polycarbonate roof types offer very little in the way of insulation, meaning that they can suffer from overheating in warm weather while providing little protection from the cold in winter months.

Conservatory glass, however, does offer reasonable insulation, however, they can also be prone to letting in large amounts of light and heat on bright sunny days.

A solid tiled roof, however, provides a much more energy efficient solution, offering better heat retention and protection from the elements.

  1. Light Control

One of the reasons many people go for a conservatory in the home is to have a room, usually overlooking the garden, that had plenty of light.

A solid roof, you might think, might reduce this capacity and negate the effect you are going for.

However, the advantage that it does have, is help you control the amount of light that comes into the conservatory.

While it’s great to have plenty of light, a potential disadvantage of a glass conservatory is that the light is unfiltered, meaning it floods into the room and can actually be too bright to practical use it during daytime.

With a tiled roof, you have more control, with as much or as little light as you want. This can be achieved by using skylight type windows in the roof. Depending on the amount of light you want to access the conservatory, you can opt for more or less window space in the installation.

Furthermore, it is a common issue that light that floods in through a glass roof can cause a glare in a conservatory. Again, by installing the correct window type in a tiled roof, with tints to soften the sunlight, for example, you are able to have greater control for a more amendable atmosphere.

Replacing Your Old Roof

If you’ve made the decision to replace the existing glass or polycarbonate roof on your conservatory with a new tiled version, then you should make sure you have considered the following, first.

The Weight of the Roof

When your conservatory was originally erected, it would have been built upon foundations suitable for the structure as it was, able to bear the weight of that particular roof.

A tiled roof is generally heavier than a glass or polycarbonate roof. Therefore, before you plough on and start replacing, you should seek the advice of a surveyor, to check if the conservatory can take the new weight.

If it can’t then you might be stuck with the roof you’ve got, or you might look to get a cost for a complete conservatory re-build, from the ground up.


Generally speaking, a conservatory with a tiled roof would not require planning permission, as it is usually deemed as permitted development on the property.

However, this might not be the case if you are living in a listed building or a conservation area or similar. In which case, it might be highly likely that you WILL need to seek permission from your local authority.


Given the additional cost that a tiled conservatory roof will incur, you need to ensure that you have the funds to pay for it. Get a full cost of every aspect of the project before you commit, so that you know whether or not it’s an investment you can make.

Getting Quotes

If you have taken these three considerations into account, as well as weighed up the potential benefits against the reasons for opting for a polycarbonate or glass roof conservatory, then we would recommend that you spend some time researching the different tiled conservatory roof prices that are on the market from different companies and installers.

Take a look online at tiled conservatory roof reviews to get an understanding of what you need, the quality you should expect and the reputable companies in your area who provide this service. Word of mouth endorsements can also be an effective way to find out.

Then we would recommend you get at least three quotes from different contractors or companies so that you can truly understand what is entailed, getting a feel for the costs before you make you decision.

A solid conservatory with a tiled roof can be an investment with added value benefits. Creating more living space, offering a quality extra room with greater insulation and protection than other conservatory types, meaning longer-term savings in energy costs. And, they have a tendency to add value to a property, typically enhancing house prices by upwards of 10%. A hefty initial investment yes, but with the potential for plenty of long-term gain, both emotionally and financially.

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