Although seemingly the cheapest option, in terms of cost-effectiveness long-term, it leaves a lot to be desired. Here’s why…
What is Polycarbonate?
Polycarbonate is a strong thermoplastic material, that’s extremely durable, and easy to clean.
For conservatories, it often comes in large transparent plastic panels and is normally transparent or translucent (not completely opaque but ‘frosted’). It’s lightweight and durable.
Why is it Cheaper Than Other Conservatory Roofs?
Put simply: because the alternatives are expensive. Polycarbonate’s main rival is glass, which is heavy and difficult to transport, or just outright bricked, which takes time and is a full construction job for builders.
Polycarbonate sheets can be simply ‘slotted’ into place, making their fitting easy, and as they weigh very little, they are easy to move around, making the installation process relatively straightforward.
Are There Any Options That Are Cheaper?
Yes. Home Logic Conservatory Insulation being applied and then covered is around 50% of the price.
No planning permission or external administration is required, and the insulation can be installed within hours, rather than days.
What are the Main Disadvantages?
There are numerous disadvantages to having a polycarbonate roof installed. They include:
- Lack of soundproofing
- Lack of temperature regulation
- Penetration of UV rays from the sun
- Can be dented
- Easily attracts condensation
- Not scratch-resistant.