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Conservatory roof options from Frames Conservatories Direct vary from the original polycarbonate to glass and the new solid roof options.

If you have an existing conservatory which is too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter, you can replace just the roof to give you a room to use all year round.

Areas we cover include Bury St Edmunds, Diss, Yell, Haverhill, Ipswich, Newmarket, Saffron Walden, Stowmarket, Sudbury, Thetford & Cambridge. We only supply and fit the market leading roof systems from Ultraframe, the conservatory roof experts

High Specification Polycarbonate Roof

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Polycarbonate is one of the most cost-effective of the conservatory roof options, Polycarbonate is made up from thin sheets of plastic, laid on top of one another, with bridging air sections to reinforce and insulate. Frames Conservatories Direct polycarbonate sheets are strong, durable and come in a variety of colours which reflect heat and provide added shade in your new room. 

Some companies are offering to plaster the inside of existing polycarbonate roofs, something we would definitely discourage as the strength required in the roof construction and the supporting window frames / doors will not have been designed to take the extra weight loading of a thermally insulated, plastered roof. The best option by far is to look at one of our purpose designed solid roof options.


Frames Conservatories Direct Glass Roof

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A glass roof is now the most popular choice of roof material as it solves that age-old problem of your conservatory being too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. A glass roof provides thermal insulation as well as being solar reflective so delivers a comfortable year-round temperature as well as reducing fading to soft furnishings. It also has the added benefit of being self-cleaning.

Having a glass roof means that you can see the sky during the day, and the stars at night. You get a better quality of light, and you will find that the roof transmits more natural light into the adjoining internal room. The conservatory will be warmer, which means you will need less extra heat.

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Frames Conservatories Direct Warm Roof

Solid Roof ConservatoryEdwardian Conservatory with Part Glazed Warm RoofThe Frames Conservatories Direct Warm Roof is the first roofing system designed to give you the flexibility to combine solid and glazed roofing seamlessly. A warm roof enhances the thermal performance of your conservatory to give you a room that you can use all year round.

Installed on a new conservatory or to replace the roof of an existing conservatory, the Frames Conservatories Direct Warm Roof allows you to incorporate one, or more, glazed panels that allow daylight to penetrate deep into your room, making the space instantly brighter. 

The glass panels can be inserted to replace any of the roofing panels, in any shape, enabling you to maximise the light in your room to produce a very contemporary design not easily achievable with other types of roofing system. The new warm roof system is one of the most innovative conservatory roof options available.

Internally the Frames Conservatories Direct Warm Roof is stunning. It can deliver a magnificent vaulted ceiling and incorporates an internal pelmet around the perimeter, where lights can be installed. At the ridge at the top of the roof you can insert or hang lights in a place where you otherwise wouldn’t be able to on a vaulted ceiling.

If a vaulted ceiling isn’t for you then there is an option of a suspended ceiling, allowing you to continue the ceiling height from an adjoining room or to give your room a more ‘cosy’ feel.

The Frames Conservatories Direct Warm Roof can be formed into any shape or roof style. The roof can incorporate the Classic Cornice – hiding the guttering and giving your conservatory a modern, aesthetically pleasing feature.

Externally the roof is finished in urban grey to compliment any housing style and give a contemporary look. The roof is quick to install compared to other solid roofs on the market and because of its prefabricated design, doesn’t require any onsite cutting, reducing waste and disruption.

Frames Conservatories Direct Tiled Roofs

Lightweight Tiled Roof

Conservatory Roof Options From End Conservatory With Tiled Roof From FcdHomeImprovements Co UkThe Frames Conservatories Direct Lightweight Tiled Roof has all the great features of the Warm Roof but with the added benefit of the external appearance of a tiled roof. This system truly makes your new space feel like an extension of your home. Fully insulated with sound absorbing qualities the Frames Conservatories Direct Lightweight Tiled Roof consists of lightweight recycled upvc tiles available in a variety of colours or colour-matched to the existing house roof if desired.

A conservatory with a Frames Conservatories Direct Lightweight Tiled Roof really provides the WOW factor. Because the roof is so light, it doesn’t require additional structural elements such as columns or piers. You can even add roof windows or velux windows to allow extra light to flood in exactly where you want it.
Our tiled roofs are manufactured to the highest quality. Once constructed, they won’t rot, rust, peel or flake, so they need very little care.

Heavyweight Tiled Roof


For a truly authentic roof, you may like to consider the Frames Conservatories Direct Heavyweight Tiled Roof. It has all the benefits of the lightweight roof but can use the same roof tiles or slates as the main house. The heavyweight tiled roof is a modern equivalent of a standard extension roof.

You can choose from UPVC, Aluminium or timber conservatory and the choice will be determined by personal preference. This is something you can discuss with our Design Consultants during your visit.

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To see how one of our bespoke conservatories can transform your home, please fill in the online form above and we will contact you as soon as possible. Or you can ring us now on 0800 2800 472.

We look forward to working with you and helping your Conservatory upgrade plans come to life, feel free to click the blue ‘Arrange An Appointment’ button below and one of our trained conservatory consultants will be pleased to give you a free no obligation quote for your project while explaining the benefits of each of the conservatory roof options.

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Adrian Lewis
Owner and Managing Director

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Conservatories typically do not require planning permission unless your property has something called ‘permitted development rights’ (PDR) removed. Ordinarily you would know if PDR’s had been removed as your conveyancing solicitor should have pointed it out. If you’re looking for conservatories with bi folding doors that span more than 4m from the original house back wall then you will need planning permission, 3m from the back wall of semi detached properties.


Conservatories are deemed to be outside of the building controls regulation regime. In the eyes of the regulations they are deemed to be non-habitable spaces. Building Control continue with this view point for as long as there is a doors of external grade quality between the house and the conservatory.


Unfortunately, as there are no building control standards applicable, some unscrupulous companies will try and get away with the very minimum they can. It is not unusual for us to come across conservatories that have no foundations supporting them. This becomes an even bigger problem if the property owner wishes to convert a conservatory into a garden room with a solid roof which will gather the interest of a building control officer.


As there are no applicable building regulations concerning the construction of a conservatory. It is not uncommon to find conservatories on what we call “scrape and pour” footings. This will be a very shallow trench, sometimes as shallow as 100mm, on which the conservatory is built on top of. A Frames Conservatories Direct conservatory is always built on a minimum footing depth of 600mm, sometimes deeper if we believe the ground conditions will warrant it.


Technically a conservatory cannot be open to the house so it would be peculiar to assume how a kitchen in a conservatory would work. But the rules state as long as there are doors of exterior grade between home and conservatory, the construction will fall outside of building control regulations. That being said, a conservatory that complies to full building regulations would be openable to the kitchen and could make a great addition to any home.


Conservatories are subjective and everyone will have a different reason for wanting one and with a range of designs, styles and materials, the choices to make can seem overwhelming. But relax, we have a wealth of knowledge and can help you design the space you want either to dine in, relax in or work in.


The cost implications of investing in one of our conservatories is not to be taken lightly, so let’s look at the hard facts.
1. Conservatories do not add value to a home. Now while that might sound a little disappointing at first it is because they are not deemed habitable spaces and therefore do not add any extra foot print to your home.
2. Conservatories add desirability. Two identical homes for sale one without a conservatory, and one with one of our superb conservatories, it is very conceivable that all other things being equal, the one with the conservatory will sell easier.
3. Conservatories add much needed space. So you’ve found your ideal home but you are lacking a little space to entertain your friends or a special space to relax in. A correctly designed and engineered conservatory will add the space you need. So on reflection, investing in a conservatory after all might just be a great idea!


Depending on the size and complexity, conservatories can either be very expensive or very affordable. One thing to bear in mind though, it is a major purchase and as such, where possible, do not overtly allow budget to rule every decision making process you might have. It is always possible to boost your available budget by having your conservatory on finance.


No, there is no such thing as a standard conservatory in our eyes. Each and every one of our conservatories is bespoke to your needs. It could be a conservatory with bifolding doors that open up a full side of the building. Or a conservatory with sliding doors that simply open up to the garden so you can enjoy the views while enjoying your special space. It’s all about what ever you have in mind.


As each design is bespoke to each customer, your choice and your ideal conservatory might be different to mine. You might decide that a conservatory with a glass roof is your preference while I might decide to investigate conservatories with tiled roof costs. Your needs might include looking for conservatories with one brick wall, while I might be looking for


Our conservatories with glass roofs are self cleaning so maintenance of the roof is very little. Conservatories with polycarbonate roofs need to be cleaned carefully as they are not weight bearing and extra care should be taken. Conservatories with tiled roofs need additional care, check to see if your tiles can be walked on, as the natural slate tiles might break. Cleaning the glass and frames should be done with a non abrasive cloth and a non volatile cleaning product, do not use any form of solvent to clean your conservatory frames.


With a wealth of experience in conservatory design and installation you can be assured that we will do everything in our power to make your dream space become the space of your dreams. Whether you are looking at conservatories with flat roofs or conservatories with lantern roofs. Some of our clients have asked for conservatories with verandas as an additional edge to their dream space. You can be assured that our highly experienced designers and installers are more than capable of designing and installing your dream conservatory.


The fundamental design difference between conservatories and orangeries is the roof. Conservatories with lantern roofs are actually orangeries, yet internally some conservatories with glass roofs can look like orangeries! Let’s cut through the noise and determine what is an orangery. They typically have more wall than a basic conservatory and the roofs are flat typically with a lantern although it is possible to have two or three lanterns.


If you choose our conservatory design and installation service it is possible to keep just about anything in them with a couple of common sense exceptions. A conservatory is not normally heated so if it is minus 6 outside it will be chilly in your conservatory (as it would be in any room in the house without heating.) Conversely, if it is a glorious 30 degrees outside and the conservatory is all shut up, then it stands to reason that it is going to be rather warm in your conservatory. So bearing the above in mind, have your space correctly designed and use it according to the weather and your needs and keep whatever you choose to keep in it.

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