Conservatories - Roof Design OptionsThe roof design for a conservatory may well be predetermined by the location where it will be sited. It may equally be a specific design requirement of the customer. Whichever, it will largely be either a lean-to roof, a gable roof or a hipped roof, or a combination or multiple of the last two. Occasionally there is a call for a so-called ‘edwardian’ or even a radiused roof, but these are exceptions. A lean-to roof is pretty much self explanatory. It is a mono pitch roof which will normally adjoin a gable or other high, flat wall surface, or be a low pitch linking to the house above or below the existing house gutter line.
A gable roof has a ridge running the full length of the conservatory with, normally one full-height glazed gable end while the other end runs back into the dwelling or dwelling roof.
A hipped roof has a ridge which runs for the middle third or half of the conservatory, with one or both ends sloping down to the eaves, which is the where the tops of the windows and doors are, under the eaves beam.
Opening roof vents or rooflights are a highly recommended option in the appropriate circumstances. The ability to spill hot air during warm (never mind hot!) weather without setting up draughts cannot be overstated. A rooflight lets hot air escape by convection in the normal way with no draught.
For those who want a wider than normal roof, we can make and supply portal frames to cover virtually any span, and for those who really want to make a statement with their roof, we can add a ‘lantern’ feature – as in our logo!