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One of the many ways that homeowners up and down the country can add value to their properties is by building an extension that provides more space and greater functionality to their home.

 

However, building a full-blown extension requires a lot of time, planning and money, a heavy investment that comes with plenty of hassle and potential to go wrong. 

 

Garden rooms, on the other hand, are a much easier choice that homeowners can opt for. They still add value to a property but come with far fewer issues as a result of their quick and easy installation and often little to no planning permission requirements.

 

But how does a garden room add value to your property exactly? In this blog, we take a look at the main areas where a garden room can boost the worth of your home!

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Garden room in Middlesex

 

Staying sane throughout the current lockdown has been a challenge at times, but one thing we've heard from a lot of SunSpaces customers recently is that their garden rooms have been enormously helpful in that regard.

 

Take Mr Usher, who added a SunSpace to his home in Middlesex a few years ago:

 

"We purchased our garden room (as well as some decking) from SunSpaces in June 2017. The room added the one thing our garden was lacking: additional covered space that we could enjoy late into the day, and which would give us shelter from the breeze and rain.

 

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Sunroom

 

Our stylish glass sunrooms are fast becoming an extremely popular alternative to more traditional home extensions.

 

This is partially because our sunrooms can be installed with no foundation whatsoever.

 

So installing a SunSpaces garden room is far quicker and less labour-intensive than building a conservatory.

 

What's the Difference Between a Sunroom and a Conservatory?

 

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Conservatory. Sunroom. Orangery.

 

These three words are often mixed up and misused. We explained the difference between a sunroom and a conservatory in a previous blog post - today we're going to try and define what an orangery is, and how it differs from the other two.

 

Here's an example of what an orangery looks like:

 

Photo by Elliott Brown

 

As you can see, an orangery looks very similar to a conservatory, but there's one defining difference: a conservatory has a glass roof, whereas an orangery has a solid roof.

 

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Polycarbonate vs Glass Roofs

 

Our range of verandas and garden rooms are available to order with a variety of customisable options. From sound, heating, locking doors and gutter options, with SunSpaces you are truly able to make your veranda or garden room your own.

 

One of the main options available, however, is the material of the roof. Choose from either glass or polycarbonate, but which is better? Here we take a look at the two materials, providing the advantages and disadvantages of both.

 

Glass Roofs

Advantages:

  • Glass roof provide ideal acoustic properties, meaning less noise will be made during heavy rainfall
  • Completely clear material results in great opportunities to gaze outside at the stars at night and birds in the day
  • Clean, polished appearance brings a classy look to the property

Disadvantages:

  • Potential safety risk if panels are not of a good enough quality
  • Little to no UV protection
  • Sometimes slightly costlier

 

Polycarbonate Roofs

Advantages:

  • Life expectancy of up to 25 years
  • Cost-effective option
  • Very high impact resistance
  • Available in a variety of clarity options
  • High UV protection
  • Excellent structural performance
  • Maintains strength and colour over a long period of time
  • Resistance to all weather conditions
  • Self-extinguishing qualities

Disadvantages:

  • Unlike a glass roof, you are not able to have a clear view of the sky unless a solid polycarbonate is used
  • Poor acoustic properties – quite noisy during heavy rainfall

 

The main points

The roof of your garden room or veranda is its most important feature. It keeps the structure together as well as protecting it from rain, wind and snow. But with different material options available, it can become quite difficult to choose the right one. Above we have listed some of the main advantages and disadvantages when it comes to polycarbonate vs glass roofs, but a few of these stand out more than others, so let’s take a deeper look!

Sounds Insulation

If you’ve ever been under a polycarbonate roof during heavy rainfall, you’ll definitely be familiar with the loud thudding and sometimes unbearable noises that occur. Unfortunately, this is enough to put the majority of homeowners off as a veranda and garden room is a place where people want to sit back and relax, not listen to loud and annoying noises. Being interrupted with the loud thudding of rain and the howling wind is the last thing you want, therefore, if a peaceful space is something you’re interested, a glass roof is definitely the choice for you.

Aesthetics

Glass roofs enable light to fill your garden room as well as providing beautiful views that you can use to gaze at the sky and surroundings during both day and night. Its classier appearance enables structures to look more prestige, perfect for homeowners looking to create a property that stands out. Polycarbonate roofs, on the other hand, are often translucent so not completely clear and do not offer the same look like glass.

Maintenance

Glass roofs often use an easy clean coating which repels dirt fantastically. The provides a clean-looking roof that doesn’t require much effort to keep looking good. Polycarbonate roofs sometimes do not offer this level of low-maintenance and require some level of upkeep to remove dirt and moss.   

 

And there you have it – our polycarbonate vs glass roof comparison! Here at SunSpaces, we offer both glass and polycarbonate roof options for our range of verandas and garden rooms. However, our selection of polycarbonate and glass roofs are made of the very best materials, meaning the differences between the two are very slight and ultimately come down personal preference.

 

For more information on our polycarbonate and glass roofs, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the SunSpaces team today by calling 01727 845 788 or emailing info@sunspaces.co.uk