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Is your older Conservatory too hot in the Summer and too cold on the Winter? Update your conservatory

29th May 2019


Is your existing conservatory roof feeling a little tired and beaten by the Scottish weather? Perhaps it's time to consider an upgrade. Remember, this doesn't mean you have to pull it down and start again. Thanks to recent technological advances, there are now multiple ways in which your existing conservatory can be upgraded. So whether you are thinking it's time to replace or change, you might be happy to hear that you no longer need to consider the big move to replace your entire conservatory. If you have an older conservatory and want to replace your old conservatory roof, our extensive range gives you the ability to upgrade and improve. Your tired polycarbonate or glass system could easily be upgraded to one of our solid roofs, hybrids or advanced glazing options, turning your old conservatory into a thermally efficient, stunning and light filled extension.


Modern conservatories, with insulated bases and cavity walls which feature double-glazed units and a thermally efficient roof, can indeed be used all year round. The prudent use of relevant heating technology will also help. Comfort levels can be further enhanced with the use of Smartglass Plus. This is a revolutionary new type of glazing that is specially developed to keep conservatories warm in Winter, by retaining heat, and cool in Summer by excluding solar radiation.


If you are thinking about replacing your conservatory roof, please read this first.


Before going on to our recommended replacement and upgrade options, it's very important to consider what not to do. That’s why we’ve taken some time to help you understand potential pitfalls within the replacement roof process to help make an informed decision.

If you have looked in to the possibility of clad over roofs, it probably sounds too good to be true. Unfortunately in most cases, that is indeed the situation. It's fair to say that although good quality replacement roofs are often more expensive than cheaper ‘clad over’ alternatives, the benefits and overall safety provided far exceed the savings, simplicity and in many cases, dangers inherent in opting for a clad over roofs.

If you wish to find out more about the limitations and dangers of clad over roofs, read our full article about it HERE



Smartglass Plus

Smartglass is the ultimate material when considering the glazing options for your conservatory roof. With its excellent solar control and self-cleaning properties, Smartglass helps maintain a comfortable environment so that you can use your conservatory all year round. You can also save money on window cleaning in areas that are often difficult to reach.


• Up to 72% of heat from the sun is reflected for a cooler interior in summer months
• Subtle solar control reduces uncomfortable glare by over 50% • Lets in lots of natural light
• Permanent dual-action self cleaning coating reduces maintenance
• Self-cleaning properties makes it ideal for hard to reach areas
• 100% noise reduction compared to polycarbonate roofs
• Exceptional 'U' Value of 1.0W/m2.k means warmer in winter

This is an excellent option when you are keen to keep the look and feel of your classic conservatory, but still feel confident in having a space that will hold its heat when required and still be cool in the Summer.


Improved thermal efficiency – A solid conservatory roof will keep your Edinburgh home warm and comfortable. This is a benefit that is most widely requested and expected when installing a solid roof. Due to the added layers of insulation and non transparent nature of the solid roof, no matter the weather outside, you can always enjoy your conservatory at a comfortable temperature. On a more technical slant, the materials used in our solid roof options all help to provide low U-values and are designed to be especially efficient at preventing heat loss.

Improved acoustics – The added insulation not only keeps the temperature more consistent, it also improves the acoustics by keeping unwanted noise out.

Good Looks – Moving to a solid roof means you have the opportunity to match in with the style of the rest of your house. From the outside, the introduction of the tiled roof means you can easily compliment the existing roof of your home. It also makes your conservatory look and feel more like a permanent fixture in your home and closer to the look and feel of a traditional extension. From the inside, it also makes a huge difference. The solid roof introduces the feel of a more traditional room, making it cosy in the winter, but still bright enough for when the Summer months roll in again.

Adds value to your home – The improved usability and aesthetic appeal of a solid roof can provide an increase the value of you home and can become an important selling point if you ever choose to move.



All of our Solid Roof options have been designed to work with existing conservatory roof systems. This is especially important if you are about to replace your existing roof and want reassurance that your new system is compatible. No matter your current build we'll be able to accommodate. This means that you'll be able to find your ideal option sooner and have that new roof in place in no time.

Whatever the size or shape of your current conservatory, one of our amazing Solid Roof options will integrate with your existing system seamlessly and upgrade the performance of your new room. You'll be able to enjoy a standard of comfort and protection that can't be found in any other conservatory roof design. Don't settle for less when you don't have to!


With the change to Solid Roofs becoming a more common occurrence, there are many reasons why you might be considering one. Maybe you have an existing conservatory or extension that’s being let down by a poorly performing glass or polycarbonate roof. On the other hand, you may be at the planning stage – in which case a conservatory roof conversion that’s also suitable for house extensions will be ideal.



The WARMroof system from Bryant and Cairns is the most configurable and structurally robust solid, insulated and tiled roof in the UK market, as our exhaustive testing and research has shown. It’s the first off-site constructed ‘warm roof’ of its kind in the sector that has been designed and engineered from scratch. This has ensured that it is the most innovative, desirable, aesthetically pleasing and advanced roof system available for home extensions and conservatory renovation projects.


Our WARMroof system is perfect for conservatory replacement projects as well as new build sunrooms, garden rooms and extensions, due to its innovative and flexible design.

Other insulated and tiled roof systems for the home improvement sector have not been designed using the modern and accepted best method of ‘warm roof’ construction. They have chosen the use of ‘cold roof’ construction, which our research has shown can result in the risk of condensation for six months of the year.

Built to last the WARMroof technology is robust and structurally tested. The WARMroof is fully guaranteed for 10 years with tiles carrying a 25 or 40 year warranty. All this results in a modern roofing solution that is designed and engineered to withstand the very harshest of climates.



If the thought of leaping from a fully glazed or polycarbonate roof to Solid Roof feels like too much of a transformation for you and your Edinburgh home, there's good news, you can have it all! The Bryant and Cairns LivinRoof or ULTRASKY gives you the opportunity to integrate glazed elements into your design that will still allow you the feel and certain benefits of a Solid Roof, but also allowing swathes of natural light.



Livinroof is the first replacement roof system designed to give you the flexibility to combine solid and glazed roofing seamlessly.

It enhances thermal performance to deliver a room that you can use all year round. It will stand as an exceptional addition to any home, both new and old. The internal element featured in the Livinroof design enables you to install a range of lighting and speaker options. This also helps to insulate your property, allowing you enjoy a warmer and more comfortable living area during the colder winter months. You could also see a reduction in your heating costs.


Our high-performance replacement conservatory roofs feature an extensive range of customisation options, which allow you to get the perfect new addition to your home. From roof shape to colour options, we will be on hand to ensure you get the right roof to suit both your property style and aesthetic.



Installed on a new build extension, Orangery, or inserted into an existing flat roof, an UltraSky lantern will help you add the feeling of space and natural light to your home.

Although not really a solid roof, the ULTRASKY is a fantastic option if you are needing to replace an existing flat roof and want to integrate a stunning glass element.

Whether it’s for a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom the UltraSky lantern will be the perfect stylish solution for you. The UltraSky lantern is stunning, enhancing any style of property, traditional or modern alike.

SIZES The UltraSky lantern is available in a number of bespoke rectangular sizes ranging from up to 5.8m long x 4m wide.

COLOUR OPTIONS Choose the stylish White PVC option to match your modern window frames, or for that extra “Wow” factor go for the aluminium option, available in White, Anthracite Grey or Satin Black. Internally the UltraSky lantern is clad in either white PVC or powder coated aluminium in white, anthracite grey or satin black to either match or contrast the external finish.

GLAZING The highly thermally efficient glazing options will help reduce heat loss and noise pollution, whilst letting the desired amount of light into your room.

If you would like to find out more, or see the product, why not visit our Conservatory Village and Show Site today and see for yourself here.

Our team of dedicated Advisors, Designers and Aftersales are always here to assist you. Call today on 0131 440 2855 or email at info@bryantandcairns.co.uk if you want to find out more.

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