In the following section we cover Roof Options available for our Sunrooms and Conservatories.
Roof Options for Conservatories and Sunrooms
This is probably the single most important decision you can make in regard to the usability of your room addition. Ask yourself what the intended purpose of the room addition is. If you plan on spending time in the room every day, no matter what the season, please review the following options very carefully. This is the primary difference between a sunroom and a conservatory.
1. Insulated roof panels supplied by Lancaster Conservatories will give you the beautiful hardwood roof structure with a roof system that is attached to the top of the rafters giving you an insulation value of R-19 to R-40 depending on your requirements. The higher the R-value the easier it is to keep the room conditioned in extreme temperatures. The exterior is a plywood sheathing ready for any roofing material i.e. shingles, copper, etc. The interior is a finish grade surface primarily consisting of a light grain wood surface allowing for any finish of stain or paint. Adjacent photo is simply a clear polyurethane finish coat which gives a striking light contrast to the dark hardwood rafters. This roof is used on Lancaster Sunroom Additions.
2. Polycarbonate roof panels are designed primarily for use in growing exotic plants and greenhouse applications. Polycarbonate does allow light through the panels and natural lighting is a benefit. Designed to be used only as a 3-season room with natural ventilation and little to no heating or cooling. Polycarbonate has similar insulating values as glass with out the weight and difficult installation. This roof is used on Lancaster Conservatory and Greenhouse Additions.
3. Traditional truss or stick framing performed on site by builder. This application is used most if there is an existing overhang that is being enclosed, or the existing roof creates challenges that cannot be overcome by using our standard roof structure. In this situation Lancaster Conservatories would provide all wall and window sections and the builder would be responsible for the entire roof structure and insulation.
By using option 1 or option 3 you will be able to condition your sunroom for year round comfort. To determine which Heating and Cooling system is best for your application please visit the Features and Options section of our website. If roof vents or skylights are an item you would like to include in your Lancaster room addition there are options available for almost every roofing application we work with.