Conservation Rooflights – Everything You Need to Know

Within this article, we are going to guide you through everything that you need to know about conservation roof light, its features and types, and how to determine what conservation roof is best for you.

What Are Conservation Rooflights?

Conservation Rooflights are great to have if you are looking to add an aesthetic touch to your home as well as give your home a unique and traditional finish.

Conservation Rooflights are different types of skylights, the main difference between the conversation roof light is that it fits flush with the roof as when you approach the house, it’s just above the front door which makes it very pretty to look at.

What makes Conservation Rooflights special is, one of the types has got a pleasant glazing bar that gives the impression that it was built in Victorian times if this is something that interests you.

Conservation Rooflights Types and Features

Many homeowners might wonder why they should consider installing conservation roof lights, our experts at The Ratio have a detailed summary of the types and features of conservation roof lights.

Glazing Bars

Originally, conservation specialists would specify that conservation Rooflights should have a glazing bar so that they can imitate a cast-iron 19th-century roof light,  even though a glazing bar isn’t always required, it is still worth taking a look at while considering getting conservation roof lights.

If you decide to go with a glazing bar then it should be a legitimate one. A genuine glazing bar provides additional strength to the casement and also perfectly divides the glazing.

Double and Triple Glazing

During the Victorian era, Rooflights were single-glazed, however, building standards got more modern as single glazing is not enough to meet the requirements for thermal efficiency,  leading to the innovation of double-glazing, which is now commonly used, making it an excellent choice for conservation Rooflights as it is a unit that is modernly double glazed which can provide lots of benefits while remaining slender.

As you might know, one of the main requirements for conservation Rooflights is a flush fitting profile and that’s where triple glazing becomes super efficient as it provides a super improved thermal performance.

Top Hung

The top-hung profile offers you a very authentic appearance in addition to maximizing the space, resulting in the casement not sticking to the room. You might consider a small top-hung roof light as it utilizes beautiful brass ironmongery to operate the casement.

The top-hung roof lights are effective for ventilation and are easy to use. It is also a way to escape in case of an emergency (excluding small sizes of top hung).

Low Profile

Genuine conservation Rooflights should be designed with a low profile and slim clean lines to match the roofline.

It is safe to say that many of the authentic conservation roof lights are made from steel as it provides great strength, not only that but they also offer excellent glass-to-frame ratios.


It’s worth mentioning that some of the conservation Rooflights are often finalized with linings from real wood. American Ash appears to be the most popular choice even though other timber types can be used.

Real wood gives conservation Rooflights a warm and immaculate appearance so it is definitely something to consider.


It is common for suppliers to use plastic that is painted in white as an internal finish, these kinds of liners can result in reduced viewable areas – however, they do produce a finish that is more suitable for modern flat Rooflights than traditional conservation Rooflights.

The finishes on conservation Rooflights should be black to reflect the black cast iron (as it was a very popular choice in the Victorian era). The point of conservation Rooflights is to emulate the style of the original look, as it was before.

Which conservatory roof is best for you?

To determine which conservatory roof is best for you, you need to ask yourself what you prefer – Do you want a fancy glass conservatory roof or a tiled conservatory roof?

Most homeowners tend to go with the tiled conservatory roof type as it offers you a room-like feel and helps it to blend with your house.

Tilted conservatories deliver a high performance of durability over glass conservatory roofs. They also offer you privacy, so if you are looking for that then a tiled conservatory roof is your best option.

We have created a simple comparison between tiled and glass conservatory roofs for you to decide which to pick for your property:

Tiled Conservatory Roof Features

  • Sufficient for customisation
  • Weatherproof
  • Perfect choice for privacy in your space
  • Blends smoothly with your house
  • Provides very high performance for durability
  • A very well-presented roof

Glass Conservatory Roof Features

  • Sufficient for customisation
  • Weatherproof
  • Perfect choice for natural light to be present in the property
  • Provides an innovative double-glazing technology
  • Provides high performance for durability
  • A luxurious, high-end appearance

To sum it up, both of these have advantages, it all depends on your personal preferences. Choosing between these two kinds of conservatory roofs, take some time to think about which one you prefer based on what you are looking for.

Need help choosing what suits you?

Worry not, The Ratio Interiors are here to assist you with all your needs. We have experts who can provide you with professional advice and answer all of your concerns regarding roofing, loft conversions, extensions, renovations, design and build services, or even commercial projects. We have you covered.

If you need any help or have any questions please call us at 02038970775 or use our quote page to get a quote.


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