FAQs

Q – My old conservatory used to overheat terribly in the summer, will SMARTGLASS® help? Yes. Older conservatories may either have a basic plain glass roof or a polycarbonate roof, neither of these have any great effect in controlling the sun’s heating effect. A basic glass roof would only reflect about 20% of the sun’s heat, but by contrast a SMARTGLASS® roof would reflect up to 80%, meaning the room stays considerably cooler during hot weather.

Q – I’ve heard about ‘easy clean coatings’ is that the same as self-cleaning? No. Only a true self-cleaning roof does exactly that, cleans itself. Using a specially coated glass, a chemical reaction physically breaks down and washes away dirt. A so called ‘easy clean’ roof simply does not have these properties.

Q – In winter I’m concerned about my conservatory being cold, what type of roof should I consider? One of the key properties of a SMARTGLASS® roof is its ability to retain warmth in winter. In fact SMARTGLASS® is probably a better insulator than any other form of glazing in the home, including the latest A+ rated windows. With a super low U-value down to 1.0 W/m2K, you can be assured that heat loss is kept to an absolute minimum, keeping the conservatory warmer in winter and thereby helping to reduce the cost of heating.

Q – Will my furniture still fade under a SMARTGLASS® roof? Over 75% of harmful UV rays are blocked, thereby dramatically reducing the risk of damage to soft furnishings. Our wall range includes options to increase this to 98%, ensuring no damage is going to occur this way, unlike standard clear glass.

Q – What guarantees do I get with SMARTGLASS®? Every SMARTGLASS® roof is manufactured to BS EN 1279 for seal quality and BS EN 12150 for toughened glass safety. With this we offer a 10 year warranty against seal failure with all of our products

Q – If I don’t specifically choose SMARTGLASS®-W in my walls, what is the default option? Our research suggests that at best you will get a low E unit which will help retain heat in winter. SMARTGLASS®-W also helps retain heat in winter – but unlike standard glass it can keep it out in summer too. It also can also help keep unwanted sound out, keep burglars out and keep UV light out. It can even clean itself too, making it the perfect all round choice for the modern conservatory.

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