Conservatory & Orangery Differences


With so many differences between orangeries and conservatories, it’s hard to know what one is best for your home. If you are unsure whether a conservatory or an orangery is right for your home, you can discuss this further with the Home Improvements team who will make recommendations after seeing your home.


An orangery is an extension which uses a glass roof; however, the glass roof typically covers less than 75% of the area, with glass walls covering less than 50% of the total wall area. In essence, an orangery is the sister of both the conservatory and extension, as it bridges the gap between the two. They offer the best of both worlds while being a cost-effective home improvement. Orangeries can be customised to suit any brick style and have three very distinct looks: the Contemporary Orangery, the Classic Orangery and the Lantern Orangery.


The Contemporary Orangery combines our super-insulated columns, with a decorative cornice and insulated pelmet for the ultimate orangery look. They offer the maximum amount of light, yet feels warm and cosy in the winter months. Add a touch of contemporary glamour with wide spans of bi-fold or sliding doors with an integrated, invisible structural goalpost. The contemporary orangery is perfect if you’re after something stylish and different from the classic orangery.


Our traditional orangeries combine solid brick pillars, a performance glass roof and a range of traditional finishing touches. This option is the perfect way for you to bring a beautifully charming period look to your home. Combine a glazed roof, traditional brick piers and a decorative cornice to create the look orangeries are famous for. The insulated internal pelmet adds thermal efficiency and provides a useful place for lighting and speakers.


The Lantern Orangery is perfect for every conceivable property. Modern or traditional, it features the beautiful Ultrasky roof lantern. Internally it gives a deep perimeter ceiling, allowing for flexible lighting design, ensuring your room floods with natural light, creating a stunning focal point of your home.


A conservatory also uses a glass roof; however, the glass covers at least 75% of the roof, with the glass also covering more than 50% of overall wall area. A conservatory is the most popular and more traditional of the two, with the conservatory being the go-to extension option. Glazing covers a wider surface area, with this; the conservatories are the brighter of the choices as they let the most light into your home. With Whalley Home Improvements, you don’t have to stick to your classic glass roof, you can choose from a range of different conservatory roofs such as the Livinroof or the Ultraroof.


If you’re after a more traditional conservatory, the classic roof will be the one for you. The double glazed roofs deliver the classic aesthetics, bringing in an unrivalled amount of natural light into your home. Our high-performance glazed roof provides increased thermal performance and enhanced solar control meaning your conservatory no longer feels like a greenhouse.


Our Livinroof is a solid alternative to the traditional glass roof option. The Livinroof is the first roofing system to give you the flexibility to combine solid and glazed roofing seamlessly. The solid roofs provide privacy; whilst the inclusion of the glass panels keeps the room bright and welcoming.


Alternatively, the third roof option is the Ultraroof, similar to the living roof this is also a solid roof, however, rather than using solid panels the Ultraroof uses tiles. The tiled roof fuses together the benefits of glazed and solid systems to deliver incredible amounts of natural light and outstanding thermal performance.

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