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How to Make a Decision Between a Conservatory and an Orangery

Conservatories of perhaps the most common type of home extension in the United Kingdom. Approximately 18% of homes in the UK have a type of conservatory attached.

This could be due to conservatories being a cheaper alternative to a full home extension, which still provides you with additional living space. Conservatories also have a variety of other selling points such as allowing you plenty of room for creativity for design, allowing additional natural lighting to your home, and much more.

In the past eight years, a similar alternative to conservatories has rapidly grown in popularity. This alternative is called an orangery. Orangeries are similar to conservatories, however, they are structured with brick and not entirely glass units.

Like conservatories, orangeries have glass windows on each side and a glass roof. What makes an orangery more attractive than a conservatory is its additional benefits that a conservatory does not have, on the interior and the exterior.

This post breaks down the benefits of both conservatories and orangeries to help you to decide on what would benefit you and your home.

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Conservatories and orangeries vary in price depending on their properties such as what glass they are constructed with, what roof is used, their size and much more.

Orangeries are usually more expensive than conservatories. This is because orangeries are more expensive to construct and take longer to construct than conservatories.

Conservatories are primarily constructed with glass units and have a brick base. As orangeries are constructed with bricks, this means they are more expensive to construct than conservatories. Most orangeries also require interior wall design, which conservatories do not require as the walls are made from glass.


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The glass units used for both conservatories and orangeries are usually double or triple glazed. Both of these glass units contain a layer of insulating argon gas between the two panes of glass. This provides a small amount of insulation for your conservatory to keep the extension warm.

Despite this small amount of insulation, conservatory owners may still complain that their conservatory is too hot in the summer, and too cold in the winter.

Usually, your conservatory should remain at a stable temperature unless the weather is noticeably hotter or colder than usual. Orangeries do not usually tend to have this problem as bricks are much more insulating than glass panes.

If the interior of the orangery is designed and insulated, the orangery should not be noticeably different temperature’s during different weather and the temperatures will be regulated.

The major benefit of this is it will not affect the temperature of the rest of your home by making it hotter or colder. This is especially beneficial during the winter as if the temperature of your home is entirely regulated, your heating bills should be reduced.


A benefit of conservatories is that they can be easily upgraded. Conservatories can be upgraded with new and more insulating glass, into an orangery, or with a solid tiled roof. Upgrading a conservatory with a solid roof or installing a conservatory with a solid roof is a highly popular option as it can essentially convert the conservatory to an extension.

Solid roofs also contain layers of insulation, meaning the temperature issue in your conservatory can be tackled. Solid conservatory roof also provides an interior appearance of an extension, meaning there is more room for interior design. This is shy solid conservatory roofs are the cheaper option for having a home extension.

Orangeries can also be upgraded to replace the roof with a tiled roof, however, the differences in temperature will not be that noticeable.

By upgrading a glass orangery roof to a tiled conservatory roof, your orangery will then become an extension. What differentiates an orangery from an extension is the glass roof at the top of the surrounding windows. By removing one of these properties, the orangery then becomes a home extension.


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As conservatories and mainly constructed from glass units, it allows lots of beneficial natural lighting into your home. Natural lighting is actually required for everybody to live a healthy life as it boosts vitamin D and improves sleep at night if you are exposed to natural lighting throughout the day.

Natural lighting is also excellent for improving the appearance of your interior home design. Conservatories allow a lighter airy living space in your home which is majorly beneficial and drastically can improve the appearance of your interior design.

Orangeries also allow a lot of natural lighting into your home, however, not as much as you get with conservatories. Conservatories have very few obstructions for natural lighting, therefore unless it is nighttime, your home will be rich with natural lighting.

Natural lighting can also help to reduce your electricity bills if your home is usually dark and require electric lights.

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Speedy Conservatories are renowned in Brighton for providing and constructing brand new and stunning orangeries at a highly competitive price. Our name also does not lie, we have an incredible reputation for our fast build times.

Enquire with Speedy Conservatories for brand new Orangeries in Brighton and other construction projects such as conservatories, home extensions, garden rooms, solid roofs, bi-folds, and more.

This blog was written by BD, who is the content writer for Speedy Conservatories. BD has a passion for the growth of businesses and inspiring people with his content

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