The two main differences between orangeries and conservatories

Many of us will often confuse orangeries and conservatories. This is understandable as they are both glazed extensions which feature varying amounts of glass and come in a range of different shapes, styles, and sizes.  If you’re thinking about extending your home, it’s important to know as much about the options available as possible. To help you to make a fully informed decision about your home extension plans, here are the two main differences between orangeries and conservatories.

The type of materials used

The biggest difference between a conservatory and an orangery is the materials that are used to build them. What differentiates an orangery from a conservatory is based on how much glass is used in its construction.

Conservatories are made mostly from glass and usually have a glass roof, windows, and doors, and then are built on foundations, usually brick. Orangeries feature more brickwork than conservatories, and they often have larger windows, with a glass lantern on a flat roof.

Victorian Conservatory glass extension

The level of insulation

When it comes to insulation, older conservatories are known to have a lot more heat escape due to the amount of glass used. Orangeries, on the other hand, have a lot of brickwork, and this provides more insulation for the room. This can often sway those choosing between a conservatory or an orangery due to the amount of thermal benefits vs. the design elements of the structures.

Modern glazed conservatories, however, feature high performing multi-chambered glazing and can achieve excellent levels of thermal performance. Orangeries may just beat conservatories on insulating capacity, but modern conservatories aren’t far behind.

One of our orangeries at our showroom

Enhance your home with a glazed extension

Many homeowners install conservatories and orangeries to provide extra space and to add value to their property over time. Being able to have an extra space like this can be great for those wanting to have a workspace from home or just an extra room to entertain guests. It’s certainly something worth investing in if you have the available space.

If you’re planning a home extension and you’d like to find out more about the options we offer at Oakley Green, contact us today. Give us a call on 0117 910 9500 or send us an online message for more information.