What is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

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The main difference between a conservatory and an orangery – and it has nothing to do with citrus fruit, in case you’re wondering – is the way the roof is constructed. Typically, the roof of a conservatory is more than 75% glazed while the roof an orangery is less than 75% glazed. A conservatory will also have more than 50% glazed walls, while the rules regarding orangery walls are less rigid.

The benefits of extending your home

There are many benefits of extending your home, either with a conservatory or an orangery. You can create an entirely new space for entertaining guests or to act as a playroom for the kids, an exercise space or a quiet zone to rest and relax in. An extension could also add much-needed storage space if your house is feeling cluttered. With so many benefits, for most homeowners, it simply comes down to the choice of installing a glass roofed conservatory, or an orangery.

The pros and cons of a conservatory

The main benefit of a conservatory is that it glass walls and roof allows for a lot of natural daylight, which you may not have in the other rooms in your house. The extra light creates a space perfect for relaxing and enjoying views of your garden. However, the downside is that because of the glazed roofing, conservatories tend to be very cold in winter and very hot in summer, limiting the amount of use you can get out of the space throughout the year.

The pros and cons of an orangery

Like a conservatory, an orangery will add space and light to your home. However, many of the same problems you will experience with a conservatory can also be present with an orangery. Sunlight levels are reduced so temperature fluctuations will be slightly more controlled, but you will need to comply with Building Regulations to build one on your property.

The advantages of a solid roof

Whether deciding to build an orangery or a conservatory extension on your home, you will need to make a decision regarding the roof. While a glass roof will let in more light, they can mean you’re left with a space that is at an uncomfortable temperature during the summer and winter months, limiting the amount of time you’ll actually spend in the space.

It is worth remembering that choosing a solid roof doesn’t mean you can’t receive overhead natural lighting, as solid roofing allows for the option of skylights to be installed.

Other benefits of a solid roof include: improved security levels, a much lower risk of condensation, reduced maintenance and cleaning requirements, reduced external noise and greater weather protection.

Total Roofcare’s ThermeRoof

If you choose a lightweight roofing material, you will be able to add a solid roof without putting too much strain on the structure of your extension. That’s where Total Roofcare comes in. Our insulated ThermeRoof is quick to install, so it’s a great option whether you are building a new extension or replacing your existing conservatory roof.

With layers of solid lightweight insulation, your ThermeRoof will help control the temperature of your conservatory or orangery, meaning you won’t feel too hot during the summer and the space will be warmer during the winter.

You can choose from a range of tile and slate colours, while keeping existing window frames or adding new ones if you want more light. With a ThermeRoof insulated conservatory roof you will be able to enjoy your extension all year round while still enjoying the core benefits of a conservatory or orangery. Contact Total Roofcare today on 0800 917 5109 for more information. Alternatively, you can email us at info@totalroofcare.co.uk

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