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Orangery vs conservatory – which should you choose?

28th March 2022

Are you considering adding a conservatory or orangery to your property? If so, it’s important to understand the key differences between these two types of extension in order to decide which is the best option for you. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of each type of extension, so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you.


Conservatories are glass extensions that are often attached to the back of homes, they must be made up of at least 50% glass on the walls and 75% on the roof. There are many different types of conservatory, including L-shaped, Victorian and lean-to. 


Conservatories are a great option if you’re frustrated with the lack of space in your home as they add an entire room that you can customise however you’d like. This extra space also adds value to your home if you’re ever looking to sell.

Another positive element is that you’ll be saving money on your heating and electricity, as this glass structure will let lots of heat and light into your home, allowing you to go a longer period of time without having to put the heating on or turn the lights on. 

The final positive is that planning permission is usually easier to obtain for conservatories over your typical extension, meaning you can improve your home much quicker through this route. 


Conservatories do have cons however, including the fact that the high percentage of glass can result in them getting incredibly hot in the summer, and cool in the winter. You can avoid this however by having a warm roof installed on your conservatory, allowing better energy efficiency for your home. 

The other con is the lack of privacy you might have if you have neighbours that can see into your garden as the conservatory doesn’t give much coverage.


Orangeries are brick structures with large windows and roof lanterns on the roof that are attached to a property to increase space and style of a home. They were popular in the 17th-19th century, and have made a sweeping comeback in the last few decades due to their look and functionality.


The fact that orangeries are made out of brick means that they blend better with the previous design of the property, especially if the brickwork and exterior design is matched to the rest of the home. 

Another positive that is a result of the structure is that they usually don’t trap heat as much as a conservatory would, meaning the room won’t be as hot in the sunny weather. 

The final positive is that it will add extra space to a home and this versatility means you can turn it into anything that you want it to be, including a gym, home office, or designated dining room.


The first con to an orangery is that due to the material it’s likely going to cost you more to install than a conservatory would, and more time to install it. 

Another con is that there won’t be as much natural sunlight as you might get in a conservatory as the windows and sunroof won’t let in as much sunlight as the glass panels would. 

If you are still undecided on whether to choose an orangery or conservatory, our team would be happy to provide you with more information and advice. We have a wide range of products that can suit your needs and we will work with you to find the best solution for your home. Contact us at Classic PVC today to get started!