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With the warmer summer months only around the corner, have you found yourself thinking about buying a conservatory or an orangery but have been left confused by the differences?

A lot of our customers have too.

And that is exactly the reason why we would like to share the differences with you – to ultimately help you to decide which option is best for you.

What is the key difference between an orangery and a conservatory?

The biggest difference is that a conservatory usually has around 75% of the roof glazed, whereas an orangery has less than 75% of the roof glazed. This means that conservatories are great for bringing the outside in, however orangeries are aesthetically pleasing and great for achieving the “wow-factor”.

What is an orangery?Luxury extension with lantern roof and uPVC windows

Today orangeries, or ‘orangery extension’, have become a popular alternative to the more traditional conservatory. Typically boasting a brick base and a flat glass roof with a lantern roof, an orangery is the perfect blend between a brick extension and a conservatory.

As with all conservatories offered by Halstead Glass, an orangery can be customised to perfectly compliment the existing look and feel of your house; whether it’s to match your anthracite grey (RAL 7016) composite front door or your jet black (RAL 9005) casement windows, you can choose from our nine long-lasting colour options.

What is a conservatory?Gable front conservatory with brick structure

A conservatory, on the other hand, has a glass roof and glass walls, encouraging the natural light to flow through your house creating a sense of open space. “But won’t this amount of glass let lots of heat escape?”. Worry not – modern conservatories have insulated glazing meaning they are energy-efficient and even comfortable in the warmer months.

At Halstead Glass we offer a variety of conservatory styles, from lean-to conservatories to the ever-popular Victorian conservatory, all our conservatory styles are custom one-of-a-kind creations taking into account the space available in your garden and your personal taste.

Do I need planning permission for either an orangery or a conservatory?

The installation of an orangery or a conservatory generally tends to be permitted developments that do not require planning permission. However, we would advise that you contact your local council who will confirm whether this is the case.

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