Conservatory Vs Orangery Which is Better?

How To Choose Between An orangery And A Conservatory?

When looking for a new extension, you may be wondering which is better, an orangery or a conservatory. In fact, both are fantastic choices for your home. Furthermore, they both expand the living space and enhance natural light. 

You may be wondering, how should I choose between the two? That is what this article aims to help. We look at the benefits of both orangeries and conservatories. Therefore, giving you an idea of which is more fit for your home.

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Orangeries have been around since the early 15th century. They were once a popular choice for growing oranges in the UK. That is because they improve natural light and can keep the heat inside the room.

Throughout this time, an orangery was a sign of wealth. However, as times change, so did the purpose of the orangery. Technology started to advance, so people began to use orangeries as an extension of the living space.

Due to the brickwork, some homeowners now consider the orangery more in tune with there current property. The increase in natural light and enhanced living area make orangeries an excellent choice for your home.

Orangery Benefits

Different styles and designs to blend with your property

A wide selection of roofing systems

High thermal efficiency

Low maintenance

Conservatory Benefits

Mostly made of glass allowing plenty of light.

Can help increase the value of your property.

Cheaper than an orangery.

Bespoke designs.

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During the 17th century, conservatories started to make an appearance. Doing so promoted a demand for conservatories all across Europe and the United Kingdom.

At the time they were very similar to glasshouses. That was due to conservatories helping grow vegetation.

As technology began to improve and conservatories had insulated glazing, they became a popular choice for extensions. Furthermore, this led to different conservatory styles, such as Victorian and Edwardian styles.


Your choice of the extension comes down to your preferences. Both orangeries and conservatories come with fantastic benefits for your home. Furthermore, you should think about how you are going to use your new space. If you need to discuss the options with a professional, get in touch with St Helens Windows. They can help advise you more on the benefits of each choice, call 01744 611 203 to get started.

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