What’s the Difference between an Orangery and a Conservatory?

It is a question much asked but rarely understood. Orangeries and conservatories are technically different structures, with different histories and different intentions – but which is right for you and your home? Lalco build both, completely bespoke, but it’s important for you to understand the differences and similarities between them to make an informed decision before construction begins.

If you’re looking for an orangery, Liverpool is the perfect city to drive around the residential areas and look at others existing structures. Then get in touch, and we can start arranging your new home improvement!

Orangeries were originally conceived in the Renaissance period, for the wealthy to grow citrus trees within their home without having to worry about frosty and colder weather affecting their growth during the winter months. Initially from Italy, orangeries gained popularity throughout Europe and fast became a ‘status symbol’ amongst the elite. Orangeries in Liverpool and other such cities are growing in popularity because of the warm and sleek nature of them – adding an extra living space to your home without looking just like everyone else’s.

Conservatories are a by-product of orangeries, adapted for cooler Northern-Europe climes in the 17th century. Conservatories have more glass than orangeries, to allow for more light to travel into the room and blossom the plants further. In the UK, conservatories are more popular than orangeries for this reason; but are very rarely still used for their original purpose.

Today, there are still differences between the modern structures but the most obvious one is the amount of glass. Conservatories normally have fully-glazed ceilings and floor to ceiling glass windows and doors, with only a minimal amount of brickwork along the bottom of the room. Orangeries, however, often have brick panelling between the windows and doors; lending a more altogether consistent look with the rest of house but with an elegant touch. In legal terms, a conservatory has 75% or more of its structure made up of glass, with anything less classifying as an orangery.

Both orangeries and conservatories are now built with double glazing and modern insulation materials to keep them warm and dry year-round, but there are distinctions in other building materials used. Conservatories are primarily made from uPVC, whereas orangeries main material is normally timber. The roof of an orangery is made up of a roof lantern with a flat edging between the guttering, which isn’t in place on a conservatory.

However, the bespoke nature of these constructions along with the flexibility of our tradespeople does allow for these to be modified as required for the property on which it’s being built upon. Lalco’s expert team can help advise you and guide you through the whole process of home improvement from conception. If you’ve found yourself frantically googling information for conservatories or orangeries in Chester, Warrington, Widnes or Liverpool, look no further.

The Lalco team offers a service that’s second-to-none and is the premium provider of conservatories, orangeries, sliding doors and panoramic windows in the North West!