Which is better, conservatory, orangery, or extension?

New conservatories, orangeries or home extensions are 3 of the top home improvements homeowners plan to spend the most money on this year and the next. But which is the best option for you and your family? Well, carry on reading to find out!

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

Black uPVC gable conservatory

Black uPVC gable conservatory

  • Conservatory

Typically, conservatories are mainly made of glass and attached to one side of a house. Separated from the rest of the building by external doors and windows, and fitted with its own independent heating system that’s controlled separately from the rest of the house, dwarf wall conservatories with a pitched glazed roof are a popular design variation in the South East.

  • Orangery

Often featuring large windows and a flat roof with a glazed lantern, orangeries feature brick pillars and solid sections.

  • Extension

A home extension is a new room or building that’s added to an existing building.

As long as certain criteria are met, your new conservatory, orangery, or home extension may not require planning permission either.

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Which is cheaper orangery or conservatory?

Simply styled conservatories usually work out cheaper than orangeries, as they require less brickwork and labour to build them.

Dual colour aluminium orangery

Dual colour aluminium orangery

Is an orangery warmer than a conservatory?

Generally speaking, orangeries have a higher proportion of solid material in comparison to classic glazed conservatory structures, which allows them to stay warmer for longer. However, our conservatories offer excellent heat retention qualities, including specialist glazing, multi-chambered profiles, and argon-filled inter-pane areas to keep you warm all year round.

Compare our conservatory, orangery, and extension features

/ Conservatory Orangery Home Extension
Materials Glass, uPVC or aluminium Glass & bricks, uPVC or aluminium Glass & bricks, uPVC or aluminium
Roof options Glass, tiled, hybrid, lantern Glass, tiled, hybrid, lantern Glass, tiled, hybrid, lantern
Glazing options Double glazing, self-cleaning glass & solar control glass Double glazing, self-cleaning glass & solar control glass Double glazing, self-cleaning glass & solar control glass
Styles 7 Limitless Limitless
Average price Low/medium Medium/high Medium/high
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So, when it comes to choosing which is better, it all comes down to personal taste, available space, and budget.

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Now you have a firm understanding of the difference between a conservatory, orangery and home extension, it’s time to start planning how to give your South East home a whole new lease of life. Get a price, organise a trip to your nearest SEHBAC showroom, use our interactive roof designer, or contact our team of experts online to discuss your improvement options further.

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