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How Do You Tell The Difference Between A Conservatory And Orangery?

We could all do with more space at home; you can never do with enough of it! If you shared the lockdown period with several members of your family, this is when you may have particularly realised that growing your home is a necessity, which you could get organised now. 

Would it be possible to add onto your home at the rear of the building? When that’s achievable, the installation of a conservatory or orangery is the most logical course of action. 

Clearview has a wide selection of conservatory and orangery styles to pick from, so we’ll have a solution that works. 

If you think that conservatories and orangeries are practically the same product, they’re not. They both have their own distinct characteristics…


It’s undeniable that there are similarities visually between the two forms of extension, but conservatories have a more sloped or angled roof and a string of glazed facets throughout their structure.

As for the roof covering, a traditional conservatory generally has a glass or polycarbonate roof, and is built with either a dwarf wall or a single solid wall. Your modern conservatory often has a solid tiled roof which you can identify from its authentic-looking tiles and slates. 

It will cost you less to buy a conservatory than an orangery for one of two main reasons. Firstly, because it doesn’t have as much brickwork, and secondly, because the roof isn’t as expansive. 


You may assume that conservatories pre-date orangeries, but the opposite is true. The very first orangeries were created in the 17th Century by the Italians, with an orangery providing an enclosed space and often featuring a central roof lantern containing less than 75% of glass within it.

Most orangeries are either shaped square or rectangular and it incorporates a series of columns which act as a support mechanism for the structure. You’ll also spot pilasters and a shallow pitched roof, as well as an internal pelmet around the perimeter of the ceiling. This is where you can fix in downlighters or spotlights to provide a means of artificial light at night.

Because they’re largely brick-built structures, it’s felt that orangeries look more of a natural extension of a house than conservatories. 

You can once again see several of our fully installed conservatories and orangeries in person as we have just reopened our showrooms. It would be lovely to see you in one of them soon.

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