Types Of Conservatory
Best Glaze will help you understand the difference between all the types of conservatory, allowing you to choose the type of conservatory that would suit your needs best.
Understanding The Difference Between Different Types of Conservatory
When considering a new conservatory it is important to know the difference between the different types of conservatory, this will enable you to choose the perfect extension for your home that suits your needs. This guide will help you to understand the difference a conservatory and an orangery, A skylight and a lantern, an Edwardian a Victorian roof roof
When you understand the difference between the different types of conservatory you will be able to confidently choose a conservatory that suits both your home and your budget. There are so many different types of conservatory available that it can often become very confusing when looking at all the shapes and sizes available.
The difference between Extensions, Orangeries and Conservatories is becoming ever more blurred making choosing the right build for you even harder. Choices range from the most basic of glass rooms right through to elaborate and luxurious glazed extensions and everything in between. Choosing the right types of conservatory can cost you time and money if you do not know what to look for. We will guide you through the different types of conservatory and offer our expert advice which will help you choose the best conservatory for your home.
Conservatories: Things to Consider
When choosing different types of conservatory, really think about what you want to use the space for:
There is no better way to help decide what type of conservatory to choose than to get the input of the hive mind! We ran a poll asking why people purchased a conservatory and what they use it for. The poll was aimed at 100 homeowners in Cornwall that own a conservatory, they told us about their experiences which we think you will find really useful.
Almost half (48%) that took part in the consumers poll told us that wanting more space was the main reason for buying a conservatory which came as no surprise, the other reasons people wanted to buy a new conservatory were to:
- Bridge the gap between their home and garden 30%
- Add value to their home 27%
- Maximise natural light flowing into the home 18%
- Create an area for dining or extend existing dining area 13%
To grow plants and store gardening items 12%
To add wow factor to their home 14%
Different Types Of Conservatory
Now we have looked at the reasons why homeowners choose the different types of Conservatory, let’s take a look at the various shapes, styles & designs that you could choose from. By choosing from a variety of different materials, flourishes and combinations of finishes and colours, you can create a bespoke build to suit your exacting needs. Have a browse of our gallery to see all of the different styles of conservatory that are available.
Lean-to Conservatory – The Mediterrnean
The Lean-To conservatory is often called the Mediterranean, one of the simplest types of conservatory and the perfect choice if you are working to a tight budget. A simple but versatile design can feature a polycarbonate, glass or solid rood roof depending on your needs.
Victorian Conservatory – Classic Design, Popular Demand
The Victorian is the classic style of conservatory that everyone associates with the word ‘conservatory’ it is a very popular style with a faceted bay front usually made up of 3 or 5 windows, a pitched roof and classical ornate roof ridge. The Victorian conservatory can accommodate numerous roof styles from the thermally inefficient polycarbonate to the highly efficient solid tiled roof.
Edwardian or Georgian
Edwardian and Georgian conservatories are very similar to a Victorian-style conservatory, featuring a flat front and a typical rectangular shape. Also, a very popular conservatory choice, with traditional flourishes this style of conservatory is suited to period homes, alternatively with modern materials and finishes this style of conservatory would equally suit a modern style home.
Gable End Conservatories
Gable end conservatories are easily recognised by the imposing roof – it stands tall and upright at the front, often with a sunburst design in the glass front. The design of a Gable End Conservatory creates a feeling of space and height inside the conservatory, ideal for sun lovers.
If you have a large detached house and are looking to create masses of extra space, a T-shape conservatory is one of the perfect types of conservatory to consider. The name comes from the design which essentially spans the width of the property and features a central projection forming the shape of a ‘T’.
Again the name comes from the design of this type of conservatory which is often a mix of a Lean-To (or meditteranean) and an Edwardian or Victorian. Perfect for large, detached homes with big gardens creating a big living space. A P-shape conservatory can be either a traditional or modern style, depending on the choices of materials and roof type chosen.
If you are looking to create a grand design with more privacy than a conservatory offers, then an Orangery could be the ideal solution. Orangeries are midway between a conservatory and an extension, they consist of a substantial structure created from solidly built walls, pillars and glass.
An orangery roof usually features a glass Lantern roof which is a built into a GRP Warm Roof. This style of construction creates a solid build, much like a single story extension. Another popular choice with Orangery roofs is flat skylights which are added to allow light to flow into the room and create beautiful focal points.
Solid Tiled Roof Conservatory
You may recall we pointed out early on in this article that the lines between certain types of conservatory, Orangeries and Extensions were blurred – A solid tiled conservatory roof turns a conservatory into more of an extension, creating a ‘real room’ feel as our customers have often pointed out. A solid tiled roof is thermally efficient and is a hugely popular replacement conservatory roof.
Solid tiled roofs can also feature full glass panels or Velux windows, from inside this creates a similar look to an orangery. It’s easy to see why it becomes confusing when choosing from the different types of conservatory available these days.
Solid Panel Roofs – LivinROOF
A solid panel roof is a contemporary style, hybrid roof which is comprised of thermally efficient aluminium panels and full glass panels which can be placed in any configuration to create a bespoke roof for your modern extension. These roofs are known as a LivinROOF, they are also a suitable replacement conservatory roof for homeowners looking for an energy-efficient replacement for tired polycarbonate or glass roofs.
Which Is Best Orangery Or Conservatory?
As you can probably tell by now, there are a lot of similarities between an Orangery and certain types of conservatory, so you are probably wondering, which is best?
There is no right or wrong answer, it comes down to what you are looking for when creating extra space in your home.
The trend right now for homeowners leans towards Orangeries, this is because they tend to be more thermally efficient than a classic conservatory, they are more secure and offer more privacy than a conservatory and they also add more value to the property.
Orangeries, or as they are otherwise known, garden rooms or sunrooms are a mix of a traditional conservatory and a single-storey extension. Orangeries have either brickwork or rendered walls to match the home, with support pillars in the corners and a semi-solid roof with either skylights or a glass lantern in the centre.
Orangeries are often integrated with the rest of the property much like a traditional extension, sometimes there will be no door separating the orangery from the rest of the home. Orangeries offer a lot of flexibility in the style and design, homeowners can create that ‘WOW’ factor with bespoke designs tailored to suit their exacting needs and style of home.
It will come as no surprise that orangeries are more expensive than a traditional conservatory, however, they do add more value to the property and are a long term investment. Orangeries will usually need to comply with building regulations and require planning permission, most companies will offer this as part of the service.
Which Conservatory Materials?
With such a variety of materials to choose from for your conservatory, it is important to ask yourself which conservatory materials will best suit your needs. The materials you choose will not only affect the aesthetics, but maintainence , thermal efficiency and how light it is.
Give careful consideration to the materials you choose, a lot of conservatory owners tell us that they chose the cheaper option and often regret it. This is largely down to poor thermal efficiency that polycarbonate and some glass roofs offer.
Conservatory Walls – Glass, Brick Or Durabase?
A lot of conservatories have floor to ceiling glass walls all the way around which is great if you want to use this type of conservatory as an occasional room to enjoy the garden. Having full glass walls makes regulating the heat difficult as it is basically a greenhouse, it will become too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter to comfortably enjoy without using blinds, heaters and other methods to try and regulate the temperature.
Conservatories with more brickwork will make the room feel more like an integral part of your home. Some homeowners opt for dwarf walls around 600mm high and some will choose to have at least one solid wall. If you do have brickwork, ensure that it is insulated to regulate the temperature of your conservatory.
Which is the best conservatory roof?
There are many conservatory roofs to choose from and the right one will depend on your needs. We already looked at solid tiled conservatory roofs and solid panel hybrid roofs and the many benefits of having a solid roof.
The most popular roof used to be Polycarbonate, it was lightweight and inexpensive which meant lots of home were able to have a conservatory fitted. Homeowners began to realise that polycarbonate roofs were not very thermally efficient and the popularity in glass roofs began to rise. Glass roofs are the most common type of roof as they allow natural light to enter the home, have self-cleaning properties and modern glass roofs are thermally efficient.
Another option is a GRP Warm Roof, this type of roof is hard-wearing (most are guaranteed for 25 years) and are super thermally efficient. This type of roof is built on-site and is created bespoke to fit your conservatory. You could choose a lantern (or two) or skylights to allow more light and create a focal point in the room.
Solid Panel Roof
Solid Tiled Roof
GRP Warm Roof
Glass roofs are more thermally efficient these days with different types of glass available. When choosing glass, for your conservatory roof or for the windows and doors of your conservatory, you will be choosing glass which has progressed over the last few years with technological advances.
Thermally Efficient Glass
This is a glass which is designed to prevent heat from escaping the room. Thermally efficient double-glazed units usually filled with argon or Krypton are commonly used in newer conservatories. Other types of thermally efficient glass use a special coating which also prevents heat from escaping or building up from the outside.
This type of glass is recommended if your conservatory is situated in an area that gets lots of sun, the tinted glass reduces the sun’s glare and prevents an excessive build of heat in the conservatory. This type of glass is really useful in the summer especially if used with blinds.
Self Cleaning Glass
Whilst most people believe that self-cleaning glass works by black magic, it is actually a coating on the outside of the glass that reacts in sunlight causing dirt to break down, when it rains it washes off any remaining residue, this means less maintenance for the homeowner.
Conservatory Window Frames & Doors
The most popular conservatory window frames and doors are uPVC. This comes as no surprise really, it’s inexpensive compared to aluminium and timber, requires hardly any maintenance apart from a clean every now and then.
Other options for conservatory frames are aluminium or Timber frames. Aluminium frames are stronger than uPVC, this means sleeker frames and more light, perfect for contemporary types of conservatory.
Timber is a natural material and can be used to create a beautiful traditional style of conservatory or orangery, although it will require regular maintenance to keep it in peak condition. We offer The Residence Collection which has all the classic appeal of classic timber windows, but with the benefit of uPVC easy maintenance.
You should have a clearer idea of what too look out for and what to avoid when looking at different types of conservatory now, however if you would like some free professional advice, please feel free to contact us.
What are the different types of conservatories?
The Different Types of Conservatories
Victorian conservatory has a ridged roof and features a multi-faceted bay front wall creating an elegant rounded effect in a classic style.
Gable End Conservatory
Lean-to conservatory. …
P shaped conservatory
T shaped conservatory
What type of conservatory is best?
The best type of conservatory is the one that suits both your needs and your properties style. There si no right or wrong answer to what conservatory is best, its more a question of what type of conservatory is best for you.
What can I have instead of a conservatory?
There are many alternatives to conservatories, dependant upon your needs such as:
Do you need planning permission for a conservatory?
To build a conservatory without planning permission, it mustn’t be any bigger than 50% of the area around the original house – including sheds and outbuildings. … A rear conservatory can‘t be higher than four metres, but if it’s within two metres of the boundary, it must be three metres or less in height.