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Conservatories

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.

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    Lean-To Conservatories
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    Victorian Conservatories
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    Edwardian Conservatories
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    Georgian Conservatories
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    Gable End
 

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 between 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.

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Classic Conservatory Roof

Conservatories: Things to Consider

When choosing different types of conservatory, really think about what you want to use the space for:

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    Bringing The Outside In:
    Most people choose a conservatory because they want to bring the outside, inside. A classic conservatory features over 75% glass which means the room flows into the garden and surroundings. This type of room is perfect for those that want to enjoy the room mainly during the summer months, grow plants and enjoy the garden from the comfort of the home. A traditional conservatory is also perfect for homeowners with pets.
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    Entertaining Or Relaxing In The Summer:
    Another reason homeowners choose traditional types of conservatory is for simply entertaining or relaxing during the summer months. A full glass conservatory with a lean-to roof is suitable in most cases for those looking to use the space in this manner.
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    A room you can use all year round:
    Conservatories that will be used all year round will need some serious thought with regards to the size, style, materials and interior features, along with the cost of integration with your home involving removing walls creating an open-plan space or having bi-folding doors installed.
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    Creating that WOW factor:
    If you are looking to add value to your home whilst creating a stunning room that just smacks of style and class, then an Orangery could be just the thing you are looking for. An orangery allows you to create a traditional style room suited to period homes, or a contemporary build suited to modern homes. Orangeries are more expensive than a conservatory but do add more value to your home.
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    Bringing The Outside In:
    Most people choose a conservatory because they want to bring the outside, inside. A classic conservatory features over 75% glass which means the room flows into the garden and surroundings. This type of room is perfect for those that want to enjoy the room mainly during the summer months, grow plants and enjoy the garden from the comfort of the home. A traditional conservatory is also perfect for homeowners with pets.
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    Entertaining Or Relaxing In The Summer:
    Another reason homeowners choose traditional types of conservatory is for simply entertaining or relaxing during the summer months. A full glass conservatory with a lean-to roof is suitable in most cases for those looking to use the space in this manner.
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    A room you can use all year round:
    Conservatories that will be used all year round will need some serious thought with regards to the size, style, materials and interior features, along with the cost of integration with your home involving removing walls creating an open-plan space or having bi-folding doors installed.
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    Creating that WOW factor:
    If you are looking to add value to your home whilst creating a stunning room that just smacks of style and class, then an Orangery could be just the thing you are looking for. An orangery allows you to create a traditional style room suited to period homes, or a contemporary build suited to modern homes. Orangeries are more expensive than a conservatory but do add more value to your home.
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Types Of Conservatory - Which is right for you?

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.

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Types Of Conservatory - Which is right for you?
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 bayfront 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.

Victorian Conservatory
Classic Roof features high-performance glass and a design that has evolved since the launch 30 years ago, evolved ventilation and integrated roof blinds are fantastic features of the Classic 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.

Edwardian Conservatory
Types Of Conservatory - Which is right for you?
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.

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Types Of Conservatory - Which is right for you?
T-Shape Conservatory

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’.

Types Of Conservatory - Which is right for you?
Types Of Conservatory - Which is right for you?

 

P-Shape Conservatory

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 that is chosen.

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Types Of Conservatory - Which is right for you?
Orangeries
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Types Of Conservatory - Which is right for you?

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 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.

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Types Of Conservatory - Which is right for you?

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 LivinROOF, they are also a suitable replacement conservatory roof for homeowners looking for an energy-efficient replacement for tired polycarbonate or glass roofs.

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LivinRoof Contemporary

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 maintenance, 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 the poor thermal efficiency that older 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.

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Types Of Conservatory - Which is right for you?
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 of 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 even flat skylights to allow more light and create a focal point in the room.

Polycarbonate Roof
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    Lightweight
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    Long Lifespan
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    Inexpensive
Glass Roof
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    Lightweight
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    Long Lifespan
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    Inexpensive
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    Self cleaning
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    Adequate Thermal efficiency
Solid Panel Roof
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    Lightweight
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    Long Lifespan
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    Thermally Efficient
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    Secure
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    Plastered ceilings
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    Downlighting
Solid Tiled Roof
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    Lightweight
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    Long Lifespan
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    Thermally Efficient
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    Secure
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    Plastered Ceilings
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    Downlighting
Glass Roof
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    Lightweight
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    Long Lifespan
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    Inexpensive
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    Self cleaning
GRP Warm Roof
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    Long Lifespan
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    Thermally Efficient
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    Secure
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    Plastered ceilings
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    Downlighting

Which Glass?

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 the glass that has progressed over the last few years with technological advances.

Thermally Efficient Glass

This is a glass that 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 that also prevents heat from escaping or building up from the outside.

Anti-Glare Glass

This type of glass is recommended if your conservatory is situated in an area that gets lots of direct 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.

Summary

You should have a clearer idea of what to 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
The Victorian conservatory has a ridged roof and features a multi-faceted bayfront wall creating an elegant rounded effect in a classic style.
Edwardian conservatory
Georgian Conservatory
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 is no right or wrong answer to what conservatory is best, it’s 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:
Orangeries.
Garden rooms.
Verandas.
Pergolas.

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.
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