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

Posted: Friday 4th November 2016 |Author: Elglaze Team

Here at Elglaze we get asked all kinds of questions from customers seeking to add our Equinox conservatory roof to their conservatories. One of the most frequent is what is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery? In other words, which one do you have? We’ve all seen adverts for homes for sale which state they have an orangery rather than a conservatory. But that’s where it tends to get confusing. You see glazed walls just like your conservatory at home. So, just what makes a conservatory an orangery and vice versa? is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery? Is it in the design of the extension? The shape of the roof?

Confused? Don’t be! The answer is the roof itself. Not in the shape of the roof but in the amount of glazing it has. Traditionally by definition a conservatory has over 75% of its roof glazed while an orangery less than 75%. A conservatory must also have over 50% of its wall space glazed. Many contemporary conservatories often have 50% or slightly less wall space glazed due to where they are attached to the main house. So, if you are thinking of adding a roof to your conservatory with our Equinox conservatory roof tiles, you could end up with an orangery rather than a conservatory once the roof is installed!

Here is an example of where adding an Equinox roof to a conservatory has in fact resulted in an orangery being created.




But at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what you call it. We just like to call it extra living space for you and your family – all year round that actually saves you money on your energy bills and extends the life and use of your existing conservatory – whether it ends up being your orangery or not! And no matter what you choose to call it, if you are looking to add some greenery to your new and more functional conservatory, did you know there are many types of citrus tree that can be grown in containers indoors? The Calamondin orange for example in a miniature orange that  can be grown in containers but there are many other varieties. Freshly squeezed orange juice from your own tree sipped in your orangery/conservatory could be just one beautiful benefit from installing an Equinox roof you had not considered!


So, if you are thinking about adding a roof to your conservatory talk to us. No matter what the transformation results in, you’ll be coming up oranges!



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