What Are the Different Types of Conservatory?

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Learn about the Difference between Orangeries,  Lean-Tos, Loggias, Solid Roof Constructions and Classic Conservatories in This Post. 

Thinking about buying a brand new conservatory? There are plenty of styles available to suit any property and budget. In this informative guide, our home improvement experts walk you through the different types of conservatory available at Brackenwood, along with what makes them unique and how to choose the right conservatory for you. 

Classic Conservatories

Our practical and straightforward classic conservatories can be built to any size and specification. We offer a choice of materials — classic conservatories can be built in uPVC, aluminium or timber and come with a variety of customisation options available, including colours, glass types and window styles, door handles and more. We will provide designs that match your budget and house design — smaller conservatories are typically classic styles that have fewer building requirements and are quicker to install.

Classic conservatories are good for…

  • Smaller size builds
  • Traditional buildings that require classic conservatory designs
  • Those looking for flexibility of choice in terms of materials.


Orangeries are combination glass and brick constructions. Typically, the roof is made from up to 75% glass and the walls made from up to 50% glass and brick.  This type of conservatory provides a more separate room and can be tailored to make the best use of the available space. There are a variety of optional extras available, including utopia solid roofs, tie bars, roof vents, aluminium top caps and cresting detail.

Orangeries are good for…

  • Creating a separate living space and a design more in keeping with the original features of your main property
  • Those who want a wide variety of additional extras, including spotlights, solid roofs and more
  • Creating a light, bright conservatory with the heat-insulating benefits of brick walls.


Loggias are elegant Italian-style conservatories inspired by the outside rooms of European villas. Loggia conservatories feature detailed aluminium in-fill panels, dwarf wall panels, a walling system that allows for full integrated radiators and a pelmet system that offers further scope for sophisticated perimeter lighting. 

Loggias are good for…

  • Elegant, European-style design
  • Reliable radiator and heating systems
  • Flexible lighting solutions.


Lean-to conservatories offer a stylish alternative to the classic conservatory, creating a dynamic contemporary extension with full-height glazed sidewalls, a wide choice of doors and a varied roof pitch for versatility and flexibility. Lean-tos can be made using a variety of materials, including uPVC, aluminium and timber. You can choose door, glass and window styles, colours, door handles, lighting and more.

Lean-tos are good for…

  • A contemporary alternative to the classic conservatory construction
  • Great heating, insulation and lighting options
  • A varied roof pitch to add light, space and visual appeal.

Solid Roof Construction

Existing conservatories can be upgraded to solid roof constructions that enhance your space, improve heating efficiency and make your conservatory feel more like part of the house. There are multiple roof options available, with upgrades including spotlight lighting to enhance the look of your conservatory space.

If you are interested in discussing the installation of a new conservatory, we can help — all you need to do is contact us. You can also visit our Basingstoke showroom to see a variety of available conservatory styles and our portfolio of recent projects.

Related Topics in Our Conservatory Buying Guide:

  • What’s the Difference between an Orangery and a Conservatory?
  • Can You Build a Conservatory on a Patio?
  • Do You Need Planning Permission for a Conservatory?

Need Assistance? Contact Our Support Team

Brackenwood’s friendly team of experts is always happy to assist with any queries you may have. Call us on 01256 843 988, email sales@brackenwood.com or submit an online enquiry.