Typically, with less glazing than a traditional conservatory, an orangery can really give you the feeling that this new addition to your home was always meant to be there and serves a purpose rather then being a cold space that was an afterthought. A Lantern in the roof gives the feeling of additional height while also flooding the space with light and typically built to take a bifold door to the front to connect your home to the outside. Lanterns are available in UPVC as well as aluminium and they can be matched to whatever colour frames you select.
An orangery can be made either through traditional roof construction using timber or by using pre-fabricated roof available from Supalite or Leka as an adaptation of their light weight solid tiled roofs and would be finished with a Ruberoid or equivalent covering. There are situations where one of the styles of construction will be better suited: a traditional timber construction is usually more suited to new conservatories or when replacing a timber roof like for like, while the systems available from Supalite and Leka are variants that have evolved from their pitched tiled roof systems, meaning the weight is suitable for conservatory frames and has been fully tested and approved by LABC for building regulations, so they are suitable to be both new build and replacement roofs.
The standard glass specification we use in Lanterns is Pilkington Sunshade Blue, that has a solar rejection up to 80% of the sun’s heat. Combining this solar control coating with our energy efficient glass units provides unbeatable thermal insulation, a U-value of 1.0W/m2K, reflecting heat back into the room and reducing heat loss more effectively than traditional low-emissivity glass products. The result? You can have the best of both worlds, our doubled glazed units provide – solar control coating on the outer face to keep cooler in warmer summer months, and the thermal retention properties of the low ‘e’ coating on the inner pane to keep the room warm in the winter.