3D render of an orangery style conservatory with a cutaway in the roof demonstrating the efficient framework and insulation system.

What is an Orangery Roof System?

There are lots of homeowners upgrading their existing conservatories with a solid roof to make them useable all year round. However, when it comes to building new it’s the luxurious-looking orangeries that are a popular choice.

The extra wall-space and solid roof gives homeowners the chance to extend their homes without needing for a house extension. And an orangery roof with a lantern provides the perfect, lightweight roofing solution.

The origins of an orangery date back to the 17th century. They were traditionally used to house citrus trees throughout the winter to protect against the harsh cold weather. Since then, orangeries and conservatories still protect against harsh weather and also provide extra living space to homes.

Differences Between Solid Roof Conservatories and Orangeries

Orangeries and conservatories both have similar design features. You’ll find that both have a large proportion of glazing on the side of the structures. And both offer homes much needed space. However, there are a few things that differ:

Solid Roof Conservatories

The classic conservatory is known to have more glazing than an orangery. It is often attached to a property within a garden and has minimal brickwork included in its design.

A solid roof installed on a conservatory can help to transform the structure into an extension-like room. This allows it to be used by the whole family, all year round.

There are lots of conservatory styles. These include Edwardian, Victorian and Lean-to, and can be designed to suit the style of an existing home.


An orangery typically looks more like a home extension that a conservatory does. It often features more brickwork, such as a brick base and brick walls. It also has a flat roof with a central roof lantern that lets in lots of natural daylight.

What are the Benefits of an Orangery Roof?

Did you know that we offer a modern orangery roof as well as our solid conservatory roof system? The Leka orangery roof system is a super lightweight, highly insulated roof solution for orangeries and orangery-like extensions. The roof lantern transforms the room into a bright and airy space that floods the space with lots of light.

Strong and robust, our orangery roofs are up to 40% lighter than standard orangery roof systems. And their simple design makes them much easier and quicker to install. So, you can benefit from your new orangery sooner.

Are Orangery Roofs Energy Efficient?

Simply put, yes, they are! In the same way our solid conservatory roofs regulate room temperature, an orangery roof effectively ventilates and insulates. It keeps the space warm in the winter and cooler throughout the summer. The orangery roof system has an energy saving low U-Value of just 0.15 W/m²K, keeping your heating bills low too.

Installing your Leka Orangery Roof System

We have a network of skilled and certified local Leka installers. They can install your Leka orangery roof across the South Coast of England.

As part of our full installation service, your local installer will be able to talk about our Leka orangery system. He’ll give you a quote and complete the job for you, fast and efficiently!

If you’re interested in a Leka orangery roof or want to find your nearest installer, simply fill out our form. Your local Leka installer will get in touch with you.

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