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Veranda or Conservatory? What even is the difference?

Veranda or Conservatory? What even is the difference?

When it comes to adding an extension to your home, there are several options available. Two popular choices are verandas and conservatories. But what is the difference between a veranda and a conservatory? And do you want a Veranda or Conservatory? While both structures have their advantages, there are several key differences.

What is a Veranda?

In its most basic form, a veranda is a roofed area with open sides that extends from the side of a house. Typically made of aluminium, with translucent polycarbonate or glass roof sheets a veranda can be customized to fit any home style or aesthetic. They can be left as open-sided structures or the sides can be infilled with fixed panels, sliding glass doors or retractable blinds to create more of a room – like a conservatory. 

What is a Conservatory?

A conservatory is a fully enclosed, glass structure typically attached to a house’s side or back. They are designed to provide an all-year-round living space and become part of the main house. Conservatories can be made of various materials, including aluminium, uPVC, and timber.

Key Differences: Do you want a Veranda or Conservatory?:

  1. Glazing and framework: A veranda roof is glazed with a single sheet of safety glass and the hollow frame is not insulated. By contrast, all glazing in a conservatory will be double or even triple-glazed and the hollow framework is filled with insulating foam (known as a thermal break). This means a veranda is very much an outdoor area whereas a conservatory is an indoor room with a lot of natural light. 
  2. Cost: Verandas are typically less expensive than conservatories. A veranda requires less construction work and materials than a conservatory, which can involve installing windows, insulation, and heating systems.
  3. Maintenance: Verandas are easier to maintain than conservatories. Conservatories require regular cleaning and upkeep to prevent mould and condensation from forming on the windows and walls. A veranda, on the other hand, can be easily cleaned and maintained with a quick rinse or power wash.
  4. Outdoor Experience: A veranda allows you to enjoy the outdoors while still providing some protection from the elements. Unlike a conservatory, which is completely enclosed, a veranda allows sunlight and fresh air to enter while still providing shade and shelter. This means you can enjoy your garden or the surrounding scenery while still staying comfortable.

Conclusion: Veranda or Conservatory?

In conclusion, while a conservatory may be a popular choice for some homeowners, a veranda offers several advantages that make it a better option for many. Veranda or Conservatory? Veranda for us; due to their flexibility, cost-effectiveness, versatility, and low maintenance, a veranda is a smart investment that can enhance the value of your home and improve your quality of life. Find out more about our Verandas here.


Why Morvelle

Morvelle have been designing and manufacturing verandas and canopies since 2012. We’re a family-owned business with a passion for continuous improvement - in our products, processes and service.

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