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The Difference Between a Sunroom and Conservatory


For many people in the UK, a sunroom and conservatory are the same things, often mistaken for one another. The names are used interchangeably, without ever realising that they are in fact two totally different structures that contain distinct differences.


One thing that the two do have in common, however, is the fact that they are both structures added onto a property, designed to soak in the sun whenever possible. Homeowners that have either of these attached to their property can look forward to a beautiful summer’s day in peace and quiet.


So, what exactly makes a sunroom and conservatory different? Let’s take a look!


Length of Use

Conservatories are well known for their seasonality, meaning the times of the year they are typically used. As conservatories have no connections to anything in the home, they tend to become incredibly cold during the winter months and not suitable for any forms of relaxation. In the summer, on the other hand, a conservatory can become extremely hot due to high exposure levels to the sun.


Sunrooms, however, can be built to be suitable for all four seasons by connecting it both the heating and cooling systems in the home. As a sunroom is effectively an additional room in your home, you can control the temperature in it throughout the year. The only drawback with this is the increases energy bills you’re likely to face. If you spend additional months in the winter heating up your sunroom, you will be paying for heating and electricity.


When it comes to the amount of time either of these structures can be used properly, sunrooms are far more functional as a result of their heating and cooling capabilities. With that being said, conservatories are not without their charm and appeal. The main drawing point for conservatories is the fact that they do not look like an ordinary room in your home. They can make your home stand out from others and have a touch of class about them.



Another difference between a sunroom and conservatory is the materials that are used when building them. A conservatory is ultimately a glass room that is typically attached to the rear of a property and is considered an entirely separate room. It is often made entirely from glass or polycarbonate, including the roof. A sunroom, on the other hand, is actually like an extra room as it has a roof made up of different materials than the structure itself. In fact, a sunroom is usually deemed to be the same as a regular room in the home except for the fact it contains more windows. The roof of a sunroom is solid and offers increased protection from the sun.



The final difference between a sunroom and conservatory is the process that you need to follow in order for it to be built and attached to your home. If your sunroom or conservatory exceeds a certain size, it will require planning permission from your local council. Neither option is cheap either when built from the ground up. A great way that you can avoid the problems and drama of planning permission and building from scratch is purchasing a ready-built structure that you can attach straight onto your home. These ready-made structures eliminate all of the hassles of gaining planning permission (if under a certain size) and your home turning into a building site for a couple of months – and you can get one right here!


There you have it, the main differences between a sunroom and conservatory. If you’re thinking about adding one of these structures onto your property, we hope this blog helps to inform your decision. But if you’re asking us, a sunroom is definitely the way to go. The ability to use it year-round and add amazing customisable options makes it a no-brainer.


For more information on our range of sunrooms, be sure to get in touch with a member of the SunSpaces team today or request an instant, free quote!

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