Designing an orangery is a fairly flexible process that can take into account a lot of the individual requests and requirements that you might like to make. For example, the layout, the shape and the size of the orangery, as well as the amount of glass, and the overall style, can all be determined by the consumer. But what about the orangery roof? What are the important roofing considerations for your orangery? Well, here at Inspired Spaces, we are Manchester’s leading conservatory, sun room and orangery experts. We install a range of high quality, professional sun room options. And this is our guide to everything you should know about orangery roofing.

What are the important roofing considerations for your orangery?

There are a number of important considerations when thinking about your orangery roof. These include:

  • Planning permission- orangeries are generally permitted developments which do not require planning permission as long as they meet a range of criteria. One of these important pieces of criteria states that the orangery roof must not reach any higher than your property’s roof eaves, and be under 4 metres, or 3 metres if within 2 metres of a boundary. And this means that when planning your orangery roof, its important to stay within this parameter if you have not got explicit planning permission. In some circumstances it may necessary to drop the ceiling of the orangery, to have enough space to create the roof layers, or to add roof lanterns.
  • Roofing material- for your orangery roof, you can consider a range of roofing materials including a single ply flat roof, a flat felt roof, or a full glass roof (although this is usually used for conservatories and sun-rooms). The most popular option is usually to create a flat roof with a aluminium roof lantern, or glass panel, to increase the natural light and really create a stunning and stylish orangery.
  • Roof lantern design– if you do opt for a roof lantern, the design of this is another important consideration. There are a number of different options to choose from, including standard prism designs, perfect for the contemporary property, to classic roof lanterns with more decorative features. Choose something that matches the style of your orangery, and your property overall, for the best possible results.
  • The direction of the orangery- the direction your orangery faces can be an important consideration when planning the orangery roof. For a south facing orangery, the addition of a roof lantern, or glass in the roof, may result in a bright space that can be quite warm. Whereas, in a north facing orangery, the roof lantern will be necessary to capture any sunlight at all.

For more information or for professional advice about your new sun room get in touch with the team today, here at Inspired Spaces.

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