All Season Sunrooms (Four Season Sunrooms)
Most homeowners admit that their sunroom is the most popular
room in their home. Most will agree that they'd like to
spend as much time as possible in it enjoying the natural light
and the view of nature's beauty. If you are considering
adding a sunroom to your home and you live in a climate with
four seasons, you'll want to go with an all season sunroom or
four season sunroom so
that you won't miss it once the snow or heavy winds come.
Though this will likely increase your overall cost and you'll
have to do some added research to make sure you get the proper
permits and that don't break any HOA rules, you'll be happy when
it's raining or snowing outside and you're still sitting on your
couch sipping coffee and enjoying the view of the great
The key to building a sunroom that can be used year round is
insulation. Seasonal rooms are typically built with single
pane glass and non-insulated roofs and non-insulated knee wall
panels. This is great for enjoying the spring or summer
and part of the fall but they won't do you any good come winter.
To keep you warm in the winter months, you'll need a room that
offers an insulated roof and dual paned
energy efficient windows. When it comes to the
windows, you'll need Low-E glass which will provide better
thermal performance and will make heating and cooling the room
easier on your monthly energy bills. Further, the glass
will better protect your furniture and carpeting from the sun's
rays. Many sunroom companies offer a style of energy
efficient glass such as
Ti Glass to name a
couple. Though some of these names may sound fancy, the
main thing to look for is that they are dual paned or triple
paned and that they are energy efficient. You may also
consider windows with a glazing which will better block the
sun's rays and protect your furniture from fading.
When speaking to your sunroom contractor about insulation,
you'll likely come across the term 'R Value'. What this
refers to is the overall efficiency of heat flow in the room.
The higher the R Value the lower your energy bills will be.
You'll want to make sure that your roof or roof panels have high
R Values. There are many
sunroom roof styles
to choose from and the best option will likely depend on the
style of your home.
In conclusion, a sunroom built for use in every season is the
most functional choice if you live in a climate with high
temperature fluctuations. If you live in a climate that is
warm year round, you may be better off with a seasonal sunroom
or even a screen enclosure. The cost will be less and you
won't require the added insulation that an all season sunroom
provides. If you're not so fortunate to have sun 365 days
a year, you should build a room that will protect you on both
cold days and warm days. Your new room will truly be a new
addition and will also add square footage onto your existing
home. With added square footage and added functionality,
you'll be increases your home's value while also adding beauty
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