Types Of Sunrooms Make A Difference
Making the decision to add a sunroom onto a home is a good one. Studies show they add some solid value to a home in addition to providing a great extra space. But once the decision is made to build one, the real work starts.
Now’s the time to decide what kind of sunroom to have built. And of course, this is the hardest decision to make. There are a number of different kinds of structures that are considered “sunrooms” in technical circles. But the one that’s right for your home, is a matter of personal need and choice.
Here are the basic options available to homeowners when it comes to sunrooms. Each provides its own benefits and prices for any will likely vary greatly depending on chosen designs, size and materials.
Seasonal rooms: These are sunrooms that are meant to be used in good weather. They are constructed using single-pane glass windows and/or screens. These can be full-length or even include a knee wall constructed to offer a more enclosed feel. These rooms are not designed to be heated or cool.
Conservatories or solariums: These offer a full view of the outdoors and are generally constructed using insulated glass so the room can be heated and cooled for year-round enjoyment. They generally are constructed to meet all building codes in an area and can have either full glass or knee-walls. Oftentimes, these rooms are built with a fancier design as well with curves or specialty roofs. These can serve as basic “porches” or they can be actual full-functioning rooms such as dining rooms, kitchens, studies or more.
Patios: These generally are sunrooms that have walls with screens. They provide a seasonal escape, but don’t protect from the elements. They are not meant to be heated or cooled. Year-round use is almost never possible.
Knee-wall room: Basically, a patio with a partial wall and no screens. These provide an overhead cover and the possibility for electricity, but offer no real protection from the elements and are not meant for use under bad weather conditions. These are not typically considered “sunrooms,” although they do provide some of the benefits.
The choices in sunrooms are many, but the ultimate decision on which kind to go with should depend on what a homeowner’s desired use for the room is along with budgetary concerns. These additions can quite literally be as simplistic or elaborate as a homeowner wants.