Choosing Glass for a Sunroom

A Sunroom Is Only As Good As Its Glass
Property owners who want to add on to their homes, whether for utilitarian or entertainment purposes, are more and more deciding upon sunrooms to fit the bill. Unlike regular additions, these rooms, depending on construction type, not only provide more space, they can also offer year-round use while enhancing a home’s beauty.

While it’s true not all sunrooms are meant for use in any kind of weather, there are styles available that keep this option open. It’s up to a homeowner to decide what purposes the room will be used for, but once that’s done, creating the perfect room will depend on the materials chosen.

The key to creating a sunroom is the glass that’s picked for construction. If a simple porch-like structure is all that’s wanted, just about any glass will do. Those who want a room that’s functional no matter the outdoor weather need to be a little pickier on the choice.

Here are the common types of glass used in the construction of sunrooms:

* Single-glazed, also called single-pane glass. This works great for a porch setting, but doesn’t offer the insulation benefits a room that will get year-round use will need. Heating and cooling a room done in single-pane glass is costly and inefficient.
* Double-glazed or double-paned glass offers more protection from the elements. This type of glass has air or gas in between its panes.
* Triple-paned glass offers even more insulation protection and helps with heat loss. This kind of glass has three pieces of glass and two layers of insulation.
* Low E glass. This is coated with layers of metallic oxide. It lets light pass through, but reflects heat and also blocks UV rays.
* Argon filled. This kind of glass has argon in between its layers to provide insulation.
* Tempered glass. This is simply safety glass. When broken, it crumbles into small pieces like an automobile’s windshield.

The kind of glass ultimately chosen for a sunroom’s design will depend on what the homeowner’s purpose for the room will be. If it’s for summertime barbecues and occasional stargazing, a cheaper kind of glass might be in order.

For those who want year-round use or intend to make their sunroom also their living room, kitchen or even dining room, a solid, insulated glass is an absolute must. Anything else will present a drain on heating and cooling bills and simply won’t be useable during certain weather conditions.

Before choosing glass, be certain of the room’s intended purpose and also consider other building materials as well. If a room will be heated and cooled, insulated materials are the only way to go for efficiency and comfort.