Sunroom Design Considerations

Sunroom Designs Have Their Pros And Cons
It used to be sunrooms pretty much came in one style – screened. Nowadays, sunrooms have taken on many forms, some elaborate, others very basic, but the one constant remains the same – these rooms provide some serious flexibility for homeowners.

When building a sunroom, a homeowner will soon find the material choices for the design are many. Choosing the best will depending on the room’s intended purpose, the climate it’s being built in and how much use a room is hoped to obtain.

Basic screen sunrooms have some advantages and disadvantages, but they do remain solid choices for adding on to a home and having a room that’s filled with natural light and an outdoorsy feel.

The pros and cons of screened sunrooms really depend on the desired use, the climate and the number of months of use a homeowner wants to obtain, but in general they include:

Pros
* Generally cheaper to construct than glass alternatives
* They let the fresh air in and typically keep bugs out
* They provide a reasonable amount of protection from the elements
* Can be quite beautiful, depending on design

Cons
* Typically these don’t offer year-round use
* Climate control really isn’t possible
* The look just isn’t as sharp as a glass sunroom

Glass-enclosed sunrooms also offer their own set of pros and cons. They include:

Pros
* Depending on the design they can provide year-round use
* Climate controls are or can be possible
* Designs can be quite complex and even allow for a more utilitarian type use, such as dining or working

Cons
* These can be pretty expensive, but many will say the pros make it worthwhile
* Broken glass can be costly to replace

For those who want a sunroom that will allow them year-round use, insulation is key. Here the type of glass chosen will become a very big deal. In general, the glass options for a sunroom that will get year-round use include:
* Double-glazed or double-paned glass offer 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 heat loss. This kind of glass has three pieces of glass and two layers of insulation.
* Low E glass. Coated with layers of metallic oxide, it lets light pass through, but reflects heat and also blocks UV rays.

No matter the design and no matter the materials, a sunroom offers homeowners some great possibilities. By providing extra space and an area for outdoor relaxation, these rooms are becoming more and more popular. For those wanting to go with glass, the choice of the material will, however, help dictate what the room can be used for. Some glass lends itself to heating and cooling efficiency and other types do not. Still, those who choose to go the screen route will find they have a great room to use even if its only for part of a year.