Sunroom / July 26, 2018 / Odo Vaillancour
Using a sunroom kit means you wont have access to a contractor who can assess your lot your plans for the sunroom and your budget and prepare a sunroom plan for you but sunroom kits are available in enough sizes and styles that youre sure to find something close to what youd have a contractor design. And you will be saving a serious chunk of change by not using a contractor! The first thing to consider in choosing a sunroom kit is the location of your future sunroom. If you choose unwisely you could end up with a sunroom which is too warm in the summer or too cold in the winter. If you anticipate using your sunroom all year long make sure both that its location will minimize the weather extremes and that you choose a four season sunroom kit. High And Low-End Sunroom Kits Four season sunroom kits because of their specialty high-performance glass and extra insulation are the most expensive and the most challenging to construct. A low-end sunroom kit on the other hand will contain lightweight aluminum frames and walls of plastic or very basic windows. While this sunroom kit is by far the easiest to assemble it will probably require you to add screens so that you can open the windows for ventilation in the summer and will not work as a cold-weather room. Your sunroom kit will contain modules with all the materials you need for your sunroom already in place and all that you will have to do is mount your sunroom on an existing porch or patio or on a foundation if you have poured one. You will have to give the sunroom manufacturer complete information regarding the dimensions of your sunroom the kind of glass insulation and framing you want and what materials will be used for its interior and exterior finishing.
But if you dont have a slab or deck already then you will need to decide on the proper location for your sunroom. You will also need to grade and prepare the area before you can begin construction. This obviously changes the amount of work that you will be requiring of yourself when installing your do it yourself sunroom kit. Of course you could always hire a contractor to put in the slab for a block foundation sunroom and then build the rest of it yourself. Choosing the Type of Do It Yourself Sunroom Kit When you are ordering a sunroom kit realize that it is usually designed for a sunroom that is not going to be connected to your HVAC system. If you want your sunroom to be heated or cooled by your existing system then that is likely not a project you will want to take on with your do it yourself sunroom kit.
But like any well constructed room a sunroom will both enhance your homes curb appeal and increase its value. The best way to ensure that you will pay the minimum amount for the maximum value when adding a sunroom to you home is to accept the fact that the prices of materials and labor will never be any lower than they are right now. So if you are serious about your sunroom project you shouldnt delay talking to area contractors any more than is absolutely necessary. Its true that a sunroom qualifies as a major expenditure but even if youre not I n a position to pay for yours in cash you will almost certainly be able to find at least one sunroom manufacturer who can set you up with affordable financing.