Sunroom / October 20, 2018 / Baptiste Allain.
Sunroom kits are ideal for homeowners with enough do-it-yourself construction experience to build fairly simple home additions on their own. But you will have to do an honest assessment of your construction skills before ordering a sunroom kit because if you do a less than professional job you may end up with a sunroom full of drafts letting the arm air escape or the cold air enter. Youll pay for your bad work in the form of hefty energy bills and the odds are that you wont find your sunroom comfortable enough to use very often. What A Sunroom Kit Is But if you do some research on sunroom kits and are comfortable with the amount of work which will be required of you to construct one properly go ahead and draft a design of your dream sunroom and then look for the sunroom kit which resembles it most closely.
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.
Triple pane low e-glass windows are perhaps the best windows for sunrooms and will provide the best energy efficiencies. However double pane windows that are argon-filled will provide substantial energy efficiency as well. Single pane windows are the most economical but least energy-efficient. Another window option is single solex glass which is tinted green and designed to minimize heat absorption into the room. Solex glass reflects ultraviolet rays to protect skin furnishings and floor coverings. It is more expensive than other glass types. Window Treatments Window treatments for sunrooms are much like those for any room in your home. Plantation shutters are a popular option as are sunroom blinds.
Sunroom contractors are everywhere but the key to the success of building a magnificent sunroom lies in your scouring for the right sunroom builder. How To Find The Right Sunroom Contractor? Look out for a contractor who will be able to provide you with an evaluation of what needs to be done and how much the construction will cost for you. A detailed estimate will help you to decide for the raw materials and the entire cost that will be involved in the sunroom construction. Make sure that you select a contractor who is licensed and insured and had been conducting his business for the past 5 years and can provide you with references for the other contractors who will provide you with the best raw materials.