Sunroom / July 17, 2018 / Faye Savoie
If you have an existing deck or slab then it makes sense to choose that location for the sunroom because it is already properly graded and prepared. In that case you can measure the deck or slab and get the proper measurements for ordering your kit. 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.
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.
The idea behind sunroom kits is that you should be able to save money on getting your sunroom installed by putting it together yourself. Not only are you providing the labor but you are also cutting out the middle man in the process of building your sunroom. This allows you to save money on the materials as well. Plus depending on the do it yourself sunroom kit that you choose you can also save money on future energy and maintenance costs. First understand that the price of a do it yourself sunroom kit will vary depending on your homes particular situation. For example if you are choosing to build a small aluminum sunroom on top of an existing deck or cement slab it will be much less expensive than building a block foundation sunroom with more windows and wood framing.