Sunroom / July 19, 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.
Will they all be stationary or will they be movable? What kind of glaze will they have on them? If this seems like its an overwhelming number of decisions to be made dont worry; you can get a great deal of help from the sunroom manufacturers themselves. Many of them have online design pages that will walk you through all of the choices you will need to make for your custom sunroom kit. The final kit based on the design that you created will be shipped to your home and will include customized installation plans as well. Possible Problems With Do It Yourself Sunroom Kits Probably the most common problem with a do it yourself sunroom kit is that the person who ordered it is simply not prepared for the type and amount of work that is involved. If you are not absolutely certain that you have the time and know-how to install the kit you should think twice before attempting it.
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. There are many types of contractors ranging from kitchen remodeling experts to those who focus on constructing simple additions to the home. Get contractors who have the experience of working with zoning issues including lot coverage and setback regulations. Since the sunrooms are aesthetic additions to small spaces in the home exteriors so the contractors should know to make the most use of the small space.