Sunroom / July 30, 2018 / Delphine Demers
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.
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.