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What is a sunroom?
The concept of the sunroom began decades ago with the earliest homemade attempts using wood posts and stapled screens to enclose front or back porches to keep out bugs.
Over the years, technology has taken the screened-in porch idea, added advanced thermal window and roof systems and created an engineering marvel in what is known as today’s contemporary sunroom.
Homeowners can now effectively solve the problems of the outdoors, enjoying it more, and extending the ways a sunroom can be used. Additionally, advances in sunroom design now give homeowners a wide range of attractive construction options – a far cry from the “box on a house” look popular throughout the 60s and 70s.
In short, a sunroom is a quality-manufactured addition to your house that provides extended use of outdoor recreational space. A sunroom is a place to unwind, relax and spend time with your family and friends.
Why should I choose a sunroom over a standard room addition?
Each type of room has its own specific purpose and you should first determine how you want to use your space. A standard room addition (studs, drywall, standard roof, windows, integrated permanent heating/cooling systems) is designed to meet certain codes as a year-round, permanent living space, like a kitchen or a bedroom.
A sunroom is designed as an additional room on your house that protects you from weather and insects during the times you would want to be outdoors. It offers incredible flexibility to enjoy many activities, such as soaking in a spa, entertaining, exercising, working, relaxing and so much more. It is designed with wall-to-wall windows that provide panoramic views and protection from wind and weather. Screen systems control insects and allow refreshing breezes. Thermal engineering and design helps regulate the interior environment of the sunroom to keep you comfortable throughout many days throughout the seasons and many seasons throughout the year (depending on your geographic region.)
There are various options in sunroom wall systems that are designed to provide maximum thermal protection against cold and heat, depending on your needs. This will extend the times throughout the day and the days throughout the year that your sunroom can be used. You may also add sunroom-approved, non-permanent heating or cooling sources to extend your sunroom use.
In addition, a sunroom can be installed at a fraction of the cost and time, compared to a standard room addition. Sunrooms may be installed on a variety of approved foundations (deck, concrete) in just one to two days, compared to the weeks or months required for a standard room addition.
Also, there are often certain tax advantages to a sunroom, compared to a standard room addition. By code, a sunroom may be designed with a large glass area (65% or more) that is not possible in conventional room additions. Its design does not include a permanent heating or cooling system. The differences in purpose, code and design means that the new square footage attained by an addition of a sunroom is subject to a significantly lower tax assessment compared to the additional square footage attained through a standard room addition.
Can I add skylights? Do they really add more light and do they leak?
Yes, skylights are an option (as well as overhead ceiling fans and custom lights)! A skylight adds to the beauty and enjoyment of your Conservatory sunroom by allowing additional sunlight into key areas. Certified installers ensure proper installation to guarantee against leaks.
Can I use a spa in my Conservatory sunroom?
We highly recommend it! A sunroom with a spa is a perfect way to increase your enjoyment of your sunroom. Imagine soaking away stress at the end of a busy workday, or enjoying the company of family or friends on a summer night or crisp fall afternoon.
Spas are best installed at the time of original installation of the sunroom. In addition, you’ll want to consider the electrical needs for the spa during the sunroom’s installation. However, a spa can be added after your room is installed, but requires dismantling a portion of your room.
Can you provide a cost per square foot?
Prices vary according to each custom project since square footage is not the only determining factor in the cost of your Conservatory sunroom. We can provide specific cost evaluations in relation to your custom sunroom project.
How will my Conservatory sunroom stand up to severe weather and snow?
Like a champ! Conservatory sunrooms have been designed and developed by our engineering department who has consistently provided industry-leading innovations in sunroom design for more than 30 years. We manufacturer all our products on site to ensure superior quality control over every aspect of the room from the skeletal structure, to the windows and walls, the roof and all other details of the room.
In addition, our components and rooms are independently tested to meet or exceed all national building codes. In fact, our sunroom structure is built to meet rigorous building code requirements, comparable to those required for the residence itself. Conservatory sunrooms meet the standards for high wind conditions (up to 110 mph). The system is designed to properly support snow loads in your area.
Each Conservatory sunroom is a custom room that is designed and approved by our engineering department to meet all the codes of your community as well as all national codes.
How long will it take to build my Conservatory sunroom?
Most homeowners are surprised to learn that their Conservatory sunroom can be installed in just 1-2 days on an approved foundation. Our unique pre-manufactured panel system that is custom built for you in the factory make on-site installation fast and simple.
Before your room is installed, we will work with you to design the room and plan the project, handling all the details for you. Your sunroom installation process includes: obtaining permits and scheduling the phases of installation (foundation, if required, and room). How quickly installation can be arranged varies depending on our schedule, weather, and other factors.