A sunroom is a great addition to your home and can become your favorite spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors. If you are planning on adding a sunroom to your existing home this spring, you have come to the right place. In this article we will share a few of the most practical sunroom design considerations and window choices. You should review all of these factors before you move forward with your sunroom project.
What Type of Sunroom Do I Want?
Not all sunrooms are created equal. There are several types, each with their own unique features. The style you choose will largely depend on how you plan to use the space. This may be the most important of all sunroom design considerations.
Seasonal Sunrooms: This would be a fair weather room without heat and air. Windows installed in a seasonal sunroom can be single pane as no insulation value is needed.
Year Round Sunrooms: If you intend to use your sunroom year round, and plan to heat and cool it, the sunroom must be constructed using energy efficient windows and proper insulation throughout.
Solariums: A solarium or conservatory is generally built with full length glass and may also have a glass ceiling. These have the look of a greenhouse, and are often used as such.
Screen Rooms: A screened in porch is a lower cost option and great way to enjoy the outdoors in spring and fall. While you won’t be protected from the elements, the screens will keep out pests while allowing fresh air to flow through.
Where Should I Construct My Sunroom?
The next priority on your list of sunroom design considerations is the location. For the most part this will be dictated by the existing layout of your home, however you need to understand the ramifications before you get started.
Northern Exposure: If you live in a hot climate, a northern facing sunroom offers more shade and cooler temperatures.
Southern Exposure: In colder, northern climates, a southern facing sunroom will let you feel the warmth of the sun on those cold days.
Western Exposure: Great for sunset views but will be warm in late afternoon.
Eastern Exposure: Enjoy a sunrise breakfast or an early morning workout.
Climate Control and Other Sunroom Design Considerations
Ceiling Fans: This is a must-have item for any sunroom to improve air circulation.
Skylights: Installing skylights in a larger sunroom serve several functions including, letting more light in as well as improving ventilation if they can be opened.
Blinds: Pull down shades or blinds can help you control the temperature of your sunroom at peak times of the day.
Window Choices: Choosing the right window is a critical aspect of your project. Single pane glass is adequate for a seasonal sunroom. Double glazed or triple paned glass should be installed if you plan to heat or cool your sunroom. Low-E glass will let the sunlight in with minimal effect on the temperature inside.
Have more questions about sunroom design considerations? Wondering what type of windows are best suited for your project? Contact One Source Renovation, LLC at WindowRepairGuy.com or give us a call at (815)-634-8922.