As we endure a classic Canadian winter, full of snow, ice, wind and storms, it’s great to have a place to get away and enjoy the sunshine. While many of us spend money on a trip south to catch up on some vitamin D, there are ways to enjoy the sun at home all year round. If your finding yourself trapped indoors all winter long, consider the addition of a sun room to your home.
What is a Sunroom?
Also known as a solarium, Florida room or garden room, a sun room located in a home allows for full enjoyment of the surrounding landscape while being completely sheltered from less-than-perfect weather conditions. Sunrooms can come in all shapes and sizes but usually protrude from the home so that there are more exterior walls and window opportunity.
A sunroom is a great investment for your family because while adding value to your home, you are gaining something that your family will enjoy. On average a sunroom’s value is about twice its cost. The cost of a sunroom depends on the size, scope, quality of finishes and conditions of the construction area. It is important to get comparable quotes when committing to an investment like this. Remember, if multiple homes in your area are for sale, a sunroom can make the difference in what sells first.
When making the decision to design and build a sun room there are many factors to consider. First the location and size should be determined so that you know what style of finishes you can afford for the space. Next the roof style, foundation and deck, type of glass, flooring, and furnishing and décor will be chosen to complete the look you desire.
To build a sunroom on your property, your engineer’s plans must be approved with a building permit, distributed by the relevant municipality. The job must be completed and passed by a municipal building inspector. Different factors must be considered such as snow, wind and soil bearing load for the design. All building roof structures must be designed to hold adequate snowfall determined by the municipality, as well as stress caused by wind and the soil below the sunroom must also be checked. It is also important to consider any Green Certifications you would like your sunroom to qualify for such as an Energy Star rating or a Gold Level Certification. These qualifications may cause the initial cost of the sunroom to increase, but money can be saved on the maintenance on this room for years to come, as well as its impact on the environment.
In recent times, sunroom additions have quite popular and for good reason. They allow you to enjoy the surroundings all year round. A sunroom provides protection from the sun and the rain. It will also enhance the exterior of your home. If you are planning to add a sunroom, you have to consider a few things. To start with, you should understand how you plan to use the space. If you want it to be usable all year round, you have to install a four-season sunroom. They are costlier but they will enhance the value of your home.
Adding a sunroom to your home is easier than building a new room or patio. Sunrooms also cost less.
People have been installing sunrooms for a while. Modern sunrooms look more attractive than old ones. They also consume less energy. Sunrooms do not require much maintenance. Also they tend to complement the design of most homes.
Sunrooms can be classified into three groups depending upon their use:
If you only want to enjoy the space during the late spring and early fall, an open porch is more than sufficient. Thanks to its open design, it doesn’t have any heating or cooling systems. An open porch will be practically useless during the hot summer and cold winter seasons.
Three-season sunrooms are insulated structures and that makes them usable throughout the year. They don’t have their own heating and cooling systems. So if the winter is too cold or the summer is too hot, you will probably not be able to use this space.
Four season sunrooms
A four-season sunroom is a well-insulated structure that has its own heating and cooling systems. It uses energy efficient framing. You can use a four-season sunroom all year round. They aren’t different from other parts of the home and will be considered as extra living space during home valuations.
There are mainly 3 types of sunroom designs:
Cathedral sunrooms are hugely popular. They have a front-peaked wall that allows light to enter. Cathedral sunrooms offer excellent view of the surroundings. You can make the view even better by installing a glass-paned roof.
Want to add a Victorian appeal to your home? Well, you should consider installing a conservatory sunroom. Conservatory sunrooms sport a classical design. They have a domed roof that will make your entire home look more elegant and beautiful. Conservatory sunrooms require much less maintenance. Because of their arched design, conservatory sunrooms offer a 360 degree view of the surroundings.
Straight/curved eave sunrooms
Straight or curved eave sunrooms have a straight angled roof made of glass or an opaque material. They look modern and consume less energy. These types of sunrooms are available in both modern and traditional designs.
At Jans Awning Products we have been building and installing cost effective sunrooms for several years. We offer customized sunrooms that can withstand extreme weather conditions. Our sunrooms are made of high performance glass.
Jans Awning Products offers sunrooms that suit all homes and budgets. Call us today at 905-335-3733 to get an installation quote.