Customize your comfort home

Why build a sunroom and not let the sun in everywhere, with floor-to-ceiling glass? There are several reasons, each one specific to your particular climate, the room’s orientation to the sun, or other factors.

Dirt: Many sunrooms have a masonry or framed wall 24 to 36 inches high that keeps window bottoms free from grime caused by garden watering, blowing dust, or snow residue. Utilities: That partial wall permits you to run electrical outlets and heaters to the room, extending its season and comfort. Heat control: In warmer climates, sunrooms can let in too much of a good thing. Solid roofs and partial walls shield the room from unwelcome early or late heat, and won’t substantially affect room comfort. Study where the summer sun rises and sets. Privacy: Place partial walls to keep out prying eyes.

It’s your sunroom. Analyze potential problems. Partial glass sunrooms can maximize enjoyment.

Full glass sunrooms are the best way to bring the outside indoors. Sunrooms can provide a space with natural light for an indoor swimming pool, a spot to nurture a garden or a sanctuary to nurture yourself. If a sunroom might be in your future, the following two questions can help you decide which kind of sunroom meets your requirements and your budget:

  1. Do you plan to use your sunroom year-round? In some areas of the country, you can easily use your sunroom 365 days a year, while others with four distinct seasons can require fully insulated windows, roofs and walls to combat broiling summer days or freezing winter nights. You may also have to install additional heating and cooling systems.
  2. Do you want to remodel an existing room or create a new space? If there’s already an existing structure such as a patio or deck, it may be easier and less expensive to install a new sunroom there.

The answers to these questions can steer you toward the best sunroom choice for your home.