What is a Sunroom?

Porch and Patio Sunroom with exterior seating and a ceiling fan

Do you ever just want to sit on a lounger in your garden all day long and soak up the rays?

Did you just have a minor panic attack reading that?

Spending too much time in direct sunlight is dangerous. UV rays are very harmful to our skin and hair. We only need 30 minutes to soak up our recommended vitamin D allowance, which can be achieved with a school run, a drive to the office, or a quick run out to the shops.

Still, you don’t want to be locked up in your house all day, every day, especially when the sun is shining and inviting you out.

Sunrooms are the best solution for any homeowner worried about direct sunlight but still loves summer vibes. If you’ve ever wondered what is a sunroom and how you can get one too, then continue reading.

 

What is a Sunroom?

A sunroom is a room with a large number of windows that lets in as much natural light as possible. In these rooms, plants and furnishings are typically used as decor. In addition, sunrooms can be built on top of an existing patio to bring in natural light and ventilation. Sunrooms are popular home improvements because they increase a property’s value while also providing more space for relaxing, working, or reading a book. Sunrooms are also known as solariums, garden rooms, Florida rooms, or Three Season Rooms.

 

Why get a Sunroom?

A Sunroom is an extension of your home, like a covered terrace area where you can still enjoy being outside but without being bothered by harmful UV rays, strong winds, or pesky bugs. Instead, you get to relax in the natural light, feast your eyes on nature, and seclude yourself away from your daily household chores.

Benefits of a Sunroom:

    • Creates an extra room
    • Accessible from principal residence
    • Adds value to home property
    • Clear garden view
    • Natural light
    • Blocks wind
    • Prevents pests from entering your home

Your Sunroom can be custom-designed with french doors, and adequate window treatments to suit your personal needs.

 

Different types of Sunrooms

Like everything that exists, there are different types of sunrooms. It depends on your budget–how much you are willing to invest.

Low maintenance sunroom conversion for a porch

Sunporch

While a Sunroom is like an extra living room, a Sunporch is more outdoor. Often people decide to screen off their porches to enjoy still being outside without annoying mosquitos buzzing along for a picnic.

There are a lot of screens available. You can choose retractable screens or something more permanent. You can choose screens where you can enjoy your view, but nosy passersby can’t see. If this is an option that interests you, check out the different porch screens available on our website.

Three Season Room Porch Conversion using wooden paneling and supports

3-season Rooms

You can’t use a three-season room the whole year-round. There isn’t an HVAC system in place. If you live in a sweltering climate, you won’t be able to use this room in Summer as the glass walls will capture heat and make the inside unbearable. However, you can enjoy those winters in your three-season room.

For colder climates, you won’t be able to relax properly in a three-seasoned room without heating.

Ask yourself why you want this space and what purpose it will serve. We advise against creating a three-seasoned room for permanent, year-round use.

Learn the 5 Benefits of a Three Season Room.

Winterized porch allows a full four season enjoyment

4-season Rooms

This is the most expensive option on the list. However, a four-season room truly is an extension to your home where you have your HVAC system running. These rooms can efficiently serve as guest rooms, home offices, or second family rooms. You might even use it for an indoor swimming pool, accessible all year, depending on the size.

Four seasoned rooms are climate-controlled and custom-built for your comfort and home aesthetics.

Regardless of the type of sunroom addition you choose, know that you can select the frames and shades’ material, color, and design. You can also choose energy-efficient window treatments for your contribution to the climate.

 

Can I DIY my Sunroom?

If you are comfortable and skilled with building and construction, you can build your sunroom. You just need to be smart about where you choose to buy your materials and not be embarrassed to call a professional when needed.

Building your sunroom will give you more control and can be cheaper if you’re confident in your DIY skills. However, we advise against it for a first-time project. If you want to put your skills to the test before embarking on a large project like this, build a catio first!

 

How much do Sunrooms cost?

As mentioned above, there are different types of sunrooms to complement your budget. Whatever you put into your sunroom will come back to you as an added value to your property. They are also great for curbside appeal, which could boost the local market.

You also need to consider the final size–how much space will your sunroom take up. How many windows need covering, how much area needs to be cooled/heated, etc. Contact us for an estimate today; we are quick to respond.

 

Get a professional; call Screenmobile!

At Screenmobile, our technicians are industry professionals. We come to you with all the options so you can see for yourself, from the comfort of your own home, the different options available. We are here to help and advise you to make the best decision for your home needs, budget, and home aesthetic.

Any place, any screen, any need. Give us a call.

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