28 February 2010

5 Basic Things You Need to Know about Sunrooms

The five basic things you need to know about sunrooms are the following: its definition, its design, its history, its price, and its niche.

Oftentimes people would use certain terms such as conservatory, sun porch, sun parlor, patio room and conservatory when they are referring to a sunroom. A sunroom is a  room that provides both for aesthetic and functional purposes. Here are important things you need to know to fully understand the entirety of a sunroom:

Its definition

It is a building construction at the side of the house generally intended to provide a luxurious view of a beautiful landscape surrounding with the protection from any unfavorable condition. A sunroom is capable of providing you enough sunlight into the room at the same time protecting you from the rain and the wind. This idea is very common in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and in Northern Ireland.

Its  design

The structure of a sunroom is known as a patio enclosure. The construction includes materials such as brick, wood, glass, PVC, and breeze block. The brick or the wood base constitutes the as the main support for your PVC. This is referred to as knee wall. Usually the glass panels used are not frosted. They are normally large and clear. The roof can make use of glass materials, although, a plastic material is most common. Sunrooms nowadays use aluminum frames with tempered glasses as their main structure.

Its history

Urban houses and farmhouses displayed a covered patio structure to provide for a place to sit and relax. Due to weather conditions, homeowners are compelled to cover their patios by screening them. Their intention is to provide privacy and protection to the whole family. In the 1960s, the professional remodeling companies introduced the use of affordable systems capable of enclosing a deck or patio, at the same time offering services for designing and installation along with service warranties. A patio room is built using aluminum, single pane glass, engineered roof panels, and lightweight construction materials.

Its price

The price of a sunroom would greatly vary depending on the following factors: location, builder, specification, and size. The more elaborate the design, the more expensive it becomes.

  • location - a location that requires comprehensive ground preparation would definitely costs more on the part of the homeowner.
  • builder - your builder should be a specialist company that focuses on building a garden room, sun room or garden studio.
  • specification - building a sunroom that is sustainable and carbon responsible paves the way for an energy and thermal efficient room addition.
  • size - although any sunroom size is acceptable, yet, there are different regulations as to its  required size depending on your locality as per define in the planning regulations of every local office.

Its niche

European companies have eventually figured out a specialized market where clients wanted to have some sense of extra privacy. This brought about the development of blinds and curtains specially made to fit in sunrooms at the same time ensuring that the stability of the structure is not damaged. Another niche discovery is for specialized flooring in a sunroom. Primarily, tiles were the only type of flooring available. Although, later on there were several choices of flooring materials available in the market.

A room addition such as a sunroom need not be too expensive. In fact, Delaware sunrooms are very affordable and are known to increase the property value of a real estate too.

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