6 Things to Look for in Sunroom Additions

Adding a sunroom provides a new level of beauty and comfort to your home. Whether you are creating a family rec room, home office, exercise room, or something else, sunrooms can provide a beautiful escape for hours of enjoyment. If you are planning to add a sunroom to your home, here are a few things to look for in sunroom additions:

1. Safety

Any addition to your home should be safe for you to use. Partnering with a reputable, experienced contractor takes care of that for you. They will ensure all design, materials, construction, etc. create a safe and comfortable sunroom for you. Experience, warranties on work provided, and more are all things that can help you choose a home improvement contractor that will be a good fit for designing and building your sunroom addition.

Another thing to look for is some added security. Because sunrooms provide a lot of visibility both into and out of your home, they can be a temptation for intruders. You want windows and doors to be easy to use for you, but you also want to make sure you’re not leaving your home vulnerable. Adding extra security measures to your windows and doors like screens, locks, etc. are home security tips that can also help add a layer of protection to your new sunroom.

2. Comfort

One of the benefits of a sunroom or patio enclosure is protection from the elements while still being able to enjoy outdoor views. Well-constructed sunroom additions ensure you get a beautiful view in addition to designs that maximize strength, prevent drafts, and more. If you are building a 4-season sunroom, a high-efficiency HVAC unit, usually a separate unit or a splitter to separate it from the rest of the home, can help ensure comfort year-round no matter the temperature or weather outside.

You can also consider extra features like an electric fireplace for added comfort and a cozy atmosphere. Focusing on comfort can help you include elements that are necessary during the design phase and is also one of the tips for decorating your sunroom that can help you post-construction.

3. Energy Efficiency

Whether you opt for a three-season or four-season sunroom addition, it’s important for it to be energy efficient. If you won’t be using it at the height of winter, you want to be sure it is well-insulated and protected and also that it doesn’t affect the temperature inside the rest of your home. If you have a four-season sunroom addition, making sure it’s built to be energy-efficient is essential. Any drafts or inefficiencies in the heating system could cause you to lose money on your energy bills.

Thankfully, working with an experienced contractor can ensure you don’t have to worry about this. Good design, quality materials and work, in addition to other tips to make your home more energy efficient are all things a reputable, experienced contractor will do for you as they create your sunroom addition.

On top of a high-quality sunroom addition, there are also things you can to do keep a sunroom cool in the summer. High-performance glass on the windows provides thermal protection, and you can also use air flow to your advantage to help your sunroom feel cooler when it’s warm out. This can be particularly helpful if you’re not using an air conditioner or aren’t ready to turn it on just yet.

4. Durability

Sunroom additions should also be durable and long-lasting; they are a new part of the home after all. Partnering with the right contractor can help you plan for your sunroom addition and ensure you get quality work. They will work with you on the best options to fit your needs.

Your sunroom addition should match the style of the rest of the home. A good contractor will be able to offer the best roofing options for your sunroom that will match seamlessly with your home while also providing the right materials and reinforcements to ensure superior structural integrity.

5. Ease of Care

In addition to durability, energy efficiency, and more, you also want your sunroom to be easy to maintain and take care of. Look for window sashes that are pocketed deeply into the frame and lift out for easy cleaning.

Many sunrooms also offer dent-resistant wall panels to keep your room’s façade looking new for years to come. The most popular flooring options for sunroom additions are also easy to clean. All of these elements can help keep your sunroom easy to care for while also ensuring it looks great for several years to come.

6. Beauty

Sunroom additions are an extension of your home. As such, your sunroom addition should fit seamlessly with your home and should look like part of your original construction. And, the interior should be built for your needs. Whether you’re creating an entertainment space, a home office, or other sunroom ideas, your new sunroom addition should be built to accommodate your needs.

There are several things every sunroom needs, like comfort, fresh air, natural light, and more. Be sure to hire a contractor that has the design flexibility to meet your exact specifications and can provide a wide range of options for both interior and exterior materials and fabrications. A good contractor can make sure everything is covered inside and out.

Add a Sunroom to Your Home With Zephyr Thomas

These are just a few things to look for in sunroom additions. If you’re interested in adding a three or four-season sunroom addition to your home, call us today at 717-399-4708 for a free consultation and get started on building the sunroom of your dreams.

Check out the video below to see the Zephyr Thomas team building a three-season room addition for this homeowner!