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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Sunroom

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Sunroom

Exterior renovationsFactors to Consider When Choosing a Sunroom

Are you looking for a beautiful sunroom to fully benefit, book in hand, from the summer? Given that it’s a significant investment, it’s definitely not a decision to be made lightly. So, without further ado, here are the different options available to you in the hopes you make the right decision. 

Choosing Your Sunroom

The Difference Between Veranda and Sunroom

For those used to the term “veranda” or "screened-in porch," note that there isn’t a set-in-stone consensus on what differentiates a sunroom from a veranda. There are numerous distinct definitions of a veranda, but a 3-season sunroom very much resembles what people come to know as a modern veranda. Let it be known that the majority of sunrooms are aluminum-built. 

Tempered Glass: A Must-Have

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When purchasing a sunroom, make sure the company from which you’re buying truly retails tempered glass roofs and panels. Based on industry standards, this type of glass is mandatory to ensure a safe structure for its users. Why is that? Because if the glass breaks, it’ll shatter into tiny little pieces instead of flying everywhere. 

Types of Sunrooms

Three-Season Sunroom

Both stylish and bright, 3-season sunrooms allow you to fully benefit from spring, summer, and fall without burning up or freezing—all that at an affordable price! The 3-season sunroom can be entirely glazed with fixed panels or screened-in. Unlike the other two types of sunrooms, a 3-season enclosure is the same colour, indoors and outdoors.

However, it’s not insulated; based on that factor alone, it can’t be enjoyed during wintertime. If you’re hoping to set up a hot tub in your 3-season sunroom, you won’t be able to use it during the winter. The lack of insulation in a 3-season sunroom makes it so that it wasn’t built to withstand harsh temperatures. Doing so would lead to a decent amount of condensation inside the enclosure. 

Note that you may also be eligible for a tax credit ($4,000 by Écorénov) when installing a 3-season sunroom. Should you reassess your needs down the line and decide to transform your 3-season sunroom into a 3-season Plus sunroom, note that it can be done by adding insulation and replacing the single-glazing with thermal, double- or triple-glazing.

Thinking about building a sunroom? Our article How to Build a Solarium for Your House can help make it happen.

Three-Season Plus Solarium

The 3-season Plus sunroom is a worthwhile compromise between a 3-season and 4-season enclosure. Due to the sheer amount of insulation inside the walls and floors of the sunroom, you can comfortably sit in it during winter by adding a source of radiant heat. This allows you to feel warm and cozy, enjoy this well-lit installation that’s super conducive to unwinding and relaxing. 

Four-Season Sunroom

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A 4-season sunroom is the epitome of all sunrooms. Its structure is urethane-insulated and features energy-efficient glazing (R-2 to R-20), which can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, or quintupled. In most cases, the structure is exclusively made using aluminum profiles fitted with a thermal barrier, paired with a built-in drainage system, and designed to offset sudden temperature changes. 

As for a urethane-insulated, 4-season sunroom, there are some tax credits available through Écorénov, valued at $10,000. Lastly, you can also choose to install a polycarbonate roof to allow even more sunlight to filter through, while still managing the amount of heat seeping in.

Some companies set up their services in such a way that you can choose everything, down to the screws, to build a sunroom that's perfectly tailored to your needs, while others provide turnkey services. The latter includes a building permit request and installation. Once again, it all depends on your needs and budget.


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