For homeowners looking to add space & value to their home, we often ask them to consider the addition of a sunroom. It is known that adding a sunroom onto your current living space is one of the most cost-effective improvement projects you can put your home through. Sunrooms can be used for a variety of activities and are a great way to increase the value of your home without the cost of a major structural addition. With their large openspace & visibility, this type of room can offer you and your family more than a garage or a traditional addition many of our clients assume they need. Furthermore, sunrooms offer much more versatility and require less upkeep than other additions.
What is a Sunroom?
Any room that is comprised mostly of glass or screens that protrudes from the primary building would be considered a sunroom, sun porch, or patio room. These are usually installed on a wood or concrete foundation and let in natural light to illuminate the room during the day.
4-Season vs. 3-Season Sunrooms
While most people consider adding sunrooms to their home, they are often unaware of the different types even though they have likely been in both. The primary difference between the two is that a 4season sunroom is a heated and cooled addition to the home. These additions typically look like a traditional room with more windows allowing sunlight to enter. Excess windows allow families to enjoy natural light and give that “outdoor” feeling without having the leave the AC. This structure will require a foundation to be dug and footers to be laid for it to be considered a 4-season sunroom, causing them to be a bit more expensive than their counterpart.
3-season rooms also feature excess windows but are not temperature controlled, making them relatively unusable during winter months. However, they are ideal for Spring and Fall and will allow your family to enjoy a Summer day “outdoors” without the intensity of direct sunlight. 3-season sunrooms can easily be converted from existing decks or porches, but can also be built from the ground up. This type of sunroom is a less expensive home improvement option and can take only a few days to complete if converting from an existing space.
Either space will add value to your home and increase your usable square footage. If you’re only wanting to use this room during the warmer months, a 3-season room may be your best option. For a homeowner looking to occupy this space year-round, an insulated 4-season sunroom featuring double-paned windows may better suit their needs.
Why Should I Add a Sunroom to My Home?
We’ve already touched on the financial and special benefits adding a sunroom can bring, but how about some of the other perks? Here are some of the top reasons Wilderness Construction would recommend the addition of this space:
Because of the excess windows or screened openings featured in this type of room, it is inevitable that it will be filled with natural sunlight throughout the day. Increased exposure to the sun is known to enhance mood and energy through the release of endorphins, regulate your natural melatonin production leading to better sleep, and can beneficial to eye and dental health!
Sunrooms can be used for a variety of reasons; outdoor sitting room, a family room, dining room, garden observatory, master bedroom, or a pool enclosure – the possibilities are only limited by the imagination and the room can be customized to meet your needs.
During the early Spring & late Fall months, sunlight that enters these rooms can be contained by double-paned glass to keep the room warm. At Summer’s peak, keeping your sunroom’s windows open will allow you to enjoy cooling airflow while shielding you from direct sunlight. During this three season window, all types of sunrooms can be enjoyed with little to no heating or cooling costs. Beyond these lowered costs, floods of sunlight will prevent you from needing to light the room during the day, which will generate even more savings.
Homeowners can have a variety of reasons behind their decision to add a sunroom, but one of the most common is the protection it offers against the elements of nature while still giving the feeling of being outdoors. Sunrooms can keep bugs and pollen out, and block you from heavy winds and rain. This room also allows homeowners to keep comfortable patio furniture that will not be ruined be the elements of the outdoors.
Popular Uses For Sunrooms
As you can see, sunrooms offer many traits that will benefit your health, happiness, and bank account. If you’re unsure about what type of sunroom might be right for your family, give the experts at Wilderness Construction a call! We are here to give you more insight on what your home improvement project will look like, and help advise on what might be the best option for you based on your needs.