So you like sitting in the sun, but don’t like sharing time with the bugs. You like the rhythmic sound of rain hitting the roof, but don’t like getting wet (who does?). Watching the snow fall can be a peaceful and enjoyable experience, but not so much when you try reading your favorite book outside.
Enter… the Sunroom!
Enjoy all the joys of the seasons and none of the pains. Before you begin your project, here are some factors the experts say you need to consider:
DECIDE IF YOU WANT A 3 OR 4 SEASON SUNROOM
What’s the difference? The 3 season option is typically not heated, while the 4 season option is designed for year round living and is heated and cooled.
DECIDE HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO SPEND
Unfortunately, sometimes it is either one or the other. A less expensive option would be looking into a kit that a handyman/handywoman could put together on his or her own. If you don’t mind spending more money, are looking for more design flexibility, and would rather put your feet up and let someone else do the work, then go for the custom build. Before you make a choice make sure you do your research.
Since windows/glass panes are likely to make up a major portion of your sunroom, don’t skimp on the materials. Make sure you purchase thick, weather sealed glass. Consider the U-value, which rates how much heat will pass through the glass. A lower number means less heat passes through, a benefit on those hot sunny days. Here’s something else to consider, purchasing double glazed glass provides great insulation and has glare reduction.
DECIDE WHAT KIND OF FLOORING YOU WILL USE
It all depends on the look and feel you want for your sunroom. Tile, carpet, laminate and natural wood are all options. Don’t rule out linoleum either. Nowadays it’s not the same stuff you found in homes from the 1940’s onward. It comes it renewable materials and a variety of nice designs and colors. Go for a romp on your preferred search engine and see for yourself!
Radiant electric heating under your sunroom flooring is the perfect way to not only keep your feet nice and toasty during those colder days, but will heat up the entire room as well. Radiant electric heat is designed to heat the room from the floor up, resulting in an even heat distribution avoiding cold spots associated with other heating methods. Always make sure that your choice of flooring is compatible with radiant heating if you decide to go that route.
For additional ideas and advice regarding building your dream sunroom, check out these websites:
Are you ready to request a quote to install radiant heating in your sunroom?
Here is an interesting customer testimonial to read:
“I just wanted you to know the kit ordered from you at the end of December is fully installed and operating beautifully. It was hard to wait for the floor thinset to cure, but wait we did. It is great!
I have had my Warmup floor for over a year now and I want to tell you how happy my family and I are with your product. It was fairly easy to install and was a great finishing touch on an addition that started out as a screened in porch and became a four season escape room.
It is a 12X20 room filled with windows, complimented with French doors and finished off by a plasma TV. I have the Warmup thermostat programmed to keep the tile floor warm when needed and the cost is very reasonable, (I estimate less than $1.00 a day).
It is fantastic to be able to use this room year round and is especially great to be able to watch the big snowstorm, enjoy the Sunday morning paper and just plain relax. It’s the room most used in the house and a welcome sight at the end of a long day.
It′s easy to operate and trouble free. I installed the floor wiring myself and had an electrician finish the hookup. I would highly recommend the Warmup system to anyone doing remodeling, new construction or that addition you always wanted.”
R. Hackmann, MA
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