What to Know Before Adding a Sunroom

What to Know Before Adding a Sunroom

A sunroom serves as an extra living space that allows you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with glass walls or large windows. Adding a sunroom to your home could increase its value, giving you a beautiful and functional space that is ideal for mild temperatures. ― If you are thinking about building a sunroom, here are three things to keep in mind when designing your new space.

A sunroom serves as an extra living space that allows you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with glass walls or large windows. Adding a sunroom to your home could increase its value, giving you a beautiful and functional space that is ideal for mild temperatures. ― If you are thinking about building a sunroom, here are three things to keep in mind when designing your new space.

Siding Material

The material you use to side your new space has a direct effect on your sunroom cost. Less expensive material may not last as long and could need repairs after several years, while other materials may have a large price upfront but save you money in the long run. Popular siding materials include:

  • Wood: Wood is relatively inexpensive and easy to paint. It makes your new construction look attractively classic. It also provides good insulation to help hold heat and air into your sunroom so that the temperature inside stays comfortable year-round. However, wood requires frequent maintenance and upkeep.
  • Vinyl: This material is the most popular choice for siding. It provides excellent insulation and is strong, holding up well against the elements. With its enhanced strength, vinyl is often reinforced with aluminum supports. While this siding requires little maintenance, it has a fairly expensive upfront cost.
  • Aluminum: Aluminum is the strongest, but also the most expensive. Although it is not an incredibly good insulator, it does have aesthetic appeal, giving your home beautiful and contemporary design.

Orientation

The most significant problem with a sunroom is that it is typically only habitable during mild temperatures. If you take into consideration the orientation of the additions in regard to the sun’s position, you can eliminate most of this problem and enjoy your new room for extended periods.

If you live in the South with high temperatures and scorching sunlight for most of the year, having your new sunroom face the North will give you partial shade and avoid exposure to the harsh midday sun. In contrast, a South-facing room with extra sun exposure may be more comfortable for people in the North. Taking the time to consider how your sunroom’s orientation will affect the temperature of the addition will make the new room more comfortable and worth the money it costs to build it.

Window Location

The location of the window in your new room also has a big impact on temperature. Whether you choose to build a four season room or sunroom you need windows to help increase ventilation. Strategic placement enhances airflow to keep your room cooler while increasing energy efficiency. When you place the windows properly, you can invest in drapes or coverings to block out the sun at the hottest part of the day to keep the room comfortably cool.

Another easy way to keep the temperature of your sunroom comfortable is by installing ceiling fans to stimulate air flow. Even if the room is hot, proper air flow can make it feel much cooler. In the winter, use the fan’s reverse-flow feature to pull colder air up towards the ceiling and keep your room warm and toasty

Start Planning Your Sunroom Today

Once you have decided how to design your sunroom, it is time to contact a licensed builder to turn your dream into a reality. With more than two decades of experience remodeling homes, All Exteriors is the company you should turn to for a smooth, successful sunroom addition. As a sunroom contractor, we have plenty of experience designing additions that utilize siding, windows, and orientation to maximize functionality. Contact us today and let us help give you the home addition of your dreams!

Underdecking Must-Haves: Outdoor Living

Do you wish you had a relaxing space to hang out and enjoy your yard? Does water drip from your second story deck make it impossible to use the space below when it is raining? If you want functional space that stays dry and doubles as a finished outdoor entertaining area, adding an under deck gutter system may be just what you need.

Underdecking ― the process of attaching material to the underside of a deck ― can help create a covered space that can be used year-round.

The area under a raised first-floor deck is typically damp, with mold or mildew forming on the slab and beams underneath. Use a deck roof to keep the area dry and usable for storage. Additional benefits of implementing a deck roof include:

  • Bird proof
  • Self-cleaning
  • Handles snow loads
  • Guaranteed not to leak or sag

How it Works

An aluminum under deck ceiling system acts like a dropped-ceiling and channels rainwater and snow away from the space between the decking planks. The overlapping panels attach to a framework that angles water, snow, and debris into seamless gutters and downspouts. By moving moisture away from the house and foundation, your patio, furniture, and other contents stay dry. Depositing the water in specific areas prevents the ground around your home from becoming oversaturated.

Clearance requirements for underdecking are minimal. On the high end, the deck roof hangs about two inches below the beams with the slope dropping an eighth of an inch for every foot.

Aluminum vs. Vinyl

The temperature fluctuates significantly throughout the year in Minnesota and Wisconsin, from scorching hot summers to frigid winters. Snow and ice may thaw and freeze multiple times in a single season. Unlike vinyl, aluminum alloy does not contract and expand with the temperature. This means that the deck ceiling will not develop gaps or cracks over time. Here are three more reasons why aluminum is a better choice:

  • Aluminum is rigid and stronger than vinyl, so it will not sag or buckle over time. As the under deck system can feature light fixtures, fans, speakers and other outdoor accessories to make space feel warm and inviting, it is important to ensure the material used is supportive.
  • Birds and squirrels often choose to build their nests in traditional gutters and under the deck against the beams. The deck ceiling uses overlapping panels that are enclosed with flashing, effectively critter-proofing the area.
  • Aluminum alloy requires very little maintenance, and you can power wash or stain your deck as you usually would. Dish soap or glass cleaner can be used with a soft cloth, sponge or shammy to clean the panels without scratching the surface.

Finish Your Yard in Style

Once your under deck system is in place, give your home a finishing touch that reflects your personality with concrete patios and hardscaping. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  • Maximize your space by using natural stone and extending it beyond the covered patio area.
  • Create walkways to your outdoor space with stamped or broomed concrete services.
  • Extend your outdoor season with a fire pit or similar feature. It makes a gathering cozy, whether you are having a party or a quiet evening for two.
  • Add functionality to your yard with an outdoor living space.

Completing your yard with design details can enhance curb appeal and increase property value by up to 25 percent. At All Exteriors, we work with you to create your perfect outdoor space, from concrete patios to retaining walls and driveways. For more information on creating the yard of your dreams, contact us today!

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