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How Do I Plan for a Three Season Sunroom Addition?

By Blue Corona Dev May 9, 2016

Sunrooms can offer you and your home a lot of value, whether it be increased square footage, or a new room for leisurely living. If you have considered adding a sunroom in the future, here are a few features to mull over.

Will A Sunroom Work With My Home?

If you want your three season sunroom addition to be financially feasible, consider this question: will the proposed sun room area receive at least four hours of sunlight during the winter? If so, it is likely that a sun room will work well with your home. You should still conduct more detailed research so you can optimize your sunroom for your specific climate, especially if you want to capitalize on heating potential.

Roofing Options

You may have the option to use your existing patio or roof as the basis for your CT three season room. We have the ability to build your sunroom right under your existing roof. If it is structurally possible and safe, we can build it.

When you speak with a contractor, ask if this option is right for your project.

Ventilation Options

For the winter months, you will need ventilation to direct heated air towards the house. Implementing vents high and low in the wall adjoining to your home’s interior will let the hot air flow out the top, with cool air returning lower into the sunroom. Of course, you could also open the door to create a similar effect.

In summer, you need to vent the sunroom to make sure it doesn’t overheat. Skylights can solve this issue, or you can use low-awning windows to let the fresh outside air flow upward and out of the sunroom. Screened windows can be left open for most of the summer.

Flooring Options

Before you choose the flooring for your three season sunroom, consider these questions:

  • How do you intend to use your sunroom?
  • What is your budget for the project?
  • How often will you use your sunroom?
  • How much time are you willing to put towards cleaning and maintenance?

Typically, three season sunrooms are not insulated, so it is important that you choose flooring that will enable the space to stay warm during the winter months.

No matter what option you choose, regular cleaning and maintenance of your floor will extend its life and maintain its appearance.

Window Options

There are five basic window types.
Fixed windows: Fixed windows don’t open are typically used in solarium-style sunrooms or high up the wall, where they can’t be reached.
Casement windows: Hinged on one side but open out when you turn a hand crank. The window can be fully opened (unlike slider or double-hungs, that can only be half opened).
Slider windows: Two framed panes that move side to side, one in front of the other.
Double-hung windows: Two framed panes that move up and down instead of side to side.
Awning windows: Casement windows turned on their side, which means that the hinges are on top and the window becomes like a rain shield when open.

Fiderio & Sons Sunrooms

Your selection of sunroom windows in Connecticut should be based on how you intend to use your sunroom, how you feel about the climate, the side of your house on which the sunroom is located, and the time of year you intend to use it most.There are many types of CT windows, and each offers certain advantages. The most common types of sunroom windows are casement windows, awning windows, double-hung windows, picture windows, bay and bow windows, and slider windows. For more information on types of replacement windows CT, see our infographic.

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