What You Should Know About Sunrooms

Posted on: 30 March 2016

If you have a large backyard and patio area, you might have room for a sunroom. This type of room is an enclosed space that lets you enjoy the view of your backyard, the sunshine and the smell of your garden without being subjected to the climate and pests that accompany it. Here are some things to know about sunrooms if you want to have one built.

Choose a High-Quality Roller Door

In a sunroom, you want to have access to the sunroom not just from inside your home but also from the outside of the patio. This often includes having a second sliding glass door or roller door installed on the edge of the sunroom where it meets with the patio or backyard area. Make sure you choose a solid and durable door. This door is going to be hit with a lot of different weather conditions and climate changes, from extreme sun to frequent rain, snow or hail. You need to make sure the doors are made of materials that can handle the outdoors. With the track system itself, stainless steel is often best for heavy roller doors in your sunroom.

Install an All-Season Room

When you are having the sunroom built or installed, you should choose one that can handle all four seasons. This will typically change the overall structure materials, windows and doors and the type of heating or cooling access you have. Many sunrooms are built directly against your home's structure, where vents can be installed for heating and cooling. If you have central AC, you will be able to get that AC in the sunroom as well. On the other hand, if you live in more of a mild climate area, you are probably okay just choosing window treatments and fans that will keep it cool or warm in the sunroom. A space heater, for example, goes a long way toward keeping it warm in the winter.

You Can Hang Window Treatments

Believe it or not, you can choose a wide range of window treatments even in a sunroom. You will place the window treatments on the inside of the room instead of outside it like in a patio. By putting the window treatments on the inside of the sunroom, you don't have to be worried about the outdoor climate ruining the blinds or curtains, but you can control how much privacy you have. The window treatments also help you to decorate the space, so if you think you'll be spending a lot of time in the sunroom, it could be smart to invest in custom made curtains. Choose from sturdy plantation shutters and wood blinds, to inexpensive and flowing curtains.