There are many different types of sunrooms out there ranging from simple screened porches to full-blown rooms that can be used throughout the year. Understanding all of the options that are available can help you make a more informed choice when deciding which kind of sunroom you want to add to your own home. Let’s take a closer look at some of the available styles:
1. Screened porches. The simplest type of sunroom is a screened porch. In essence, all that it takes to build one of these sunrooms is a roof and a simple wooden frame that screen can be stretched over. Because of the simplicity of the design, these are by far the most affordable sunrooms to build. The downside to screened porches is that they can only be used when the weather is nice outside.
2. Three-season sunrooms. With these sunrooms, the entire room is framed with glass panels, creating an uninhibited view of the surrounding area. The room itself is roofed in, providing protection from the elements. The glass keeps out cool air, making it possible to use these sun rooms in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter, however, three-season sunrooms tend to be unusable, simply because they don’t have heat. They also lack adequate insulation to provide protection from the frigid air outside.
3. Four-season sun rooms. These rooms are the most elaborate, incorporating glass walls, a heavy-duty roof, and insulation. They also incorporate a heating system. That means that they can be used throughout all four seasons without having to worry about the room getting cold during the winter months. Although four-season sun rooms offer the most versatility in terms of the times of the year that they can be used, they are also the most expensive to build.
Hopefully, this gives you a better idea of some of the different types of sun rooms that are out there. If you are on a limited budget, a screened porch can provide the perfect place to enjoy summer days without having to worry about insects.
If you have a little bit more money to spend, you can also look into three or four-season sun rooms. Both of these sun room styles are more expensive to build than screened porches. However, they can be used for many more months out of the year, meaning that you can generally get more use out of your investment. Whichever option you choose, you will most likely fall in love with your new room once it is completed.