When it comes to Whittier additions, sunrooms can serve a wide variety of uses, including:
- Sunny atrium
- Art studio
- Hobby or craft workshop
- Family room
- Dining or breakfast room,
- Exercise room
- Transition area between pool and house
- Patio enclosure
- Pool enclosure
- Playroom or game room
- Master bedroom extension
You will be able to choose from a wide variety of shapes and sizes or customize the exact space you want to create with a sunroom. Whether you make your Whittier sunroom addition a three-season room or you add supplemental heat/air for comfort year round, the choice will be yours. You will also have a choice in the framing materials and the interior frames of the glass panels. Your options will usually be aluminum, vinyl-clad aluminum or wood. You will also have choices about foundation style and material, lighting, “ceiling” fans and door styles.
You will definitely want to shop around to understand the options in room size and shape, cost of installation, and types of glass used by various manufacturers. You will want to analyze the glass to know how it will stand up to wind and how the installation will hold up in bad weather. There are many kinds of glass, and it is important to understand in the beginning that the sun room will not be built of the same kind of glass that is in most windows.
Whittier sunrooms are built of varying qualities of tempered glass. (If you have a frameless glass shower enclosure in your home, you can see the kind of glass used). What will be different about the glass used by different manufacturers will be the strength of the tempered safety glass. Ask each manufacturer about the wind velocity their glass can withstand. Then think about weather conditions in your region and choose what you will need.
It is also important to think about the insulating properties of the glass. Remember that glass is an excellent conductor of heat and cold and that it will transfer ultraviolet light from the sun. The R-Value of the glass used will be very important in controlling the temperature inside the finished room and in protecting your furnishings. Depending on the kind of roof you choose, you might also need to ask about glass tinting in ceiling panels.
Just ask the right questions and choose your general contractor carefully. You can have a quick and affordable sun room addition that will meet your needs.