At Sunroom.co.uk, we provide a number of different types of sunroom to suit just about any home. The term sunroom generally means that three or more of the walls are made from glass, but there are a number of options when it comes to the wall, ceiling, structure and more.
If you’re currently planning for your new sunroom, then here’s a quick overview of the different styles available.
Screened Porches: These are like standard porches, but they include screened panels on all sides to help the air circulate. They are useful for keeping out insects and helping you to make the most of an existing deck or patio. These sunrooms are generally only used from spring to autumn, as they become too cold in winter. Screened porches are generally a great place to relax.
Partial Glass/ Knee Wall Sunrooms: A knee-wall is a wall about as high as the windowsill, which means that your sunroom can benefit from some privacy as well as enhanced light and warmth from the glass. Knee-walls are also useful for running electricity lines.
Full or Partial Glass Rooms: Different types of sunroom can contain a different amount of glass, where some are made completely of glass and others include more traditional roofs or knee-walls. Even if you want to include a traditional roof for your sunroom, you can add a skylight to help keep the room as bright as possible.
Seasonal (Three Season) Sunrooms: When considering your new sunroom it’s essential to bear in mind how often you’ll be able to use it. Seasonal sunrooms are generally used between spring and autumn, becoming too cold to use during the winter (unless you live in a very temperate climate). They are often constructed using single pane glass or screens, full length or using a knee-wall. They are not usually designed to be heated or cooled, but can make use of simple methods such as shades and blinds. The main benefit of choosing this type of sunroom is that the heating systems from your home won’t need to be extended, meaning they are cheaper to build. If you need to, you can always bring in portable heating systems in winter.
Four Season Sunrooms: Four season sunrooms are designed to be used all year round, which means they include insulation in the walls, ceilings and glass as well as heating/ cooling systems extended from the home to make sure the temperature stays comfortable. Four season sunrooms are the only kind that can be used all year round, and are generally more expensive to build. It’s important to ensure that this kind of sunroom is built to be as energy efficient as possible, in order to save on heating costs.
Both seasonal and four season sunrooms come in a wide range of different styles and designs - their names simply represent how long they are usable throughout the year.
Converting Existing Rooms, or Adding to Existing Walls: You may already have an existing space to add your sunroom (such as a deck or patio). However, many people will choose to add the structure onto their home.
The Roof Style of Your Sunroom: As well as the general types of sunroom listed above, there are a number of roof styles to match your needs and your taste. The word sunroom usually refers to studio or shed-roof styles. However, you can also opt for a Cathedral roof for a vaulted ceiling, a solarium for the ultimate light in your sunroom, or Edwardian and Victorian style conservatories.
The Location of Your Sunroom: Sunrooms can be located in a number of different positions, depending on your property and on what you want to use the sunroom for. You should consider a southern exposure in order to benefit from the most sunlight. However, you may also choose sun in mornings or afternoons with an eastern or western exposure.
Choosing The Right Type of Sunroom for Your Home
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the type of sunroom for your home. It’s important to think about the times of year your sunoom will be usable. You should also consider how much maintenance your sunroom will need, which has an impact on the materials and structure you choose.
Sunrooms are generally convenient due to the fact that they can be added to the existing structure of the home. No matter what style you choose, they can add extra living space, warmth and light from the sun, and value to your home.