SUNROOM CONSTRUCTION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do homeowners invest in a sunroom?
Many reasons: sunrooms expand your living space and increase the value of your home. They bring the outdoors inside and offer an area for relaxation and enjoyment.

How do people use their sunrooms?
People use the extra space the sunrooms provide as a place to retreat and relax. Some people use their sunrooms for: family rooms, library/reading room, dining and entertaining areas, as a playroom for children or grandchildren, workplace area, exercise room, reading room, room to do arts and crafts, a room to gaze out at the stars or simply a room to close your eyes for a few minutes on a Saturday afternoon. The possibilities are endless.

What’s better – a sunroom or a conventional room addition?
A sunroom is designed for comfortable outdoor living – it’s not “just another room in the house.” The expense for a sunroom can be considerably lower than a conventional room addition. Unlike conventional construction, a typical sunroom can be built in as little as a week with little mess or disturbance to your lifestyle. Because sunrooms have the feel of the outdoors, it has a different feel than a typical family room. They lend themselves to casual furnishings such as wicker and rattan, and provide a wonderful environment for plants. Most sunroom owners say it is their favorite room in the house.

Why is a sunroom a good investment?
Homeowners who sell their homes say their sunroom helped their home sell quickly, and they received a more than reasonable return on their sunroom investment. Families who have sunrooms talk about them as a place to relax, de-stress, and get away from it all. Aside from being an investment that enhances your own personal lifestyle – you’ll get value when you sell. The 2005 Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine’s research department shows Sunrooms recoup 74.5% of their cost when a home is sold.

How do I find a reputable sunroom dealer?

  • Seek referrals from people who recently had sunrooms installed.
  • Ask companies for references. See the work they have done.
  • Make sure the company is licensed and their license is current.
  • Ask how long the company has been in business. Choose a manufacturer who has a long and stable business history.
  • Check the quality of the materials and the workmanship.
  • The company should offer financing options.
  • Ask what percentage of their business is from referrals by past customers.
  • The company should provide you with an accurate cost to the penny - without any hidden charges.
  • The company should use their own crews to install the sunroom – not subcontractors.
  • The owner or installation foreman should supervise the project with regular on-site visits.
  • The company should have a process to notify you immediately of changes or delays in the schedule.
  • The company should provide you with a complete and thorough walk-through inspection of the finished product.
  • The company should answer all of your questions and provide information for you to make an educated decision.
  • The company should take care of obtaining the building permit and arrange for all of the required inspections by your local building department.
  • Look for a warranty that is backed by a reputable manufacturer.

What is the best type of glass to use?
Tempered glass is the safest. It breaks into tiny pebble-like pieces, while standard glass breaks in sharp serrated debris. Single pane windows have just one pane of glass. They offer less insulation protection from heat or cold. Double pane (or insulated) glass contains a sealed air pocket between the inner and outer panes to resist the flow of heat. Find out if Low-E glass if available. Think about how you plan to use your sunroom, and choose the type of glass that is most appropriate for your needs and budget.

What questions should I ask my sunroom dealer?

  • Why should I choose a sunroom over a standard room addition?
  • What size sunrooms are available?
  • How long will it take to build my sunroom?
  • Why should I do business with you?
  • Why are you the best at what you do?
  • Tell me about the company that is going to manufacture the materials for my sunroom.
  • How many rooms have your crews built?
  • What type of Warranty is available?
  • Are your installers employees of your company or are they subcontractors?
  • Who trains your installation staff?
  • What percentage of your overall business is sunrooms?
  • What is the process for obtaining a building permit for the sunroom?
  • Is there a sunroom that your company has recently built that we could see?

"We really enjoy the peace and quiet of our sunroom. It's wonderful to be able to look out at the birds, deer, and fox from the comfort of our sunroom."

John D.
Janesville, WI

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