How to Choose the Right Sunroom for Your Home

How to Choose the Right Sunroom for Your Home

January 5, 2021

While it’s true that any home addition will benefit your house, sunrooms are some of the best home additions in Santa Fe, NM. Sunrooms expand your indoor living space while still allowing you to enjoy some sunshine.

It’s important to keep in mind that rushing through a sunroom addition project could lead to your dissatisfaction. We put together this handy post to ensure that doesn’t happen! Continue reading to learn a few things to consider before getting started with your new sunroom.

A four-season or three-season sunroom?

The first thing to consider is whether you want a three-season sunroom or a four-season sunroom. A three-season sunroom typically isn’t insulated, nor does it have heating or air conditioning. That’s not to say they aren’t comfortable—plenty of natural light and the ability to open up the windows helps keep the room comfortable for the majority of the year.

Four-season sunrooms, on the other hand, are more like “real rooms.” Along with higher-quality glass, they feature insulated knee walls that help keep the room cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Additionally, your contractor will install a heating and AC system to ensure you can use your sunroom all year long.

Where should my sunroom go?

Next, you’ll need to pick a location for your new sunroom. Unless there are any HOA regulations for home additions in Santa Fe, NM, the choice is up to you! South-facing sunrooms often get the most sun, while a sunroom facing east or west will give you a nice view of the sunrise or sunset. Your contractor will be a helpful resource in making this decision.

What construction materials should I use?

Sunrooms can either be stick-built (made of wood and nails) or made of vinyl or aluminum. Stick-built sunrooms are the more expensive option, but they’re sturdier and will add more value to your home. Keep in mind that a four-season sunroom will almost always need to be stick-built, since it’s thoroughly insulated.

What windows should I install?

Now that we’ve decided on the frame, it’s time to pick windows. Most sunrooms nowadays feature double-pane glass with a low-emissivity coating to help boost the room’s insulation. The type of glass you choose is completely up to you, but going with higher-quality glass is always the better decision.

What’s the total cost?

The final price for your sunroom ultimately depends on its size and whether you want a three- or four-season room. A three-season room starts at about $25 per square foot, while a four-season sunroom costs approximately $300 per square foot.

The good news is that sunrooms have an ROI of about 49 percent, should you ever choose to sell your home.

Hire Apple Construction LLC to build your sunroom

Look no further than our team for all of your home additions in Santa Fe, NM. In addition to adding sunrooms or new bedrooms, we specialize in decks, patios, pools and so much more. Now is a great time to start planning your 2021 home improvement projects, so call us today to get a quote!

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