4 Things To Consider Before Adding A Sunroom To Your House

If you want to spend more time outdoors, a great way to do that is by adding a sunroom to your home. You can purchase a pre-fabricated sunroom from a manufacturer and have a contractor install and add it onto your home. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a sunroom for your house.

Always Get In-Person Quotes

There are numerous companies that manufacture prefabricated sunrooms and contractors that specialize in installing and building sunrooms. Despite the fact that you can get cost information from a manufacturer's website, you should always base your final decision on quotes that were provided in-person. 

When purchasing prefabricated sunrooms, the setup of your home will play a large role in determining the actual installation costs. For example, if your sunroom can use your existing patio for the foundation, your costs should be lower than if a new foundation needed to be installed. A qualified contractor will look over your setup in-person, which will allow them to factor in things such as your electrical layout and foundation possibilities as well as any building challenges your home presents, and provide you with an accurate quote that takes into consideration not just the cost of the parts, but the entire installation process.

Ask About Electrical Standards

The next thing you need to consider when purchasing a pre-fabricated sunroom is how the electrical system is set up in the sunroom. Make sure that the electrical system, or raceways, is integrated into the design and layout of the sunroom and uses wiring systems that meet national building code standards. Stay away from sunrooms that do not have integrated electrical systems; the electrical boxes, wiring and conduits should not be visible inside of your new sunroom.

Think About Energy Consumption

You should also think about energy consumption when purchasing a sunroom for your house. If you want to use your sunroom year round, it is important that energy efficient materials are used to build the sunroom. The more energy efficient your sunroom is, the less you'll have to spend on heating and cooling it throughout the year. Look for sunroom set-ups that are Energy Star certified.

Pay Attention To The Details

When choosing a sunroom design, make sure that you pay attention to the little details. 

For example, a sunroom is generally composed of numerous windows and doors. Make sure that the windows and doors are energy efficient and employ stainless steel tracks and rollers to ensure smooth operation. You should also make sure that the screens used in your sunroom allow you to enjoy the outdoors without being subject to light that is too harsh; investing in black aluminum screens, for example, instead of fiberglass screens can allow you to enjoy the view and be protected from the sun. 

For more information, contact Rollins Construction or a similar company.