Types Of Sunroom Home Additions: Which Is Right For You?

Last Updated on July 25, 2023 by support

Fancy screened in sunroom

Are you looking to expand your home and have a beautiful, sun-filled room? Do you want to make sure you know the different types of sunroom home additions so you can choose the best one for your home?

In this blog post, we’ll cover the different types of sunroom additions available for homes today. When you finish reading, you’ll be closer to knowing which sunroom type you want for your home.

Types Of Sunrooms

Conservatory

Conservatory home addition

Boasting a full-glass design, conservatories are ideal for those who love to maintain plants and appreciate the outdoors from within their homes. The glass walls and ceiling provide an abundance of sunlight, making it perfect for gardening enthusiasts.

Pros Of A Home Conservatory 

  • Aesthetics – Add charm and character to your home with a conservatory. It also allows natural light to flow into your home, making the interior brighter and more inviting. Furthermore, with the right design elements, you can use the space to make your living area feel larger than it actually is. 
  • Cost – Conservatory sunrooms cost less than adding an extension to your home. They require less construction material, labor hours, and energy than building an additional room in your house would require.
  • Functionality – You can turn it into an extra sitting area or, alternatively, you could use it as a greenhouse or even create a music studio where you can record music in peace and quiet.

Cons Of Home Conservatories 

  • Heating/Cooling – Conservatories tend to get hot in summer and cold in winter due to their large windows, which allow heat to escape easily during colder months. In order to combat this problem, you may need to invest in insulation materials.
  • Maintenance – When compared with other rooms in your house, conservatories require more maintenance due to their exposed outdoor elements (windows & doors).

Four-Season Room

Four seasons room

As the name suggests, 4-season sunrooms can be used year-round as they come with HVAC, electricity, and plumbing systems. The additional features allow for a comfortable living space in any weather condition.

Pros Of Adding A Four-Season Sunroom 

  • Increases the value of your home – A four-season sunroom adds living space and natural light, which increases the resale value of your home. 
  • Versatile – You can use your sunroom as an entertainment area or even turn it into a bedroom or office space. 
  • Easy installation – Unlike other home additions, four-season sunrooms are modular structures that require minimal construction time.  
  • Eco-friendly – Most four-season sunrooms are designed with energy efficiency in mind. This means less reliance on air conditioning and heating, which can lower your utility bills. 

Cons Of Adding A Four-Season Sunroom 

  • Expense – While affordable compared to traditional additions, four-season sunrooms still require a larger investment upfront. 
  • Permanent Structure – Once installed, it’s difficult (and expensive) to remove or relocate your four-season sunroom if you decide it doesn’t work for you later on down the road.
  • Maintenance – The materials used for most four-season sunrooms may require periodic cleaning or painting over time in order to keep them looking their best.

Solarium

Solarium

A solarium is a sunroom with a glass roof and walls. It is an excellent option if you’re looking to bring the outdoors inside while still being sheltered from the elements. The glass roof provides ample natural light.

The Pros Of Installing A Solarium 

  • Increased natural light – Natural light has many benefits, both physical and mental. It can reduce eye strain, improve mood, and help you sleep better. Plus, it can make your home feel brighter and more inviting.
  • Increased home value – Not only will your home look more beautiful with the addition of a solarium, but it will also be worth more money when you decide to sell.
  • Energy efficiency – Solariums are designed to maximize natural light without allowing too much heat or cold air into your home.
  • Flexibility – There are many different types of solariums available, from freestanding structures to those attached directly to your house.
  • Low maintenance – Unlike other additions, such as decks or patios, solariums require minimal maintenance once they are installed. All they need is regular cleaning and occasional inspections for any damage caused by weather or wear and tear over time. 

The Cons Of Installing A Solarium 

  • Cost – Although adding on a solarium may increase the overall value of your property, it can also be expensive upfront.
  • Glare – Even though they are designed to maximize natural light while keeping out heat and cold air, some people find that sunrooms produce too much glare during certain times of the day.
  • Lack of privacy – Because most solariums feature large windows (some even have glass roof panels!), privacy may be an issue if yours isn’t properly shaded or screened off from view.

3-Season

Outside of a three season sunroom

A 3-season sunroom is a great option if you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors in the warmer months. It comes with windows instead of screens, making it usable during cooler weather. It does not come with an HVAC system, so it can’t be used all year long.

Pros Of A Three-Seasons Sunroom:

  • Adds value to your home – A well-designed three-season room can add value to your home and give it more curb appeal.
  • Increases living space – One of the best things about adding a three-season room is that it adds another area for entertaining or just relaxing without having to build an entirely new structure. If you have existing deck space or patio space that is blocking sunlight from entering your home, then converting it into a three-season room means more natural light will enter your home. 
  • Enjoy nature without pests – A screened-in porch offers all the benefits of being outdoors, like seeing wildlife and feeling refreshed by nature while still keeping pests away.

Cons Of A Three-Seasons Sunroom: 

  • Not ideal for extreme weather – Three-season rooms may not withstand extreme weather conditions such as heavy snowfall or hurricanes.
  • Limited use in winter months – They may still be too cold during winter months due to a lack of enough insulation. In addition, they may not hold up against winds blowing through them when it’s cold outside.

Prefab

Prefab sunroom

A prefab sunroom is a pre-manufactured sunroom that is disassembled and reassembled on-site. It is cost-effective and great for anyone needing additional living space in a short amount of time. However, it is limited in terms of design and customization options.

Pros Of Prefab Sunrooms: 

  • Lower cost – Prefabricated sunrooms are usually less expensive than custom-built sunrooms. 
  • Quick – They can be assembled relatively quickly. 
  • Variety – You have a wide range of style options to choose from. 
  • Warranty – Most prefabricated sunrooms come with a warranty. 

Cons Of Prefab Sunrooms: 

  • Durability – Prefabricated sunrooms may not be as durable as custom-built sunrooms. 
  • Non-customizable – They may not be able to be customized to your specific needs and preferences. 
  • Matching – It may be difficult to find a prefabricated sunroom that matches the style of your home. 
  • Professional help needed – You may need to hire a professional to assemble your prefabricated sunroom. 

Atrium

An atrium is a sunroom where the roof of an interior room is replaced with a glass roof. It is a great option if you’re looking for a way to increase the amount of natural light in your home.

Pros Of Installing A Home Atrium 

  • Adds natural light – Atriums are full of windows that let in lots of beautiful natural light into your home.
  • Creates a great entertaining space – An atrium is a perfect space for entertaining guests or hosting family gatherings.
  • Enhances curb appeal – A well-designed atrium can also increase the value and appeal of your home.

Cons Of Installing A Home Atrium 

  • High installation cost – Installing an atrium can be quite costly, especially if there is significant structural work involved in creating it.
  • Difficult maintenance – Because they are exposed to the elements, atriums require regular maintenance in order to keep them looking their best. This includes cleaning windows, sealing cracks and gaps in walls or doors, and repainting as needed.
  • Can cause temperature issues – An open-air room like an atrium can suffer from extreme temperatures during summer and winter. 

Screen Room

Beautiful screened in porch

A screen room is a sunroom with a roof that has screens for windows. It is a great option if you’re looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors without being swarmed by insects. However, screen rooms do not come with an HVAC system.

Pros Of Installing A Screen Room 

  • Enjoy open air without bugs – A screened-in porch provides all the joys of being outside but with added protection from common pests like mosquitoes, flies, and other bugs.
  • Increase usable living space – Adding a screen room can provide extra living space. Put in furniture and create a space for relaxing, entertaining guests, or getting work done.
  • Low maintenance – Unlike other additions to your home (e.g., decks), screen rooms require very little maintenance once installed.

Cons Of Installing A Screen Room

  • Expense – Depending upon the size and features included in construction, installing a screen room can be expensive—especially if you hire professional help with building it. In addition to labor costs, materials like framing lumber and aluminum frames will add up quickly too.
  • Loss of privacy – If you prefer complete privacy when spending time outdoors, then many screen rooms may not be the best choice for you due to their openness.
  • Sun exposure – If you plan on using your screened-in porch during sunny weather days, then bear in mind that it won’t provide much shade given its open design.

Which Sunroom Is Best For My Home?

The type of sunroom that is best for your home depends on your needs, the budget you have to cover the cost of a sunroom, and the climate in your area. If you’re looking for a year-round living space, then a 4-season sunroom is your best bet.

However, if you’re looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors in the warmer months, then a 3-season or screen room sunroom may be more suitable.

A conservatory or solarium is an excellent option if you’re looking for a way to grow plants and bring the outdoors inside.

If you need additional living space in a short amount of time and have a limited budget, then a prefab sunroom may be the best choice for you.

Expand Your Home With A Home Addition From Frei Remodeling

Whether it’s a screen room, enclosed patio, or another type of sunroom addition, Frei Remodeling has the experience and expertise to make your dream home come true. You can also have us add a master bedroom, laundry room, and other additions.

With versatile designs, top-quality construction materials, and competitive pricing, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best of the best when it comes to home remodeling solutions. All our services are tailored to meet your own needs and preferences and will perfectly blend into your existing home architecture.

So don’t wait any longer! Reach out to us now via our contact form or give us a call and let us bring a sunroom addition to life for your family.

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