When it comes to a sunroom built today, we are definitely in a different era.
Today’s sunrooms are better looking, better performing, and much more energy efficient than the stereotypical metal and glass contraptions of the past.
Stuck In Sunroom Past
Some people think of the products of thirty years ago when they consider a sunroom addition to their home. They are usually very pleasantly surprised when they learn the single pane glass; aluminum/metallic-looking, non-insulated glass-roofed structures are now just a faded, bad memory.
Era of the New Sunroom
There are many sunroom products that are available today to construct an energy efficient, very comfortable sunroom. ClearView is just one of the companies available to homeowners today that offers technologically advanced products when compared to what people remember from the seventies and early eighties. There is really no comparison. The designs incorporating new technologies have created incredible options for homeowners. For example, 3-season sunroom designs are still available, however 95% of the sunrooms built by ClearView are four-season sunrooms because there is very little difference in the investment. However, there is a huge increase in sunroom use year round!
The Year ‘Round Sunroom
One of the most popular sunroom options to keep the room a comfortable temperature is to install an individual heating-cooling-heat pump unit because sunrooms are used differently than other rooms in a home. Installation of a separate climate controlled unit results in additional comfort and higher energy efficiency.
A four-season ClearView sunroom features Energy Star ™ rated double pane windows that are brick molded, just like replacement windows.
In fact, replacement windows for your home can match the windows on your four-season sunroom exactly.
New Sunroom Technology – Bringing It All Together
New sunroom technology incorporates many advantages over old styles including:
- Insulated Floors
- Foundations that are more stable (including platform floors, footed slabs, crawl spaces, and basements)
- Walls with Energy Star ™ windows, thermal separations and insulated extrusions
- The final fit and finish are exceptional because rooms are built on-site by trim carpenters
- Sliding pop-out windows that are easy to clean and can be quickly removed for maximum ventilation due to the availability of a full screen
- Windows that have a picture framed look (brick molded like a traditional building) that can match replacement windows found in the rest of the home
- Shingled roof to match the existing roof whether it is an A-frame/gable or a slanted/studio roof
- Roofs are insulated (R-13, R-26, R-40) as compared to glass roofs rated at R-4
- The amount of glass (used much more in traditional building methods) eliminates the “closed in feel”
- Heating for four-season sunrooms can be done many ways including using a PTAC unit (heat-cool-heat pump), heated fans, a direct or zone heated furnace, or a fireplace or stove (wood/electric/pellet/corn/gas)
- Passive solar gain can be significant if your all-season sunroom faces south or west.
- All windows use tempered glass for safety
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