Based on written feedback, Patio Enclosures, Inc., the largest manufacturer and installer of sunrooms in North America, shares the five most common things sunroom customers who have purchased a sunroom, solarium or conservatory say they wish they had done.
"We wish we had bought a sunroom sooner." Most sunroom owners report that after they had their sunroom installed that it quickly became the most used room in the home.
"We wish we would have bought a bigger sunroom." During purchase negotiations, homeowners sometimes focus on what they're spending rather than what they're getting in a sunroom, prompting final decisions about size and features that can limit the sunrooms use. Careful consideration should be given to how the design of a sunroom enhances your lifestyle and adds value (square footage) to your home.
"We wish we had purchased a year-round sunroom." Although most seasonal sunrooms can be used from spring through fall, many homeowners with three season sunrooms say that they miss using their sunroom through the winter holidays and during long cold spells when they could take advantage of natural daylight. Consider an insulated sunroom with ENERGY STAR® rated roof panels, glass windows and doors, and floor panels for maximum comfort and energy efficiency.
"We wish we had ordered glass roof panels." Letting in more natural light has several advantages, including lowered lighting and heating requirements, and improving mental outlook for its occupants.
"We wished we had bought custom sunroom blinds or a shading system sooner." You can get too much of a good thing. In cases where there is a lot of direct sunlight, a solar shading system or custom sunroom window blinds and sunroom shades that resist heat will allow you to better control sunlight and glare, heat gain, and filter harmful ultra violet rays. These accessories also give occupants a greater degree of privacy from neighbors. Customers often don't purchase blinds and shade items up front, but eventually understand the wisdom of using custom blinds to control their sunroom's environment.
If you plan to purchase a sunroom, it's important to talk with a sunroom design consultant who can advise you about available designs and options, and the best way to get the most value from your sunroom. For more than 40 years, Patio Enclosures, Inc. has designed, manufactured and installed more than 200,000 sunrooms for customers throughout the North America.