A screen porch is a great place to spend time relaxing with your family and friends or having a quiet moment to yourself. Unfortunately, it can only be used when the weather is cooperating. Adding windows to create a sunroom is a great solution. There are several benefits that come from enclosing your screen porch. While protection from inclement weather would probably rank at the top of many homeowners’ list of reasons, there are others.
Now that spring is here there is the continual cleaning of the pollen on the porch. Mosquitos coming in through tears in the screen and chasing you inside. A porch that is framed-in and has windows installed can, with a little extra work and expense, become an all-season room. Enclosing your outside space is a quick way for you to add usable square footage to the living area of your home, which is great when time to sell your home.
Seasonal sunrooms are constructed with single pane glass windows and screens that can be full-length or built at a knee-wall to give a more closed-in feel. While they are not designed to be heated or air conditioned, natural ventilation, window blinds, and shades add comfort and extend seasonality. These rooms are normally used from spring to fall or year-round in warmer climates. Here is a before and after;
Before Screen Porch
Double-Hung Windows Added
What Are The Different Type Windows?
Windows are the most important aspect of a sunroom. Choosing the right windows, preferably an energy efficient windows, will allow the sunroom to maintain a comfortable climate.
Window Replacements of Georgia can walk you through the features and benefits of different windows. The type windows will depend on the layout of the sunroom and the features you want.
Double Hung – vertically operated window which has an upper and lower sash that both can slide up and down.
Casement– with a side-hinged sash that opens like a door and operated by a handle.
Picture & Architectural Shapes– can create graceful curves to contemporary angles, adding that special touch to your home
Awning– with a top hinged sash that swings out at the bottom, allowing fresh air in but keeping other elements out.
What type of materials are used on the Windows?
- Vinyl/PVC – A good insulator, this inexpensive material offers durability and effectiveness with little maintenance.
- Clad – This moderately priced option combines the energy-efficiency of wood frames with maintenance-free aspect of vinyl.
- Wood -Wood provides an authentic, classic look to a sunroom. Although it is good for screened porch, it requires periodic maintenance because it is prone to rotting and can attract pests.
What glass option should I choose?
Single Pane – A single pane does not provide sufficient insulation. This window is not recommended for four-season sun rooms.
Triple Pane Glass – The triple pane glass provides three panes of glass with two layers of insulation to prevent heat loss.
Double Pane -This style has two layers of glass filled with air or gas between the two panes to provides insulation for winter and reduce condensation. A typical U-value ranges from 2 to 2.5.
Low E-Glass – This is a type of window that is coated with extremely thin layers of metallic oxide. The glass permits light to pass through but reflects off heat. This allows outside temperatures to be kept out and inside climate control measures to be better retained. Low-E glass acts like a “sunscreen” by blocking ultraviolet rays.
After – Casement Window, Double-pane glass, with Low-E & Argon gas
Argon Filled Glass – The space between panes is filled with argon gas, which reduces the amount of temperature in a room and provides better insulation. Argon gas is an odorless, non-toxic gas that is six times denser than air.
Tempered Glass – This type of glass is also known as safety glass. It is heat treated, and when it breaks, it crumbles into little pieces rather than shattering into large shards of glass.
Whatever style and form of window you choose, you won’t have to worry about breaking the architectural line of your house. Converting the screen porch to a sunroom will not compromise your house’s design. In fact, they provide just the opposite effect! Like all high-quality extensions, sunrooms look as if they were on your house all along!
Indeed, once you step into your new sunroom, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it! We have converted many porches to sunrooms.
So, get ready for spring with a new look for your house. CONTACT US for one of our certified installers to discuss all these options during our free in-home consultation. We service Marietta area including Kennesaw, Smyrna, Powder Springs, Acworth, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Sandy Springs, and Brookhaven, GA