If you need to add living space to your Wichita home and want to find an economical way to build the addition, you might want to consider a sun room. Sun room additions can serve almost any purpose and they can be installed both quickly and cost-effectively. These additions are also a perfect way to enlarge a kitchen to add both space and sunlight.
The most affordable room additions will be those that are factory built in standard sizes. But a surprising amount of variation can be customized when they are installed. You will also be able to choose the type of roof you want, ranging from a standard Wichita shingled roof that seamlessly joins the existing roof to glass panels that are completely open to the sun and stars.
Sun room additions can serve a wide variety of uses:
- Sunny atrium
- Art studio
- Hobby or craft workshop
- Family room
- Dining or breakfast room,
- Exercise room
- Transition area between pool and house
- Patio enclosure
- Pool enclosure
- Play room or game room
- Master bedroom extension
You will be able to choose from a wide variety of shapes and sizes or customize the exact space you want to create. Whether you make the addition a three-season room or you add supplemental heat/air for comfort year round, the choice will be yours. You will also have a choice in the framing materials and the interior frames of the glass panels. Your options will usually be aluminum, vinyl-clad aluminum or wood. You will also have choices about foundation style and material, lighting, “ceiling” fans and door styles.
You will definitely want to shop around to understand the options in room size and shape, cost of installation, and types of glass used by various manufacturers. You will want to analyze the glass to know how it will stand up to wind and how the installation will hold up in bad weather. There are many kinds of glass, and it is important to understand in the beginning that the sun room will not be built of the same kind of glass that is in most windows.
Sun rooms are built of varying qualities of tempered glass. (If you have a frameless glass shower enclosure in your home, you can see the kind of glass used). What will be different about the glass used by different manufacturers will be the strength of the tempered safety glass. Ask each manufacturer about the wind velocity their glass can withstand. Then think about weather conditions in your region and choose what you will need.
It is also important to think about the insulating properties of the glass. Remember that glass is an excellent conductor of heat and cold and that it will transfer ultraviolet light from the sun. The R-Value of the glass used will be very important in controlling the temperature inside the finished room and in protecting your furnishings. Depending on the kind of roof you choose, you might also need to ask about glass tinting in ceiling panels.
Just ask the right questions and choose your Wichita remodeling contractor carefully. You can have a quick and affordable sun room addition that will meet your needs.