Q. I want a wide-open view of the horizon, but I´m worried about overheating in the summer. How do I control the heat gain?

A. You actually have a couple of options or you may use a combination of the ideas below:
1. Shades. Sunshine Rooms come with a built-in shade track. This lets you install our comfort glide shade system quickly and easily. These decorative shades (over 60 fabrics to choose from) are internal and can be raised in the wintertime to maximize the sun´s warmth. In the summertime the shades would be lowered and the reflective backing on the shades reflects most of the sun´s heat. The name “comfort glide” shade system is an appropriate name because the shades can be raised and lowered as needed very easily. They can even be motorized with an optional remote control. Please see our accessories pages to learn more about our “comfort glide” shade systems.

2. Another viable option to address the heat build-up is the use of one of many high performance glass types. We offer five different grades of high performance glass. With today´s Low-E technologies we can provide glass that actually reflects the sun rays in the summertime and in the winter it reflects the heat back into the room. It´s absolutely amazing how successful this glass works and it remains virtually clear, which allows you to see the great outdoors the way it was meant to be. Our most popular high performance glass is LOE Plus and LOE Plus Sun. Both work very well in reducing heat build-up.

3. Proper ventilation is also an important aspect of a properly designed sunroom/solarium. By opening the windows in the front wall and exhausting warm air through a thermostatically controlled exhaust fan you are able to keep the sunroom from overheating. ;;

NOTE: These methods are very successful in keeping sunrooms from overheating. However, if you desire the room to be cool, like your house when it´s 100 degrees outside, you will have to cool the sunroom just like you have to cool your house. Our sunrooms with insulated glass (standard) and shades can be cooled efficiently with a small window A/C unit or the extension of air ducts from your current house. A small separate system is more advantageous than duct extensions. Remember, even a traditional style room must be air conditioned in the summer if you expect it to be cool. See our Accessories pages for more information on heating and cooling units.

Q. What will hail do to my sunroom?

A.Most hailstorms will not break the glass. Our standard glass is tempered over tempered. It is very strong and combined with the slope of the roof will cause most hail to bounce off. Large hail (golf ball and larger) may break some glass. However, if this occurs, you simply add the replacement cost to your insurance claim because your house roof will be completely destroyed. A good example of the strength of tempered glass is how automobile glass fares in a hailstorm. The entire car can be covered with hail dents and dings but the glass is usually OK. Insurance companies are experienced with tempered glass and will actually pay out fewer claims compared to composition roofing materials.

Q. How will I heat the room in the winter?

A. A sunroom will heat itself during the sunlight hours. Many people feel that wintertime is the best time to enjoy their room. The sun´s warmth is appreciated more than ever during a long cold winter. To retain the heat, you may use a concrete, tile or brick floor. If your home is brick or stone it will work even better. You will need some type of extra heat for those really cold nights or periods where the sun refuses to come out. Most people utilize a small heat/ac unit much like what you see in a motel room. It can be controlled by a thermostat allowing you to regulate the temperature within the room. Our comfort glide shade system is quite effective at providing “movable insulation” for those really cold nights. You may also extend your existing ductwork into the room. A spa or hot tub works great to provide that extra heat. Just raise the lid and the heat loss from the water heats the room nicely. Let the sun come up and your winter garden will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Q. What is a Sunroom and a Solarium?

A. 1. A Sunroom is define as a room that has two or more glass or polycarbonate walls to allow maximum sunlight with a solid roof.

2. A Solarium is a complete aluminum ribbed or framed structure that has glass or polycarbonatye walls and a glass or polycarbonate roof. It has a complete view of the sky, the horizon, and the beautiful landscape that lies right outside.

Q. How do I control the temperature flux in my sunroom?

A. First you must determine what temperature ranges and swings are acceptable to you. Most people prefer temperatures between 65 degrees and 80 degrees. In winter we prefer warmer and summer cooler temperatures are preferred. The ideal situation is to create a heat and air system that can quickly get the temperature of the room into your “comfort” range. You really don´t care if the temperature drops to 43 degrees at 2 a.m. and it reached 120 degrees on a July afternoon while you´re at work. Most plants enjoy a fairly wide temperature range. Design your system to stay within these maximum ranges for your particular plants. Next you´ll want to provide auxiliary heating/cooling so you can quickly get the room´s temperature to “your comfort zone.” This can be accomplished with the use of accessories.

Q. Why a Sunroom or a Solarium?

A.There are many reasons for owning a sunroom. They expand your living space and increase the value of your home while increasing the amount of sunlight that enters your home. And they increase your horizontal view of the great outdoors. Solariums create more of an advantage by giving you a complete vertical and horizontal view of the outdoors. They both offer an area for relaxation and enjoyment and they greatly increase the resale value of your home.

Q. What kind of maintenance is necessary?

A. Sunrooms are designed to be easily maintained. Glass can be cleaned with any household glass cleaner. The structure may need a periodic cleansing with a mild household detergent & water solution to remove pollutant build-up.

Q. Will my sunroom stand up to severe weather?

A. Yes. Sunroom and solarium systems are designed to meet or exceed most snow & wind loads.

Q. Where can our Sunroom or Solarium be built?

A. Sunrooms can be built on a New or Existing existing slab or deck, patio, porch, or almost any other location next to or underneath a pre-existing structure. But in cold climates we recommend strong foundations to be built for the specific glass structure.

Q. What are the benefits and features of our our windows?

A. Our SilverCoat glass comes in a variety of low-e tempered and pane options to meet the demands and standard of our customers and the building codes. Our windows come optional with security locks, operable double sliders, tempered glass, full removal screens & meet the national glass code + dual tempered glass is A-Rated ALI Laboratory.

Q. How long does it take to install the glass enclosures?

A. Our rooms are engineered and crafted by profession glazers that have 30-plus years of experience in construction and sunroom fabrication. We generally allow 6 - 10 weeks on an average sunroom or solarium. Alllow more time for custom glass enclosure applications.

Q. How long until the room is delivered?

A. We manufacture our rooms right here in the United States. It generally takes about 3 - 4 weeks to be engineered, crafted, and delivered once all the paper work is completed.

Q. What building codes our rooms meet and exceed?

A. Meets or Exceeds UBC (Uniform Building Code), National Glass Code, A-Rated Dual Glass, UL (Underwriter Laboratories), CMBSOA approved Security Windows and AAMA approval on Windows & Doors & IAPMO

Q. What if I want to install the sunroom myself?

A. We carry a new line on DIY (Do it yourself) Kits or if you wnat to explore other more unique options or sales staff is available Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm to get you pointed in the right direction.

Q. What types of doors are there?

A. The list goes on and on. We carry and custom build a variety of doors to meet your budget, style, and desires. From sliders, french, to bi-folding doors we do it all. Visit our Options and Accessories page and view our door links.

Q. What are the different types of roofs?

A. We offer a variety or tempered roof options for our solariums, cathedrals, and conservatories. The roof panels can be made from single pane tempered, duals pane tempered, low-e options, and polycarbonate. Patio Enclosures and Sunrooms calls for specific specification of jobber.

Q. What are the different types of walls?

A.We offer many different models of glass sunspaces. The standard walls offered are a knee wall (KW), Glass to Ground (GG), and a Double High Units. The Knee Walls are made of many different types of custom materials decided by the customers and the type of job.

Q. What is the difference between a sunroom, solarium and a conservatory?

A. A sunroom is a room with glass walls and a type of solid roof. A solarium is usually a lean to addition to a home that has a glass roof and walls. A conservatory is a more eloquent and has a stylish old world look and feel to it.

Q. What are Gabled-Ends, Transoms, and Knee Walls?

A. Gabled-ends are usually the areas above the windows on the side walls.
Transoms are usually the areas above the windows on the front wall.
Knee Walls are the areas below the windows–solid, glass or dual glass.

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