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This is where we will post relevant articles, information, and how-to's related to all things home exteriors, specifically sunrooms, roofing, and siding. Check back often for updates and new information!

Sunroom Skylights

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When adding skylights to your sunroom you have a variety of choices depending on your needs and desires. Skylights and sunrooms are the perfect pairing to achieve a passive solar design that uses the sun’s energy for heating and cooling your living space. Additionally, today’s skylight features go even further to give you flexibility and control over your environment.

Greater control to keep your environment comfortable

A popular choice, the Velux Solar Powered “Fresh Air” skylight. These remote controlled solar powered skylights do not require wiring making installation more cost effective. With the integrated rain sensor, the skylight will close automatically if rain threatens. Silcon dioxide glass enables water to disperse evenly, evaporates quickly, greatly reducing water spotting. Lastly, having the ability to remotely open your sunroom skylights is a simple and safe way to add ventilation without open window.

More choices for the budget

Velux “Fresh Air” skylights can also come in electric or manual options. The electric “Fresh Air” skylights open with the touch of a button. If you forget to close it, a rain sensor will shut the skylight during inclement weather. Depending on the pitch of your sunroom ceiling you might be able to get by with the manual version.

Economical alternative  

Still one of the most popular choices by homeowners is the Velux fixed skylight, which are perfect for visually expanding and further brightening your sunroom. This skylight comes with some of the basic features of the operable skylights such as the water repealing glass that reduces spotting.

Skylights in sunrooms are a perfect fit

Today’s skylights suitable for sunrooms, bear little resemblance to earlier generations of residential skylights.

Velux skylights comply with the “0.30-0.30” standards, that is, a maximum Solar Heat Gains Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30 and a maximum Thermal Resistance (U-factor) coefficient of 0.30.

Alternatively, you can choose a very low SHGC coefficient (as close to 0.2 as possible) will reduce unwanted solar heat gains to lower levels; and a low U-factor (also as close as possible to 0.2) will reduce heat loss, which is critical in cold climates. Only top skylights like Velux can meet these standards, which are beneficial for sunroom passive designs.

Incorporating Velux skylights with a high VT (Visual Transmittance) value will allow more daylight to enter in your sunroom by positioning the roof skylight in a way that enhances your daylighting design. Vented skylights enhance airflow and can eliminate hot air accumulating in the summer months.

Skylights bring natural overhead light and air into the sunroom and allow for greater flexibility to create privacy without sacrificing natural light.

 

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Fall Open House – Celebrating 50 years

We hope you’ll join us next Saturday, October 5th at the Woodland Windows and Doors & Woodland Exteriors showrooms at the corner of Lake and Gary for our 50th Anniversary Fall Open House. We invite you to learn about what’s new for windows and doors, gather with neighbors, family and friends, or enjoy some fun with your kids.

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Why visit an Open House?

Woodland sponsors the Open House because it’s a wonderful opportunity for people to learn about home improvement products and services in an informal setting without any pressure. Our large showroom is a showcase for a homeowners and builders planning new and remodeling projects. Home improvement products are rapidly changing and the Open House is a perfect opportunity to learn about the new features available today. We also like to hear directly from customer’s what products and services you need from us. What better way than to open the doors for people to leisurely explore, talk with experts and learn about window and door options before you need them?

Woodland and Woodland Exteriors is a full-service dealer with a full complement of products for all types of homes or home projects. We also serve the trades and commercial builders offering state of the art products and installation services.

Come in Saturday, October 4th from 10am-3pm and see for yourself all the resources available to you when you’re ready to plan your window, door, sunroom, deck, siding or other project. Windows and doors are indisputably cornerstones for any improvement or building project and as such are specified and ordered very early in any building project.

It’s never too early to educate yourself about these products and here’s your opportunity.

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Skylights in Sunrooms

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Skylights and sunrooms are the perfect pairing to achieve a passive solar design that uses the sun’s energy for heating and cooling your living space. When designing a sunroom that stays cooler in summer and warmer in winter, passive design principals’ matter. Skylights add unique features and benefits to the design and orientation of your sunroom windows to help capture solar energy and manage the room temperature.

Passive design principals for sunrooms

The ideal location for your sunroom is to face due south (30º E or W) which gives you the maximum potential for solar collection. The goal is at least four hours of sunlight at midday in midwinter. In our northern climate, if you plan to use your sunroom during winter, you may want to investigate a slightly higher U-value or SHGC that will collect more solar heat during winter. Otherwise, opt for Low-E glazing with a low U value of less than 0.3 that will help keep heat gain or heat loss within acceptable levels for year-round use.

Insulate the floor and space above the ceiling. If cathedral, wood or insulated panels are best. Depending on your sunroom location, consider having less glazing (glass) or shaded glazing on the east and west sides of the house to help control temperatures.

Skylights add a passive design feature

FreshAire SolarSkylights bring natural overhead light and air into the sunroom and allow for greater flexibility to create privacy without sacrificing natural light. Velux skylights can be managed by remote controls, smart settings such as rain sensor technologies and have special glass to repel rain and grime. Old designs made from low-quality glass or polycarbonate provided poor insulation power and made the sunroom uncomfortably warm during summer months. Suffice it to say, today’s skylights suitable for sunrooms, bear little resemblance to earlier generations of residential skylights.

Velux skylights comply with the “0.30-0.30” standards, that is, a maximum Solar Heat Gains Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30 and a maximum Thermal Resistance (U-factor) coefficient of 0.30.

Alternatively, you can choose a very low SHGC coefficient (as close to 0.2 as possible) will reduce unwanted solar heat gains to lower levels; and a low U-factor (also as close as possible to 0.2) will reduce heat loss, which is critical in cold climates. Only top skylights like Velux can meet these standards, which are beneficial for sunroom passive designs.

Incorporating Velux skylights with a high VT (Visual Transmittance) value will allow more daylight to enter in your sunroom by positioning the roof skylight in a way that enhances your daylighting design. Vented skylights enhance airflow and can eliminate hot air accumulating in the summer months.

Walls, roof, windows, doors and skylights determine passive sunroom design

Remote VeluxSunrooms are predominately made up of glass that absorbs the sunlight and warms the interior surface yet, when the sun goes down the warmth is lost back through the glass, which, by itself, isn’t a good insulator. Walls, roof, window styles and skylights all work in concert to promote passive design goals – a cooler sunroom in summer and a warmer room in winter. Structural insulated panels (SIPS) provide an excellent moisture barrier and custom stick-built rooms with insulated walls and roofs with an R value of 20-50 will likewise help maintain temperatures in your sunroom. Windows and doors need to be selected for their glazing, size and framing materials, which support your passive design goals.

Passive sunroom design goals, including integrating energy efficient skylights to enhance your options are well worth the effort. Passive solar design is most affective in southern or sunny climates. Just as you can’t tame a bear, our northern climate is wild with hot and cold extremes, oftentimes in the same day. Always include a mechanical heating and air-conditioning source in your sunroom design.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to All

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A special thanks to our customers for another great year.

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Traditional Sunroom Additions – Selecting Windows & Doors

The trend toward bringing the outdoors in to our homes makes the addition of a sunroom very popular. If your goal is to open your home to natural light, fresh air and natures views you’ll want to select a style that optimizes your window and door choices. Traditional sunroom additions give you the maximum flexibility to select the size, style and location for your sunroom windows and doors.

Traditional Sunroom Addition

Traditional Sunroom Addition

A ‘site built’ or sometimes called ‘stick built’ addition is built from scratch on-site. In this case, the wood, concrete, glass, siding, shingles, insulation, lighting and every other component is selected to closely match your existing home or to upgraded standards. A traditional sunroom addition is constructed by a contractor just as any regular addition or house would be. Permits are pulled, a foundation is laid, walls are framed, insulated and sheet rocked, roof trusses are built, and the room is wired for power.

Since the primary purpose of these rooms is to create a bright and airy space, particular attention needs to be given to the window and door selection in order to get the maximum benefit of the room. Here are some key considerations for your sunroom addition windows and doors.

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Siding, Roofing, Sunroom Additions Need Professional Installers

 

One of the most difficult challenges of home ownership is finding qualified home improvement professionals who proactively manage your project.Sunrm Gall Bloomingdale 2

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Whether you need to replace your siding, roofing or want to add a sunroom to your backyard space, the first thing to know is that no home improvement job is without surprises, challenges and delays. Your challenge at the start is to select a contractor who understands that reality and knows how to minimize the potential associated pitfalls and maximize the final result.

Construction best practices always includes the use of the project management process, but seldom do the vast number of home improvement contractors use the discipline of that process. Yet most everyone would agree that remodeling is fraught with unforeseen obstacles, so when it’s time to select a contractor insist on them showing you their process.

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Sunrooms in Winter – How to heat your sunroom

 

Imagine if you could have a place to retreat to during those long gray, cold winter months that would instantly bring cheer to your day. Not everyone can afford a Florida retreat, but you can create such a place right in your own home. Design a sunroom to accommodate all types of weather, including winter. If your sunroom wasn’t designed with winter in mind, with some simple heating options, you may be able to do a few things to make it more appealing in the winter.

 

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Sunrooms Create an Outdoor Sanctuary

We tend to have hectic lives, running between work, appointments and commitments with little time to unwind. It’s no wonder then that many homeowners dream of creating a sanctuary where they can seek refuge after a hard day or a long week.

Perhaps the best antidote for stressful lives is nature, so it’s only natural for homeowners to choose to add an outdoor room as a sanctuary. Outdoor rooms can be all season sunrooms, three season sunrooms or open air patio rooms. The primary design of these spaces is the three sides of glass or screen providing expansive views of your property and flooding the room with natural light. The key to maximizing views and light lies in how the sunroom is designed and built.

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Styles of Sunrooms - Depend on Functionality

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Adding a sunroom is not unlike deciding to build an addition to your home. In both cases, it’s a financial commitment, which promises a significant return by adding additional space that improves the quality of yours and your family’s life. With so much at stake, how do you choose the right style, the right products and the right installation company?

Style and function

Start by deciding what will be the function of your sunroom. Do you need more space? Are you trying to connect your indoor living to outdoor living? Or do you want access to more natural light in your home? Maybe you want the sunroom to match your home so closely that it looks like the original construction? Your goal begins the discussion about the type of sunroom you’ll need in both style and function. Woodland Exterior sunrooms integrate every product component to create the exact room that delivers the function you specified.

In other words, if you need more space, the design can optimize the footprint. If you are connecting your interior space to the outdoors, select the right energy efficient products to minimize temperature impacts to the rest of your home. If you are wanting more natural light in your home environment, the design should identify the best orientation and windows to maximize light. And matching your home’s appearance is accomplished by selecting an installation company with custom design experience and a team of installers who are craftsmen.
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Woodland Exteriors sunrooms come in all different styles either an all season sunroom or a three season sunroom. Chose from a custom built or component built. Component built, whether all season or three season use the same basic product components and the all season sunroom specifications call for additional energy performance components. Learn more about custom built traditional sunrooms.
 
Component Products
v The InsulGlaze 450 window is 7/8” dual pane argon filled window. Low E glass reduces both heating and cooling costs and a non-metallic foam spacer reduces condensation.
v Glass performance measures include; a center of the glass R Value of 4, a whole product NFRC U Factor score of .28, and a SHGC of .29.
v Window insulation uses EnviroTherm injection foam filled polyurethane insulation in the multi-chamber uPVC frame and triple weather stripping.
v Wall panels are made of high strength aluminum extrusions, foam filled, thermally enhanced and dent resistant knee walls.
v Insulated composite roof with batten system construction add additional energy efficiency and strength. Even the weight of six feet of snow wouldn’t damage the roof panels.
v Almost limitless choice of custom colors to match the siding and trim of your home.
Installation
v Custom design and custom built to exacting tolerances, and engineered from top to bottom.
v Built on a concrete slab or existing deck as the base of your sunroom – little to no excavation or disruption of your landscaping or home is necessary.
v Woodland sunrooms are built to last with a lifetime limited warranty.
 
There are a lot of choices in the marketplace for sunrooms, making the decision to buy one confusing and time consuming. Several years ago, when Woodland Exteriors decided to add sunrooms to our product offerings our decision was based on two things. First, there was Woodland Exterior's installation core competency and second, our product supplier’s top quality sunrooms. The combination allowed Woodland Exteriors to source the best quality products and to guarantee top flight installation. The result has been a steady stream of customers visiting Woodland Exteriors sunroom showroom and an ever growing list of very happy sunroom owners.
 
There are a lot of choices of sunrooms in the market, so be sure to choose the one with unmatched functionality. Woodland Exteriors designs and builds sunrooms for functionality.
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Sunrooms For Modern Living

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Sunrooms have served many purposes over the years; as conservatories for raising tropical plants, hospital solariums for patient recovery, or building atriums that provide daylight and ventilation for occupants. Today the sunroom continues evolving for modern living.
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The evolution over the past several decades is largely due to the new affordable systems for enclosing patios or decks. These systems apply tightly engineered methods to create pre-manufactured components. The result is customizable sunrooms to suit any home with airtight on-site assembly.  Additionally, advances in technology for insulated glass, vinyl and vinyl-wood composite roof panels, specialized remote control blinds, and radiant heat options have thoroughly evolved the sunroom into a suitable room for modern living.
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5-Key Elements of a Great Sunroom

We all remember the first time we heard the idea, ‘form and function’ in an art class or maybe an introduction to landscaping. We learned that form and function together create something appealing and useful. One without the other and eventually the product lands in the trash heap. There are 5-key elements to design and build the form and function of a great sunroom.
 
Great sunroom design derives from the principle of form and function.
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The previous blog, Sunrooms that Connect the Indoors to the Outdoors explained that the type of sunroom you choose derives from having clear goals about how you want to use it. This blog explains how the design, products and installation decisions come from an understanding of the elements that make a great sunroom.
If you create the right form by focusing on energy efficiency you will achieve the optimal sunroom function of comfort and savings.
Contrary to the ads and flyers, sunrooms are not just glass walls surrounding happy people. Use the methods below to create a well-designed sunroom that provides daylight and comfort all year. Homeowners and building professionals need to pay attention to five elements of the sunroom construction to avoid mistakes that you’ll realize when it’s too late.
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Five elements of a great sunroom
 1. Orientation
 2. Glazing
 3. Thermal Mass
 4. Insulation
 5. Ventilation

Orientation. The ideal location for your sunroom is to face due south (30º E or W) which gives you the maximum potential for solar collection. The goal is at least four hours of sunlight at midday in midwinter. Sit in the spot at different times of the day to be sure the sun shines on the location with minimum obstruction from trees or structures. If you were building a new home with a sunroom, be build close to the north property line leaving more open space and sunlight behind the sunroom.
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Glazing.  Always use glass, rather than plastic alternatives because it’s more durable and traps more heat. We recommend vertical dual clear glass panes, rather than sloped glazing because it’s more practical and efficient. Slopped glazing collects more heat during the day and looses more heat at night making the temperature too hard to control. Low E or reflective glazing can prevent solar heat from entering the sunroom through the glass. Solid insulated walls are recommended on the east and west sides, however if an access glass door is needed, install it on the east side if there is an option. Solid walls reduce unwanted solar gain and nighttime heat loss.
Thermal Mass. Attention to the types of building materials further adds to your ability to control the sunroom temperature. For example, using concrete, stone or tile floors, which absorb and hold heat, rather than carpet or wood will improve the natural heating and cooling efficiency. Basically, these materials are natures time release capsules that allow buildings to store and release heat in step with daily heating and cooling needs. That’s why we wear dark clothes in the winter and light clothes in the summer for instance.
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Insulation. Structural insulated panels (SIPs) provide the best moisture barrier than any other choice in the market today. Add a fully fiberglass insulted roof with an R value of 20-50 and you’ve covered the primary sources of heat loss and temperature control. The wall between the sunroom and the house can be insulated with conductive materials to encourage heat transfer between the rooms if desirable.
Ventilation. Here’s the final element, which along with thermal mass can control the temperature swings in your sunroom. It’s said that depending on your climate, and we know that ours always swings to the extremes in both directions, sunroom temperatures can swing between 40º-100º. Installing operable vents at the top and bottom of the sunroom will facilitate airflow and eliminate extreme temperature swings. Other measures include cross breezes from windows and doors, skylights or sidewall vents.
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Understanding how a sunroom works before you add one to your home will allow you to avoid the mistakes most people make that cause the room to be either too hot or too cold, too bright for reading or too much humidity producing moisture stained windows.

Hear from customer’s who’ve bought sunrooms from Woodland Exteriors at www.woodlandexteriors.com or visit our showroom to see the products yourself. A Woodland Exteriors sunroom meets the National Sunroom Association codes.  Woodland Exteriors sunrooms are designed and installed to maximize daylight and comfort – form and function matter.
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Sunroom Addition Ideas - Connect the Indoors to the Outdoors

We dream of how we’d like things to be. The challenge is to bring our dreams to life. If you’re like most people, you’ve dreamed of a sunroom addition, especially one that seamlessly connect the indoors to the outdoors. Dream no more and put these three ideas to work to design the perfect sunroom addition that suits your lifestyle. 
 

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Illinois’ four-season climate puts on a show for the senses. Wintery white snow covered trees, spring sunshine yellow daffodils, summer sounds and smells, and fall picturesque orange foliage. This also means cold, wind, rain, bugs, heat and humidity.
 
Sunrooms can maximize the pleasures and minimize the harsh realities of Midwest living.
 
Categorized as three or all-season rooms based on whether the sunroom can be used in cold or very hot weather, sunrooms connect the indoors to the outdoors in three different ways.
 
1. Do you want a central room completely open to the sunroom?
2. Do you want the sunroom viewable using oversized glass doors?
3. Do you want the sunroom to be a separate room altogether?
 
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Open up the existing room

Use your imagination to design the space that will connect the indoors to the outdoors. Depending on the space, here are some suggestions to consider in your plan. If you open a wall to the main structure of the house obviously, heating and cooling considerations will be part of the design. This means that all openings, such as windows, doors, or skylights will need to comply with additional requirements for air infiltration and water penetration resistance, thermal performance (insulation) and structural requirements. Plan carefully to ensure that the sunroom addition doesn't significantly impact the temperature of the rest of your home and that you can keep the sunroom temperatures comfortable without overly relying on artificial heating, cooling or cause unnecessary transfer of heat or cold throughout the rest of the house.
 
Opening an entire exterior wall to connect an existing room to the sunroom is one of those projects that win awards in home magazines because it's transformative. Select a style, materials and finishes that make the room feel as if it was always a part of the original home. 
 

Oversized glass doors 

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Sunrooms that connect the indoors to the outdoors using oversized glass doors is one of the hottest trends today. This style allows the sunroom to be more self-contained than completely opening a wall to the sunroom because the room is thermally isolated from the rest of the house.
 
This design is heated or cooled by a separate temperature control. Energy performance, water filtration resistance and structural requirements still need to be carefully considered for your project.
Today’s selection of patio style doors from Marvin, Andersen and Pella come in expansive widths and heights, which can give you a seamless transition and expansive views between your home and the sunroom.
 

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Adding a sunroom with easy access from main living areas, which gets adequate sunlight can be difficult for some homes. In these instances the sunroom maybe a retreat off the master bedroom or a den at the end of the hall. This design can be finished as either a three-season room or all-season room like the aforementioned spaces. Three-season rooms may use screens in place of glass, may use less insulation, and may not have heating or cooling units. All-season rooms will give you the added choice of using the room all year. This design is isolated from the rest of the home with far less potential to affect the integrity of the other structure.
 
Let your imagination run wild with these three potential designs to connect the indoors with the outdoors. Which option best suits your dreams, needs, your home, and your budget?
 
Sunrooms have become a much sought after item by homeowners, so we’ll devote several blogs to ideas for sunroom additions and cover the important things you need to know.
 
• Location strategies
• Energy efficiency
• Structural requirements
• Optimizing sunrooms for less desirable locations
• Woodland Exteriors sunrooms
 
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Sunrooms and Their Benefits for Your Chicago Home

A sunroom is an addition on the side of a house which makes it possible for you to enjoy the landscaping and scenery that surrounds your home - all from inside your home. It can also be called a sun porch, patio room, sun lounge, conservatory, solarium, garden room, or a Florida room.

 
Sunrooms have got numerous benefits. For instance, they protect the occupants of the home from undesirable weather conditions like rain and strong winds. Rain can cause colds and other unfavorable medical problems. When it rains you will not need to move to your living room; you can enjoy the sight of falling rain safely from inside.
 
Sunrooms also allow in a lot of sunlight for warmth and lighting. You will therefore use natural light and not electric light. This saves on the cost of electricity and you can instead use the money in other productive ventures.  
 
Sunrooms provide extra space for your family. Construction of traditional room additions using bricks or stones is a very costly venture, and it may not be something that is possible with the design of your home. This is where the sunrooms can prove to be handy.
 
 
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What to Consider When Thinking About Sunroom Installation in Chicago

A sunroom, sun porch, sun lounge or sun parlor is a small room installed on the side of a home. It is designed to make it easy for homeowners to enjoy the outdoors while being protected from hostile outside elements, such as wind, rain, insects and cold or hot weather. It is sometimes referred to as a conservatory, patio room, Florida room, garden room, or solarium. The room is usually constructed of wood, vinyl, or breeze block. If you are thinking of installing one in your home, the following guidelines can help you get the most out of your investment.
 
Understand the Difference Between a Three Season Sunroom and an Four Season Sunroom
 
A three season solarium is constructed to be used in the summer months, which can vary from a duration of four to eight months. This means that you will not be able to use this type of a sunroom during the winter season. A four season sunroom is designed to be used in both winter and summer months. In other words, it can be used year-round because it can be heated and cooled.
 
Windows
 
Almost 90% of a sunroom is made of glass. When planning a sunroom, you will need lots of huge windows. So, the material, shape, color and price will play a huge role in the project. There are tons of windows available to choose from, and you will want to make an informed decision. Today, double and triple pane glass windows are available to help regulate heat during summer and cold during winter months.
 
Materials
 
It is extremely important to choose the right material that you want your sunroom to be constructed from. This decision will not only determine how your sunroom addition will look, but how much money and time you’ll need for maintenance purposes. Vinyl windows are less expensive, beautiful and need no maintenance. Wood windows are extremely attractive, offer a vintage touch, can be painted to match the home, but they require a great deal of maintenance. Aluminum is strong, light, can be painted into different attractive colors, and it is energy inefficient and requires maintenance.
 
Location
 
This is perhaps the most important factor to consider when constructing a sunroom. Deciding on the right location for your conservatory should be the first step when planning an addition. In the southern climate, a northern exposure will be appropriate. In the north, however, a southern exposure will be needed. Eastern exposure will be best, especially if you want to enjoy the morning sunlight.


 
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Three and Four Season Sunrooms in Chicago

As the name suggests, a sunroom is a small addition to the main house built of large windows to offer a clear view of the outdoors and it lets in a lot of sunlight. Sunrooms are often created of vinyl, aluminum, or wood frames fitted with glass. They may also include shingle roofs to match with the rest of the home's exterior. You can get an octagonal style, square, or rectangular-shaped sunroom.
 
There are a number of things a homeowner in Chicago can do with a sunroom. It can be used as a garden area, reading room, playroom for the kids, guest bedroom, or as a family room. While they may vary in shapes, designs, and sizes, they all play an essential role in the functionality of a home that every homeowner loves.
 
Three Season Sunrooms
 
A three season sunroom allows you to enjoy the beauty of nature without having to leave your home. This type of sunroom is great for relaxing and enjoying a nice spring day. It allows you to have access to the morning sunlight without the need of going outside the house.
 
Unlike a four season patio screen enclosures, you won’t have to install heating and cooling systems, plumbing, or apply insulation which can add up.
 
The major downside to a three season sunroom is that the majority of them have poor thermal-insulation. For this reason, they may not be appropriate if you want to use it throughout the year. And that’s why we have four season solariums, as well.
 
Four Season Sunrooms
 
This type of outdoor screen room is an alternative to a three season sunroom. It is typically well-insulated so that it can serve you all year round. This way you can enjoy your patio screen enclosure during the summer or winter. It usually includes quality insulation in the glass, walls, and ceiling to prevent unnecessary transfer of heat.
 
Besides enjoying this room all year long, it can act as a dining room, playroom, a place for guests to sleep, and so forth. There is no doubt that your visitors will enjoy being in your porch appreciating the outdoor light and outdoor view – while enjoying your company at the same time. In addition, a four season sunroom will protect your furniture and other important materials against elements, such as fading and other damages that can be caused by UV-rays, wind, snow, and other adverse weather conditions.
 
Of course, owing to its incredible benefits, a four season sunroom is more expensive than a three-season sunroom. They also need more maintenance than its three-season counterpart, but you can opt for those made of vinyl, which require little or no maintenance.
 
Both three and four season sunrooms are worth your investment. As you plan to purchase one, do your homework and get advice from experts. Remember, you get what you pay for.


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Sunrooms Bring the Outdoors Inside to Your Chicago Home

Sunrooms are amazing additions to homes, giving homeowners a taste of the outdoors without the bugs, rain, and other harsh elements. Sunrooms are also called patio rooms, solariums, or enclosures. These rooms are made with glass and screen and are built on a wood or concrete foundation.
 
A sunroom can offer a good place for relaxation. We all know that enjoying the morning sunshine is what every homeowner wants. It enhances your mood and helps vent stress and frustration. The free natural sunlight and heat from the sun will replace the artificial heating needed to keep the house warm during the cold seasons. A sunroom offers a perfect place to enjoy the natural sunlight without the risk of being exposed to adverse elements, such as UV-rays.
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Building a Three or Four Season Sunroom in Chicago

A sunroom is a small addition to your home that allows you to enjoy the outdoors without actually being outside. This addition offers you the ability to enjoy nature in the comfort of your home. Since they have large glass windows, sunrooms are loved by many homeowners for the amount of daylight they allow in. With a sunroom installed in your home, you can enjoy the morning sunlight without being exposed to the harmful elements of the outdoors, such as insects, UV-rays, winds, pests and pollen.
 
The two most popular types of sunrooms include a 4-season sunroom and 3-season sunroom. The 4 season rooms are basically designed to cater for all seasons. You can use them all year round. Four season sunrooms are usually constructed with energy efficient glass, have efficient HVAC systems and higher quality insulation.
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Benefits of Installing a Sunroom in Chicago

Sunrooms, also known as conservatories, patio enclosures, and garden rooms are additions that can enhance your Chicago home. When you install a sunroom to your existing house, it’s like adding an extra room to relax in to relieve stress. These rooms make a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, read your morning newspaper, and eat breakfast.
 
For years, sunrooms have been visually pleasing and useful in residential homes, commercial properties, and industrial complexes. The benefits of installing sunrooms in your home are vast. In addition to benefits already mentioned above, here are some other advantages of sunrooms.
 
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Add a Sunroom to Boost the Value of Your Home in Chicago

A small room installed in your existing home that is enclosed in glass is what is referred to as a sunroom. The floor is usually made of concrete where brick or tile materials are laid. It is specially-designed to offer you the real feeling of being outdoors, but all from the comfort of being in your own home. Sunrooms can also be set up with air conditioning systems, meaning you don’t have to bear the extreme heat of the summer. Again, in the winter you can stay warm and comfortable in your sunroom with a heater, as well.
 
Sunrooms can also be used to entertain guests, relax after a long day, or for anything else you can imagine. Most homeowners use them to do crafts or hobbies. The brilliance and calmness of the room can create a fantastic environment where you can relieve your daily stresses. In fact, some studies indicate that people feel better in sunny environments - such as in a sunroom.
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Tips for Keeping a Beautiful Sunroom or Patio

A sunroom, also known as an enclosed porch or three-season porch, is an extra room installed in your home to allow you to enjoy the outdoors without having to be outside. Most sunrooms are installed near the back of the home, usually right off the dining room or kitchen, and they are always fun to decorate.
 
Sunrooms are one of the best ways to enlarge your living space and get the most out of the relaxation and beauty of the outdoors. However, in order to maximize the functionality of your sunroom, you need to avoid some of the common mistakes which many people make during choosing, purchasing or installing them. These blunders will not only cost you a great deal of money and time, but will also make your additional room less enjoyable.
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Important Aspects to Consider Before Sunrooms Installation

Sunrooms are simply extra interior rooms, and are usually made of glass materials. These rooms are often common in extremely cold areas as they allow sunlight to warm the house during the day. A well-designed sunroom can enhance the overall image of your home and offer you a peaceful haven to release stress.
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The Many Benefits of Chicago Sunrooms

Sunrooms are very beautiful rooms that can be added in your home. More often than not, sunrooms are associated with wealthy families and they are commonly found in big villas and mansions where there’s a lot of free space to allow the setting up of these exceptional rooms. Nevertheless, it is also quite possible to install sunrooms in any home so long as there is enough space to accommodate them. The majority of homeowners have opted to set up these rooms due the tons of benefits they provide.

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