Types of Sunrooms & Patio Enclosures

  • Four-Season Sunrooms
  • Three-Season Sunrooms
  • Patio Enclosures
  • Modern Conservatories

What is the difference between a 3-season sunroom and a 4-season sunroom addition?

3-Season Sunrooms

Three-season rooms are patio enclosures that are built onto an existing porch or deck. These rooms typically have removable screens to keep insects out, along with large windows for maximizing natural light. These rooms are less expensive than 4-season rooms because they do not require as much insulation. A 3-season screen room may use materials such as single-pane windows or single-pane glass blocks, rather than double or triple-pane windows, and 3-season sunrooms will rely on solar heat gain from incoming light rather than year-round heating.

4-Season Sunrooms

If you’d like to use your sunroom year-round, four-season rooms are the way to go. A four-season room is built into the existing structure of the house to add extra living space, while seamlessly blending in with the style of the home. Because four-season rooms are designed to be used in summer and winter, the materials and elements used in their construction are different from a typical sunroom. A thermally-engineered frame and heating system will need to be added to patio rooms used year-round. Enhanced construction elements, such as a double-pane insulated glass roof, can help to maximize solar heat during the winter.

How much does it cost to add a 4-season room to my home?

The price of a four-season sunroom can vary depending on your desired size, materials, finishes, and foundation. For example, four-season vinyl sunrooms will be a different cost than four-season aluminum rooms. Existing structural elements will also be a big factor in determining the cost of your four-season sunroom addition. An existing traditional fibreglass door, extruded aluminum frame for patio enclosures, or structural I-beams that meet engineering specifications and local building codes can help to reduce the cost of your sunroom construction.

The price of your project will also depend on the scope of the project. For example, if you’d like to add a new peaked or pitched roof, floor-to-ceiling windows with double-pane insulated glass, or a full heating and cooling return system, your costs will increase.

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Frequently Asked Questions About All-Seasons Sunrooms

Does a 4-season sunroom add value to your home?

Yes. Sunrooms are a modern, value-add which allows homeowners to use more of their property year-round and provides an ideal space to entertain.

How much value does a 4-season sunroom add?

Every home is different, and so is every real estate market. That being said, the easiest way to determine the value a sunroom will add to your home is to put yourself in a buyer’s shoes and consider whether a brand new sunroom that’s usable all year round would convince you to spend more on your home compared to what exists now.

Is a sunroom cheaper than an addition?

This will depend on the size of your sunroom, along with the materials you choose to use. A sunroom is an ideal complement to the rest of your home and provides a smooth transition between indoors and out, so it’s often a better choice than simple addition.

How do you add a shed roof gable to patio enclosures?

A shed roof gable consists of two sloped roof sections, adjoined to a centre ridge beam. This type of construction needs to align with local building codes, so if you’re looking to add a patio roof to your property, it’s a good idea to consult a contractor.

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