A glass solarium is one of the hottest ways to improve your home in 2018. People love them because they allow you to enjoy an outdoor view without any of the negative aspects of being outside such as hot weather, precipitation, and bugs.
Imagine waking up in the morning and having a cup of coffee on a comfy couch with nature waking up all around you. You’re completely absorbed by your surroundings. Your papers lie unruffled and there are no flies humming as they speed by your ear.
Adding a solarium to your house can be a dream come true. But, there are many factors to consider before determining if this is a good option for your home. Read on to learn more.
Types of Solariums
A solarium is also called a ‘sunroom’. These spaces buffer you from the harsh aspects of being outdoors while allowing you to enjoy the benefits of an outdoor view and lighting.
A three-season solarium is designed to only be used in the Spring, Summer, and Autumn. This is because they are made of lighter materials that aren’t insulated against the cold winds of winter.
Three-season solariums are a great choice for making your sunroom more affordable since they require less work and cheaper materials to construct.
In a three-season solarium, there is usually no heat source so they can get quite chilly.
A four-season solarium is an insulated sunroom that can be climate controlled by the air conditioning unit in your home.
These rooms can be open year-round and offer those who live in northern climates the opportunity to get some sun without venturing into the freezing temperatures outdoors.
For many four-season sunrooms, the roof of the home extends to cover the solarium and the same siding products are used on the short walls that they contain.
Four-season sunrooms typically have two feet of space at the bottom of their glass panels to allow room for electricity to be wired so that your room will have power outlets.
Cost of Installing a Glass Solarium
The cost of installing a solarium can vary widely. If you purchase cheap materials and don’t intend to use it in the winter, then you can get away with spending a lot less.
But if you want to use your solarium year-round, you could spend upwards of $10,000 dollars between hiring a contractor, getting the proper permits from your city, and insulating the room properly.
Other factors that may affect the cost of your solarium include:
- The location you live in
- The place you choose to put your sunroom
- The energy efficiency you require
- The contractor you hire
- Adding electricity
Choosing a Location
When you install a solarium in your private residence, you open up a whole new world of possibilities for your indoor living space.
But not all sunroom positions are created equal. Many homeowners prefer to have their sunroom attached to the back of their house, but depending on the light exposure in your yard, there may be better a sunnier place to put it.
For houses in the north, southern exposure provides the most sun each day. And in the south, an eastern exposure is nice because it provides you sun every morning, and shade from harsh afternoon rays.
Choosing a Support Material
Sunrooms are a version of a patio that is enclosed. As such, they are made of support materials rather than framed like the rest of your home.
When choosing a support material for your solarium, you have three technologically-advanced options to choose from.
Vinyl is the most popular kind of support used. This is because it is cheap, easy to maintain, and offers great strength and insulation.
Most vinyl frames come in white and contain internal reinforcement layers of aluminum or galvanized steel.
Aluminum doesn’t offer as much in the way of insulation or cost-effectiveness. However, it can make a nice addition to your roof structure to give your sunroom more strength during intense storms.
Wood is the most expensive option you have for building your solarium and it also requires the most upkeep. But this traditional material cannot be beaten when it comes to aesthetics and versatility.
With a wooden structure, you can make many different designs possible.
The glass that makes up your sunroom is very important. It affects not only how much light gets in, but how energy-efficient your sunroom is.
A double-glazed glass piece is durable and provides great insulation while simultaneously reducing the glare of light on the panes.
To further save money on your power bill and direct heat and ultraviolet rays away from your home, you should have a “low-E” coating adhered to your glass. In addition, all glass walls should be double-sealed by silicone and tempered for safety.
Many glass manufacturers use a U-value scale to rate the amount of heat that passes through their glass. The lower that number is, the less heat is able to escape and the more energy-efficient your solarium will be.
How to Choose a Contractor
When you choose a contractor, you need to be prepared to pay them for their work and hold them accountable for its completion.
Find out how long they have been in business and what they specialize in. You don’t want to hire someone who will disappear halfway through the job.
Also makes sure they are licensed and insured. They should be able to provide that information to you as well as give you a warranty on your sunroom. A capable craftsman will stand by their work and take care of any issues that arise.
Where to Find a Contractor
If you are in Ontario, Canada, and you are ready to install your glass solarium, contact us today.
We would love to be the ones to help you make your dreams a reality.