Sunroom / August 5, 2018 / Baptiste Allain
The idea behind sunroom kits is that you should be able to save money on getting your sunroom installed by putting it together yourself. Not only are you providing the labor but you are also cutting out the middle man in the process of building your sunroom. This allows you to save money on the materials as well. Plus depending on the do it yourself sunroom kit that you choose you can also save money on future energy and maintenance costs. First understand that the price of a do it yourself sunroom kit will vary depending on your homes particular situation. For example if you are choosing to build a small aluminum sunroom on top of an existing deck or cement slab it will be much less expensive than building a block foundation sunroom with more windows and wood framing.
Using a sunroom kit means you wont have access to a contractor who can assess your lot your plans for the sunroom and your budget and prepare a sunroom plan for you but sunroom kits are available in enough sizes and styles that youre sure to find something close to what youd have a contractor design. And you will be saving a serious chunk of change by not using a contractor! The first thing to consider in choosing a sunroom kit is the location of your future sunroom. If you choose unwisely you could end up with a sunroom which is too warm in the summer or too cold in the winter. If you anticipate using your sunroom all year long make sure both that its location will minimize the weather extremes and that you choose a four season sunroom kit. High And Low-End Sunroom Kits Four season sunroom kits because of their specialty high-performance glass and extra insulation are the most expensive and the most challenging to construct. A low-end sunroom kit on the other hand will contain lightweight aluminum frames and walls of plastic or very basic windows. While this sunroom kit is by far the easiest to assemble it will probably require you to add screens so that you can open the windows for ventilation in the summer and will not work as a cold-weather room. Your sunroom kit will contain modules with all the materials you need for your sunroom already in place and all that you will have to do is mount your sunroom on an existing porch or patio or on a foundation if you have poured one. You will have to give the sunroom manufacturer complete information regarding the dimensions of your sunroom the kind of glass insulation and framing you want and what materials will be used for its interior and exterior finishing.
These are the least expensive options because they are able to mass produce them and package them at a savings to them which they will then pass on to you. However that doesnt mean that you cant find the right kit for you and the design that you have in mind. If you find that the standard kits you can find dont fit the sunroom that you are looking to create then you can certainly get a custom kit created but you need to realize that it will cost more to do so. In order to get a quote for the sunroom kit you want to order you will have to provide them with the measurements that you have selected for the design. This doesnt just include the dimensions of the sunroom itself; it also includes knowing how many windows you will have and where they will be placed. You will then also have to choose the materials that you want the sunroom to be built from and the types of windows that you want.