When you add a sunroom to your home, it’s easy to get lost in the possibilities. It’s also easy to go over budget. Like any home improvement, it comes with a price tag. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to take control when you’re building a sunroom on a budget. Here are a few items to consider as you start this process.
Prefabricated Versus Custom-built Sunrooms
If you’re eager to save money, a prefab sunroom kit can be a bargain. Think again. These sunrooms are limited and lacking quality. You’ll also be surprised by how much additional investment they require. After all, you’ll still need tools, materials, time, permits, and more to complete the job. A custom-built sunroom designed and installed by a reputable sunroom contractor may cost more upfront, but it ultimately delivers a better return on your investment. When you hire a sunroom contractor, you’re also getting a custom sunroom that fits your space and adds to your home’s value. As a bonus, you’ll get advice from an expert who can offer tips on how to save without sacrificing quality.
Material selection is one of the most obvious ways to influence the price of a project. Choose pricier building materials, and your budget goes up. Opt for something cheaper, and you’ll enjoy savings. However, smart consumers look beyond the impact on their wallets. They also consider the long-term effects of their choices. When it comes to adding a sunroom, there are a few popular material options:
- Wood: Always a popular construction material, wood is naturally beautiful, but it’s expensive and demanding. In Florida, a building constructed of wood requires a lot of maintenance to keep it protected and looking amazing.
- Vinyl: Vinyl is inexpensive and needs minimal upkeep, but it lacks the strength to stand alone. Vinyl supports will have an inner core of aluminum or some other metal.
- Aluminum: A great pick for Florida’s humid climate, aluminum won’t rust. It also won’t rot or attract pests like wood. It’s stronger than vinyl and low maintenance, so you can relax instead of doing chores.
Sunroom Climate Control
Effective climate control will be vital if you don’t want the sunroom to be too hot or too cold. There are several ways to accomplish this:
- Use aluminum insulated panels for your new sunroom’s roof. This helps to keep the sun’s heat out and your climate-controlled air in.
- Connect the room to your home’s heating and cooling systems.
- Install ceiling fans in your new sunroom.
- Double-glazed windows are hurricane-strength, keep outside noise out, and are energy efficient.
- Choose windows that can be opened. This allows for airflow in our cooler months.
At Dulando Screen & Awning, we take pride in delivering custom sunrooms that stand the test of time. We understand that the cost of a sunroom is a factor, and we prioritize value, quality, and service. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home design consultation if you’re ready to add a sunroom.