Sunrooms appeal to many homeowners for a variety of reasons. Some love added space to relax or entertain in, while others enjoy being connected to the outdoors without having to deal with bugs.

But not all sunrooms are created equal. So, if you’re thinking about converting your deck or patio into a sunroom, or thinking about adding one from the ground up, here are helpful facts to keep in mind.

The Four Seasons

Is a Sunroom Right for You?

No, we’re not talking about the 1960s rock and pop band. The type of sunroom you choose will greatly impact the amount of time you can comfortably occupy it. Though they may seem similar, three- and four-season sunrooms have some notable differences.

three-season sunroom is a distinct room, separate from the rest of your home. It is typically separated by sliding patio or French doors, though a regular door can work just as well. It will often feature floor-to-ceiling windows on two or three sides of the space to take full advantage of natural light. This type of sunroom can either have a concrete foundation or be erected on top of an existing deck or patio. Three-season rooms are not climate-controlled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use a space heater or portable air conditioner. Expect to pay between $15,000 and $50,000, depending on size and scope of work.

A four-season sunroom is heated and cooled and it’s yours to use any time of day or year you like. It is designed as an integrated extension of your home’s living space and does not have to be separated by doors. In order to make room for electrical wiring and HVAC components, you’re less likely to see floor-to-ceiling windows in a four-season sunroom. Also, the building materials are often of higher quality. This type of sunroom typically requires an investment of $30,000 to $100,000, or more.

Benefits of Adding a Sunroom

  • Additional living space
  • Increased home value – Expect to recoup about 50% of the cost when selling your home.
  • Versatility – Use it as den, dining area, home gym, or “person cave”

Challenges Associated with a Sunroom

  • Increased property taxes
  • Higher utility bills
  • Privacy issues, at least while the windows are uncovered

At P.C. Plumbing, Heating, AC & Remodeling, we help homeowners like you discover new, interesting, and more appealing ways to love your home and all the comforts it provides. To discover your options and with advice on which expansion plan might suit you best, contact us today for a free in-home consultation.