What is a Sunroom?
A sunroom is a glass and screen outdoor living room installed on a wood or concrete foundation. It is also referred to as a patio room, solarium, patio enclosure or Florida Room. Walls of glass bring in sunlight, and protect you from wind, bugs, rain, and chill. Composed primarily of single or double pane glass, sunrooms should be designed to fit the style and look of your home.
Sunroom additions are a popular means of home improvement. They are an affordable way of adding space to your home. Sun-rooms let you enjoy the outdoors in comfort. Depending on the style you choose, your sunroom can be a 3-season or year round room, increasing the enjoyment and resale value of your home.
The Evolution and History of Sunrooms
Think of a sunroom as a modern-day front porch! Farmhouses and urban row homes featured a covered porch as a place to sit and relax at the end of the day. With the sub-urbanization of America, families moved to their back patios for their rest and relaxation. But rain made patios un-usable, and bother-some bugs sent people running for cover. This motivated many families to cover and screen in their patio.
As the window industry evolved, it became possible to purchase storm windows and attach them together to enclose a patio, getting even more use from the outdoor space. In response to homeowners’ desire for a better looking, more functional outdoor room, the patio room industry was born.
During the 1960’s, professional re-modeling companies developed affordable systems to enclose a patio or deck, offering design, installation, and full service warranties. Patio rooms featured lightweight, engineered roof panels, single pane glass, and aluminum construction. These versatile patio rooms extended the outdoor season, provided protection from rain and bugs, and gave homeowners extra space.
As consumers became more energy conscious and building technology advanced, patio and sunrooms became available with insulated glass, vinyl framework, and more elaborate designs. Many American companies also began to offer Greenhouses and Conservatories, which were popular in Europe.