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Affording Sunrooms In A Winter World
If you live in a geographical area which gets a lot of snow or very cold weather, you may think that adding a sunroom would not be an appropriate choice. "It'll be too expensive to heat in the winter," you may be thinking.
But with today's sophisticated technology, that is not necessarily the case. Sunroom manufacturers have invested millions of dollars in research to find the best ways to create windows that keep cold air out, and warm air in. Combinations of inert gases inside the window panes and special glazes on the glass itself work wonders these days.
Therefore, no matter where you live, a sunroom is one of the most elegant additions that you can make to your home, and as long as you are willing to pay for the best materials you will be able to enjoy your sunroom during all seasons, from the hottest summer day to the coldest winter night.
If you already have a deck or a porch attached to your house, you can choose to build your new sunroom on top of this structure. This is a more inexpensive option than having to lay a new foundation on which to build the room. If you choose to go with that route, you must call in a professional to check the deck or porch to ensure that it can bear the additional weight of the room. Regardless of your choice, you need to check with your neighborhood zoning laws and building codes to ensure that you can build the type of room you want.
Although a sunroom typically costs between $10,000 - $70,000, depending on the style, size and quality of building materials you choose, it is more than comparable to building the room of bricks and mortar, and this room will add value to your home should you decide to sell it in future. If you have good credit, you should be able to arrange appropriate financing to make your dream come true.
Before you buy your sunroom, be a smart shopper. Surf the web to find as many sunroom manufacturers as possible and compare every single item they offer, from the types of glass they use to the material for the frame - wood, metal or vinyl, to the various types of ceilings, to the hardware used. Compare the warranties offered, as well. And compare their prices.
The cost of the sunroom comes from two areas - the cost of the materials and the cost of the labor to put the sunroom together. If you pay for professionals to construct your sunroom, it can usually be built in a couple of days, and you know it'll be done right. If it isn't done right, then you have the legal recourse to have the contractor come back and fix what they did wrong. However, if you do your research appropriately and hire contractors that are professionals in deed as well as word, you should not have a problem. But it is nice to know that you're covered should the unexpected happen.
On the other hand, although it is possible to purchase do-it-yourself sunroom kits, and build the room yourself, you will not have the same security. If you screw up the construction, the onus will be on your own pocketbook to fix it. And if anyone should be injured in the construction of the room, it is your insurance that will take the hit. All these things should be considered.
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