Types of Sunrooms

There are many different types of sunrooms and depending on where you get your information; these types can differ as well. This is because sunrooms can be classified by their type of use or architectural style. Below are the types of sunrooms described in SunroomAndSolarium.com.

Seasonal Sunrooms – These types of sunrooms are classified by the type of use and location. Most of the literature will mention seasonal sunrooms as either a three season sunroom or an all season sunroom. A three season sunroom usually does not have a source of heating and is typically located in a place where winters are cold. Thus, only during spring, summer and autumn are these sunrooms useful. An all season sunroom, as the name entails, can be used all year around. They will usually have good insulation and heating. However, if you live in a mild climate region where the weather is temperate all year around, external heating and insulation is probably not an issue.

Solarium – A solarium is an all glass sunroom. The key architectural aspect of a solarium is the use of glass on the roof as well as the walls. The style of the roof though, may differ. Some may have curved eaves while others have straight edges.

Conservatory Sunroom – A conservatory sunroom is similar to a solarium in that glass is typically used on the roof. However, the key difference is in the architectural style of the roof. A conservatory sunroom has sectioned panels that are typically placed in a rotunda style. The sectioned panels may meet at a single point in the center or against the center ridge.

Gable Style Sunroom – A gable style sunroom has a triangular roof with sloping roof panels that meet at the center ridge. Gable roofs are common in areas where there is a lot of snowfall so that the snow can easily slide down the roof. However, gable style sunrooms have a solid roof and not a glass one. If a sunroom has a glass roof with a gable style, it is usually called a solarium.

Single Sloped Sunroom – These are sometimes called shed type sunrooms because they have a single roof slope. Often the most economical and simple to build, the single sloped sunrooms are popular entry level sunrooms and can often be converted from existing porches.

Enclosed Patios and Screened Porches – Although not technically a "sunroom", these offer abundant light and many of the benefits of a sunroom without as much building that a traditional sunroom requires. A patio enclosure or porch enclosure is simply a converted porch or patio that has windows covering what was once just open space between posts. A screened porch uses mesh screens instead of windows which keeps out the bugs but lets in the fresh air.

As you can see, there are many types of sunrooms. The types listed here are definitely not an exhaustive list but they are a good overview for you to better understand what’s out there in the market.

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