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Extending Your Home – Home Additions and Roof Extensions

Blog Post Updated on: May 6, 2022

extend your home with a sunroom addition

In this post, you'll learn...

  • The different style sunrooms to add to your home
  • The types and characteristics of roof additions

Home Sunroom Additions and Roof Extensions

three season sunroom additionOne of the best ways to increase the value of your home is to increase the total amount of square footage. This is usually done by adding a room onto your home’s existing floor plan. In this post we’ll explore some sunroom home addition ideas. Given that one of the crucial elements of perfecting your new space is having a functional and well-built roof, we will look at the roof addition possibilities for each option. Learn more about the importance of a durable roof in this previous blog post.

Choose Your Sunroom Addition

There are several sunroom options to choose from, so you can select the perfect addition based on your needs and your environment.

If you live in a climate that is particularly mild year-round, a screened-in room may be perfect for you. These rooms feature aluminum screens that allow you to enjoy the beauty of the outside world while avoiding some of nature’s most troublesome pests, like mosquitos and wasps.

Perhaps your home is located somewhere that has beautiful winters, but rather cold temperatures. In that case, a solarium is a great option. This all-glass room is one of many modern home additions that can truly elevate your home.

If you don’t want a room made entirely of glass, then a three season or four season sunroom may be just what you need.

A three season room is enclosed with glass and many feature floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. Depending on where you live, these rooms can be enjoyed most months of the year. However, three season are not engineered to be heated or cooled on a long-term basis. 

A four season room is structurally similar to a three season room, but four season rooms are engineered and insulated to be heated and cooled year-round, so you and your family can enjoy the room comfortably any time of the year, regardless of your climate.

Additionally, the windows used in our home additions are energy efficient, so you can maximize the enjoyment of the natural environment without having to worry about losing energy from your home.


One of the challenges faced when adding onto your home is visual continuity. The key element of this transition is maintaining consistency with the roof. Failure to match both style and material can make the fact that your new room is an add-on too obvious. Let’s explore some of the different roof styles:single-slope roof

The most simple roof style is the classic roof extension. This option works best when adding space along the side wall from your main home. Roof extension is one of the most cost effective methods, but can be challenging to successfully implement when your new space features multiple degree changes. If your home addition is going in the front or back of the house, there are other options to consider.

The shed roof, sometimes called the single-slope roof, features a single slope which is attached to your existing home via a high point. From the high point, the roof will slant down to the outermost wall of your new space.

gable roofAnother choice is the gable roof. This solution features two different slopes which meet at a peak along the middle of the roof. This is a popular solution because it adds both visual interest and character to your addition.

Finally, the dormers roof features a small gable roof. This gable projects at a ninety degree angle from the main roof, typically to one or more windows. The main advantage of dormers is the expansion of the ceiling space. The dormers roof offers you more space where you would otherwise need to have low eaves.

Installing Your New Room

At Patio Enclosures, every new room installation includes a roof expansion. If you’re unsure of how to extend your roof, the designers at Patio Enclosures will work with you to find the perfect solution. Contact us today to learn more about what home addition and roof style is right for your home.

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