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Sunroom Glass - What You Need to Know

Blog Post Updated on: May 27, 2022.

In this post, you'll learn ...

  • What to consider before choosing your sunroom window glass.
  • How quality glass sunroom windows can increase your home's value.

Sunroom Glass Photos

Sunrooms can be comprised of anywhere from 75-90% framed glass. Beyond the old adage about throwing stones, there are some fairly serious implications involved in how sunroom glass is manufactured and treated. Before you decide which sunroom company to buy from, you should be aware of some glass options and accessories that can help you feel more comfortable in your sunroom whether the weather is frigid or scorching.

Sunroom Glass - Things to Consider

Location & Type

Solariums, Glass Room Picture

To maximize a great outdoor view from your home, a sunroom with floor-to-ceiling glass, also called a solarium, could be the right choice for you. This special sunroom has wall-to-wall glass as well as a glass roof. Where you choose to build your sunroom will also help determine which type of glass makes the most sense for your unique project.

Safety

While sunroom location and type are very important, the safety of the glass is also a necessary consideration. Make sure that you ask for tempered glass. Like the glass in your automobile, tempered glass crumbles when broken instead of cracking into sharp, dangerous shards. Plus, tempering strengthens the glass to minimize the potential for accidental breakage. Few companies offer tempered glass as a standard feature for their sunrooms. Some may charge extra for this special glass. In reality, nobody should even consider a sunroom built with un-tempered glass.

Year-Round Usage

All Season Room PictureIf you plan on using your sunroom year-round, make sure that you ask to see an insulated glass sample. This will give you a better idea of what type of glass is being used to build your room. A truly insulated sunroom is built using double-pane glass - never single pane glass. Between the layers of glass is usually an inert gas such as Argon, which provides a barrier to insulate the room from outside temperatures. For the greatest insulation value, ask for a non-conductive, non-metallic, adhesive insulator such as Superspacer to separate the panes and seal the gas inside.

Thermally Broken Glass

The structure or frame that holds your sunroom glass should be "thermally broken," meaning that there is a material that insulates the inside part of the frame from the outside within the frame's structure. It is important to ask how your sunroom glass is insulated and know the replacement policy in case a pane fails. Some well-established companies offer warranties against breakage and seal failure for as long as you own the sunroom. It's also a good idea to compare energy ratings and any government-recognized testing certifications of each sunroom you are considering.

Increase the Value of Your Home - Glass Plays a Role

Sunrooms are wonderful places to let natural light into your home and provide a connection to the outdoors, all while being protected from pests and bad weather. A sunroom can also enhance your home's value and will likely become a favorite gathering place for family and friends. Know what to ask and what to look for before making a purchase, not only get the most use out of your room, but also the best value for your investment. The highest quality glass will only increase the value that your new outdoor space adds to your home.

Increase the value of your home with a sunroom from Patio Enclosures. View sunroom types, compare options, or schedule your free in-home estimate today.

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