In this post you will learn …
- The different types of sunroom windows available
- How various glass types affect the performance of windows
- Some popular sunroom window material types
Sunroom windows are an important feature because they can make up 75 percent of the room, depending on the design. Options to consider include transparency, durability, beauty and, in some cases, versatility to open or slide. There are three main considerations that factor into your options for sunroom windows: the window type, the glass and the material used for construction.
Sunroom Window Types
The types of windows you choose for your sunroom depend on a few factors. First, decide how you want to use your sunroom — as a home office, an indoor garden or for social gatherings. Three season and four season rooms use both fixed and sliding windows. These windows are custom made and designed for your sunroom addition, allowing your room to have beautiful windows that are also energy efficient.
When choosing a sunroom addition, it’s important to consider the climate of your region, the direction the sunroom will face, and the time of year you will use the sunroom. These factors will determine not only the window type, but also the kind of glass used.
Traditional sunroom additions by Patio Enclosures® use Stanek® brand windows that offer variety and flexibility in window options.
If you choose to build a traditional sunroom, there are some popular sunroom window types you can choose from:
- Hinged windows – There are two main types of hinged windows: awning and casement. The differences between the two are size and hinge location. Awning windows hinge from the top which prevents rain from entering while allowing hot air to escape the warm sunroom. Casement windows with screens open from the side and let a breeze in to ventilate the room.
- Sliding windows – Sliding sunroom windows are energy efficient and available in a variety of styles, colors and glass to match your home’s aesthetics. These windows slide horizontally, allowing you to use your space more efficiently, while providing an unobstructed view of the outdoors.
- Bay and Bow windows – These sunroom window options offer a much more expansive view and allow more sunlight to enter the room. Built to extend from the sunroom itself, these windows create a great space for a reading nook or a dining area.
- Fixed windows – Sunroom windows that don't open at all may seem like a waste of space, but for parts of the room that are higher up and difficult to access, fixed windows work perfectly. They are also great for use in predominantly cooler climates, because they are draft-proof and heavily insulated.
- Double-hung windows – These traditional-style windows are a beautiful option for any home. They offer maximum ventilation and are easy to clean. Available in multiple colors and styles, each window can be custom built to suit your needs.
With a number of different window options for your sunroom, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. But Stanek Windows is here to help you find the right style to match not only your home’s architecture, but also your personal style.
Sunroom Window Glass – Traditional Sunrooms
While window type is a fun feature to consider, choosing the window glass is just as crucial. For many homeowners, a window is just a window, but the glass will actually dictate the performance, feel and allure of the sunroom. Glass types for sunroom windows include:
- Single-glazed – A basic window with little insulation or UV properties.
- Double-glazed – Two layers of glass with air or gas trapped in between for more insulation. The gas used in double-pane windows is usually argon which is six times denser than air.
- Triple-glazed – The most expensive of the three, but also the best at preventing heat loss. Triple-pane windows may use either argon or krypton gas.
Another factor in the insulating properties of glass is a Low-E coating. Look for a soft-coat Low-E that allows light into the room but reflects heat. This keeps your room cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
One final consideration when choosing glass is safety. Look for tempered glass that crumbles when it breaks instead of falling off in dangerous shards.
While the name implies that the sunroom should be enjoyed on bright summer days, many homeowners will tell you there's nothing more peaceful than the beautiful view of a snowfall. Patio Enclosures can provide more details about the different types of glass available and how each can work for your specific sunroom goals. In the end, the great thing about options is that they allow for customization.
Are you ready to build the sunroom of your dreams? Contact Patio Enclosures today to learn more about your sunroom addition options.
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