A Space For All Seasons
A sun room is an American term for a stylish open, glazed space that offers access to extra natural light and green views, in other words a glass room. It can also be referred to as a solarium, a winter room, patio room, patio conservatory, sun porch, sun parlour, garden conservatory, garden room, patio room. It is a room that is either integrated or attached to the primary building such as an office or residency. It functions as a comfortable relaxing exterior space whilst also providing an extension to the outdoors and regardless of the climate or weather; a room to relax, grow plants and watch nature all year round.
Spoilt for choice
If you are considering bringing more light and nature into your life and enjoy all the seasons in comfort and style, then there are various options to choose from, with models relating to the structure of the roof shape such as trapezium, sloping or pent roof, circumferential or gable; all of which offer panoramic views, beautiful lighting, warmth, protection and stylish yet casual interiors.
Sunrooms have greatly improved since their introduction in the 1960s, they can now include more advanced features such as single pane glass, engineered roof panels and aluminium construction. Other advances for sunrooms or glass rooms include insulated glass, specialised blinds and curtains, vinyl and wood vinyl composite, heated flooring and remote-control powering. More recently there’s been focus on energy efficient spaces eg. solar powered sunrooms that serve a more cost-effective option.
As sunrooms or glass rooms are used all year round, they need to be able to maintain comfortable temperatures. Some glass rooms have shutters with angled glass or vertical awnings to block out sunlight when needed, especially during the summer months which can also be adjusted for the moderate temperatures of autumn and spring. Inside doors and reinforced glazing also help with room temperature adjustment as well as heated flooring which, in the cooler months, can be powered by solar energy.
When choosing or designing your sunroom it’s important to consider its intended uses. If the intention is to use it as a space to generate heat, then its best to limit the thermal mass and potted plants and maximise insulation. This will allow the room to become very, very well heated on sunny days. However, if you would prefer your sunroom or glass room to act similar to a greenhouse then lighting is the key here, and more plants in the space with offer protection form extreme temperatures. Traditional sunrooms often include operational vents to help control the climate or fans to circulate air.
Location and placement
The choice of situation, placement and direction in which the sunroom faces is something to be considered. It is traditionally recommended that sunrooms ideally face south and 30 degrees facing either the west or east, this is to ensure that the maximum amount of solar energy is collected, however, glass rooms fitted with good insulation, heating, lighting and air conditioning, need not adhere to this rule.