Four Ways a Sunroom Can Add Function & Value to Your Home

The perfect solution for adding both functionality and value to your home, sunrooms provide numerous sources of enjoyment for the entire family.

Sunrooms are affordable which make them one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects. By combining openness and visibility, sunrooms have the potential to offer your family a space that is unlike anywhere else in your home.

What is a Sunroom?

A sunroom is a glass or screen outdoor living room that can be attached to your home, built on top of a deck or patio, or built to be freestanding. The walls of glass allow for sunlight to come in while shielding you from wind, bugs, rain, UV, and cold temperatures.

Sunroom additions are a popular home improvement as they are an affordable way of adding leisurely living space to your home. Learn more about sunrooms.

The Benefits & Functions of a Sunroom

Sunrooms have numerous functions and benefits that are only limited by the user. To highlight some of our favourite benefits and functions, we have created a short list for you below

Sunrooms Make the Perfect Workout Space

Instead of working out in your dark and cold basement, try moving your exercise space to your sunroom. Surrounded by natural light, this beautiful room will give your workout a fresh, new feel.

You will be able to work out without having to contend with cold weather, harsh elements, or bugs. Just you and the sunshine.

Concerned about privacy? Don’t be- your sunroom can be made to be as open or as private as you prefer!

Sunrooms Make the Perfect Workout Space

We Calgarians know it isn’t possible to maintain a garden year round because of the harsh weather. However, a sunroom will provide you with the opportunity to do so!

The room allows for sunshine and a consistent temperature year-round to help your garden thrive! All you’ll need is to purchase some flowers and you’ll have yourself your very own green indoor space.

With a sunroom, it’s possible to create an indoor year-round garden. Fresh vegetables in February? Sounds delicious!

Create a New Play Space for the Kids

Sunrooms can be designed in a way that will give your children the perfect space for fun and games. They can also make for a perfect TV room as well.

Simply add furniture such as a large table, a television, and a nice couch and you’ll have the perfect space for movie nights with friends or alone time watching your favourite programs.

Say goodbye to winter hum-drums with a sunroom playroom! Increased exposure to sunlight is known to improve kids moods, especially over winter.

The Perfect Guest Room

With the right furniture your sunroom can be transformed into the perfect guest room. Who wouldn’t want to spend a night under the stars completely protected from the weather and bugs?

Your guest room will be the talk amongst friends with the beautiful addition of a sunroom. What are you waiting for?

Ask our experts how to create a guest room that makes the most of the sun without sacrificing privacy. We’d love to help!

We’re Here to Help Make Your New Space Make Sense…

… while saving cents! (ha).

Make the most out of your living space by adding on a sunroom or patio! At Desert Sun Patios, we specialize in creating your favourite sitting spaces in the comfort of fresh air without the bugs!

Check out our sunroom gallery to see samples of our work, or get a quote today!

How a Sunroom Can Help Lower Your Carbon Footprint

Among the numerous benefits provided by a sunroom, one of the less obvious – but still significant – ones is the how a sunroom can help lower your carbon footprint.

With the world moving in an environmentally conscious direction, and with Alberta’s (and soon to be national) carbon tax placing additional cost on energy, many people are looking for ways to reduce not their energy usage. Luckily, a sunroom provides an opportunity to be both environmentally conscious while reducing your overall carbon use.

Save Money With a Sunroom!

It’s true- a sunroom is a great investment in relaxation and your home’s value. Enjoy a warm, efficient space with a sunroom from Desert Sun Patios! Get a no-nonsense quote.

A Sunroom is a Versatile, Multi-Purpose Space

The beauty of a sunroom is that it can be designed, customized, and built to meet your needs. If you’re seeking a three-season sunroom, we can build one exactly as you intend; if you’re seeking a year-round addition to your home, we can build your sunroom to meet all codes tied to insulation, energy use, HVAC, and more.

In other words, when creating the sunroom you’ve been dreaming about, we can design it to meet your needs exactly.

Versatility in design and construction are big perks, yes, but so too is the versatility in its use (this is especially true of a four-season sunroom).

Natural Light Provides a Multi-Use Space

Thanks to the generous sunlight that Calgary receives (over 2,350 hours per year, one of the highest amounts in Canada!), a sunroom truly becomes a multi-use space.

  • Dry your clothes in your sunroom – As convenient as dryers are, they are also big energy users. It takes a fair bit of energy to heat, circulate, and vent the air used to dry your clothes. In place of a dryer, why not hang your clothes on a drying rack in your sunroom? With the ample sunlight your clothes will dry much faster than you think (the same is true even on overcast days).
  • Use your sunroom as an indoor garden – Calgarians are big on their gardens (thanks to a short growing season and ample sunlight). What if you could extend your growing season, grow a larger variety of plants, and enjoy the benefits that they offer? Well, inside your sunroom, you can!
  • Warm up inside your sunroom – Many Calgarians turn on their natural gas fireplace when they’re cold. Hey, we get it- two or three-week long cold-snaps don’t do it for us, either. However, the ambient temperature inside a sunroom can be several degrees warmer than the rest of your home. Instead of turning on your fireplace, why not spend some time basking in the sun? In addition to helping you warm up, you’ll also feel better- the exposure to the sun helps your body create vitamin D, which is essential in your emotional well-being.

These are just three examples of how you can use your sunroom, but there are countless others. After all, it’s your room to enjoy and utilize as you wish!

Our Four-Season Sunrooms Are Well Insulated & Prepared for Calgary’s Climate

One of the things we’re very proud of is how efficiently designed and built our sunrooms are. You can learn more about how we build our three and four-season sunrooms here. A brief summary:

  • Properly insulated – We use solid-core foam insulation, one of the most efficient types available, to line the walls of our four-season sunrooms.
  • Energy efficient windows – We use dual-glazed Cardinal 272 low-e glass that include a layer of trapped argon gas between panes (adding to their energy efficiency).
  • Energy efficient construction – We ensure the insulative-readiness of a sunroom by following a methodical construction process that meets all appropriate codes and minimizes air/heat loss. This includes all aspect of the sunroom, from the walls to the roof.

Don’t forget that your sunroom will passively increase the temperature of your home- it’s a natural byproduct of the sunroom’s glass warming the air inside. This is true even on overcast days, as UV rays that warm the glass panels easily pass through cloud cover.

We Will Build Your Sunroom to Suit Your Requirements

If you want to double-up on insulation, beef up waterproofing, or go to town in other areas, we’re here. We’ove built hundreds of sunrooms for homeowners all across Calgary, Airdrie, Okotoks, and other surrounding communities.

And, as always, don’t forget to pay us a visit and check out our indoor showroom.

Three Season vs. Four Season Sunrooms: Which Do You Choose?

As the names suggest, the difference between a three season and all season sunroom are obvious – one season. A three season sunroom is designed to be used during spring, summer and fall, while an all season sunroom is designed to be used all year round.

However, when looking at things in the bigger picture, the sum of the differences between each sunroom is a more than simply just the one season. In this blog post we will be discussing the differences in detail.

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We build sunrooms for Calgary’s unpredictable climate. Whether you’re seeking a three or an all-season sunroom, we can help. Contact us to get your project underway!

The Two Types of Sunrooms: Three & Four Season

Three Season Sunroom

Since a three season sunroom is designed to be used only during spring, summer and fall, they are typically not as insulated as an all season sunroom.

Window and glass panes – which are the largest component of any sunroom – are also different in each of the sunrooms. Three season sunrooms are made with single pane tempered glass, which offers basic energy efficiency

Four Season (All Season) Sunroom

All season sunrooms are designed to be used all year round and therefore need to be fitted properly for the winter months.

The window and glass planes used in an all season sunroom will be higher performing, more energy efficient windows than the three season counterpart. This superior insulated glass reduces loss of heat through the windows and helps provide protection from UV rays. The glass we use is a cardinal tempered 272 low-e2 with argon gas.

As all season sunrooms usually have to follow the same building codes as a standard room addition.

Which Type of Sunroom is Best For You?

Generally speaking, if you only plan to use the sunroom during the warmer months, then a three season sunroom would be the obvious choice.  However, if you enjoy using the space for entertainment during winter and relish the thought of watching snowfalls right outside your window, then you should definitely consider an all season sunroom.

Here is a summary of some of the characteristics of each sunroom:

Three Season

  • Keeps out pollen, dust, debri and mosquitoes
  • Used all year round
  • Costs less than a 4 season sunroom
  • Adds value to your property

Four Season

  • All year round entertaining room
  • A “complete” room which also provides a feeling of being outdoors
  • More expensive than a 3 season sunroom
  • Adds value to your property

Of course, we recommend choosing whichever option makes the most sense for your planned usage of the room. It’s important to be honest when assessing your needs, as building a three-season sunroom when you intend to use it year-round is a surefire way to be disappointed.

We’re Here to Help!

If you’re unsure of which direction to take your sunroom project, give us a call- we’re here to help! Our experts are certified sunroom specialists and will ensure that your new sunroom meets your needs, requirements, and budget.

Sunroom Photo Gallery

Just a small sample of the hundreds of Sunrooms we’ve built!

At Desert Sun Patios, we’ve spent more than 15 years providing Calgarians a superior sunroom package. Our sunrooms are high-quality, made to last, and look great.

Below is a gallery of just some of the hundreds of sunrooms we’ve installed in homes all over Calgary. We’ve also shipped hundreds of ready-to-build sunroom kits to addresses in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.