You’ll never regret the decision to build a sunroom addition to your home; the extra space will allow everyone to breathe and spread out, you’ll gain a blank canvas for your decorating dreams and you’ll be able to live your best indoor outdoor lifestyle all year long. However, you may end up regretting not finding the right sunroom contractor as they will be the ones who can make or break your entire sunroom project.
Tips for finding the right sunroom contractor
Not all sunroom contractors are created equal. There are those people who are out there to make a quick buck and have chosen sunrooms as they’re quick to put up and require minimal planning permission. There are also those professionals who care deeply for each project and will make sure that you’re getting the best possible value for money for your sunroom. It’s hard to know the difference at first as the sales pitch can sound similar, but follow these tips and you’ll end up with the right sunroom contractor for your project:
- Look for experience – in the contracting business, the saying goes that experience is the best teacher. A contractor who has only been around for a couple of years still has plenty of mistakes to make, and you don’t want to be one of their “learning” projects. This experience may cost you more, but you’ll know that you’ll get a quality product and the estimates for time and price will be much more accurate.
- Find a model showroom – anyone can produce a good photo of a great looking sunroom. However, if that’s all your contractor can provide at your initial consultation, it might be worth expanding your search to find one who has a model showroom. By walking through examples of their work, you’ll get a feel for their style as well as the types and quality of the materials they use in the constructions.
- Check for credentials – it goes without saying that the right sunroom contractor should hold all the correct licenses and insurances, so don’t be afraid to ask ahead of time so you know that they are a legitimate business. You can typically find these on their Calgary Better Business Bureau pages, but they should also be willing to provide current licenses for all of their workers to give you peace of mind before the project begins.
One final piece of advice for finding the right sunroom contractor is to look for local family-owned operations. While bigger firms operate franchises in Calgary, they are often required to operate to standard procedures, meaning that you won’t get the fully bespoke project that you need. A smaller, local business, like Desert Sun Patios, will be able to work with you with enough flexibility to make your dream sunroom project a reality. They are also more likely to hold expertise on local weather and soil conditions, as well as knowing people in the city planning departments to help get your sunroom project up and running as quickly as possible.