Calgary is one of the best cities in which to own a sunroom. The openness of the city as a whole means that you’re likely to get a fantastic view from at least one side of the sunroom, and the average 333 days of sunshine puts the city at the top of the sunlight rankings anywhere in Canada. All that natural light will heat your sunroom during the day and make it possible to live your best indoor outdoor lifestyle year round.
Key Decisions to Make
However, not all sunrooms are created equal. As a potential sunroom owner, you need to make sure that your new space is designed to meet the demands of the changeable Calgary weather as well as making the most of all that sunlight. Some of the key decisions that you’ll need to make when you’re thinking about how to design a sunroom for Calgary include:
- Three or four season room – a three season sunroom is a cheaper structure that is designed for use during spring, summer and fall. It doesn’t have the insulation or heating and cooling capabilities of a four season room, and many Calgary homeowners with three season sunrooms close them off entirely during the winter months to protect the rest of the house from the cold. A four season sunroom connects to your home’s heating system and is designed to withstand colder temperatures, but will cost more to construct and install.
- Roof shape – the two main roof types used for Calgary sunrooms are an A frame, also known as a gable roof, or a studio roof. Both allow for snow and rain runoff, which is why you don’t see many flat sunroom roofs in the city. An A frame roof gives you a more luxurious feel and typically allows for skylights and a ceiling fan to circulate air year round. However, a studio roof attaches to the roof line of your house and slopes in one direction. This will help your sunroom blend in with your home better and will give the inside of your sunroom a more cosy and compact feeling.
- Window size – finally, the size of window is a big consideration that you’ll need to make as you design your Calgary sunroom. Having more smaller windows will be more expensive but they tend to be more energy efficient and easier to replace if they get damaged in one of Calgary’s wind storms. Larger windows give you a better view but tend to take longer to warm up and are more fragile due to their size.
Desert Sun Patios Have Local Knowledge
Here at Desert Sun Patios, we’ve been designing and installing sunrooms all over Calgary for so long that there isn’t a type of weather we haven’t seen. Our team will work with you to make sure that your sunroom is protected against the worst that Calgary’s seasons can throw against and help you design a sunroom that helps you make the best of all that Alberta sunshine.