As the warmer temperatures start to become more frequent, homeowners across Calgary are starting to think about their next big home improvement project. Whether you’re thinking about increasing your time spent enjoying the outdoors and/or panoramic views, or you’re just looking to expand your indoor living space, it’s the right time to start thinking about using a high-quality Sunroom and solarium contractor to create a new space for you.
What Is A Sunroom?
Space is always at a premium in Calgary, so any time that you can find a less expensive way to expand your home’s footprint, you should consider it carefully. A sunroom is an extra room that attaches to an external wall of your home, and you can save money by installing directly on top of an existing deck or patio, meaning that you don’t have to worry about foundations. It’s more of an indoor feel than a screen room as it has solid walls and windows but gives you the indoor-outdoor living vibe with large panes of glass that allows all the summer light and heat into your room without any of the downsides related to weather-related events. In contrast, a Screenroom offers many of the benefits of a Sunroom with the added benefit of fewer obstructions and more of an outdoor feel while controlling up to 90% of the weather-related materials (wind/rain/snow/sunlight) that can reduce your enjoyment of your outdoor areas or views.
Picking The Right Sunroom And Solarium Services
As with any home improvement project, there are a wide variety of sunroom and screen room contractors available across the city. It can be hard to know which sunroom builder to choose, but these simple tips will help you find the top sunroom and solarium services in Calgary:
- Check their references – just like hiring someone in your company, you should take the time to check the references of any sunroom builder who wants to give you a quote. This can be as easy as looking up the business online to see what reviews other homeowners are leaving for them, or asking them to provide references and pictures of previous work so that you get a feel for their quality. A bonus option is to check their website for local awards and recognition as this will also prove their trustworthiness to you.
- Visit their Showroom and Talk to them in person – building an outdoor enclosure is a serious commitment and usually involves custom installation and materials. Therefore, it’s very important to make sure that the sunroom builder you end up hiring is trusted and accredited in the industry, offers quality long lasting products with warranty and is customer service oriented. We live in an age where it’s entirely possible to plan and design solely online or via the phone, but you’ll always get a better feel for the company and the product’s quality by meeting them in person. You’ll be able to get a better read on their body language and intonation face to face, as well as a feel for the specific processes and people you would be dealing with.
- Discuss pricing and financing options – despite sunrooms having an incredible return on investment ratio, they still represent a big financial burden. A customer focused Sunroom contractor should offer a myriad of material and design options to help you find the balance between your style preferences and your budgeting realities. This process will show that they’re putting your needs first, and you’ll often find that there are financing options available that allow to you build the sunroom of your dreams without footing the entire cost up front. As a note, DSP does not directly offer financing.
Discuss Permitting – In most jurisdictions a Patio Enclosure or Addition requires some form of government notification and permitting. A reputable company will provide this service for you and relieve you any of the consternations involved with procuring materials needed for the application and dealing with your local authorities. This process can take weeks, and in some cases even months, so make sure to start your discussions as early as possible.