If you’ve already built or are just thinking about building a sunroom, then you’ll want to make sure you’re making the most of it by having the very best sunroom windows fitted in it.
If your sunroom is an older one, perhaps one that was already there when you took over the property, then the technology used in sunroom windows has progressed a lot in the last decade or so and you could improve your sunroom immensely by fitting new sunroom windows.
The whole point of having a sunroom is get as much light into it as possible, which probably also means you want to maximize the sunroom’s ability to capture all that free solar heat. To that end you need lots of glass surfaces in the windows and doors, which means low paneling and walls and large patio or French style doors.
You’ll find plenty of suppliers able to design and build windows or doors to fit your requirements and, being a DIY/home enthusiast, you can fit them yourself or use the retailing company to fit them for you. Needless to say if you’re only replacing some of the sunroom windows in an ‘old’ sunroom, then they really ought to match the existing ones.
Any windows you consider buying or replacing should be the double-pane type to be totally energy efficient, with both double and triple paned windows available with special gases in the cavities to limit any likely heat loss through the windows.
Fixed vs. Opening Sunroom Windows
Quite simply, fixed, non-opening, sunroom windows will be less expensive than ones with casements to open. In really hot and sunny weather any sunroom will need to have some air circulating in it, a fan might suffice for this, or simply having the door open. You could even, of course, install an air conditioning unit in the sunroom. However, in these energy conscious times would that really make sense in a sunroom?
Generally you’ll need a mixture of fixed and opening sunroom windows. Your choice in how many opening windows and how big the casements are, may well depend on the climate in which you live and the main uses you put the sunroom to.
If the sunroom is to be used by an infirm person unable to actually be outside, or perhaps as a children’s play area, then you might want more opening windows than if the sunroom is mainly for use when the door is open allowing access to the outside.
Whilst regular double-pane sunroom windows are fine, there are some extra types of windows and glass that you should consider. In particularly cold climates, triple paned glazing is recommended as these will provide a double layer of insulation to prevent heat loss. Argon filled windows, that is to say those injected with an inert gas like Argon between the glass panes, can further reduce any heat loss through the glass due to conduction by up to one third; compared to regular air filled cavities.
Although sunroom window blinds can be used to help control the temperature, if controlling the internal temperature of the sunroom is a major issue for you then consider using low-emission glass in the windows, often referred to as low-E glass.
Low-E glass is coated with ultra-fine layers of a metal like silver, which enables light to pass through it but increases the ability of the glass to prevent heat transference; which means hot or cold air/temperatures remain outside, so that you have total control of the internal sunroom temperature.
Finally, if the sunroom is being used as a children’s play are why not consider using heat treated tempered safety glass?