Making the most of your outdoor space when weather permits is typically a high priority, especially when you life in a four season climate. It’s also important to consider the different elements and pesky insects that can interfere with your outdoor plans. If you want to make better use of your porch, deck or patio, you might want to consider enclosing it, but how do you know what enclosure is the best option for you?
Differences between a Screened Porch and a Sunroom
With a screened porch, its generally the most cost efficient and simple to do, so if you have a tighter budget, a screened porch is something to consider. You will get protection from insects but you will be exposed to outdoor elements because it has no climate control other than a ceiling fan. The best time to use it will be when the weather permits.
Three Season Room
A Three-season room cost is mid-range and an update from a screened in room. It will protect you from insects and provide partial protection from the cold and heat with portable units but there are no central heating and cooling systems. You can also have electricity for lighting and a ceiling fan. Generally, the best time to enjoy a three season room is during the Spring, Summer and Fall.
Four Season Room
A Four Season Room is definitely a step up from both a screened in porch and a three season room, but the cost is higher. You will get protection from insects, cold and heat. a Four Season Room will have a thermally broken frame that will allow for heating and cooling so you will be able to enjoy it year round.
Last but not least, you have an option of a solarium. The general cost is the highest compared to any other enclosure. You will get protecting from the insects and cold and heat, similar to the Four Season Room but you will also have the luxury of having beautiful views all around the room since the solarium is made up of several windows and the roof is also glass. A solarium lets you feel totally connected to the landscape, the sky, weather and nature but you are protected from the elements year round.
Things to Consider
How do you decide what is best for you?
- What are your goals and budget
- How you plan to use the space
- Consider how each option may increase the resale value of your home