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Sunrooms can be a major plus to your home. Sunny, full of natural light, and often equipped with heating and cooling, they’re a year-round indoor space where you can enjoy relaxing, entertaining, or growing plants. They come in almost any shape and size and can be custom-made or pre-built. You can even find build-your-own sunroom kits if you’re especially handy.
While three-season sunrooms are built using an existing roof or porch cover onto an existing deck or patio, if you’re looking to use your sunroom all year, you’ll need an HVAC system, insulation, and some foundation work. The average cost for a three-season sunroom runs around $20,000, according to Realtor.com. A four-season sunroom would set you back about $45,000.
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If you’re ready to add a sunroom to your home—or are still in the brainstorming and planning stages—we’ve rounded up the best sunroom manufacturers of 2022, along with what they offer and how much it may cost you.
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All Champion custom sunrooms—including all-season, three-season, patio enclosure, and screened-in sunrooms—are built in the United States. To start, you’ll give the company a few ideas about your sunroom project in order to get a free quote. From there, Champion professionals will help design your sunroom before it’s built in its manufacturing facility and then install it. If you’re unsure of what you’re looking for in a sunroom, the Champion website offers a style quiz to help get the ideas flowing, along with a photo gallery to browse through and plenty of reviews from shoppers who have already gone through the process.
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2. Global Solarium
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For those craving the most sunlight, consider Global Solarium. The West Coast company will help you bring the best of the outdoors indoors (minus the bugs) and offers in-home consultations to design the right sunroom for your space. One of Global Solarium’s most popular designs is the curved-eave sunroom, which allows for a smooth transition from the roof to the front wall so you get maximum sunshine.
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If you’re dreaming of a space in your home to relax while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, Betterliving offers a variety of both three-season and all-season sunrooms to meet your needs. The company works with customers and local dealers around the country to design your indoor/outdoor space based on the size and location of your room along with how you plan to use it. Betterliving’s website offers plenty of advice for beginners on what to think about when adding a sunroom, tips for finding the right contractor, and how to use your space to suit your needs.
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4. Four Seasons
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Don’t let the company name fool you—Four Seasons Sunrooms and Widows not only offers sunrooms you can enjoy year round, but also three-season sunrooms and patio covers. The company is one of the largest manufacturers of its kind and works with highly trained independently owned and operated dealers. Its sunrooms come in a variety of sizes, finishes, and features to give you—the homeowner—the best option for your space. Take a tour of the Four Seasons website to get an idea of what kind of sunroom would best suit your needs.
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Depending on your space, a stand-alone sunroom might be the best option. Fifthroom offers kits for sunrooms online that you can either put together yourself or hire a local handyman or contractor to build it for you. The kits cost less than traditional sunrooms and are great for those not looking to spend as much or those not looking to add on to their home permanently. Fifthroom offers a variety of sizes and styles, including octagon, rectangular, and oval-shaped sunrooms.
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6. Conservatory Craftsman
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Conservatory Craftsman doesn’t sell sunrooms—it sells what it calls garden rooms and luxury greenhouses. Whether you’re looking to attach the room to your home or have it stand alone, these structures aren’t just a place to grow plants throughout the year, they are a place to entertain, relax, and get away when the weather outside is anything but ideal. Each product is custom designed and produced.
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7. Patio Enclosures
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Bring nature inside with a three- or four-season sunroom from Patio Enclosures. You can shop a variety of options from colors and styles to glass types and tints, roof materials, and window and door options. The company also offers enclosed porches, screen rooms, and solariums, depending on what best suits your lifestyle. Plus, if you want to save a bit of money, you can opt for a sunroom kit instead. Patio Enclosures also offers a sample kit for those on the fence about going with a more custom design or with a DIY kit approach.
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Originally a deck-building company, Archadeck now works with sunroom contractors to customize sunrooms for customers. The company handles everything from design to installation. Whether you’re looking to relax in a sunroom with a fireplace, or host a party for the big game complete with televisions and speakers, Archadeck offers plenty of elements to make your custom sunroom dream a reality.
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What is a good size sunroom?
The best size for your sunroom depends on how much space you not only have and how much you want to pay. The average cost of a sunroom per foot runs from $80 to $400, according to Forbes, and it varies depending on if it’s a three-season or four-season room. Typically, sunrooms vary in size from 10 by 20 feet to 16 by 24 feet.
What kind of windows are best for sunroom?
You can pick the best sunroom windows based on how you plan to use the space. Double-hung and sliding sunroom windows can help air circulate throughout your sunroom. Casement windows are easy to open even in hard-to-reach spots and will allow a good breeze inside. When it comes to materials, fiberglass will be the most durable in harsh climates, while vinyl is a budget-friendly material and great for energy efficiency. On the other hand, wood windows offer both beauty and warmth.
Is a sunroom a good investment?
Sunrooms don’t have the high rate of return as other spaces in your home, such as bathroom remodels and kitchen renovations. Adding a sunroom will get you about a 49 percent return on your investment, according to HomeAdvisor, which is about half of what you will likely pay for adding the sunroom. However, the investment return depends on how you look at it. If you plan on staying in your home for several years and will use the space often, adding a sunroom will likely be a worthy investment.
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