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Sunroom Buyers Guide

Tips and advice on buying the perfect sunroom

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The advantages of a sunroom or conservatory

  • Enables you to enjoy the benefits of outdoor living 365 days a year
  • Provides additional space, which can be, used for a variety of purposes – as a dining room, playroom, office, entertainment area, sitting room, home gym or spa room with a hot tub. Even, of course, as a plant nursery.
  • Increases your exposure to sunlight – medically proven to be beneficial, especially for people who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
  • Increases the re-sale value of your home

Guidelines for choosing a sunroom or conservatory

Large projects may need an architect
If your planned sunroom is especially large or unusual if might be sensible to have plans drawn up by an architect. Although it adds to the cost it could save you money in the long run. Objective, professional advice can be invaluable in such circumstances and having drawings and specifications will enable you to get quotes on a ‘like for like’ basis, making it easier for you to compare prices.

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Sunrooms and SunroomShop around for a sunroom supplier
Ask around and see if you can pick up some recommendations from friends and neighbours. Get at least three quotations and don’t necessarily pick the lowest. Check the specifications on each, especially the materials to be used. If possible, look at work carried out by the company and speak to previous customers.

Choose the best sunroom you can afford
Choose the best quality sunroom you can afford. Remember to set aside around 10% of the cost as a contingency in case the project involves unforeseen work, or in case you decide to make changes once the job is under way.

Check warranties
See what warranties your chosen supplier/s will offer. A good manufacturer/builder will always provide comprehensive guarantees to cover materials and labour.

Complement your home
Always go for a style that complements your home, trying to match materials where possible so that the new addition blends in with the original house.

Measure carefully
Always calculate the internal floor area required when ordering a sunroom, remembering that most quotes are usually based on external dimensions. Mark out the area using stakes and string to be sure you are happy with the proposed size.

Meet the builders
If you are employing one company to do all the work try to meet their builders before confirming your order. These are the men who will be spending quite some time at your home and you should ensure you will feel comfortable with them.

Tie up the details
Will the builder sub-contract plumbing and electrical work? If so, will he project manage the other trades effectively? Are there any financial penalties for delays?

Sunroom Planning permission / building permit
Check whether planning permission and building permits are required. Unless specifically agreed otherwise, this is your responsibility, not the builder’s.

When the job is done

Remember to inform your insurers about your new sunroom to that premiums can be adjusted accordingly.

Sunroom Maintenance
Look after your sunroom by always following manufacturers’ instructions on care and treatment of materials.

Sunroom Furnishings
Conventional furnishings are likely to rot and fade in the intense sunlight of your sunroom so choose wicker furniture. Avoid metal as it absorbs heat making it extremely hot. Choose tough soft furnishings but be prepared to replace them periodically.

Candles will add greatly to the atmosphere of your sunroom in the evenings but remember to put them away during the day as they will melt and bend in strong sunlight.

Sunroom Plants
If you keep plants in your sunroom make sure they do not scorch. And provide sufficient shading, moisture and ventilation for them if you go on holiday.

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