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Adding a Sunroom: Should You Go Prefab or Custom?

Saturday, May 4th, 2013


Trends have changed with the times when it comes to sunrooms. Gone are the days of a simple screened-in porch off the back of the house that lets in wind and rain and can only be used two seasons out of the year. Now there are several options of sunrooms, as they have evolved into bona fide living spaces that can be customized to fit your desires and needs. Two popular alternatives with homeowners are to install a prefabricated sunroom or a custom-built sunroom.

A prefab sunroom is an economical choice if you want the extra space without spending a lot of money. The downsides to this type of sunroom are that it is only available in limited colors, and the design may not match that of your home.

Custom sunrooms come in a variety of styles and quality. The layout, architecture, color, and materials of a custom enclosure are meant to blend with your home’s exterior as well as its interior. Best of all, a sunroom that meets your specifications will add value to your home.

Certain upgrades that can be made to a custom sunroom to make it even more luxurious and relaxing include high-end wood or vinyl materials, high-efficiency windows, skylights, and even heating and cooling systems. Some sunrooms can even act as a greenhouse or have a fireplace. A sunroom is a true extension of the home that may be enjoyed year-round, just like any other area in the house.

Which type of sunroom is right for you? The biggest difference between a prefab and custom sunroom is cost. If you’re looking to thoroughly benefit from a sunroom’s features while increasing the value of your home at the same time, erecting a custom sunroom is a natural choice.

An expert building contractor can help you determine the design and type of custom sunroom that is suitable for your home. North Georgia Replacement Windows installs sunrooms with one of the best warranty programs in the industry. Call 770-888-1604 to have a contractor at North Georgia Replacement Windows scope out your property and prepare a free, custom proposal for you today.

Top 3 Trends in Today’s Sunroom Additions

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

sunroom-interiorSunroom Contractors at North Georgia Replacement Windows Talk About the Top 3 Trends in Today’s Sunroom Additions

If you’re looking to expand your existing living space to entertain guests more easily, enclose a patio for climate control, or simply increase the value of your home, a sunroom is a beneficial investment. But, before you call a sunroom contractor, you must think about the type of addition and features that you want in a sunroom. What will be the purpose of the space? How often will the space be used? Do you want carpet, tile or hardwood flooring? If these and other questions remain unanswered, the following three sunroom trends can help steer you in a suitable direction:

1. Year-Round Comfort
Sunrooms are no longer meant for use during the spring and summer months only. Homeowners now have the ability to enjoy their sunroom twelve months of the year! Four-season sunrooms are treated just like any other area in the house, routed with central heating and air to enable everyday living — no matter what time of year it is.

2. Bringing the Outdoors In
Another sunroom trend is taking elements from the natural world, such as plants, flowers, small trees and herb gardens, and incorporating them with the interior decor. Further outdoor touches may be added with rustic furniture and wood or stone details. See-through fireplaces are also making an appearance in sunrooms, connecting the patio to another room in the house.

3. Sophisticated Construction and Design
North Georgia Windows offers Oasis vinyl sunrooms, which provide premium construction. When paired with weatherproof windows, the components are attractive, sturdy and intended to match your home’s exterior and interior. Additionally, conservatories, pergolas and greenhouses are popular designs that take any sunroom to the next level of sophistication and comfort.

Now that you have a better idea on how to increase the square footage of your home, call on North Georgia Windows as your sunroom contractor. With a selection of sunroom options and features, and an unbeatable warranty, you’ll have the dream sanctuary you’ve always wanted! Contact us at 770-888-1604 for an estimate.

How to Decide if a Sunroom Addition is Right for You

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

georgia-sunroom-additionHow to Decide if a Sunroom Addition is Right for You

Adding an entire new room to your home is a big deal. If you are having hesitations or need more information on your options, let North Georgia Windows guide you through the decision-making process.

What exactly is a sunroom?

A sunroom is a sunroom because of its composition, which is mostly glass. A traditional sunroom addition is built like any other home addition. The construction crew uses techniques and design that match the rest of the house, but there are many more windows than a normal addition. On average, a typical sunroom has 40% or more of its wall space dedicated to windows, not including skylights.

How much will a sunroom addition cost?

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2011-12 Cost vs. Value Report, a 200-square-foot sunroom addition costs about $74,000. This includes footings and slab-on-grade foundation, post-and-beam construction, efficient windows, 10 operable skylights, a tile floor, window shades, and ceiling fans. 1 However, about $34,000 of that investment you can expect to get back at resale, according to this study.  Our sunrooms typically cost much less than the industry average but many factors such as size, options, and finishing will determine the final investment amount.

Keep in mind, you should set aside at least 12 weeks for a sunroom addition, plus the time for planning. Hiring professionals will make your planning and construction process go a lot smoother. Other things to think about are: obtaining a building permit from the town, familiarizing yourself with zoning rules, figuring out how close you can build toward property lines, and any possible square footage limitations there might be on your home.

Where should your sunroom addition go?

A sunroom addition should be located where a lot of the home’s traffic will be, such as either off a kitchen or a gathering space, like a living room. Because sunrooms are indoor-outdoor spaces, also consider where to put it from an outdoor perspective. Take advantage of the best views and sunlight. Southern exposure allows the most sunlight in, while eastern exposure has morning sun and western exposure has afternoon sun. You should aim for at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.

North Georgia Replacement Windows & Oasis Vinyl Sunrooms

North Georgia Replacement Windows offers Oasis vinyl sunrooms by Joyce Manufacturing. There are many benefits to our vinyl sunrooms:

  • Clear color throughout
  • Never needs painting
  • Scratch resistant
  • Impact resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Will not corrode or rust with salt or spray
  • Can be welded in window frame
  • Naturally thermally broken
  • Lifetime warranty2

If you have any questions about sunroom additions, or would like more information on Oasis vinyl sunrooms, give North Georgia Replacement Windows a call today!





Five ways sunroom designs have improved in the last twenty years

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
modern sunroom design- a couple lounges in a cozy, modern home environment

Relax in a comfortable sunroom!

We know that sunroom designs used to be really ugly, really expensive, and really uncomfortable during humid Georgia summers.

But they’ve come a long way. Advances in energy efficient glass have made temperatures easier to control. Advances in construction materials have made them easier on the eyes. And easier to customize. And more reliable. And..

Here are our five favorite ways sunroom designs have changed in the last decade.

  1. They’re more efficient – Installing a sunroom on a house used to be like installing a garage or a greenhouse. You couldn’t control the temperature. Modern glass and building materials have changed that. LoE glass and climate control systems mean you can enjoy the Georgia sun and your A/C without running up a huge energy bill. Oh, sure, we can install a greenhouse for you– but only if that’s what you want!
  2. They’re more attractive – You want a sunroom design that looks good outside and in. Today’s building materials make it possible. We can install an addition with all the comforts of home. Then we can make sure it matches your existing exterior and looks great in your yard. We’ll leave you with something to brag about.
  3. They’re more reliable – Because modern sunroom designs are built with modern materials to match with your existing home (and because our installers are amazing), they leak less and need less upkeep. Stop worrying about rain-soaked furniture or insects and other “invaders” from outside. Just relax in your new oasis.
  4. They’re quieter – Metal sunrooms were often loud in high winds or rainy conditions. This meant you could only use the sunroom when it was nice out. Quieter materials mean you can use the sunroom all year every year.
  5. There are more options – Today’s sunroom designs mean you can turn your addition into almost anything you want. Want a place to paint watercolors? Not a problem. A yoga studio? We can help with that. Just want to add some appeal and value to your home? We’ve got you covered.

Whatever your goal, we’re more than happy to give you a free proposal for work. Just use this form. If you’d rather talk to someone on the phone, we can do that too. Just call us at 770-888-1604.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon.