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What Are Sunrooms Made Of

 

In previous times, sunroom construction was a lot simpler. There were only a handful of styles to choose from and the materials used to construct them were limited to just wood, brick or stone. However, thanks to advances in technology, this has all changed. Nowadays, there is a wide variety of materials that can be used to bring a sunroom to life including wood, vinyl and aluminium. All of which bring their own benefits and drawbacks. The material that you choose to use for your sunroom will depend on several factors such as the style you want to create, whether you plan to use your sunroom during a particular season in the year or year-round and of course, your budget.

Here, we take a look a closer look at the most common materials used to make sunrooms today.

 

Sunrooms made from wood

Traditionally, all sunrooms have been made from wood. It is easier to feel like you are outdoors when you are surrounded by the natural feel of organic wood, which is unmatched by the other common materials of aluminium and vinyl. Wood for sunrooms provides excellent insulation properties as well as the ability to withstand extreme fluctuations in temperatures and resist the effects on condensation. However, wood can be expensive, especially now as more people are becoming environmentally sensitive. Additionally, sunrooms made out of wood require a lot more maintenance and upkeep than other materials. Despite these slight negatives, wood is a great option for homeowners looking for a unique look to their sunroom.

 

Sunrooms made from vinyl

If a high level of insulation is what you’re looking for, then vinyl is the material to choose. When combined with double or triple-pane energy-efficient windows, vinyl will keep your sunroom comfortable all year round whilst saving you money through reduced energy costs. Additionally, vinyl is super low-maintenance, resists rust and is available in a range of style, colour and size options – perfect to match any sunroom need that you may have.

 

Sunrooms made from aluminium

Despite aluminium being lightweight, it is one of the most robust materials available and has the ability to hold heavy loads with ease. One of the main reasons why homeowners choose aluminium for their sunroom is down to the fact it allows larger windows and glass panes to be installed. With less supporting material required, you will get more for your money, which is the main purpose of a sunroom. Aluminium is also manufactured in a variety of colours which allows you to match your sunroom to the rest of your home’s décor. The only slight drawback to aluminium is that its insulation properties fall short from the other two materials. You, therefore, have to deploy other insulation techniques to ensure your sunroom doesn’t reach extreme temperatures throughout the summer and winter months. Whilst the insulation qualities of aluminium have improved over recent years, it is still not adequate enough to be used alone. As a result, many manufacturers use a combination of vinyl and aluminium to achieve the insulation needed for a comfortable living space.

 

Our sunrooms

Here at SunSpaces Garden Rooms and Verandas, we supply a whole host of sunrooms in a variety of styles and looks to suit your every need. All of which are made out of aluminium to provide the most sturdy and long-lasting material available. All of our sunrooms come with a range of optional extras such as heating and shade to make your sunroom the ultimate year-round living space. Learn more about our collection of sunrooms below.

 

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If you would like to learn more about what our sunrooms are made of or for more information on one of our sunroom models, then please contact a member of the SunSpaces team today. We’d be more than happy to help.

Glass Room & Awning

 

When it comes to glass rooms and awnings, both offer fantastic benefits for homeowners. However, each also comes with its drawbacks. Awnings are hugely adaptable yet they are unable to cope in extreme wind and snowy conditions. Glass rooms, on the other hand, are fixed and offer ample protection from the elements but lack a level of natural shading.

 

For these reasons, it comes as no surprise that so many homeowners are choosing to install both products to their home to gain the maximum possible benefits, creating the ultimate weather-proof space. Usually attached to the roof of the glass room, the awning extends via a set of runners, providing the awning itself a resounding sense of stability. Runners can be placed either above or below the glass, each offering benefits. Adding the awning to the outside of the glass is ideal for stopping the sun (when we’re lucky enough to have some) from heating up the glass and increasing the temperature, whilst adding shading to the inside can prevent wind or heavy rain from becoming an issue.

 

The benefit this offers is that not only can you protect from rain and wind, you can also protect from the sun during the summer, creating a glass room that can be used all year round, no matter the weather.

 

Our glass room & awning options

The most popular glass room in our collection is the Panorama glass room. A beautiful, practical and affordable glass sunroom that offers homeowners a gorgeous and simple way to connect their inside space with the outdoors. Available in a variety of designs, the Panorama glass room can be made to suit all needs. Electric shade systems are complete with UV-resistant materials as well as being available in a range of colours for full custom personalisation.

 

The Compact awning from SunSpaces is a slender garden canopy with a compact construction. It offers homeowners effective shade and shelter from the elements, allowing you to make the most out of your time in your glass room. The best thing about our Compact awning is that when they’re not needed, they can be easily retracted using an electronic remote control, meaning you can enjoy the full views from outside your glass room at any time.

 

As well as shading options, our range of glass rooms comes with additional customisation features such as sound, heating and lighting. Our awnings can also be further customised through a choice of end caps, pitch adjustment and valences for a truly bespoke home addition.

 

You can browse our full range of glass rooms and awnings below.

 

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If you are in need of further information regarding our glass room and awning collections or want to know more about the benefits of having a glass room and awning, be sure to contact a member of the SunSpaces team today by calling 01727 845 788 or email info@sunspaces.co.uk.

Polycarbonate vs Glass Roofs

 

Our range of verandas and garden rooms are available to order with a variety of customisable options. From sound, heating, locking doors and gutter options, with SunSpaces you are truly able to make your veranda or garden room your own.

 

One of the main options available, however, is the material of the roof. Choose from either glass or polycarbonate, but which is better? Here we take a look at the two materials, providing the advantages and disadvantages of both.

 

Glass Roofs

Advantages:

  • Glass roof provide ideal acoustic properties, meaning less noise will be made during heavy rainfall
  • Completely clear material results in great opportunities to gaze outside at the stars at night and birds in the day
  • Clean, polished appearance brings a classy look to the property

Disadvantages:

  • Potential safety risk if panels are not of a good enough quality
  • Little to no UV protection
  • Sometimes slightly costlier

 

Polycarbonate Roofs

Advantages:

  • Life expectancy of up to 25 years
  • Cost-effective option
  • Very high impact resistance
  • Available in a variety of clarity options
  • High UV protection
  • Excellent structural performance
  • Maintains strength and colour over a long period of time
  • Resistance to all weather conditions
  • Self-extinguishing qualities

Disadvantages:

  • Unlike a glass roof, you are not able to have a clear view of the sky unless a solid polycarbonate is used
  • Poor acoustic properties – quite noisy during heavy rainfall

 

The main points

The roof of your garden room or veranda is its most important feature. It keeps the structure together as well as protecting it from rain, wind and snow. But with different material options available, it can become quite difficult to choose the right one. Above we have listed some of the main advantages and disadvantages when it comes to polycarbonate vs glass roofs, but a few of these stand out more than others, so let’s take a deeper look!

Sounds Insulation

If you’ve ever been under a polycarbonate roof during heavy rainfall, you’ll definitely be familiar with the loud thudding and sometimes unbearable noises that occur. Unfortunately, this is enough to put the majority of homeowners off as a veranda and garden room is a place where people want to sit back and relax, not listen to loud and annoying noises. Being interrupted with the loud thudding of rain and the howling wind is the last thing you want, therefore, if a peaceful space is something you’re interested, a glass roof is definitely the choice for you.

Aesthetics

Glass roofs enable light to fill your garden room as well as providing beautiful views that you can use to gaze at the sky and surroundings during both day and night. Its classier appearance enables structures to look more prestige, perfect for homeowners looking to create a property that stands out. Polycarbonate roofs, on the other hand, are often translucent so not completely clear and do not offer the same look like glass.

Maintenance

Glass roofs often use an easy clean coating which repels dirt fantastically. The provides a clean-looking roof that doesn’t require much effort to keep looking good. Polycarbonate roofs sometimes do not offer this level of low-maintenance and require some level of upkeep to remove dirt and moss.   

 

And there you have it – our polycarbonate vs glass roof comparison! Here at SunSpaces, we offer both glass and polycarbonate roof options for our range of verandas and garden rooms. However, our selection of polycarbonate and glass roofs are made of the very best materials, meaning the differences between the two are very slight and ultimately come down personal preference.

 

For more information on our polycarbonate and glass roofs, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the SunSpaces team today by calling 01727 845 788 or emailing info@sunspaces.co.uk

The Difference Between a Sunroom and Conservatory

 

For many people in the UK, a sunroom and conservatory are the same things, often mistaken for one another. The names are used interchangeably, without ever realising that they are in fact two totally different structures that contain distinct differences.

 

One thing that the two do have in common, however, is the fact that they are both structures added onto a property, designed to soak up the sun whenever possible. Homeowners that have either of these attached to their property can look forward to a beautiful summer's day in peace and quiet.

 

So, what exactly makes a sunroom and conservatory different? Let's take a look!

 

Length of Use

Conservatories are well known for their seasonality, meaning the times of the year they are typically used. Conservatories tend to become incredibly cold during the winter months, which can make it difficult to relax! In the summer, on the other hand, a conservatory can become extremely hot due to high exposure levels to the sun.

 

Sunrooms, however, are suitable for use from March until early October.

 

Materials

Another difference between a sunroom and conservatory is the materials that are used when building them. A conservatory tends to be made of UVPC and glass windows, or a brick base and glass windows with a polycarbonate/glass roof, meaning you typically only benefit from the top half of the structure being made of glass.. A sunroom, on the other hand, is typically made entirely of glass – from the glass door panels all the way up to the glass roof. The roof of a sunroom is typically manufactured from glass and is solid, offering increased protection from the sun.

 

Consent & Speed of Assembly

The final difference between a sunroom and conservatory is the process that you need to follow in order for it to be built and attached to your home. If your sunroom or conservatory exceeds a certain size, it will require planning permission from your local council*. Neither option is cheap either when built from the ground up. A great way that you can avoid the problems and drama of planning permission and building from scratch is purchasing a ready-built structure that you can attach straight onto your home. These ready-made structures mostly* eliminate the need to gain planning ​permission (*in most circumstances – speak to a representative to ensure no planning permission is required) ) and your home turning into a building site for a couple of months – and you can get one right here!

 

But by far the biggest benefit of adding a sunroom over a conservatory is the speed of assembly. A typical veranda can be installed in 1-2 days, with a garden room typically being installed in 3-4 working days!

 

There you have it, the main differences between a sunroom and conservatory. If you're thinking about adding one of these structures onto your property, we hope this blog helps to inform your decision. But if you're asking us, a sunroom is definitely the way to go. The ability to use it year-round and add amazing customisable options makes it a no-brainer.

 

For more information on our range of sunrooms, be sure to get in touch with a member of the SunSpaces team today or request an instant, free quote!

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Like any form of design, what’s in vogue and fashionable can and will change from year to year as styles drift in and out with seasonal regularity.

 

Not to be left out in cold, exterior design also follows this blueprint of trends and what was hot last year might not be seen as quite so stylish and in just 12 months later.

 

To help you get ahead of the curve and prepare your garden for the year ahead, we’ve outlined some of the most likely garden trends for 2020.

 

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Predicted Garden Design Trends for 2020

Depending on who you ask and who’s garden crystal ball you peer into, the answer to what lies ahead in garden design can vary wildly.

 

Swedish landscape and garden designer, Mia Witham, is confident that outdoor style is leaning towards a Belgian influence in 2020, with simplistic luxury becoming a prevalent theme.

 

Conversely, award-winning landscape design expert, Jane Brockbank, insists that cold minimalism is a thing of the past and champions pattern and texture instead.

 

Meanwhile, international consultant-designer for future-orientated garden design, Mark Laurence, foresees a more visual directional shift, as lineal design makes way for curvilinear free-flowing gardens.

 

 

Eco-Friendly Garden Trends 2020

While the predicted 2020 garden trends for general appearance can vary wildly (as seen above), one trend that looks to be virtually set in stone is the move towards a greener garden design.

 

Here are a few of the most notable green garden trends 2020 can expect to see over the next 12 months.

 

 

Making the Most

Making environmentally-friendly choices in life has become more and more prevalent over the last decade, as the world becomes increasingly aware of the detrimental impact we are having on the world around us.

 

Naturally, that focus has found its way into the world of garden design and eco-friendly garden choices are becoming progressively more popular.

 

Ranging from water butts that collect rainwater to garden composters that repurpose waste materials into nutrient-rich food for the lawn, expect to see more eco-friendly additions popping up in gardens across the land.

 

 

Recycling Old Goods

Speaking of making the most of what you’ve got, another related trend that’s likely to continue to grow in the next year is upcycling old items and repurposing them for garden use.

 

A myriad of items can easily become a garden planter, whether it’s a wheelbarrow, an old set of drawers or even a chandelier. Similarly, giving a kitchen chair a simple lick of paint and a new home in the garden can completely revitalise your furniture.

 

Meanwhile, even tin cans can quickly become light and versatile plant pots that can be effortlessly arranged in an upright fashion to create a vertical garden.

 

 

Grow Your Own

Another eco-friendly garden trend that is picking up steam and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down is the independent option of growing your own fruit and vegetables.

 

More and more people are dedicating an area of their garden to grow their own food, providing themselves with a source of food that contributes to a healthier environment, while also saving themselves a little money on the shopping bill in the process.

 

 

 

Outdoor Living

While these particular trends are likely to see a rise in popularity over the next 12 months, outdoor living products – such as our awnings, verandas and sunrooms – will never go out of fashion.

 

Providing shelter from the elements, these outdoor accessories for your home can help turn your garden into an external living space for you to enjoy your garden and the outside to its fullest.

 

From the retractable benefits of our awesome awnings to the insulated comfort of our glass sunrooms with the multi-faceted veranda option providing the best of both in between, SunSpaces has the product for you and your home.

 

With the new year just over the horizon, what better time to prep your garden for the summer season and maximise your garden enjoyment in 2020 than by investing in a SunSpace?

 

Call now to request a quote today and turn your new year’s resolution into a sun-kissed solution you can enjoy this coming spring/summer and beyond with SunSpaces.

 

 

To find out more about the variety of outdoor living options available at SunSpaces, why not drop us a line today> Call now on 01727 845 788 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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