How to Prepare Your Sunroom for Winter

Industry Observer with Spectrum Communications

Your sunroom may only be a three-season addition, but you can still furnish it to make it more enjoyable during the colder months. As it becomes chillier, family and friends move indoors, which puts a high premium on entertaining space. A completely winterized sunroom will give your home another stylish hosting haven, while also providing a space for the quieter moments, like enjoying your favorite book or a hot mug of cider while watching the snow fall.

There are many ways to prepare your sunroom for winter, ranging from cosmetic redecorations to completely renovating your sunroom to revamp its thermal efficiency. No matter the scope of your winterizing goals, you should consider adding these tasks to your project checklist:

Invest in Energy-Efficient Windows

Familiarize yourself with all the different thermal efficiency benchmarks for replacement windows, from heat transfer measurements and insulation factors to more technical features that improve energy efficiency, like spacer systems and gas fills. Pane count is also an important factor; not only are double and triple-pane windows better insulators, they also greatly reduce moisture permeation and condensation, which will prevent long-term unit warping and depreciation.

If your current windows are outdated and lack many of these features, consider replacing them with more energy-efficient models. Seek out a window replacement company that offers Energy Star-rated projects. To earn an Energy Star rating, a window must meet region-specific insulation standards, so you’re guaranteed a product developed to withstand the climatic challenges of your area.

Don’t Forget to Look at Your Roof

Many homeowners will focus exclusively on the glass when winterizing their sunroom. This isn’t a bad approach, especially if your addition features a predominantly glass construction, similar to a greenhouse. Regardless of its build, though, your sunroom’s roof can be just as porous, certainly if it’s an older, shingled system that’s been eroded after years of exposure to harsh elements. If your roof is exposed to high levels of precipitation, you should regularly inspect the integrity of each shingle, specifically the weatherproofing granules that line them. Sometimes, through abrasive contact from nearby, overgrown trees or repeated exposure to inclement weather, these granules can be stripped away, increasing the likelihood of excessive moisture retention and material decay.

Add More Insulation and Heating Sources

If you’re a handy homeowner, there are a few renovations you can make to improve the year-round comfort of your sunroom without having to pay for professional contractors. If your sunroom or enclosed patio is attached to your home, you can extend your piping and ductwork into the space; or for a more cost-effective solution that’s less time-intensive, line your sunroom with foam insulation. You could even opt for a combination of these two projects by extending pipework into your sunroom, then wrapping those pipes in heat tape to prevent freezing and bursting.

Find and Seal All Air Leakages

An unexpected breeze in the summer can feel like a blessing, especially if you live in a particularly arid location like Phoenix, or a coastal location that pairs heat and humidity, like Bluffton, South Carolina. Sunroom additions shouldn’t be that porous, but homeowners may overlook this as temperatures climb; but in the winter, several air leakages can compound into a larger problem that will make your space virtually inhabitable or simply too expensive to properly heat.

As the weather gets cooler, identify all the potential draft sources in your sunroom, such as window-mounted air conditioners or large gaps around the edges of your doors. A common test is placing a flat piece of paper beneath a door and seeing if you can open it without shifting the paper; if so, you may need to improve your door’s seal with a sweep or some weather-stripping.

Enjoy Year-Round Sunroom Lounging

It’s expensive to build and maintain a sunroom, so you should be able to enjoy it throughout the year, regardless of whether it’s a three or four-season addition. Some homeowners may opt for a simpler fix that involves a few warm comforters, pillows, and space heaters, but if you want to go a step further, consider the renovations above to improve your sunroom’s long-term insulation, climate control, and energy efficiency.

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This is a great read for anyone who has a sunroom that they want to get ready for winter months. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 09, 2017 02:24 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Kevin McKenzie This is very good report about how to prepare a sunroom for winter.

Oct 09, 2017 04:47 PM