Frequently Asked Questions
A traditional sunroom is usually treated more like an outdoor enclosure than a home addition, because it is designed only for seasonal use during mild weather. In contrast, a four season sunroom is more like adding a new room to your home, by incorporating heavily insulated materials to keep it comfortable even during the extremes of winter and summer. A “true” four season sunroom should feel like an extension of your home and is easy to keep conditioned and comfortable.
The terms sunroom and conservatory are often used interchangeably, but there are some informal differences. A conservatory typically has a larger percengtage of glass included in the walls than a sunroom does. Also, a conservatory almost always has a glass roof, while most sunrooms have a traditional solid roof. Conservatories are common in Europe.
LivingSpace offers four different types of sunrooms: the Cathedral Sunroom, the Studio Sunroom, the Integrated Sunroom, and the Specialized Sunroom.
LivingSpace Sunrooms custom-manufactures every sunroom we sell, so we can design a room to fit nearly any outdoor space. Before the design phase, we recommend you take a moment to consider how you want to use your sunroom. Think of another room in a home, such as a dining room or living room, that serves a purpose similar to how you’d like to use your sunroom and we can help you arrive at a size that works best for you and your home.
The length of the construction period depends on the size and complexity of the sunroom, but most projects typically require 2-3 weeks to build. Designs are typically processed, permitted, delivered, and installed ten to twelve weeks after your order is finalized.
You can purchase our sunrooms through one of our many Premier Partners throughout the USA and Canada. These dealers are distributed throughout the United States and are trained by LivingSpace designers and engineers to ensure their excellent craftsmanship.
Find your dealer to schedule your design consultation here.
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Yes. Our dealers are able to provide sunrooms with glass roofs through our elements package.
Our sunrooms are fully warranted for life. The warranty covers every LivingSpace component in your sunroom, including the vinyl framing lineals, windows, doors, roof, and decking against any kind of material defect.
Every project starts with a free, no-pressure design consultation with a representative from one of our Premier Partners. During this first step, they’ll walk you through all the different styles, options, accessories, and costs involved in your sunroom and do a preliminary site inspection. The goal is to help you arrive at a design that suits your style, works well for your home or business, and fits within your budget.
Due to our custom design and manufacturing capabilities, a sunroom from LivingSpace can be built to nearly any dimension. We have constructed fully permitted sunrooms as large as 40’x80’, and could build even larger. Common wall sizes range from 12’ to 30’ long and 6’ to 8’ tall, but every sunroom is designed to meet each homeowner’s individual specifications.
Building permits are based on the location of the customer. LivingSpace’s sunrooms are built to code, and dealers are experienced with obtaining building permits in their service areas.
LivingSpace has designers and engineers that are able to customize your sunroom to line up with your existing roof line. Furthermore, LivingSpace’s EcoGreen roof systems have an OSB exterior surface, which also allows the roof to be shingled to match the existing roof.
LivingSpace offers self-flashing skylights with high-efficiency glass to match the windows in your sunroom. Skylights are available for both EcoGreen and aluminum roof panels.
Absolutely. For Cathedral style sunrooms, LivingSpace makes a furniture-grade wood veneer sleeve that goes over the ridge beam. The veneer is paintable and stainable, and LivingSpace is able to match it to almost any color needed. A mounting bracket connects the two sleeves together, and a ceiling fan can be attached to the bracket. For Studio style sunrooms, fans can be mounted directly to the interior ceiling in pre-planned locations.
Yes, you can easily install gutters onto a LivingSpace sunroom. This can be done during construction, or it is simple to do afterwards.
LivingSpace Sunrooms uses vinyl and fiberglass throughout the sunroom structure because of its energy efficiency and strength. The wall is constructed through LivingSpace’s patented “Main Key” technology. The frame’s header includes an aluminum “Hurricane Tube” for incredible structural stability.
Aluminum is structurally sound and cost-effective, but it is not energy efficient. Aluminum is an excellent conductor of thermal energy. This means that owners of an aluminum sunroom will rely heavily on their heating and cooling systems to keep comfortable. Vinyl-fiberglass composites are much more energy efficient while maintaining lifelong durability.
The construction of the LivingSpace sunroom gives it superior protection in inclement weather. The Main Key is made of Amilan®, which resists expansion and contraction during seasonal changes, and provides flexibility to allow it to withstand 150 mile per hour winds. The Hurricane Tube further secures the sunroom structure during hurricane-like conditions.
Yes, the LivingSpace sunroom is a four season PLUS sunroom designed to stay comfortable, even during extreme seasonal weather. The construction of a LivingSpace sunroom utilizes vinyl cladding, which gives it more efficient insulation.
LivingSpace uses insulated windows and insulated glass doors. The levels of insulation depends on the location of the sunroom. Insulated glass is created by combining two or more pieces of glass with a spacer. The spacer works to seal the glass pieces together. Space is created between the glass panes when this happens, creating a clear insulation barrier.
We design our Four Season PLUS additions to be the best insulated sunrooms in the industry, so that they can be heated and cooled with minimal energy. With a non-thermally isolated room, your existing HVAC system may be all that’s needed to keep your sunroom perfectly conditioned. We also offer a standalone, compact heating/cooling unit known as a PTAC. These units are more than capable of keeping your sunroom at the ideal temperature, even in extreme climates.
We developed a patented fastening system and moisture weeping channels that form an impenetrable seal around your room and flow water to the outside. A sunroom from LivingSpace should never leak. Defects that lead to leaking rooms are both extremely rare and fully covered by our Limited Lifetime Warranty.
While poorly insulated aluminum rooms struggle with frost buildup on the windows and structural posts, LivingSpace products are extremely well insulated and sealed against moisture, so you should never experience frost buildup.
Yes, a LivingSpace sunroom with a glass roof will be usable in the summer. The glass used in LivingSpace’s glass roofs is insulated to reflect a majority of infrared heat, keeping your sunroom cool and usable throughout the summer.
We would not recommend painting your sunroom. We offer vinyl components in custom paint colors from the factory, made with specialty paints designed to bond with vinyl. Painting a finished vinyl sunroom outside of a controlled environment would likely be difficult and yield poor results. It may also void the warranty against exterior fading and cracking.
Any type of furniture can be put into a LivingSpace sunroom with correct planning. Working with the designers and engineers beforehand to determine the use of the sunroom will be an important factor dictating which furniture you can use in the room.
Absolutely. Many sunroom owners decide to include a fireplace in the original build of their addition, often requiring only simple changes to the design.
Fading furniture is caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. By default, our sunroom windows include at least LoE2 glass – this is an extremely high performance glass that reflects the vast majority of incoming UV rays, protecting your interior decor from fading and discoloration. Nonetheless, if you are worried about fading fabrics, you can buy indoor/outdoor fabrics.
Yes, sunrooms and conservatories can be used to enclose a pool. LivingSpace is able to completely customize your sunroom based on your plans. Other people have built sunrooms to utilize as a pool house for people to change, shower, or entertain friends and family.
LivingSpace’s sunrooms and conservatories can be used as greenhouses. Plants thrive within a sunroom because of the sunlight exposure and window protection.
You can’t install a doggie door into a glass knee wall, but you can install a doggie door into a vinyl knee wall. Those who want a doggie door would need to ensure there is an appropriate section in the sunroom that would permit it.
Sunrooms can increase the resale value of your home. Homeowners who sell their homes say their sunroom helped their home sell much quicker. This is especially true with an energy efficient sunroom. A 2008 survey done by the National Association of Remodelers reported that sunrooms retain 92% value of a sunroom addition during home resale.
A higher home value usually correlates with an increase in property taxes, so remodeling projects typically result in a slight increase in property taxes. However, most states have a maximum allowable increase on property taxes, regardless of the amount of improvements done to the home. That increased tax rate is usually locked until a transfer of the deed, so your taxes are unlikely to increase much at all during your ownership of the home.
The cost of each sunroom is largely dependent on the customization of the sunroom. Each project’s pricing depends on the details, including the size of the room and the amount of glass required. Consequently, each sunroom is uniquely priced. The best way to determine the cost of your sunroom is to get a quote from one of our dealers.
You can find your dealer to schedule your design consultation here.