A screened porch or a sunroom can provide much needed protection from harsh weather or pesky bugs while you are still able enjoy the shining sun and gorgeous exterior views. Both options increased the functionality of your home, but how do you decide which option is best for your house? Ask yourself these questions to determine if you should opt for a patio screen porch or a sunroom for your home.
How will you use the space?
While each option will give you a great indoor/outdoor space, the exact function of your room matters in deciding which to choose. If you are looking for a space that acts as an extension of your home and can house typical living room furniture or become an office, you will want to opt for a sunroom. As a sunroom is a glass enclosed structure with a roof, you do not have to worry about the outdoor environment ruining your furniture.
If being able to soak in the sun and enjoy the fresh outdoor air while not being completely outside is the goal of your space, a screen porch is a great option for you. By enclosing your existing or a new porch with patio screen panels, you can take in the views and sunlight without being exposed to rain, bugs, or direct UV rays.
What climate do you live in?
In climates that will get very cold in the winter months or very warm in the summer months your best bet might be choosing a sunroom. Sunrooms are typically heated and/or cooled spaces meaning they will be available for use year round.
Alternatively, in climates that maintain a comfortable temperature year round or if using your enclosed space year round is not a priority for you, a screened porch will serve you well.
Keep in mind it is possible to create a screened porch where the screens are interchangeable with glass window panels. While this option will not make your screened porch a completely weather controlled space, it can keep the space warmer on those chilly fall nights.
How much money would you like to spend?
Installing a sunroom requires fully weatherizing the space with airtight windows and doors. You will also want to install quality flooring, insulated walls, and heating and cooling ductwork. Going this route will be much more expensive than installing a patio screen room. Oftentimes homeowners choose to add screens to an existing patio or porch which can end up being a very cost effective project overall.
Rest assured that both options will add value at the resale of your home. Whether you decide on a screened porch or a sunroom, contact AZ Sun Solutions in Phoenix for your patio enclosure needs. Our design experts can help you with your decision and guide you in selecting the best materials and finishes for your ideal indoor/outdoor space. Give us a call for a free estimate today!