How to Choose Between A Patio Cover and A Sunroom

Patios and sunrooms are popular additions that make it easier to enjoy outdoor activities like barbecues or simply relaxing. There are some distinct differences between patios and sunrooms and many homeowners wonder which is the better option. 

Choosing between covering your patio or having a sunroom installed is a big decision, so it is important to know the major differences as well as the pros and cons of each.

Factors to Consider

When making a choice, the best starting point is considering how you will use the area. For example, if you frequently entertain guests outdoors, a patio cover might be a better option. Patio covers are generally low maintenance and can provide some shelter from the elements, which allows your party to continue despite light rain or particularly hot days. Patio covers only provide overhead coverage, so in inclement weather like high winds or heavy rain, covers don’t provide as much protection and you will likely need to move your gathering indoors. Many popular patio cover options can be custom-designed to meet your specific needs.

Alternately, sunrooms provide a more permanent solution for shielding yourself from the elements. All-season sunrooms are a great option if you prioritize being able to enjoy that space no matter the weather. Made of durable materials, sunrooms provide an extra room for gatherings, relaxing, or other activities. 

All-season sunrooms allow you to enjoy the space year-round while three-season sunrooms are generally used during the spring, summer, and fall months. 

Deciding on the best option requires some planning.  Consultation with an experienced sunroom contractor can make the process easier. 

You may be surprised to learn that there is not a huge cost difference between a three-season sunroom and an all-seasons sunroom.  Aside from the added insulation and windows necessary for an all-season sunroom installation, the cost differences are not as steep as one might anticipate. Considering what is most important to you in the use of the space will help with choosing an option. 

Another factor to consider is local building codes. Your city may have specific requirements for installing structures like sunrooms. For this reason, it is important to consult a reputable contractor or company who is experienced in sunroom and patio cover installation. A professional can assess your property and make sure your patio cover or sunroom complies with all the local codes and ordinances. 

Schedule A Consultation

A professionally installed patio cover or sunroom can add to your home’s resale value and also upgrade your lifestyle by improving comfort in outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces. That’s why it is important that you put your trust in professionals with a  proven track record of satisfied customers. 

When choosing a company to complete your sunroom or patio cover project, be sure to ask: 

  • what is the estimated cost difference between a sunroom and a patio cover?
  • how long will the process take and how should I prepare my home ahead of installation?

In addition to asking the above questions, always be sure to do your research on the company or contractor you are considering hiring. Consider how long the company has been in business and visit the company website to view testimonials and photos of prior projects. 

The company’s online presence will help you gather information before your in-home consultation. You can also read the company’s online reviews and speak with neighbors, friends, or family members who have worked with the company in the past. 

Go with the Pros 

Sunshine Sunrooms has been serving homeowners for more than 25 years. Offering professional installation of sunrooms and patio covers, pool screens, kitchen and bathroom renovations, and much more, the Sunshine Sunrooms team prides itself on working with homeowners to bring their dreams to life. 

Call us at (972) 243-5390 or contact us online today.

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