Can I Build My Own Sunroom?
If you’re thinking about adding a sunroom to your home, you may be wondering if it’s a project you can tackle by yourself. If you’re an experienced do-it-yourselfer and are confident in your electrical and construction skills, it’s certainly a possibility. There are many sunroom models that can be assembled from kits. These kits usually include everything you need for your project, including frames, roof, supports, windows, fasteners, screws, and step-by-step instructions.
The advantage of building your own sunroom is the amount of money you’ll save on labor costs. There’s also the satisfaction that comes with knowing you’ve built your addition yourself. Of course, not all sunroom kits are the same. It’s important to make sure you’re getting a high-quality product that will be sturdy enough to stand up to the elements. Cheaper kits with unreinforced PVC frames and plexiglass windows are too flimsy to provide long-term durability. Frames should be made from extruded aluminum or have an inner core of aluminum or galvanized steel, and windows should be made of tempered glass. If you intend to build your sunroom yourself, keep in mind that you’ll have to pull all necessary permits before beginning your project and arrange for an inspection after construction is complete.
One disadvantage of kit-built sunrooms is that they come in a limited variety of styles and shapes and are not easily customizable should you want or need a non-standard design. And unlike sunrooms built by professionals, kits do not come with labor warranties, so if you discover the roof leaks, you’ll have no recourse other than to fix it yourself. Professionally built sunrooms are usually more substantial structures than kit-built sunrooms, with better insulation and energy-efficient windows. This makes it easier to heat and cool the sunroom using the same system as the rest of the house. If you live in a cold climate and want to enjoy your addition year-round, a professionally built, four-season sunroom is most likely the right option for you. If you live in a mild climate, are confident in your building skills, and will be satisfied with a more modest, three-season sunroom, a kit may be a viable alternative.
At Pacific Patio, we have been installing sunrooms throughout Southern California for nearly three decades. If you live in or near San Diego, CA, and would like to learn more about the wide variety of beautiful additions we can build for you, contact us today and schedule a no-obligation consultation. One of our representative will be happy to review our products and answer any questions you may have.