What Kind of Maintenance Do Sunrooms Require?
Sunrooms can make a stunning addition to your home and provide years of enjoyment for you and your family. Although most modern sunrooms are built to be as maintenance-free as possible, they still require periodic attention to keep them looking great and performing as intended. Specific maintenance requirements will depend on the type of sunroom you have, but there are some general recommendations for keeping your enclosure in tip-top shape.
Wash the Glass at Least Twice a Year
The most prominent feature of most sunrooms is the amount of glass they contain. While this allows for sweeping views, it also provides a surface for grit, grime, and debris to accumulate. This is especially true with glass-roofed sunrooms. To keep your outlook bright and clear, wash exterior glass with warm water and a mild detergent. Always check with the manufacturer before using any harsh chemicals or abrasives, as they may damage the surface. Use a long-handled brush to first sweep debris off the glass, a soft cloth or sponge for washing, and a squeegee to prevent spotting. Never climb on top of a glass roof. It’s not designed to bear your weight. To reach high locations, rent scaffolding.
Clean the Gutters Every Spring and Fall
Unlike home gutters, the gutters on sunrooms are often installed without a slope, making it easier for water, leaves, acorns and other debris to accumulate in the troughs. To prevent clogs, ice dams, and other blockages, clean the gutters in late autumn after most of the leaves have fallen and again the following spring. Be sure to check the downspouts as well to ensure everything is draining properly. And never lean a ladder against your gutters. It can crumple the channel.
Check the Seals Once a Year
A sunroom’s energy efficiency depends a great deal on the integrity of its seals. Damaged seals can allow heat to escape and let in both drafts and moisture. Visually inspect the seals around windows, doors, and wall panels once a year. Some discoloration is a normal part of the weather process and is usually not a concern. Damaged seals, on the other hand, should be repaired promptly.
And Don’t Forget the Frames
Vinyl and aluminum frames are relatively easy to clean, requiring little more than a quick spray from a garden hose. Just don’t use a forceful jet, as it can breech the seals. For a little extra cleaning power, a mild detergent and a soft-bristled brush can be used. Wooden frames can be cleaned in this manner as well, but they’ll also need periodic re-staining.
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