Have you always wanted a sunroom? If you already have a patio, you’re partway there! Adding a sunroom is a great way to reinvent your underutilized backyard. Instead of an exposed patio that bakes in the afternoon sun and gets drenched every time it rains, you can enjoy an enclosed space every day of the year, no matter the weather. You’ll also be pleased to learn that turning your patio into a sunroom is more affordable than a traditional home addition. Here’s how to go about starting your patio-to-sunroom conversion.
Determine if You Need a Building Permit
The first step in any home addition project is to find out if you’re required to have a building permit. You might not need one for a lightly insulated three-season room. However, if you want a fully functional four-season room complete with heating and cooling, insulation, and electricity, you will likely need a permit. To avoid legal trouble when selling your house someday, never skip obtaining a necessary permit.
Assess Your Patio
The design possibilities and level of work involved depend on what’s already there. For instance, if you have a concrete patio, you have the perfect foundation to build insulated flooring, walls, and glass panels. However, if you have a wood deck, you’ll need an inspection to determine if there’s any rot or other hidden problems before the project can commence.
Is your patio already covered? If not, you can build a patio cover as part of the project. Of course, if the existing patio roof is made of corrugated plastic or steel, you may want to replace it with something more durable and insulating.
Consider Hiring a Designer
Converting your patio into a sunroom has lots of room for creativity, but it can also be a challenge. That’s why it’s wise to work with a designer. This professional can help you define what you’re looking for, work around logistical setbacks, and present a plan that meets your expectations. You’ll need to consider things like orientation, sun exposure, air circulation, and more to ensure your sunroom is efficient and comfortable.
Hire a Reliable Sunroom Contractor
The final stage is to find a reputable contractor. This is the company that will take your sunroom from concept to completion. To help you make the right choice, ask any sunroom contractors you’re considering the following questions:
- Are you licensed and insured?
- Can you help me obtain building permits?
- How long do you expect the project to take?
- Can I see examples of your past work?
If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to Maclin Security Doors. We’ll make your patio-to-sunroom conversion a reality, incorporating 100% American-made products for the highest quality and durability. We have been serving the Mid-South region since 1986, and we would be happy to put our decades of experience to work for you! For inspiration as you begin planning your project, please browse our sunroom image gallery or call us at 901-377-2456 for a free quote.