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Aluminum Frame

Aluminum Frame

All of the exterior and interior of a sunroom is extruded aluminum. Most of the aluminum extrusion is thermally broken to prevent the transfer of heat or cold into the room. The size and shape may vary as well as the glass selection and frame colors.

Straight eave lean-to sunrooms and conservatories add a sense of space and lightness to a house. It can be used to extend living area or simply add a patio or deck enclosure. Filling the sunroom with plants creates a sense of outdoor living.

Modern sunrooms and conservatories are designed to be used throughout the four seasons of the year. Originally, most of the sunrooms were designed and built to be used mainly in mild weather to provide protection from rain and wind.

The materials used in construction of sunrooms and conservatories were originally just steel. Now with new technology, owners have several choices; wood, aluminum or vinyl—depending on desire and budget. Buyers can choose from the most expensive, exotic hardwoods to the least: aluminum and vinyl.

Most of the sunrooms and conservatories are designed with insulated, high performance glass in the roof and walls but many owners, especially in warmer climates, choose to build more a conventional roof with a tile or shingle overlay.

 

Wood Frame

Wood Frame

Wood interior lean-to sunrooms, conservatories, and patio rooms. In most cases, the wood interior sunrooms, conservatory or patio enclosures are slightly more expensive than aluminum. The customer may select several different wood types. Oak, Fir, Mahogany and Pine are the most popular, but owners choose from the endless list of existing woods.

Any sunroom, conservatory or patio enclosure should be designed and integrated as a part of the existing house and not just an add-on glass structure.

The exterior of the wood sunroom or conservatory in most cases is extruded aluminum. The size and shape may vary; as well as the glass selection and frame colors. Straight eave lean-to sunroom, conservatory, or patio enclosure can add a sense of space and lightness to a house. It can be used to extend a living area or as a patio or deck enclosure. Filling the sunroom with plants creates a sense of outdoor living.

 

Vinyl Frame

Vinyl Frame

The majority of the vinyl sunrooms, patio rooms and conservatoires have an aluminum exterior. In most cases, the vinyl is only a decorative skin over the aluminum. Some manufacturers use vinyl skin for the exterior of the sunroom. The exposure of vinyl to UV may create some discoloration. Any sunroom, patio room, or conservatory should be designed and integrated as a part of the existing house and not just an add-on glass structure.

The size and shape may vary; as well as the glass selection and frame colors. Straight eave lean-to sunroom conservatory or patio room can add a sense of space and lightness to a house. It can be used to extend a living area or as a patio or deck enclosure. Filling the sunroom, conservatory, or patio room with plants creates a sense of outdoor living.

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