Decks are extremely popular because they give us a place to enjoy the outdoors to entertain, cook, dine, relax and more. With millions of existing decks across the U.S., many homeowners have often wondered “what if I could use my deck year round?” By converting a deck to a sunroom, you will be able to use it during the colder winter months, the hot summer months and even on rainy days. A glass sunroom that is properly designed and built can create the open feeling of being outdoors while being protected from the inclement weather and changing seasons. Building a sunroom on an existing deck is often a great idea because if the deck’s framing and foundation meet the current building code usually the homeowner can save up to 35% and the project can be completed in less time.
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A key component to every window is the glass. In most windows, the glass is the least efficient element making it one of the most important in the overall performance of the window. The glass (and the window as a whole) is evaluated by its U-value (insulating performance) and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC – a fraction of the amount of solar radiation allowed by the glass). The lower the U-value, the better the insulator the glass is (ratings from 1 to 0, where 0 is the best). The lower the SHGC, the less solar heats the glass allows through and the greater its shading ability.
With winter quickly approaching, gas and electric bills are sure to increase. Make sure your home is winterized and prepared for the cold. Here are ten ways to make sure you keep some of that heat and money in your house.
1. Add Another Layer of Attic Insulation