Sunrooms or solariums are thermo-insulated rooms surrounded by three walls made up of windows and, in some cases, sliding glass doors. They create a wonderful bridge between your home’s interior and the outdoors, letting in light and air while keeping out rain and pests and protecting you from unpredictable elements.
As windows make up most of a sunroom’s walls, choosing the right type of window is essential to meet your lifestyle and needs. Four of the most popular window styles for sunrooms include double-hung, casement, awning, and picture or fixed windows. Let’s take a look at each.
Each style window offers different benefits, and which ones you choose depends on considerations like the room’s orientation, how much ventilation you want, and the level of energy efficiency you expect.
For instance, sunrooms that get a lot of breeze during the day can benefit from ventilating windows that help save money on air conditioning. South-facing rooms that get a lot of sun during the day benefit from installing low-E windows.
Here are our top choices for sunroom, solarium, or three- and four-season room windows.
While fixed or picture windows give the greatest unobstructed view, double-hung windows in a sunroom offer significant benefits of their own. Because they slide open vertically while staying within the frame, they deliver the ventilation most sunrooms need. Plus, maintaining and cleaning them is often easier, as the panes can be tilted inward to clean both sides.
Casement windows are smaller than bay and bow windows, but they provide slightly more functionality, offering the ideal ratio of wall to scenery. They also allow just the right amount of sunlight into the room and crank open for easy operation, allowing you to enjoy fresh air whenever you like.
Awning windows are a top choice, as they allow air to flow in without interfering with visibility. They’re frequently installed above other window styles, expanding the room’s window area. Plus, you can usually leave them open rain or shine.
Large fixed windows allow for more expansive views and excellent lighting in a sunroom or solarium. Though some homeowners think sunroom windows that don’t open are counterproductive, picture windows are often a great choice when the windows are installed high up on the wall, where they’re not always easy to access.
They’re also an excellent choice for cooler, north-facing rooms, as they’re insulated and draft-proof.
Triangles, circles, pentagons, and more: Special shape windows add a unique, distinctive style to a sunroom. Any shape window you imagine can be manufactured to match your home’s architectural style.
Sliding and French patio doors offer amazing outdoor views and let in plenty of natural light. Due to their design, sliding doors offer more light and view and take up less floor space than French patio doors, which swing into the room.
Both styles provide high energy efficiency that keeps your sunroom at a comfortable temperature all year long.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy the view, bring in an abundance of natural light, or both, a sunroom, solarium, or three- and four-season room in your Des Moines/Cedar Rapids area home is the way to do it.
Zen Windows Des Moines installs beautiful, affordable, and energy-efficient replacement windows that are versatile, durable, and reliable, one or more of which is sure to be the perfect match for your sunroom.
Want to learn more about Zen Windows’ options for sunroom windows? Call (515) 207-8789 today or contact us online for a free quote.