Differences Between Three-Season and Four-Season Rooms

Have you been considering enhancing your home with a sunroom? A sunroom can be the perfect place for you and your family to appreciate the beauty of the outdoors without being bothered by annoying bugs or temperamental weather, while also giving more space and natural light to your home. 

You should consider both three-season and four-season rooms to determine which is a best fit for you and your home. You will benefit from either sunroom that you choose. A sunroom provides more natural light and more space to your home, giving you more room to entertain, relax, or whatever you choose to use your new space for.

Before you decide to purchase a sunroom, you will want to know more about the different types of sunrooms available. Looking at the characteristics that differentiate the three-season and four-season rooms, and how each type provides benefits to you and your family. You should consider factors like :

How do you intend to use your new sunroom?

When do you plan on lounging in your sunroom?

What is your budget?

What is the weather like where you live?

A three-season room and a four-season room may look similar at first glance, but the main distinguishing factors between the two is the framing and glass used.

Seasons of use

Three-Season Room

A three-season sunroom is perfect for families who enjoy nature but do not desire the extra living space during the harshest low temperatures of the year. The aluminum frame construction used in a three-season sunroom is ideal for part of the year: the spring, summer, and fall. However, if you are located in a mild climate, a three-season room may be perfect for you.

Four-Season Room

The frame of a four-season room is thermally engineered so the room can be heated and cooled adequately. The temperature can be controlled, which allows for year-round use, regardless of the weather.

Difference in Engineering

Three-Season Room

The aluminum frame of the three-season room is not engineered to prevent heat loss. This is why the three-season room is typically less expensive.

Four-Season Room

There are two available framing options for the four-season rooms. The first option is vinyl, with steel and aluminum reinforcement. The other option is aluminum. These thermally engineered frame options allow the room to be heated and cooled cost effectively, all year around, regardless of your climate.

Three-season sunrooms are generally more affordable. The also protect against pests and inclement weather. They are typically less invasive since they are often installed over an existing deck or patio. This means there will be less site preparation, and this means the installation is less likely to interfere with your day-to-day living.

Four-season sunrooms are the best solution for the customers that thrive in outdoor environments no matter what the conditions of the weather are like. This sunroom option is integrated into the structure of your home, in conjunction with the roofline and exterior materials, so you can relax and absorb the great outdoors from the comfort of your temperature-controlled, year-round space.

An integral deciding factor, besides the construction properties, between three-season and four-season sunrooms for homeowners is the initial cost of the installation and completion schedule. Although a four-season sunroom does increase value to the home, it can cost from $30,000 to $70,000 and can take up to two weeks to finish the installation. The cost and time reflects the materials, finishes, and upgrades you choose to include. 

To learn more about the sunroom types and other options, get in touch with Texas Custom Exteriors and we can assist you and help you decide which type of room is right for you and your home.

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