Energy-Efficient Sunrooms and Patio Enclosures

Traditionally, sunrooms and enclosed patios are built to maximize their exposure to sunlight, which warms the space. However, despite their sunny exposure, these rooms are vulnerable to heat loss in the wintertime because they cannot usually be well insulated. Still, energy efficiency can be greatly increased by installing certain types of windows—for example, double-pane windows are dramatically more energy efficient than single-pane windows. In terms of energy-efficient flooring options, brick is good at absorbing and retaining warmth from the sun and can help heat the room during cooler months. Other popular flooring options for sunrooms and enclosed patios, such as tile, can be installed with underfloor radiant heating systems in order to keep the room cozy when it’s cold outside. By selecting your windows and flooring materials judiciously, you’ll get more use out of your new addition throughout the entire year.