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There’s nothing like sitting outside for some fresh air or enjoying a peaceful night under the stars. Unfortunately, Birmingham’s summers can be harsh, making it uncomfortable to sit outside.
That’s where a sunroom, sometimes called a Florida room or three season porch, comes in. Designed to allow maximum light and fresh air while still being fully enclosed, a sunroom is a wonderful place to relax.
To allow all that natural light, sunrooms have an abundance of windows, sometimes floor-to-ceiling on all walls. Because they have so many, the type of window is extremely important. Choosing the right type of glass makes for a perfectly comfortable sunroom, while the wrong type can leave you feeling like you’re sitting in a greenhouse.
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Here, our window experts will explain everything you need to know about choosing windows for your sunroom.
When it comes to sunroom windows, energy efficiency is the most important factor. The more energy-efficient a window is, the more insulation it has. Insulation is key to keeping your sunroom comfortable and ensuring that your sunroom doesn’t cause your energy bills to spike.
We don’t recommend single-pane windows for sunrooms. They aren’t insulated and therefore won’t keep temperatures consistent in your sunroom.
For sunrooms in Birmingham, double-pane windows are a great choice. Two panes of glass with an insulator like argon gas between the panes is enough to keep your sunroom temperatures relatively consistent and comfortable year round.
To increase energy efficiency and comfort even more, look for windows with low-E (low-emissivity) glass. This is a microscopic coating that actually reflects heat energy away from the window, keeping your sunroom cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Now that you know what to look for in the glass and materials that go into your windows, what styles work best in sunrooms? Here are five of the most popular choices:
Our most popular window style, double hung windows are ideal for sunrooms. With both bottom and top sashes that open, you can easily enjoy fresh air and cool breezes. Like all of our windows, they’re made to fit your space, so it’s easy to replace your old windows with double hung.
You should also choose vinyl windows for your sunroom as it resists humidity better than other materials. Vinyl is also lightweight and energy-efficient, the perfect combination for sunrooms.
For maximum glass space and beautiful panoramic views, choose sliding windows for your sunroom. Available in 2-lite and 3-lite sliders, they can fit horizontal spaces of nearly any size. You’ll love the sleek, modern look and expanded glass space.
Casement windows are a popular choice for sunrooms because they offer vertical views and thin frames. Place 3-4 casement windows side-by-side on a single wall and enjoy the views! They crank open for easy operation, allowing you to enjoy fresh air whenever you like.
Awning windows pair well above and below other window styles, particularly double hung and casement. Stacking them with other styles allows you to easily expand your window area. Best of all? Awning windows crank open and out, allowing you to leave them open rain or shine.
If you’d like to take your sunroom to the next level, bay & bow windows are the perfect way to do it! These windows open up the room by adding a little extra space and expanded glass. Add a window seat to a bay & bow window and create the perfect reading nook!
If you’re ready to upgrade your sunroom windows, make Window World of Central Alabama your first choice! We’ll help you determine the best styles and glass options to make your sunroom your new favorite spot in the house. Get started by requesting your free consultation.