richmond sunroom or conservatory

When it comes to bringing the outdoors inside, there are a plethora of style options and unique benefits to choose from. Is your Richmond home more suited for a sunroom? Or do conservatories fit your style better? What’s the difference?

Sunrooms – Bringing You Closer to Nature

Often referred to as four season rooms or Florida rooms, sunrooms in Richmond are fairly common additions to open up the home. Sunrooms typically consist of an opaque roof and several windows stretching from wall to wall. Common elements that define a sunroom include:

Traditional roofing – Sunrooms are typically built with the same roofing materials as the rest of your home, and are therefore a great option to expand your home while blending the new addition seamlessly with the original home structure.

Wall-to-Wall Windows – A traditional characteristic of a sunroom is the use of numerous windows to optimize natural light and make the room feel as though it is a part of the nature outside.

Benefits of Owning a Sunroom

Temperature Control – The added insulation that comes from the traditional building materials used in sunroom designs allows sunrooms to be the perfect choice for anyone wanting to optimize natural lighting while minimizing added utility costs.

Practical Space – For growing families, sunrooms are the perfect solution for an all-purpose home extension that can provide useful space for parents and children alike, year-round.

Conservatories – Bring the Outdoors Inside

Conservatories, often referred to as greenhouses or solariums depending on where they are build and how they are used, have been popular in European architecture since the 16 century. Fast-forward to the here and now – Richmond conservatories are becoming more popular options rivaling sunrooms with the added sunlight, options and luxury.

Because of their ample use of natural light and the protection they provide from harsh winds and temperatures, they are perfect for garden enthusiasts. Common elements that define a conservatory include:

Translucent Roofing – Conservatories are typically built with glass or polycarbonate panels that are either clear or frosted in appearance. This allows these rooms to make optimal use of natural light while protecting inhabitants from the harsher elements outside.

Floor to Ceiling Windows – Conservatories only use transparent paneling, so that your indoor room truly feels as though it is outside.

Benefits of Owning a Conservatory

Temperature Amplification – Particularly for homeowners who live in cooler climates or harsher weather environments, a conservatory will optimize the natural heat given off by the sun, so that your home can stay warm, for less. 

Practical Light – For homeowners looking for home extension options that won’t block natural light from interior rooms, a conservatory is the perfect solution. Modern roofing materials, however, provide more options for reducing glare and heat transfer for a more comfortable space all year.

Whether you decide a sunroom or a conservatory is the right fit for you, relax year-round in the beautiful nature surrounding your home without having to brave the elements.

As your personal sunroom and conservatory construction company, Classic Construction has a variety of roof designs and materials to match your home’s aesthetic and your personal needs. Contact us today to learn how we can help you design your dream home addition.