Sunroom vs. patio cover: differences and what to consider 

A screen room and a sunroom may seem like the same thing from a basic design point of view, but there are differences. Each offers its own unique benefits and provides extra outdoor square footage in its own way. Understanding those other key differences will make it easier to pick the right addition.

Canadian Factory Direct Sunrooms in Winnipeg is a professional sunroom company. They share the differences between sunrooms and patio covers and what to consider:

Sunroom

A sunroom is like a home addition. A new, enclosed room is attached to your home and provides extra square footage. It expands your indoor living space. Unlike a room extension, the walls in a sunroom are covered with glass. Depending on the type of sunroom you build, it can then be designed and used in a variety of ways. A-frame sunrooms, for example, are a great way to maximize sunlight in the new space. The area can be used as a new living room, breakfast space, or even a greenhouse. If you want to enjoy the outdoors year-round, then an insulated four-season sunroom will do just that. Heating can be connected to the addition so it can be enjoyed even in the winter.

Screen room or patio cover

Similar in design, a screen room or patio cover is also attached to the home, but instead of glass walls, it is covered in a fine mesh. This welcomes natural airflow throughout the space and even brings a closer connection to the outdoors. Screen rooms also keep those pesky mosquitos out! Screen rooms also aren’t limited to a sunroom design and are instead installed over decks, porches, or patios. The main appeal of a screen room is that you can still enjoy being outdoors, without the annoyance of any bugs, rain, or too much heat. Dark screens can also help improve privacy in your backyard, so you can see out, but others can’t easily see in.

Which to choose?

The biggest difference between a screen room and a sunroom is how you plan to use the new space. Because a screen room has mesh walls, it limits the ways to use the room. In the prairies, a screen room can’t be used in the winter as a living space. A sunroom addition can be insulated for year-round use, and windows can be installed to add ventilation. If you plan to use the space as a breakfast nook or second living room, then a sunroom is a great choice. You can enjoy the space no matter the weather, but it’s not dependent on year-round use.

Cost-wise, screen rooms are a cost-effective way to get the benefits of a sunroom without building from scratch. Simple reoutfitting an existing deck or porch will give your home the same benefits. There’s no right or wrong choice, so pick what design and price work best for your needs, goals, and lifestyle.

Sunrooms in Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Calgary

Canadian Factory Direct Sunrooms proudly provides year-round, customizable solutions for any project. Whether you want an outdoor space to enjoy in winter, a new living room, or just extra space, they can help. With quality products, service, and years of experience, you can put your trust and home in their professional hands.

Contact Canadian Factory Direct Sunrooms today!

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