A sunroom is a great addition to any home, but particularly beneficial in cold climates like Minnesota where it’s difficult to enjoy the outdoors for much of the year. A sunroom allows you to experience the beauty of nature from the comfort of your own home.
The key to an effective 4 season sunroom is learning how to winterize it, particularly how to keep the cold air from getting inside. Here are some tips:
Replace the Windows
The first step is to replace the older built-in windows with new ones with higher innate insulation. Double-pane windows are effective at keeping the winter chill outside as they have a built-in seal that keeps the space from getting too chilly.
It’s also a good idea to fill in any gaps between the window frame and wall as these can cause cold air to seep inside. Paintable latex-silicone caulk is a great sealant for sunrooms and aluminum patio awnings. It can last many years and dries faster than other products and also won’t stick to your clothes.
Heavy curtains and draperies are valuable during winter as they serve as an extra insulating barrier between the sunroom windows and the rest of the room. Velvet is a good choice; not only is it a heavy fabric, but it has a textured look that can enhance the beauty of the room.
You don’t need necessarily have to outfit your sunroom with a self-heating electric baseboard to keep it comfortable during the winter. Adding a heavy fabric rug over the floor will keep your feet warm. Pair it with a cozy blanket and throw pillow and you can comfortably spend time in your sunroom even in winter.
At Renewal by Andersen of Brainerd (Better Living Concepts), we will help you turn your sunroom into a four-season space that your family can enjoy all year round. We also install aluminum and canvas patio awnings. You may reach us at (218) 829-5590 for more information. We serve homeowners in Little Falls, Brainerd and Baxter, MN.