Is a Sunroom Addition Right for You?
If you wish to add space to your home but don’t necessarily have the budget for a traditional room, consider a sunroom. Sunrooms are relatively inexpensive yet add a considerable amount of usable square footage. In fact, for many families, the sunroom is the most popular room in the entire house – a natural gathering spot that is conducive to various activities. Sunrooms let in copious amounts of natural light while keeping out many of the inconveniences Mother Nature can throw at you, such as insects and foul weather. Owning a sunroom means being able to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors all year round without having to set foot outside your home.
Building a sunroom is, of course, a job that’s best left to the experts, preferably a contractor with solid credentials and many years of experience. Here are some tips on what information to look for when hiring someone to build a sunroom:
- Contractor’s license – You can verify through the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/) whether a contractor is appropriately licensed.
- Insurance – Always check to see if a contractor possesses the right insurance, including general liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
- Third-party ratings – Sites like Angie’s List and GuildQuality provide customer reviews and satisfaction ratings that can be enormously beneficial.
- Warranties – What warranty, if any, does the sunroom builder provide? Be sure to obtain this information in writing and hold onto it for your records.
When interviewing a prospective contractor, it is also well-advised to ask to see photos of recent projects, preferably photos of sunrooms and other home additions. Most, if not all, reputable contractors have extensive portfolios that they will be happy to share with you.