DIY Sunroom Kits
DIY Sunroom Kits – The 4-Seasons Model
It is rather easy these days for homeowners to build their own sunroom, due to the use of modular components, but should a homeowner build their own sunroom or hire a contractor to build it for them?
You decided to build your sunroom and have checked with your neighborhood association about the building codes and zoning laws in your area, and have been cleared to start your project. This task is fairly easy to accomplish. You can either look your local agency up in the phone book and give them a courtesy call, or go down to the local office where they will be more than happy to assist you in explaining the local zoning laws and building codes, that may or may not affect the construction of your new sunroom. They may even be able to help you find a local contractor, that they have had do business for them in the past, or even give you multiple contractors by printing you out a list of certified contractors that work in that local area that are very proficient in the zoning laws and building codes in your neighborhood. This step could be very beneficial to you in so many way, the more informed you are the better off you stand when it comes time to begin the construction of your new sunroom.
Several companies specialize in the design and construction of sunrooms, and do-it-yourself kits. These kits, which are the least expensive way to build your new sunroom, come already pre built in a modular type fashion, these kits, are also massed produced, which doesn’t mean you cannot alter it in any way, customization of your sunroom kit may increase the cost of the sunroom.
When searching to purchase a sunroom kit you are going to want to provide the manufacturer you are dealing with as much information as possible. You want to be able to get the most accurate quote available to you so you are not spending any more money then you have allotted in your budget. The ways to provide the manufacturer with this information is to take accurate measurements, which is the most important part of ordering your sunroom kit. What type of materials are you looking for; there are different types of quality when choosing building material take this in consideration, especially if you are working on a budget. What type of windows would you like to have in your sunroom? What type of roof would you like on your sunroom? Everything should be pre-planned for the most accurate and affordable quote, depending on the material you choose may or may not alter the cost of your sunroom kit. Every aspect of your sunroom is important to you and your contractor. They will be more than happy to assist you in any means necessary.
Explore a variety of manufacturers so you can compare quotes, it is usually common to check with two, or three different contractors to get a general idea what price range you are looking at, when you go to purchase your sunroom kit. Another good source of information is located on the web; you can search different manufacturers and check to see if there is a showroom close to where you live, so you can begin planning your new sunroom.
Once everything is completed and you have placed your order with all your customizations, your new sunroom kit will be mailed to your home ready to be built with full instructions and all your customization done prior to shipping. It is important that once you receive your sunroom kit in the mail to check for complete accuracy of materials before you begin construction. It will be easier to call the company and get them to ship you your missing pieces, then to be half way through your construction and realize that not everything that you ordered was shipped. This may cause problems in construction and time trying to wait for arrival of the missing material.
Many homeowners believe that they can build their own sunroom, but have little to no experience building anything themselves. If you are one of these homeowners that think you can build your sunroom yourself, stop, and think for a minute. What guarantees do you have for yourself? Can you afford any mishaps or damaged materials? When your project is finished, will it add value to your home or decrease the value of your home due to poor artisanship? These are the types of things to consider when thinking of building a sunroom or any addition by you.
Manufacturers offer warranties, they are insured and boned; their crews are licensed in their particular craft. If anything goes wrong or breaks, they cover the costs not you and the value of your home will increase. In addition, most manufacturers will have your sunroom built in a matter of a few days so you can begin to enjoy all of its hidden pleasures. Consider these things before you decide to build the sunroom yourself, and then make an informed decision that will benefit you and your home in the end. Do not make a silly decision based on your thoughts of building this sunroom in one weekend with a few of your friends helping you. You could be spelling out disaster, and you do not even know it yet.
If you decide that you will chose, a contractor to build your sunroom for you it is important that you chose a reputable manufacturer, a company that has a solid reputation a company like Betterliving out of New York they have earned a reputation for quality sunroom, patio, conservatory, and awning products since 1946. Your sunroom will be built from the highest quality vinyl, reinforced with aluminum. With color options, which can complement your existing home color nicely? Betterlivings designs contain UL approved wiring systems for your electricity needs. (UL stands for Underwriter Laboratories.) and all, Betterlivings windows have an Energy Star rating, so you can be assured you have quality in your home and your new Betterliving sunroom (Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.)
Betterliving has a presence on the web so look them up and visit a dealer near you.
There are also several other manufacturers available to choose from so do your research and find the one that is right for you, remember to research the web, your local paper, and speak with a few people that your or one of your friends or family members know that have recently built an addition to their home you will be surprised how much information you will obtain from just taking time to plan and research before you get this projected started, and by the time you are finished you might even be a subject matter expert on sunroom additions.