While having a sunroom in your home offers a charming place to retreat and a wonderful outward view, there are many negatives to this home addition. With lots of large windows, a sunroom is true to its name in allowing lots of sunlight to enter. This can quickly heat your home and raise energy costs. It can also allow UV rays to damage your home furnishings. Additionally, a sunroom lacks privacy or the option to prevent the sun from entering when you’d like. If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to having a sunroom, here are a few of the best options available.
A Screened-In Porch is an Excellent Alternative to a Sunroom
Like a sunroom, a screened-in porch offers beautiful outward views to enjoy. However, without large windows and interior heating and cooling costs, a screened-in porch can be much more cost effective. Additionally, with a screened-in porch, you can retreat from the sun when it is most intense and have privacy from neighbors. It’s a great, affordable alternative to having a sunroom.
By using a SummerSpace® screen system for your porch, you can have maximum enjoyment. Utilize the screen when you need shade, privacy, or insect protection. Then, when you’d like, simply retract the screen at the push of a button and enjoy an open porch view. Check our FlexShade Screen Systems for solar and privacy protection on your screened-in porch. Choose from the Zip Traditional, Zip XL, or Non-Zip options.
Enjoy a Pergola as an Affordable Alternative
A pergola is another great alternative to having a sunroom. By installing a pergola in your outdoor space, you still get a room-like space with an outward view to utilize. Pergolas are a beautiful addition to a backyard and a space to retreat alone or to entertain guests. Add SummerSpace Flexshade Screens around the sides for solar control and privacy as well as an overhead Tension Zip to prevent the sun from making your pergola too hot or having a strong glare.
Install a Retractable Awning Instead of a Sunroom
Another affordable alternative to having a sunroom is installing retractable awnings. While a sunroom offers you a space to enjoy the sun when you’d like, a retractable awning does the same at an affordable cost. SummerSpace retractable awnings are fully retractable. This means you can enjoy the shade when you’d like, and then simply retract the awning when you’d like to take in the sun. You can even use your retractable awning in the evening to keep the dew and cool air from settling on you and your family. SummerSpace awnings are available in three stunning series: SimpleShade Series, Pro Series, and Performance Series.
Transforms Your Sunroom with Retractable Window Shades
If you already have a sunroom but are longing for a way to block the sun and create privacy, SummerSpace can help with that too! Our Vivista Retractable Window Drop Shade can be lowered over the exterior of your sunroom windows to prevent sun exposure. Using Vivista window drop shades can greatly reduce your energy costs and increase your sunroom enjoyment. If you’d like to learn more about SummerSpace shade solutions, our team would be delighted to help! Order a retractable awning and shade screens for your outdoor space from a dealer near you. Get affordable, reliable shade solutions with SummerSpace.