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Sunrooms: Let the Sunshine In

Have you ever considered adding some more sunshine to your home surroundings? Nothing can brighten and add to your space like a sunroom. I am Bart Bremmers of Craft-Bilt, a veteran in the sunroom business with over 30 years of experience, and I’m here to tell you about what you should know before purchasing a sunroom.


Considering a Sunroom?

There are Three Season and All Season (also known as four season) sunrooms. Three Season sunrooms offer great ventilation, so you can enjoy a summer breeze or listen to the birds singing outside. Some will use their three-season rooms on many winter days. All Season rooms suit those who desire more control over their environment, perhaps with air conditioning. Either way, a sunroom can provide both added sunlight and additional living space.

5 Things to Look for:

1.      Look for clean simple lines.
Some sunrooms are nothing more than structural framing that will accept any sized window. The installed window will have a mounting flange all around giving you the unwanted “storm window” appearance.
2.      Side sliding windows will be the most visually appealing.
Double hung (horizontal) style windows make the sunroom appear short, and will obstruct that million-dollar view.
3.      Weatherstripping will stop the wind and bugs.
Some systems use reinforced Mylar weatherstripping, and others use concave grooves to firmly hold the weatherstripping in place.
4.      Notice how the door matches the sunroom.
For a finished look you can usually choose a perfect colour match. Where the door connects to the rest of the wall system, it should be flush.
5.      What kind of screen material is used?
There are many colours and choices available for screens. Windows should open and close easily and tempered glass should be used.

Choose the Right Service Pro

As with any renovation, make sure you do your homework. can help put you in touch with the right service pro for any household improvement job. You can find out how long the contractor has been in business, view pictures of their work, visit a showroom and learn more about their business and customers. Always ask for proof of insurance and workman’s compensation.


Satisfy yourself that your sunroom manufacturer supplies a quality product that meets your needs. In the GTA, you’re closest to Ontario’s three largest sunroom manufacturers just east of Toronto.

By Bart Bremmers

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