Frequently Asked Questions

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Sunroom Insights

  • What is an all-season or four-season sunroom?
    • Unlike traditional sunrooms, which often function as seasonal spaces suitable only for mild weather, a four-season sunroom is constructed as a fully integrated extension of your home. This type of sunroom employs heavily insulated materials that are crucial for maintaining a comfortable atmosphere throughout the harshest winter chills and the peak of summer heat. A four-season sunroom is designed to blend seamlessly with your existing architectural elements, ensuring that it feels like a natural part of your home. This integration allows for easy climate control, keeping the space conditioned and comfortable year-round, thereby enhancing your home’s usability and enjoyment.
  • Is there a difference between a conservatory and a sunroom?
    • While the terms "sunroom" and "conservatory" are frequently used interchangeably, there are subtle distinctions between the two. A conservatory usually features a higher proportion of glass within its walls compared to a sunroom. Additionally, conservatories are distinct in that they almost always include a glass roof, whereas sunrooms typically have a solid roof that matches the existing roofing style of the home.
  • What are the different styles of sunrooms that you offer? 
    • We are proud to offer a diverse range of sunroom styles, each designed to cater to different aesthetics and functional requirements. Our selection includes:
      • The Cathedral Sunroom: This style features a vaulted ceiling, creating a spacious and dramatic effect that enhances both the interior ambiance and exterior appeal of your home.
      • The Studio Sunroom: Perfect for modern and traditional homes alike, the Studio Sunroom has a versatile design with a gentle roof slope, making it an excellent fit for most low-pitched roofs.
      • The Integrated Sunroom: Designed to blend seamlessly with your existing architecture, the Integrated Sunroom is built to look and feel like a natural extension of your home, matching your home’s design and finishes.
      • The Specialized Sunroom: Tailored to your unique needs and preferences, our Specialized Sunrooms are custom-designed, offering limitless possibilities in terms of shape, size, and features, ensuring your new space is a perfect reflection of your vision.
  • Do you need a certain amount of space to build a sunroom?
    • At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, we understand that every home and homeowner’s needs are unique. That’s why we custom-manufacture each sunroom to suit the specific dimensions and functionalities desired. Whether you have a compact terrace or a sprawling backyard, we can design a sunroom that maximizes your available outdoor space. Before entering the design phase, consider how you envision using your sunroom. For example, if you see it as an extension of a current room in your home, share these ideas with us. This will guide us in recommending the optimal size and layout that aligns with both your practical needs and aesthetic preferences.
  • How long does it take to build my sunroom? 
    • The timeframe to build your sunroom can vary depending on several factors, including the size and complexity of the design. Generally, the construction phase for most sunroom projects is completed within 2-3 weeks.Our team at S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms works diligently to ensure that every step is handled efficiently, keeping you informed and involved throughout the process to ensure your sunroom is completed to your satisfaction and within the projected timeline.
  • Are sunrooms able to have glass roofs?
    • Absolutely! At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, we offer the option to enhance your sunroom with a glass roof through our specialized Elements package. This option allows for an abundance of natural light to flood the space, creating a bright and airy atmosphere.
  • What warranty do you offer on sunrooms?
    • At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, we are committed to providing quality and reliability in all our products and services, which is why we offer a comprehensive worry-free guarantee. Our warranty covers all our sunrooms against defects in materials and workmanship, provided they are installed and maintained according to our instructions. This warranty is valid for the duration specified at the time of purchase and begins from the date the product or service is delivered to the original purchaser.

Building Process

  • What is the design consultation process?
    • Our design consultation process at S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms starts with a free, no-pressure meeting with a representative from one of our Premier Partners. During this session, we'll discuss various sunroom styles, options, and accessories, and conduct a preliminary site inspection of your property. This approach helps us tailor a sunroom design that matches your style, fits your budget, and integrates seamlessly with your home or business environment.
  • In what sizes are sunrooms available? 
    • At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, our sunrooms are custom-designed to meet your specific needs, allowing us to accommodate nearly any size requirement. Whether you desire a compact, cozy space or a large, expansive addition, we can tailor the dimensions to suit your preferences and property constraints. Our capabilities extend to constructing substantial structures up to 40 feet by 80 feet, with even larger sizes possible. Typical wall dimensions range from 12 to 30 feet in length and 6 to 8 feet in height. Each sunroom is uniquely crafted according to the homeowner's specifications, ensuring a perfect fit for every project.
  • Will I need building permits for my sunroom project?
    • The requirement for building permits for your sunroom project depends on your specific location. At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, we ensure that all our sunrooms are constructed in compliance with local building codes. Our dealers are well-versed in the permitting process within their respective service areas and are equipped to handle the acquisition of all necessary permits. This ensures that your sunroom meets all legal requirements and is built to the highest standards of safety and quality.
  • Can the sunroom align with my current roof line? 
    • Absolutely! At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, our team of skilled designers and engineers specializes in customizing sunrooms to seamlessly align with your existing roof line. Our advanced EcoGreen roof systems feature an OSB exterior surface, enabling us to shingle the sunroom roof to match your current roofing materials perfectly. This attention to detail ensures that your new sunroom looks like a natural extension of your home, maintaining architectural continuity and enhancing aesthetic appeal.
  • Can I have a skylight in my sunroom?
    • Yes, you can add a skylight to your sunroom at S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms. We offer self-flashing skylights equipped with high-efficiency glass that matches the windows of your sunroom, ensuring a cohesive look and enhanced energy performance. These skylights can be integrated into both our EcoGreen and aluminum roof panels, providing you with flexibility in design and an opportunity to enhance natural light in your new space.
  • Am I able to have a ceiling fan in my sunroom?
    • Yes, you can install a ceiling fan in your sunroom. For Cathedral style sunrooms, we provide a customizable wood veneer sleeve over the ridge beam, with a bracket for attaching the fan. For Studio style sunrooms, ceiling fans can be mounted directly to predetermined locations on the ceiling. Both options ensure seamless integration and enhanced airflow in your sunroom.
  • Can gutters be installed on my sunroom?
    • Yes, you can install gutters with ease onto our sunrooms. This process can be done while constructing your new space or be added on afterwards.

S.E. Wisconsin Sunroom Quality 

  • What materials will be used for my sunroom? 
    • At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, we use high-quality vinyl and fiberglass in the construction of our sunrooms to ensure exceptional energy efficiency and durability. The walls of our sunrooms are crafted using the exclusive patented "Main Key" technology, which provides superior structural integrity. Additionally, the frames include an aluminum "Hurricane Tube" in the header, enhancing the sunroom’s stability and making it robust enough to withstand severe weather conditions.
  • Is there a difference in vinyl-fiberglass composite and aluminum? 
    • Aluminum is structurally sound and cost-effective but conducts heat, making it less energy-efficient. This requires heavier use of heating and cooling systems in aluminum sunrooms. In contrast, vinyl-fiberglass composites provide better insulation, enhancing energy efficiency and reducing utility costs. They also offer long-lasting durability, making them a preferable choice for sustainable and comfortable sunrooms.
  • Should I be concerned about inclement weather?
    • Our sunrooms are built to provide superior protection against harsh weather conditions. The construction features our unique Main Key system made from Amilan®, a material known for its resistance to expansion and contraction with seasonal changes. This enhances the sunroom's ability to withstand winds up to 150 miles per hour. Additionally, our sunrooms are reinforced with a Hurricane Tube, which offers extra stability and security during extreme weather conditions like hurricanes.
  • Can my sunroom be used year-round?
    • Absolutely! Our S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms are designed as four season PLUS rooms, ensuring comfort throughout all the seasons, even in extreme weather conditions. We construct our sunrooms using vinyl cladding which provides superior insulation. This not only enhances comfort by maintaining a stable indoor temperature but also improves energy efficiency year-round. Whether it's the cold of winter or the heat of summer, your sunroom is built to offer a comfortable, inviting space every day of the year.
  • What type of glass will be used in my sunroom?
    • S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms utilizes insulated glass for all windows and doors, enhancing energy efficiency and comfort. This glass is tailored to your sunroom's location and climate conditions. It features two or more panes sealed with a spacer, creating an insulation barrier that maintains a stable indoor environment year-round while offering clear views.
  • How is my sunroom heated or cooled?
    • At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, our Four Season PLUS sunrooms are designed with industry-leading insulation to ensure they can be heated and cooled efficiently. In many cases, your existing HVAC system can extend into the sunroom, providing perfect climate control with minimal additional energy use. For more extreme climates, or if you prefer a separate system, we also offer compact, standalone heating and cooling units known as PTACs. These units are specially designed to maintain the ideal temperature in your sunroom, ensuring comfort throughout the year.
  • Will my sunroom leak? 
    • At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, we are committed to ensuring the highest quality construction, which includes preventing leaks. Our sunrooms are built with a patented fastening system and moisture weeping channels that create an impenetrable seal. This system is designed to efficiently channel water away from the structure, ensuring that the interior remains dry. It is extremely rare for a S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms sunroom to experience leaks, and any defects that could potentially lead to leaking are fully covered by our Limited Lifetime Warranty.
  • Will frost build up on my sunroom depending on the weather? 
    • At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, frost buildup is not a concern, thanks to the superior insulation and sealing of our structures. Unlike aluminum rooms that may struggle with frost on windows and structural posts due to poor insulation, our sunrooms are designed to maintain a stable and dry interior environment.

Decorating and Using Your Sunroom

  • How does a glass roof sunroom hold up in the summer?
    • A S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms glass roof is perfectly suited for summer use. The glass we use for our sunroom roofs is specially insulated to reflect the majority of infrared heat. This ensures that your sunroom remains cool and comfortable throughout the summer months, making it a delightful retreat even during the hottest days.
  • Can my sunroom be painted? 
    • We recommend against painting your S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms Sunroom after installation. To accommodate different aesthetic preferences, we provide vinyl components in a variety of custom paint colors directly from the factory. These components are treated with specialty paints formulated to bond effectively with vinyl. Painting your vinyl sunroom in an uncontrolled environment can lead to subpar results and potential damage. Additionally, repainting may void the warranty, which covers exterior fading and cracking.
  • What type of furniture should I put in my sunroom? 
    • You have a wide range of options when it comes to furnishing your S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms Sunroom. The best type of furniture for your sunroom largely depends on how you plan to use the space. We recommend consulting with our designers and engineers during the planning phase. 
  • Can I put a fireplace in my sunroom?
    • Absolutely! Adding a fireplace to your S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms Sunroom is a popular choice and can easily be integrated during the initial construction phase. With just a few modifications to the original design, we can accommodate the inclusion of a fireplace, enhancing the ambiance and comfort of your new space.
  • Will my furniture in my sunroom fade from the sunlight? 
    • At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, we understand the importance of protecting your interior decor. That's why our sunroom windows are equipped with at least LoE2 glass, a high-performance option that reflects the vast majority of incoming ultraviolet rays. This helps protect your furniture from fading and discoloration due to sunlight exposure. If you have specific concerns about fabric fading, we recommend choosing indoor/outdoor fabrics, which are designed to withstand sun exposure and maintain their color over time.
  • Can my sunroom be used for a pool?
    • Absolutely! At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, we specialize in customizing sunrooms to suit your unique needs, including enclosing a pool. Whether you want a stylish pool house for changing, showering, or entertaining friends and family, our design team can tailor a sunroom that enhances your pool experience. 
  • Can my sunroom be used as a greenhouse?
    • Absolutely! At S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms, our sunrooms and conservatories are ideal for use as greenhouses. The abundant sunlight exposure through our specially designed windows creates a perfect environment for plants to thrive. Additionally, the window protection ensures that your plants are sheltered from harsh weather while still benefiting from natural light.
  • Are doggie doors an option to install in my sunroom?
    • Yes, you can install a doggie door in your S.E. Wisconsin Sunrooms Sunroom if it includes a vinyl knee wall. Our design team can help incorporate a doggie door seamlessly into your sunroom’s layout, ensuring it fits well and provides convenient access for your pets.

Cost Considerations

  • Will a sunroom increase the value of my home?
    • Adding a sunroom to your home can significantly enhance its resale value. Many homeowners report that their sunroom was a key feature that helped their home sell more quickly, particularly when the sunroom is energy-efficient. According to a 2008 survey by the National Association of Remodelers, a sunroom addition retains approximately 92% of its value at the time of home resale, making it a worthwhile investment for enhancing your living space and boosting your property's marketability.
  • How will a sunroom impact my property taxes?
    • With an increase in home value, that usually results in a slight increase in property taxes. But depending on the state, you may have a maximum allowable increase on your property tax. 
  • How much does a sunroom cost?
    • Due to the ability to customize, the cost of a sunroom depends heavily on how you build. Projects can vary in price due to the details included, the size of the room and how much glass we will be using. To help give more guidance on pricing, contact us today for a quote!