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What you need to know when considering a sunroom addition to your home

Sunroom Sitting Area

This sunroom sitting area functions as a secondary living room for this family.

A Sunroom, also referred to as a four-season room, can be a very beneficial addition to your home. Not only do sunrooms provide amazing views to the outdoors in any season, they also add valuable conditioned living space to the interior of the home. Sunrooms can serve a multitude of functions. Due to the nature of their design, sunrooms also allow more natural light into the home than a traditional interior room addition.

What we often hear from our customers is that “we use our sunroom more than any other room in the house“. Archadeck of Central SC believes this is because the homeowner(s) have a need that their house doesn’t meet, and a specially designed sunroom addition fulfills that need (whether it is for sewing, reading, or a multitude of functions).

What differentiates sunrooms from other kinds of structures are the many windows, rather than screens, that immediately satisfy the conflicting desires for nature and comfort. It’s a place to enjoy your morning coffee and newspaper with a lovely view of your garden or landscape, a protected area for children and pets to enjoy the sun, the perfect place for a midday luncheon or afternoon book club meeting and a great place to unwind after a long, hard day of work.

A sunroom allows you to enjoy being outside without worrying about heat, cold, rain, harmful UV rays, pollen or insects — especially those dangerous mosquitoes! You can relax while you take in the view of your beautiful surroundings from the comfort of an enclosed room no matter what elements are thrown your way. Archadeck of Central South Carolina can custom design and build a sunroom for you and your family that will protect you from the ravages of weather and Mother Nature while benefitting you in so many other ways.

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home

This spacious sunroom in Columbia, SC, delivers versatility within the home.

According to an article published in Reader’s Digest, “A sunroom can provide you with an oasis in your home and help you lower your heating bill. But there’s a lot to consider if you want to create one for yourself.”  Having the benefit of an experienced sunroom contractor, such as Archadeck, can ensure that you get a quality sunroom to fit your home, your lifestyle and your budget.

Our sunrooms are designed to be enjoyed year-round.  With this in mind, Archadeck of Central SC can help decide optimal placement for your room —  the first critical step when planning a sunroom addition.

  • Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureIdeal Placement

In northern climes, a southern exposure is best because it will receive the most light each day. Here in the South, however, a southern exposure means additional cooling may be necessary. An eastern exposure will ease cooling needs by providing sun in the morning and shade the rest of the day — whereas a western orientation will give you afternoon sun that might require shading through window treatments. A northern exposure will provide lower levels of light and partial shade most of the day and may eliminate the need for window treatments or additional cooling.

With so much glass, any sunroom can present heating and cooling challenges. By using the newer, more innovative types of glass, insulation and roofing, you can keep your space comfortable without wasting excess energy to help regulate heat and cold, and to alleviate leakage problems. Other considerations include…

  • Understand right from the start that sunrooms are designed for year-round use and may increase your heating costs, even with a south-facing orientation.
  • You also need to understand that good sunroom design isn’t just about staying warm in winter, either. It’s also about keeping cool during summer months.
  • If you’re looking for comfort, remember that it’s technically easier to heat during the winter than it is to cool during the summer.

Bright sunny room additionArchadeck of Central South Carolina realizes the intrinsic value of your home and its outdoor living space. As the premier outdoor living space builder for the central South Carolina area, we deliver uncompromising attention to detail with a high level of quality and craftsmanship for every structure we build.

If you are ready to enjoy the endless benefits of a sunroom, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today. We can explore the options of making your home and landscape a prime destination for relaxation, fun and family times. You can reach us at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu.



Now is the best time ever to move forward with your outdoor living structure plans, and here’s why:

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother NatureOf all the questions homeowners ask when planning their outdoor living space, the most frequent is undoubtedly  “WHEN is the best time to build?” While there is no unanimously correct answer to this question,  many factors come into play in order to satisfy each individual project. These can be lifestyle related, budgetary or even include preparations for HOA approvals. However, the answer comes down to your readiness to pursue your outdoor living addition. If you are ready, then there is definitely no time like the present to get the ball rolling!

Here in the Columbia area, we are blessed with a mild climate virtually year-round. With no danger of having to deal with frost-lines, and very little snow or icy weather, it is possible to begin your project in the winter and have it completed by the time it is warm enough to enjoy open-air structures such as decks or patios. Choosing a cooler-season project can also add unexpected benefits and value to your anticipated  outdoor living project.

Here are just a few advantages of choosing a fall/winter project timeline:

  • Patio in the fallLess Wait Time = More Enjoyment Sooner –– A good incentive to begin your outdoor living structure addition in the cooler months is that you’ll encounter less wait time before construction can begin. Gaining approval through HOAs and permitting may take less time because there is less backlog now. Deciding to build now will now mean you’re able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for the arrival of the outdoor living season in the warmer months ahead. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder, wait times can be longer, especially during the warm seasons. Deciding on a fall/winter project can greatly reduce those wait times.
  • Double pergolas on West Columbia SC wooden deck by Archadeck of Central SCThe Science of Wood — If you are considering a structure built from wood, a cooler-month project timeline will provide many benefits. Wood requires a time period of acclimation and curing. The laws of expansion and contraction always apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as those in summer, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer or paint will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the fall and winter, the least humid times of year, your new wooden deck or other outdoor structure may require less time to cure in order to properly accept the sealer or paint you choose.
  • Covered porch in NE Columbia outdoor combination projectThe Dormant Landscape — Your lawn and landscape will experience less stress from construction if you choose to build during the cooler months of the year — this is because most turf grasses, trees and shrubs and other perennials are in their dormant period during the winter. When dormant, these grasses and plants are less likely to experience permanent damage from being  trimmed or pruned to accommodate the addition of a backyard structure. This includes foot traffic from the construction crew.
  • Less Stress –Aside from the landscape, construction during the winter will cause less of an interruption to your day-to-day lifestyle as most people use their yards less during these months. The kids are in school and less likely to be playing outside during this time. The noise and materials required to complete your project will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the warmer months.
  • Archadeck 2013 PhotographyActing NOW = More Value — It is no secret that costs of materials used in outdoor living space designs, either wood or composite, can increase when moving into a new year. Choosing to move ahead with your project now will save you money in the long run on materials costs, and in addition if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low. Even if our project timeline extends into the next calendar year, if you decide on your design and sign the contract prior to December 15th, 2015, you will lock into this year’s pricing. For many homeowners, the savings  are reason enough to move ahead with getting all the logistics in place now, instead of waiting until later.
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

If you are on the fence about moving forward with the outdoor living space of your dreams, now is the perfect time to get your project on our schedule! Contact Archadeck of Central SC today to learn more. Our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless! You can reach us by phone at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net