Types of sunroom glazing
Available options for glazing sunrooms are roughly divided into 2 groups: warm and cold.
With warm glazing heat remains inside the room, cold glazing, rather, serves as a decor, creating protection from precipitation, street dust, without adding sunroom heat insulation and comfort. In summer, the air temperature of the sunroom pay little attention, with the arrival of winter, the option of cold glazing will not create a significant temperature difference between the window and the sunroom. This does not suit everybody, so first of all you should think about how you will use the sunroom from this, you should choose the glazing. Examples are on this site.
These two groups can be divided into several subgroups by species:
- traditional (classical) glazing;
- french glazing (French balcony);
- installation of metal-plastic structures.
The first type of glazing – veranda type – the window, the supporting wall or parapet under it. With this option, the window frame is mounted on a steel fence, which is almost all sunrooms. Before assembling the window must perform all the work on the outside finishing. An important aspect in the installation of such glazing: it is necessary to conscientiously fill all the available openings so that the steel fence did not become a conductor of cold air into the room.
The second view – windows on the floor. It is made to remove the wall or parapet under the window, the glass is attached to the floor and ceiling. With such glazing will need to agree on the project, because you actually change the facade of the house.
The third option – a more qualitative, reliable type of glazing. When installing metal-plastic windows (if the allowable load on the concrete slab) is achieved additional heat and noise insulation. Moreover, you can insulate the room and use it as a full-fledged living room, the temperature in which will not differ from the temperature of the rest of the apartment, provided waterproofing and insulation of all existing walls, as well as the floor, ceiling, heating (underfloor heating, electric heating devices, removal of the main heating). With these options, the warmth and comfort of the sunroom are provided to you.
Approaching the glazing responsibly, you should also think about the ways that will open the windows. There are three main systems:
- with no frames.
A sliding system for opening windows.
Options for glazing the sunroom with a sliding system is used when installing frames made of aluminum profiles with a single glass or glass unit. In this version, sliding frames save usable space on the sunrooms during the opening of the window but do not provide sufficient tightness. Accordingly, heat and sound insulation will not be at the highest level.
Swing opening is more usual: metal-plastic windows open while having several modes of ventilation. When glazing sunroom space should take into account the load created by the structure. Due to the weight of fittings, metal-plastic windows with swing opening system sashes heavier than aluminum or wooden structures with a similar opening system.
Frameless glazing sunroom opens up a panoramic view, which is suitable for houses located in picturesque surroundings. Despite its cost, this type of glazing overshadows the traditional use of window frames – this option is preferred by more and more people.