Texas Home Contractor has been a premier supplier of sunrooms, screen rooms, solariums, conservatories and patio enclosures for decades so they know everything there is to know about sunroom planning and design.
Since we offer FREE In-Home Consultations we like to educate our clients on what to expect before our design consultant arrives. The more educated our clients are will help achieve the best possible results for the both of us. Here is some important information that you may want to think about and discuss with our representative.
- What will your sunroom be used for?
Whether you want to simply enclose your existing patio cover, add square footage to your family room or master bedroom, build a new room for your pool table or Jacuzzi the planning and design of you sunroom is crucial. You want to make sure that the new sunroom adds to the natural architectural flow of your home and does not look like an addition. By understanding what your sunroom will be used for will assist us in determining what size, style and shape will best fit your needs.
- Become familiar with local construction codes
Even though Texas Home Contractor are experts in dealing with local building departments it is often good for the client to understand how, what and why we are building a certain style or shape. Structural codes, engineering codes and energy efficiency codes are just a few codes that we need to deal with. We will ensure that your new sunroom will conform and be engineered and built to all building codes regulated by your local building department.
- Where is the best place to position your room?
Depending on what your room will be used for will help determine what possible position to place it at. We need to position your room where you will have easy access, receive an ample supply of natural sunlight, get the best possible unobstructed views and conform to your homes natural architecture.
- What are the best materials to use?
When it comes to sunrooms, solariums, patio enclosures and conservatories energy efficiency is of utmost importance. A room that is too hot in the summer will be unbearable to enjoy. A room that is too cold in the winter will be avoided and unused. At Texas Home Contractor we offer thermally broken rooms that maintain a temperature between 70 and 80 degrees. You can choose between single pane or dual pane units, aluminum or vinyl windows
, clear or Low E glass that is Energy Star Qualified.
- How to find a reputable contractor?
- Make sure your contractor has been in business for at least 5 years and has references and pictures of prior projects for your review. Call some of their references and find out what other clients are saying about the products and services that they have received. A picture tells a thousand words, by viewing these pictures you will be able to see what your completed sunroom or patio enclosure will look like.
- Ask about the manufacturer’s warranty. Remember a warranty is only as good as the manufacturer and installation company behind it.
- Ensure that your contractor has all of the proper licensing and insurance requirements available before you sign a contract.
- Ask the design consultant about the installation procedures and how long the project will take to complete. Have the representative write down the completion time lines and directly incorporate them into the contract.
ENERGY STAR Qualified
ENERGY STAR is the government-backed trusted symbol for energy efficiency. Its symbol identifies highly efficient produces and designates superior energy performance to save energy and money and help protect the environment. All the windows and doors
used in Texas Home Contractor Sunrooms are ENERGY STAR qualified.
Unexpected Low Price Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures how well a product blocks heat caused by sunlight. The SHGC is the fraction of incident solar radiation admitted through a window, both directly transmitted, and absorbed and subsequently released inward. SHGC is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower a window's solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits.