Sunroom Roof Options
Like all other building structures, the roof is an important part of your sunroom. In addition to protecting you from the elements, a well-built roof will keep your energy costs under control.
This is especially important during times when temperatures move towards the extreme ends of the thermostat, such as the summer and winter months. Installing an insulated roof with the proper venting will ensure your sunroom stays warm while it’s snowing and cool when the sun is out.
Sunroom Roof Styles
Sunrooms roofs can be built in a number of styles using a variety of materials including aluminum, wood, and vinyl. Some sunrooms are even built entirely from glass which allows you to take full advantage of the natural light. To keep the sunroom cool during hot days, venting is usually built into the roof via skylights. However, you can also have ceiling fans installed to move air around and keep the area comfortable.
To help you choose the best roof for you, here are descriptions of some of the most popular styles.
• Cathedral: This style looks like a standard pitch roof and is good for creating a feeling of open space in the sunroom
• Cross-Hipped: This style is created by combining two hipped roofs
• Curved Eave: Best for solariums and studios, this roof is curved where it intersects with the walls, which allows more light to enter and provides a unique look to the sunroom
• Flat: While common for sunrooms used as studios because it can let a lot of light in, it can pose a problem if you get a lot of snow or rain in your area
• Gambrel: This roof is designed in the same style as the well-known red barns
• Hipped: All areas of the roof are sloped which is great for people that live in snowy areas
• Mansard: These are usually built on sunrooms and conservatories with a Victorian-era style. It features two different slopes on each side of the roof.
• Pyramidal: This roof type is popular for conservatories and makes the room feel bigger than it is
• Straight Eve: Common in studio sunrooms, this style features angles where the roof and wall meet
Sunroom Roof Materials
How you will be using your sunroom will determine the type of materials used for the roof. Some materials are better suited for all-season sunrooms than those built to be used only during specific seasons. Roofs for all-season sunrooms need to be built using insulated roofing materials that can stand against temperature fluctuations. Generally this consists of plywood sheathing which allows a variety of other roofing materials to be used. Make sure to get roofing materials with high R Values. These values indicate how well the insulation conserves energy.
Seasonal sunrooms and conservatories generally have roofs that are made from polycarbonate materials which allow the maximum amount of natural light to enter the room. However, the insulation properties of this material are very low, which means the room will match the outdoor temperature.
When choosing the roof style and materials to use on your sunroom roof, take your home’s current roof style into consideration. This will ensure the sunroom doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.