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Choosing between a Gazebo and a Sunroom

If you want to add to the beauty and value of your home while allowing yourself a place to relax and unwind, a gazebo or sunroom is a good choice. Both give you an excellent place to host family gatherings or simply sit and relax on a warm day. Whether you want a gazebo or sunroom to have the perfect place to entertain guests or you simply need a peaceful area to unwind, gazebos and sunrooms can be great choices. You do however, have to ensure that you have chosen carefully. If you are trying to determine which the better structure is, there are a few things that you will need to consider.

  1. How much size do you have available? This is an important question to consider when choosing between a sunroom and a gazebo. Most manufacturers offer three different sizes; small, medium and large. The smaller sizes typically run about 7.5 by 6.5 feet. The medium or family size normally runs around 11 by 9.5 feet and the larger or grand size runs approximately 18 by 15.5 feet. You have to keep these measurements in mind when choosing the structure that will work best on your home. A gazebo offers a bit of an advantage because they are a bit more size flexible and you can have a gazebo shaped virtually any way you want because it is not attached to your home. Sunrooms are a bit limited with regards to size so this may have a bearing on which room is best for your needs.
  2. You have to consider whether or not you need the structure attached to your home. If you want to be able to walk into your relaxing place, particularly during the cold winter months, without having to first walk outside then a sunroom is the better choice. Sunrooms also give you the opportunity to enjoy your area without having to walk through rain or snow and without worrying about insects during the warmer months. Gazebos expose you to the outdoors entirely so if you want an area that is a bit closed off from the outdoors while still enabling you to enjoy those outdoors, sunrooms have the advantage.
  3. Finally, you have to think about what each room will cost. Gazebos cost less than sunrooms as a general rule. The one thing that drives up the cost of a sunroom the most is the fact that it has to be attached to your home. Because of this, you have to have a special foundation laid so that the sunroom can be properly attached without causing damage to your home’s structure and without worries of the room shifting in the future. Sunrooms also cost a bit more because they have windows whereas gazebos are virtually unenclosed. Sunrooms allow natural light into the room while protecting you from the elements. Gazebos do not have windows as a general rule and have more screens than sunrooms although there are a few gazebo designs that do incorporate windows although these are much more costly.

Making the choice between a gazebo and sunroom will simply come down to what you can afford and what you want. Sunrooms allow you to sit and enjoy the sunlight without worries of weather elements while gazebos are often the least expensive option.

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