Having a big deck out back is one of a homeowner’s biggest luxuries. It effectively creates an extra room in your home at very little cost, and allows you to enjoy the outside world while being close enough to Wi-Fi and the kitchen. However, the Calgary summers are filled with bugs and harsh sunlight that make it difficult to sit outside for extended periods of time. This is where converting your deck into a screenroom should become your number one priority. It’s a low cost and quick operation, and very soon you’ll be back out on your deck with a roof over your head and a set of large screen windows to keep out the bugs.
A screenroom is a perfect balance between an open deck and a closed in sunroom. It allows plenty of breeze through and you still get the feeling of being outside in your garden like being on your deck. It also gives you protection from the sun and the pesky bugs. It’s also not a difficult task to convert your deck into a sunroom as a DIY project for the spring.
Here are some things to consider as you plan your screenroom conversion:
- Check the foundations – the roof of your screenroom is the heaviest part of the structure, so you will need to make sure that your deck can support the new weight. You should get underneath to check for any structural damage or deterioration and think about adding extra support if you’re constructing a larger screenroom.
- Decide on your size – while you want to make sure that you’re creating a good sized space for people to sit in, you’ve got to expect an exponential increase in cost as you make your room bigger. A good way to keep costs down is to create a room that uses standard measurement lumber pieces. This way, there’s no wastage and you don’t have to pay extra to get things cut to size.
- Invest in good materials – it may sound obvious, but it’s worth highlighting that a sunroom is exposed to the elements all day every day. You want to keep it as low maintenance as possible, which means investing in treated wood and high quality mesh screens. You should also invest in a good quality roofing material such as shingle so you don’t spend every spring fixing holes.
- Research planning codes – the building regulations for home extensions in Calgary vary greatly on where your new screenroom is going to be. Typically speaking, you have more latitude for a bigger room at the back of your home and if it’s out of sight (i.e. downhill) from the road. The application process is cheap and can be done online, so there’s no excuse not to meet code.
While it’s possible to convert your deck into a screenroom on your own, getting professional help will get the job done quicker and better. Contact one of Desert Sun Patios friendly sales staff to set up your screenroom conversion appointment today.
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