Solariums - Vinyl Based Units

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Solariums - Vinyl Based Units

With a vinyl exterior coating over a aluminum core, these solariums give you structural strength with the care-free vinyl coating.

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Solariums, Sunrooms, Greenhouse, 4 Season Rooms and many other monikers are given to these types of reveared rooms we crave from our homes.

Advantages of Solariums: Bring in natural daylighting. Fill your home with lots of natural lighting and add a room that everyone will want to be in.

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This allows you to bring the outdoors indoors, buy enjoying the sunshine even when it is cold, enjoy the sound of rain hitting the glass roof and keep out pests.

Whether you're craving a cozy family room, private spa, gourmet kitchen, dining room, pool enclosure, attic expansion, bird observatory – even a sophisticated master suite – a solarium addition will make your family's dreams come true.

Prefabricated Solariums: Prefabricated solariums can be divided into 3 main varieties, based on the makup of their structural components. These systems are Wood-Based Systems, Aluminum Systems and Vinyl over Metal Systems.

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Solariums - Vinyl-Based Units:

Vinyl Based Units: The major advantages of using vinyl over metal-based units are lower installation costs, larger structural spans, a thinner sight-line for the structural components and a care-free exterior finish of vinyl.

Vinyl Based Solarium Features to Look For:
Care-free vinyl exterior
Thermally broken frames
High performance glass
Casement windows or Sliding windows
French doors, single-swing doors or Sliding doors

Comparisons: Here are some of the basic specifications you should gather to be able to compare different systems:
Overall Energy Performance.
"U" Value of Glass. Solar Reflectance Values of Glass.
Shading Co-efficient of Glass.
Flashing Options Available.
Safety Glazing Locations.
Availability of Shading Systems, such as roller blinds etc.

The structural backup of these units are composed of hollow aluminum tubes that are used for the vertical mullions and rafters systems. They absolutely need what is called a thermal break in the frame (and a good one) to minimize the possibliity of condensation on the metal surfaces.

Prefabricated Solarium

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What You Need To Provide on Site: Prior to constructing the Solarium, you will have to prepare the footings, foundation walls and floor structure to accomodate the installation. Also if this is an add-on to an existing house, assure that the tie-in at the sides and top will work and that you are able to provide the necessary flashings to keep out water.

Also you will need to provide the necessary, HVAC, electrical and plumbing requirements for the space.


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Precautions: Be sure to check out glass types. Glass should, at a minimum be double-glazed thermal pane. Even better is triple glazed, especially in cold weather states.

A low "E" coating is something you definitely will want to have on your glass. It is usually a very thin metal coating that is applied to one of the interior surfaces of the glass (this would be inside the glass core). It will reflect most of the sun's ultra-violet rays and minimize damage to furniture.

The supplier or manufacturer should be aware of local snow loadings and wind loads that the units have to endure. It still does not hurt to inquite about this though.

The best glass you can get for the sloped portion of the solarium is tempered glass. This glass is extremely strong and in many cases will support a person standing on the glass to clean it. Also is is important that the inboard pane of glass be a safety glass such as laminated glass to prevent items from falling thorugh the glass during a storm, such as tree limbs.

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Energy Tax Credits: As part of the Economic Stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 modifies and extends federal tax credits for eligible building components that improve energy efficiency.

To be eligible, windows, doors and skylights must have both a U-Factor equal to or less than 0.30 and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) equal to or less than 0.30.

If your selected solarium, windows and doors meet these requirements you can qualify for up to 30% of the system cost or a maximum of $1,500.00.

The Federal Tax credit is for the cost of the product only and does not include installation costs. Be sure to ask for a sales receipt that shows the cost of the product only.

Tax credit is 30% of the amount paid for the product up to a maximum of $1,500 combined for 2009 and 2010 (Including other eligible items listed in the IRS Notice). This is a new U.S. tax credit for 2009 and 2010.

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If you are considering the purchase of a prefabricated Vinyl-Based Solarium, probably one of the best manufacturers on the market today is Four Seasons. They have been in the Solarium business since 1975 and have a wide range of products and potions available to the consumer.

Another thing we really like is the personal service you receive from them and the availability of customization of their products. The warranty is great as is their glass they use in all the units.

Solariums look so much better when designed to utilize some of the elements of the house, such as a brick base or wainscot. This will make the unit blend in better and look as though it is a integral part of the home.