Solariums - Wood Based Units

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Solariums - Wood Based Units

Enjoy the warmth of wood appointments with the convenience of a pre-engineered structure in your solarium.

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Solariums - Wood Based Units:

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

Essentially they all boil down to the same type of room with variations as to how they are designed, built, and installed. We have always termed solariums as the prefabricated units that are available from various manufacturers and sunrooms are the units that are built in place, or completely custom built.

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

Prefabricated Solarium

Solariums - Wood-Based Units:

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Wood-based Systems: These, in my opinion are the best of the prefabricated options. They are warm and inviting with wood being used for almost all of the interior components.

They also allow typical standard awning or casement windows to be placed within the system, giving it an even more integral appearance.

Wood-Based Solarium Features to Look For:
Pre-finished aluminum exterior
Laminated interior beams
Thermally broken frames
High performance glass
Casement windows or Awning 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.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of the Glass (SHGC)
Flashing Options Available.
Safety Glazing Locations.
Availability of Shading Systems, such as roller blinds etc.

Prefabricated Solarium

Solariums - Wood-Based Units:

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 accommodate 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 flashing's to keep out water.

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

If you want specialties such as wood or masonry knee walls as shown in the photo above, you will have to make provisions for that as well.

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Solariums - Wood-Based Units:

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.

Also a Low "E" coating applied to one of the interior surfaces of the glass surfaces is necessary. This will minimize the sun's ultra-violet rays and minimize fading.

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 inquire 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 thorough the glass during a storm, such as tree limbs.

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Solariums - Wood-Based Units:

Solariums - Energy Tax Credits:

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.

Solariums - GLME Recommendation:

If you are considering the purchase of a prefabricated 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.