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Sunrooms are beautiful, relaxing areas that add value and comfort to any home. People use sunrooms for outdoor entertaining, gardening, exercise, or simple relaxation. If you’ve ever thought about adding a sunroom to your home, spring is a great time to start!
When people call us at Southern Aluminum Installations, Inc. about building a new sunroom, one of the first questions they have is about the type of foundation that is required. Many people already have a concrete patio and would like to convert it into the foundation for the sunroom but aren’t sure if this is possible.
Lucky for them, a concrete patio is a great start for a sunroom foundation, assuming it is level and in good shape. However, patios are usually only about 4” thick, which is about the same as a sidewalk. For your patio to be a good foundation for your sunroom, it’s very likely that more concrete will need to be added on top to make it strong and stable enough to support the weight of a sunroom.
An existing wooden deck is also an option for a sunroom foundation. However, not all decks are strong enough to hold up the weight of a sunroom, so you’ll need to have the deck fully inspected before beginning construction.
Crawl spaces are also excellent options for sunroom foundations. Crawl spaces flow seamlessly with your home’s existing design, leave plenty of room for plumbing, wiring, and ductwork, and offer insulation that the other foundation types can’t match. However, crawl spaces are expensive and not an option for budget sunrooms.
Start Designing Your Sunroom Today
If you live in Tampa Bay and want to convert your existing concrete patio into a bright yet tranquil sunroom, call the team at Southern Aluminum Installations, Inc. at 813-940-8958 or contact us online. We can help design your new sunroom, inspect your existing structure and determine the best foundation option, secure any required permits, and construct your sunroom from start to finish, all while providing the highest quality work and 5-star customer service.