Five Categories of Sunrooms and How to Get the Right One

Five Categories of Sunrooms and How to Get the Right One

There are a few categories of sunrooms from which you can choose. The great thing is you can have it be as simple or complex as you wish. A dedicated and experienced Florida sunrooms contractor will listen to what you want and come up with an ideal building that works well with your property. 

The Categories of Sunrooms 

Florida Building Code has defined four categories of sunrooms. 

  • Category I: This is basically just a screen room consisting of a roof or covering that has a plastic film or insect screening. It’s considered to be unconditioned and non-habitable. 
  • Category II: This usually has acrylic windows, which are a plexi-glass type of material that isn’t completely water-tight. It consists of a roof or other covering that has enclosed walls and is also unconditioned and non-habitable. Category II is the most common sunroom type. 
  • Category III: This is a sunroom with impact glass or glass with shutters over it. It has enclosed walls and the openings can be enclosed with transparent or translucent glass or plastic. This type complies with the requirements for air leakage, water penetration, and forced entry resistance. It’s defined as unconditioned and non-habitable. 
  • Category IV: This type is designed to use a temperature control or system, and it’s thermally isolated from the main structure of the property. It has features to meet requirements for air leakage, thermal, forced entry, and water penetration. The Category IV sunroom is conditioned and habitable. 
  • Category V: This is a space with enclosed walls that is open to the main structure and is designed to be cooled and heated. It complies with requirements for air leakage, water penetration, thermal, and forced entry resistance. It’s defined as conditioned and habitable.

Getting Your Dream Sunroom Is Easier Than You Think 

If you’d like a sunroom added to your house, it’s time to talk to a professional. Talk to someone about what type of sunroom you’d like to determine if it’s a good fit. 

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