Tips for Choosing a Solarium
A solarium is essentially an extension of your home, and can be used as an open kitchen, a summer living room, an office or an enclosed terrace. Solariums come in all types of materials such as steel, aluminum, wood or PVC, and in many shapes, including rectangular, multi-sided or angled. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.
What is a solarium?
A solarium is a bright room that is enjoyable to use and visually appealing. It can be used as an extension to your home or simply as a room that helps to bring outdoor living indoors. Solariums are found in all types of homes, but be aware that they require proper planning and professional installation.
For what use?
Solariums are used to create a separate space in the house. As an opening to nature and the outdoors, they have a bright and unique look. You can install a kitchen where you can prepare and share meals while having a view of the outdoors; you can create an office to further enjoy working from home; you can arrange a living room where you can relax while bathed in natural light. A solarium can also serve as an enclosed terrace, a shelter for your swimming pool... in short, let your imagination run wild!
Which material to choose?
A high-quality material, steel is always a classic option. It is both strong and very aesthetic. It looks great and can be used for solariums of any size. However, because of its low insulation, it requires reinforced steel and an anti-rust treatment. It is one of the more expensive options.
If the quality is good, it’s a very good insulator. PVC comes in different shapes, thereby offering many possibilities. It is not the most aesthetic option and it is not manufactured in many colours, but it is easy to maintain with a sponge and some water. Finally, it is very accessible as it is the least expensive option.
Contemporary and durable, aluminum is the material that is used most often. It is manufactured in many sizes and colours. In addition to its rigidity, it is lightweight, stainless and virtually maintenance free. A small drawback: it’s a conductor, so it’s best to use an aluminum frame with thermal break. Its cost is in the mid-level range.
A natural material, wood must be used in more traditional constructions but it has a warm look and can be used in solariums of all sizes. It is an excellent insulator of heat and noise. There are several choices of exotic and rot-proof wood available. Unfortunately, it must be treated and requires regular maintenance. Its price is fairly high.
Choosing a solarium depends on several criteria, but it’s always best to ask for advice from a professional before embarking on this project.