Pennsylvania features beautiful weather and scenery year-round, from blooming flowers and lush lawns to idyllic landscapes lightly dusted with snow. The best way to comfortably enjoy these views throughout the year is with a sunroom. A new sunroom for your home is the perfect lounging space for you and your family to use without worrying about pesky bugs, inclement weather and harsh temperatures.

When exploring which sunroom products will be best for your lifestyle, you’ll find you can choose between a three-season and a four-season sunroom. But what is the difference between 3-season and 4-season sunrooms and how can you decide which is best for you?

Before deciding on a new sunroom, consider:

  • How do you intend to use your new sunroom?
  • When do you plan on lounging in your sunroom?
  • What is your budget?

What Is A 3 Season Sunroom?

Three Season Patio Room

A three-season sunroom is perfect for families who enjoy the outdoors but don’t desire the additional living space during the harshest low temperatures of the year. With its aluminum frame construction, a three-season option is only ideal to use for part of the year: in the spring, summer, and fall.

With a 3 season room, you can experience the following benefits:

  • Affordability: With its material and construction options, three-season sunrooms are overall a much more affordable outdoor living space addition than a four-season alternative.
  • Protection: Three-season sunrooms can be enjoyed for most of the year without having to worry about pests and other irritants like pollen. With a three-season design, you can have protection from inclement weather, extreme temperatures and direct sunlight while you lounge or entertain guests.
  • Less Invasive: A three-season sunroom is typically installed over an existing deck or patio structure, which means building your sunroom requires less site preparation and as a result is less invasive to your day-to-day living than a four-season sunroom installation.

What is a 4 Season Sunroom?

Four Season Sunroom

Four-season sunrooms are the best solution for those who thrive in outdoor environments no matter what the weather conditions are like. This sunroom option is integrated into the structure of your home, including the roofline and exterior materials, so you can relax and absorb the great outdoors from the comfort of your temperature-controlled, year-round space.

Having a 4 season room adds incredible home value and nearly endless access to natural lighting. To achieve year-round superior comfort and protection, four-season sunrooms are open to the rest of your home and not separated by a doorway. The structure is integrated into your home’s existing HVAC system and features insulated roofing, flooring, and walls to ensure controlled temperatures and environments during any weather.

Besides its construction properties, one of the main deciding factors between three-season and four-season sunrooms for homeowners is its initial installation cost and completion schedule. While a four-season room does add value, it can range in cost from $30,000 to $70,000 and can take up to two weeks to finish, depending on the materials, finishes, and upgrades you include.

Call Garrety Glass to Request a Free Estimate

When it’s time to update your dated screened-in porch or improve your current sunroom design, look no further than the sunroom installation professionals at Garrety Glass. Our team of creative and experienced design and installation specialists understand the unique needs of Central Pennsylvania homeowners and can recommend high-quality 3-season and 4-season sunrooms that suit your daily needs and budget.

For all of our customers, we offer free sunroom installation estimates and lifetime warranties. Explore your three-season and four-season sunroom options with us today by calling us at 717-741-9949 or by completing our online contact form.