Can a Sunroom Be Used as a Greenhouse?

Sunrooms are inviting living spaces that combine the beauty of nature with the comfort of being indoors. These glass-enclosed areas serve a wide range of uses, and you can transform them into a practical and attractive extension for your house, including a gorgeous and functional greenhouse. 

Greenhouses bring a sense of serenity and uniqueness to any home. You can use your sunroom as a greenhouse by transforming its interior to create a space full of nature and life. 

Turning Your Sunroom Into a Greenhouse

Using your sunroom as a greenhouse is easy if you follow the right steps and keep the proper considerations in mind when making building and furnishing decisions. With some personal touches and the right resources, you’ll love your new sunroom greenhouse.

Consider Placement

Your sunroom greenhouse must be in an area with full access to light and limited shading for the best plant growth. Generally, south-facing greenhouses thrive the most in terms of crop development, so if your sunroom faces the south, you’ll benefit from the sun’s heat and likely won’t need to install an additional heating source.

If your sunroom greenhouse faces away from the sun, you can still accommodate your space by planting crops accordingly. For example, if your sunroom faces east, you’ll have the most success planting cool-weather, low-light crops. For west-facing greenhouses, heat-loving crops such as peppers and tomatoes will typically thrive the best.

Sunroom that is turned into a greenhouse and has plants inside

Choose the Right Materials

Whether you’re building your sunroom greenhouse from scratch or updating your current structure, it’s important to choose the right building materials. Consider the pros and cons of these three mediums when choosing the framework of your sunroom:

  1. Wood: Well-insulted and easy to assemble but susceptible to rotting
  2. Aluminum: Low-maintenance and rust-resistant but weaker than other materials
  3. Galvanized steel: Durable, cost-effective, and strong but vulnerable to rust

Minimize Overheating

There are various ways to keep your sunroom greenhouse cool and minimize overheating during the summer. Start by covering a portion of the roof with plywood and shingles to draw heat away from your greenhouse. You can also furnish your sunroom with brick tables and plant stands that will absorb heat energy.

Install the Necessities

The last thing you’ll need to do to turn your sunroom into a greenhouse is add a few simple necessities to make it as functional as possible:

  • Benches: Place your plants on the benches and arrange them as you see fit.
  • Water supply: Make sure your sunroom has access to a hose or sink to water your plants.
  • UV lights: Install UV lights for cold, dark, or cloudy days. 
  • Heating source: Keep your plants warm during the winter.
  • Inspect repellent: Protect your plants from harmful pests.
  • Seating: Add a seating area so you can sit down and relax in the comfort of your greenhouse.
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Install Your Sunroom Greenhouse at Garrety Glass Today

For the perfect sunroom greenhouse to suit your residential needs, choose Garrety Glass. We offer a wide range of sunroom installations, like an attached greenhouse solarium, at the most affordable prices on the market. Plus, we even provide a 50-year transferrable warranty. Our skilled team also specializes in windowsshowers, and shades, making us your one-stop shop for all of your glass replacement and repair needs.

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