Sunrooms vs. Screen Enclosures: Which is Right For You?

Have you been thinking about how you’d like to spend your warm Vancouver summer this year? Have you thought about saving some money and staying in? You could always enjoy the outdoors without ever leaving your home by considering adding a sunroom or an screened enclosure to your house.

So, what are the differences between these home additions?


Sunrooms are, essentially, an added room onto any home that focuses on letting in as much sunlight and natural air as possible. Sunrooms are a great addition for people who are focused on “going green,” since a sunroom is meant to be as energy efficient as possible by design.

When you have a sunroom, you can spend your summer days reading in relaxation if you please, all by the light of the sun in your new sunroom. You could even turn your sunroom into a sort of garden room, since gardening would be a great activity to consider with a sunroom.

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A sunroom is perfect for enjoying year-round. You can comfortably enjoy all four seasons in your sunroom as long as you have an outdoor heater for when winter rolls around.

Screened Enclosure

Also known as a screened porch, a screened enclosure is like an extra room that happens to be outside. Instead of walls, though, you’ll have mesh sides. While a sunroom can let in plenty of natural air by cracking a window or opening the door, a screened enclosure will offer you all the air and benefits of being outside without having to deal with the insects.

A screened enclosure probably isn’t going to be a four-seasons solution for most people. It will be a lot easier for you to get too cold or even too hot in your screened enclosure. The main difference in choosing between a screened enclosure and a porch for most people is the cost. Sunrooms are usually quite a bit more expensive, while screened enclosures are relatively cheap to set up.

Which one is right for you, then? It all depends on your budget and use-case. Whichever one you decide to go with, a local screen enclosures vancouver crew can be there, ready to build it.

If you want something you can enjoy year round, and you have the budget for it, then a sunroom is probably the way to go. If you just want to enjoy being outdoors without the bugs getting up in your business and you need to save some money, then you might want to consider a screened enclosure.