I plan to add a sunroom onto my living room, and I'd like it to have a glass roof to allow for views of the beautiful San Diego sky. What type of glass do you suggest I have installed for maximum energy efficiency and to avoid drastic temperature fluctuations inside?
Victor O. ~ San Diego, California
A sunroom with a glass roof, sometimes called a conservatory, will be a wonderful addition to your home. Enjoying the surrounding views of while in the comfort of your home is a great feeling, and I find that these types of rooms get used all the time.
Given the conditions that a roof must weather, it is important to make sure that the sunroom's glass roof panels are durable and installed with enough pitch to shed rain water quickly and thoroughly. The energy efficiency of the glass roof panels is also an important consideration. Using insulated, double-paned glass can help keep the room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, which can lead to lower heating and cooling costs. Argon gas filled window panes and Low-E reflective window coatings are two other available options that can increase the energy efficiency of the glass and ultimately make your new sunroom more comfortable.
Make sure to work with installers and manufacturers that offer warranties against leaking roof panels and have a plan for how you are going to clean all that glass. Enjoy the view!