Don’t postpone that solarium repair project! Here’s why.
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Sunrooms add a great deal of character to a house, but they also come with their fair share of hassle. Anyone who has ever resided in a house with a sunroom would be aware that those glorious sunny afternoons come at a cost. Solarium repair tends to be a recurring aspect of home maintenance, and more often than not ‘Band-Aid’ repairs and uninformed decisions are at fault. Repairing a sunroom requires a deeper understanding of the specific issues involved, and as such, is best handled professionally. The following are a few reasons why attempting to patch up your solarium yourself might not be a great idea.
A foggy sunroom could spell more trouble than you think
Thanks to the modern repair techniques available today, dealing with condensation in a double pane window is fairly simple. But when the same problem is extended to an entire sunroom, the situation is markedly different. Glass occupies the bulk of a sunroom’s surface area. And by definition, the entirety of this area is exposed to the elements throughout the year. As such, once fogginess develops in a sunroom, it will not be limited to a single segment of glass. Instead, it will affect a major fraction of the sunroom’s surface area. Over time, this can result in a serious case of mould, particularly in the interior faces of your solarium.
Ignoring a foggy sunroom for too long can also lead to water accumulation within its glass panels. If temperatures in your location drop below freezing point during winter, this water will freeze and expand, making the glass panel susceptible to shattering. So if fogginess seems to be creeping up around your solarium, it might be time to consider a sunroom repair project.
Leaky sunroom? Caulking might not be enough.
Water leakage in solariums is fairly common. But it isn’t a standalone issue. Recurring water seepage at the junctions of your sunroom can indicate more deep-set problems. Poor roof flashing at the intersection of your solarium and the main structure of your house for instance. Patchwork remedies such as caulking might get you temporary relief from the leakage, but what you really need is a solution that addresses the central issue of waterproofing or roof flashing. In fact, the existence of caulking lines in an old sunroom actually points towards a recurring water leakage issue. Get a professional to execute your solarium repairs. A professional will inspect your sunroom for areas prone to water seepage, and recommend a comprehensive solution.
If you’ve purchased an old house with a sunroom, you should have the latter inspected for possible safety concerns. Often, old solarium roofs won’t have safety glass panels. You wouldn’t want heavy rain or snow bringing the roof down. Which is why it is advisable to have your solarium’s glass inspected for quality, and the roof sections replaced with tempered safety glass if needed. Other modern solutions such as laminated glass can also be a viable option.
Thanks to modern technologies and the availability of professional sunroom repair services, you need no longer spend sleepless nights over a leaky or foggy solarium. In fact, making solarium repair a priority will save you a significant amount of time and resources in the long run.