One benefit of a sunroom is the pleasurable warmth of the sun on cool spring or autumn afternoons, and for this there may be no better sunroom material than aluminum. Aluminum is an excellent conductor of heat. In the main body of the home, this may not be the best quality in a building material, but for a sunroom it can be just the ticket, maximizing the passive solar heat effect of the many glass windows through which you can enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your own home.
Other benefits of aluminum are its durability, resistance to deterioration, and surprisingly wide array of colors available so that you can easily match the sunroom to the main house. Aluminum is lightweight yet structurally sound and can be manufactured with improved thermal qualities for four-season sunroom applications. While aluminum is durable, it can be prone to rust and corrosion, which is why the aluminum typically has a painted finish that resists weathering and reduces maintenance.
Being an excellent conductor, aluminum that is not thermally “enhanced” should be used only for three-season sunrooms. Aluminum’s strength and versatility allows for a wide array of sleek designs, especially for full glass sunrooms and those with glass roofs.
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