A glass lanai can be an excellent addition to most homes. These windowed porches are especially desirable in Florida, where the weather can make a typical porch unusable for much of the year.
This extra room can become a beautiful retreat from your busy life, where you can enjoy beautiful views without dealing with heat, insects, and wind. Perhaps it can be a stunning setting where you can entertain friends for a meal or an evening of drinks and conversation.
Enclosed porches are popular, but what do you need to know if you are considering a glass lanai?
An enclosed lanai adds value to your home.
Enclosed porches are popular with home buyers, which is why an enclosed lanai offers a 50-70% return on investment. A lanai essentially adds a whole new room to your house, while also fulfilling buyers’ interest in outdoor landscaping features.
With options for beautiful windows and integrated landscaping, you can improve the curb appeal and the square footage of your home at the same time.
Glass lanais have significant advantages over other options.
If you know that you want to attach an enclosed porch to your existing home, you are likely researching the different options. including screens. Screen enclosures might be appealing because they tend to be less expensive than glass and they can definitely be attractive. Some coastal homeowners perceive screens to be safer in a storm, because they’re not glass. However, both screens and glass can be manufactured and installed with excellent safety ratings.
Screens are might be useful for large areas that you want to enclose, such as a pool or hot tub. Enclosing a pool or yard area with glass is often prohibitive for most budgets. That said, glass is often more practical than a screened lanai; it gives you more control over the climate and temperature in the room. Glass really does create an additional room in your home, rather than just a semi-protected porch.
There are three key things to keep in mind when deciding on your glass lanai.
“Glass-enclosed” can mean a lot of different things, because there are a lot of different types of glass windows. It is important to get energy-efficient windows for your lanai, because cheaply made windows will significantly increase your energy bill.
If you’re going to heat or cool your glass lanai, depending on the season and your location, you don’t want to lose all of that energy through inefficient windows. What a waste! When choosing someone to install your glass lanai, be sure to inquire about the efficiency of the windows they have available.
Florida residents understand the importance of safety when it comes to outdoor landscaping and windows. You should only install hurricane-strength windows that can protect your home in the event of a major tropical storm. Impact windows can definitely add an extra layer of protection.
One of the best reasons to go with a glass lanai over other options is the freedom it can give you throughout the entire calendar year. Instead of losing months of the year to weather that is too hot (or too cold) to be comfortable outside, you can use your glass lanai to enjoy the outdoors without suffering from the consequences of nature.
Your glass-enclosed lanai is an ideal way to make the most out of your porch. It can become an all-seasons room, available for you to enjoy throughout the hottest and coldest days of the year.
A glass lanai can add value to your home, create a comfortable space for you to enjoy the outdoors, and add a layer of protection to your house. Get a free estimate from Storm Solutions today so that we can show you all of your options!