Betterliving™ All Season Sunrooms
Enjoy all four seasons in your insulated sunroom.
Enjoy all four seasons in your insulated sunroom.
What better way to extend your home’s living space than with a custom-built All-Season Betterliving™ Sunroom?
Walls of glass bring gracious living to any home, transforming an empty patio, deck or porch into an inviting retreat basking in the natural beauty of the outdoors.
Betterliving™ Sunrooms offer all-season enjoyment with insulated glass and thermal construction.
The Betterliving™ All Season sunroom distinguishes itself from other solariums and sunrooms in so many ways…
Many four-season sunroom wall systems are only 3 inches thick. Betterliving™ All Season Sunroom walls are 4¼” thick, providing more stability and strength.
The standard in the sunroom industry is to use outsourced patio doors that are not flush with the rest of the wall. They are thicker than the wall, which makes them unsightly. We make our own patio doors, making them the same thickness as the wall. The door and window colours will match because they are all from one source, and your Betterliving™ sunroom doors will perfectly blend in with the wall system.
Because we make our own doors, you get a wall system that looks truly integrated. In other sunrooms, the drainage channel (floor channel) that runs under the wall system has to stop at their out-sourced door, permitting an easy place for leaks. Since we make our own doors, we can implement a continuous floor channel around the sunroom. A continuous floor channel means no leaks and dry socks. Competitors drill round drain holes in their flat bottom floor channels. Round weep holes can clog easily and stop weeping due to surface tension, while the flat bottom does not promote drainage. Betterliving™ floor channels are sloped, so any moisture is directed to the weep holes, and our weep holes are pre-punched in an elongated shape, ensuring proper drainage. Our weep holes are also hidden thanks to the special notch design of the Btterliving™ floor channel.
No manufacturer can match the strength and flexibility of the Betterliving™ header. Its hinge design adapts to the roof slope, providing even weight distribution and an aesthetic appearance. Many manufacturers use a 90-degree channel on the top of the wall, forcing all of the roof’s weight on the outside edge, with a gap on the inside of the sunroom that is covered by an unattractive trim. The Betterliving™ header’s height gives it unparalleled strength to support large snow loads over wide window openings.
Your Betterliving™ sunroom includes corner-to-corner side sliding windows with tempered safety glass standard, an option in other sunrooms. Our tempered glass is the same as you would find in the side and rear windows of your car… in case of an accident, the glass breaks into small harmless pieces. A sunroom is mostly glass… if you were going to wrap your family in glass, which would you prefer: tempered glass or regular glass?
Some sunroom windows use plastic glides; others use cheap plastic wheels. One thing is for sure; they are not adjustable. Betterliving™ windows feature a heavy-duty adjustable ball-bearing roller with corrosion-resistant plating. Our patio doors use tandem rollers for maximum durability.
Fiberglass screens are typically found on your home and most sunroom windows. The sash (the aluminum frame attached to the screen) is made from light-duty roll-formed metal. If you are a homeowner, you have had a bad experience with at least one window screen. Betterliving™ screens are made with an extruded sash much larger and heavier than a roll-formed sash. Betterliving™ screens use aluminum screen mesh which lasts longer and won’t tear like fiberglass.
You Betterliving™ all season sunroom was designed from scratch to look the best. The window and door sections join together with a heavy-duty mullion that includes a built-in electrical raceway. You can have receptacles and wall switches that look just like the ones in your home. Other conservatories, solariums, or sunrooms may only offer receptacles on the floor, visible wire chases, and surface-mounted boxes.
A Betterliving™ All Season Sunroom truly distinguishes your home in the neighbourhood, making it much more desirable to future owners. Buy confidently, knowing your patio enclosure is covered by our 50-year limited warranty!
PURE VINYL WITH THRU-COLOR AND UV INHIBITORS!
The entire visual appearance of your Betterliving™ All Season sunroom is smooth, durable, colour matched PVC vinyl. All of the vinyl shapes are reinforced with hidden aluminum structural members.
50 YEAR TRANSFERABLE MANUFACTURERS LIMITED WARRANTY – LIFETIME ON GLASS!
Contact us for sunroom warranty details.
INTERLOCKING DOOR & WINDOW SLIDERS
Basic patio doors and windows have bypass sliders, the meeting rails are close together and sealed with weatherstripping. The interlocking rails of the Betterliving™ door and window sliders means that they are physically joined together, in addition to the weatherstripping, meaning your windows and doors are secure, air, water and bug tight.
Tempered safety glass with low E and argon standard in ALL
Built right into the tracks of the window and door mainframes is a high quality, wind tested weatherstripping. It won’t rot or crack – retaining its pliability and flexibility.
NO VISIBLE FASTENERS!
Your Betterliving™ All Season sunroom was designed from scratch to conceal all of the wall fasteners. This is a beautiful feature not found on many other conservatories, solariums or sunrooms.
PanelCraft™ roof panels by Craft-Bilt are comprised of aluminum skins bonded to a stabilizing core. This makes for roof panels with an extremely high strength to weight ratio. In addition to the baked-on paint finish, PanelCraft™ panels are the only panels in Canada with an additional clear coat, our Krystal Kote® finish.
Visit our Skyview page to learn about translucent roof options.
All doors and windows in our Betterliving™ All Season sunroom are joined with our heavy duty triple-hollow electrical mullion. It has unsurpassed engineered for roof support and wall strength. The hidden electrical raceway provides easy wiring and flush-mounted outlets and switches just like your home!
ADJUSTABLE SUNROOM HEADER
Our variable pitch header incredibly strong. It is designed to evenly distribute the weight of the roof over wide window and door openings, conceal electrical wiring, hide fasteners and provide a clean finished appearance.
The corner posts of your Betterliving™ All Season sunroom are 4¼” square, larger than most. They have incredible weight capacity and a built in wiring cavity.
DOOR / WINDOW SILL
The window and door rollers ride on monorail rib in the sill track. Instead of allowing the rollers to ride directly on the vinyl, we snap a stainless steel cover over top, for years and years of smooth trouble free opening and closing.
FLOOR CHANNEL SYSTEM
ELECTRIC ROOF TRACK
Not only does your all season sunroom have hidden wiring in the walls, your ceiling fan or light fixtures can be supplied with power via our roof panel connector with hidden electrical raceway.
Doors are equipped with tandem rollers for years of trouble free, easy sliding. The rollers are ball bearing design, cadmium plated and fully adjustable.
FULLY ADJUSTABLE ROLLER WHEELS
The windows and screens in your Betterliving™ All Season sunroom feature adjustable, self lubricating, ball bearing rollers for years of trouble free operation.
The screen handles on doors and windows are colour matched in white or desert sand. Child safety locks provide added protection.
WINDOW & DOOR HANDLES
Strong, attractive window and door handles are colour matched to your white or sand sunroom.
ADJUSTABLE ROOF MOUNT
The roof system is connected to your house with our 2-piece hinge PANEL HANGER/WALL HANGER system. This allows for expansion and a watertight seal. Adjustable up to 5/12 roof pitch.
All Season Sunroom Walls and Doors:
High-Quality Glass Units for Your Sunroom:
Fully Engineered Roof Panels for Your Sunroom:
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Betterliving™ All Season Sunroom Colour Options:
White and Sand
Woodhaven Ceiling Plank Option:
Now you can have your sunroom with the warmth of wood! An ideal option for homeowners who were considering a conventional addition. Use Woodhaven and our shingled roof option to achieve the look of addition with the view of a sunroom.
What is a sunroom?
A sunroom is a pre-fabricated wall and roof system added to your home to provide added enjoyment of the outdoors and extra living space. They are made of maintenance-free materials, predominantly aluminum but also vinyl and fiberglass. The wall sections are typically custom made, no greater than five feet in width. Each section contains a side sliding window, beneath the window is the “kneewall” which is built with a solid panel or tempered glass. If the extra height is desired, “transom glass” is added to the tops of the windows and doors
Sunrooms come in two types: three-season (single glazed windows) and all-season (insulated wall and windows). Typically the roof is made with insulated aluminum panels that come in varying thicknesses. Thicker panels have more insulation and can span farther. Sunrooms have typically differed from solariums because they don’t use glass in the roof. This line has blurred in recent years with the introduction of polycarbonate roof systems for sunrooms. Solarium walls typically have a great deal of fixed glass with the occasional casement window while sunroom walls will typically consist of corner-to-corner side sliding windows.
What is the best way to utilize a sunroom?
Sunrooms are used for many great reasons: entertainment, place to relax, room for my pets, TV room, enjoy the outdoors and seasons… the list goes on and on. Finishing touches like beautiful flooring and wicker furniture help create that perfect retreat.
What are the advantages of Craft-Bilt’s sunrooms vs. competitors?
There are many technical advantages to Craft-Bilt products like thicker wall extrusions with intelligent designs. All of our sunrooms utilize swivel header designs that support the weight of the roof evenly and eliminate unsightly gaps inside the room that competitors don’t address or cover with an ugly angle. Weatherstripping is important to keep out the wind and bugs, our Grand Vista system uses ingenious concave tracks to cradle the weatherstripping while our Betterliving™ system uses mylar reinforced weatherstripping to achieve FMA certification. There are many other unique features to our rooms that you can find on our web site or let us refer you to a local contractor who can describe them to you.
How much does a sunroom addition cost?
There are a lot of variables: Is a new deck required? Would you like a three-season or all-season? Is there an obstruction, for instance, a water spigot, that needs to be moved? An installed 12 x 12 all-season sunrooms start around $30,000. This number is very hypothetical and may not take into account the footings, the deck, permit costs, or other items.
What is the return on my sunroom investment?
There have been many studies and opinions published in renovation magazines about the value of major renovations like kitchens, bathrooms, and sunrooms. Check out resources like Remodeller magazine and search for their Cost vs. Value report. Sunrooms are often in the top ten for return on investment, recouping at least 50% of your investment. There are factors that can affect your return on investment, like where you live.
But the real return on investment is the improvement in your lifestyle. Your sunroom will quickly become the favourite room in the house, your very own private retreat. You can’t put a price on peace and tranquillity.
How long does it take to install a custom sunroom?
The actual installation can take as little as two days for a three-season patio room or 3 days for an all-season sunroom. Additional time will be required if you are building an A-frame style sunroom, a new deck is required, a service (i.e. gas meter, water spigot, bathroom fan, etc.) needs to be moved, or there is some other complexity to the project.
Often there can be delays obtaining the building permit or zoning approval. Your contractor will not order material until the permit is issued after which you have to contend with the backlog at the factory. So if you are planning to build a sunroom and hope to enjoy it for the summer, get started early!
Can I use my existing deck for the sunroom?
If your deck was built to building code specifications, there is a good chance it will suffice. Open decks are built with a slope away from the building, so even if it is code compliant it will need to be leveled. Deck blocks will not do. Your deck needs footings, typically concrete piers deep enough into the ground to not be lifted when the ground freezes. In southern Ontario, that is usually four feet, in colder climates, it will be deeper. Imagine the damage to the sunroom or even your house when an un-footed deck heaves upwards in freezing temperatures.
Do I need a building permit for my sunroom?
Yes. Often your contractor will include the drawings and filing for the permit as part of their price to you. Contractors do not get enough credit for the time and effort it can take in getting a permit.
Can I install it myself or do I need a contractor?
A homeowner with a high level of DIY skill can tackle our Grand Vista pre-fabricated sunroom. Craft-Bilt’s warranty is for properly installed products and does not include installation-related issues. Please fill out our contact form and we will reply with the product information you require as well as the name of a local contractor if desired.