Can a sunroom be built on a deck?
Decks are extremely popular because they give us a place to enjoy the outdoors to entertain, cook, dine, and relax. With the weather in the Midwest being difficult to predict throughout all four seasons of the year, homeowners only have a few months to actually enjoy using their deck. Seems like wasted potential, right? With millions of existing decks across the U.S., many homeowners have often wondered, “Can a sunroom be built on top of our current deck?”
Sunrooms are a popular addition to a home that can offer a versatile place to entertain guests and lounge without being bothered by insects, or inclement weather. By converting your deck into a sunroom, you will be able to enjoy that living space all year round.
Guide to transforming your deck into a sunroom
Before you go drawing up plans to convert your current deck into a beautiful four seasons room, you should know that not all decks are created equally. That means that not all decks are able to support the weight of the new structure. Here are a few things to consider:
- Your deck may not be able to handle the weight of the new structure, especially if you live in a place that gets snow. A sunroom roof covered in snow can add thousands of pounds more to the weight of the sunroom in the winter months, and some decks were not designed to handle that extra weight.
- Modifications can be made to your deck to help support the weight of the new structure by reinforcing the frame and adding additional beams.
- Your deck may need to be rebuilt or removed in order to build a sunroom. In cases with large decks, only a portion will have to be removed or reworked to fit the sunroom in. Your contractor will work with you to help eliminate extra costs, and give you the multifunctional indoor-outdoor living space of your dreams.
- Building codes may be different in your area that would prevent you from being able to build a sunroom on your existing deck. It’s always best to consult with an experienced contractor before making any plans.
Almost every deck is different with varying foundation sizes, framing components, existing conditions and local building codes. A sunroom will add substantial weight in concentrated loads. For the safety of your home, and your family it is best to consult with an engineer or sunroom construction company before any plans are made.
Several sunroom options to consider
Choose from a patio cover, a screen room or a full four-season room to bring just the right amount of outdoors to your deck. With multiple sizes, styles and options to choose from, the deck of your dreams can be a reality. Also with the 15-year full-service warranty, you are guaranteed to have a safe and functional outdoor living space for the years to come.
Our team is familiar with local building codes and can determine if a sunroom can be safely built upon an existing deck. Give us a call to determine if your deck is right for a sunroom, or schedule a free estimate today!