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Tips to Convert a Screened Porch or Sunroom with Vinyl Windows


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Is the high heat and humidity in Coastal Virginia making your patio or screened-in porch unbearable?  Vinyl windows and sliding patio doors offer an affordable solution! If you’re ready to start planning your project, we have tips for choosing the best windows and finding an installation contractor with sunroom conversion expertise. 

1) Choose Energy Star®-Rated Sunroom Windows for Comfort and Energy Efficiency

Sunroom windows and patio doors should allow natural light in, while keeping the heat of the sun out. A good way to accomplish this is by choosing windows with a heat-reflecting, Low-E coating and a double-pane glass unit that is insulated with Argon gas.

At minimum, sunroom windows should carry an Energy Star® rating for energy efficiency. That’s the government standard, however affordable windows are available that exceed these standards.  If your sunroom gets a lot of direct sunlight, you can prevent heat gain by choosing a window that is designed with a more energy-efficient SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) rating. Ask your window supplier about these options. 

2) Use Vinyl Windows to Keep Your Sunroom Conversion Affordable and Low-Maintenance

Vinyl is a great material for windows used in a sunroom for a few reasons. First, it’s very affordable compared to other options, as well as being versatile. Vinyl does an excellent job of resisting humidity, making it an energy efficient option that requires very little maintenance. 

Kick back and enjoy the ease of a sunroom that’s built to last and easy to care for.

3) Customize Your Sunroom with Different Window & Door Styles 

  • Picture Windows: If you’re looking to improve your view, picture windows are a great option for your sunroom. These large windows will frame your surrounding scenery like a picture frame. Since picture windows are non-operational, they create a clean look without any visible hardware or moving parts.
  • Double-Hung Windows: Another great option are double-hung windows. These windows open vertically and give you the option to increase ventilation in your sunroom. They are also very easy to clean, because both sashes (framed window glass) can be tilted inwards, letting you clean the exterior of the window without going outside.
  • Casement Windows: With a hinge on one side, casement windows swing outward and are operable with a hand crank. Like picture windows, they offer a clean look because they are built with a single sash of glass. But they have the added benefit of being opened and closed.
  • Slider Windows: For wide horizontal openings, slider windows are a great way to maximize your view while also having the ability to open the window. 
  • Sliding glass doors and full-length fixed glass panels provide a full floor-to-ceiling view that is fully customizable for your sunroom. When the weather is nice, open up your patio doors  to make your sunroom an open-air venue for eating and entertaining.

Listen as Josh & Dana, homeowners in Yorktown, discuss their experience with CVP Windows & Doors for a room addition and porch enclosure.

4) Get Estimates from Experienced Sunroom Enclosure Companies

You probably still have a lot of questions about converting your patio or sunroom with vinyl windows. Get estimates from several sunroom enclosure companies and choose the one that’s right for you. Take your time and don’t feel pressured into making a quick decision. 

  • If you have an existing sunroom or screened porch that needs windows, a replacement window company like CVP Windows & Doors can help. 
  • If you want a sunroom addition, you’ll need to hire a reputable building contractor.

As a custom manufacturer of high-quality vinyl windows and sliding glass doors, CVP Windows & Doors specializes in a wide range of design options and configurations. Our team can build and install windows and doors in the right sizes and styles to help you achieve your vision of the perfect enclosed sunroom. 

If you’re ready to learn more, schedule a free consultation with a CVP Window & Door consultant. We promise fair, everyday pricing without high-pressure sales tactics.

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For 20 years and counting, CVP Windows & Doors has been the only company in Hampton Roads, Virginia, to manufacture, deliver, and install custom vinyl windows and doors. We’re proud to say that every window and door we sell is proudly made in the USA.