Porch Conversion® Sunrooms of Raleigh, NC
Located at 308-B Sherwee Drive, about 4 miles south of Downtown Raleigh, these Porch Conversion® offices are the headquarters for sunroom projects in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding Piedmont region.
Porch Conversion® has built Raleigh sunrooms for many years and has been able to provide thousands of Raleigh homeowners with their new dream sunrooms in Raleigh.
Joe Szczepanski, the owner of Porch Conversion of Raleigh, has 35 years in the construction business and 17 of those have been designing and installing porch conversion sunrooms. His experience, knowledge, and exceptional attention to detail are the qualities that have made Porch Conversion one of Raleigh’s most successful and trustworthy companies.
Porch Conversion® is proud of it’s history building sunrooms in Raleigh and always strives to provide our sunroom customer’s with the highest level of customer service.
Whether its a relaxing reading area, a center for family get togethers or the entertaining capital of the neighborhood, you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors in your new Raleigh sunroom during every season of the year!
Your new Raleigh sunroom can become an extension of your living room, deck or both! The custom design and construction of a Raleigh sunroom from Porch Conversion® Raleigh Sunrooms will offer a multi use, unique area unlike any other in your Raleigh home.
Our remodeling professionals are extremely experienced in the designing and building phases of your new Raleigh sunroom project. Each of the sunrooms in Raleigh that we build are completely customized to fit your home and designed to make your Raleigh sunroom an extension of your house, not a built on afterthought.
We are proud to feature PGT Eze Breeze 3 season windows as well as 4 season glass windows for your home.
Unlike other sunroom companies, Porch Conversion® Raleigh Sunrooms offers endless possibilities for your new Raleigh sunroom and does not limit you to the few options provided by per-fabricated sunroom designs.
Raleigh is a fantastic area to be able to enjoy the benefits of a sunroom and we encourage folks in Raleigh to visit their friends and neighbors who have sunrooms and ask them about their rooms. We know they will have nothing but good things to say!
Call Porch Conversion® Sunrooms Raleigh today at 919-637-4466 for your Free Estimate!
Frequently Asked Questions About Raleigh Sunrooms
If I am planning on building a sunroom from scratch or converting my existing patio enclosure into a sunroom, what is the recommended size?
If you are converting an existing screened in porch or covered porch in Raleigh to a sunroom, it will be easier and less costly to stick with the size of the existing space. This will keep the contractors from having to do major alterations to the foundation and roof. If you are having a 4 season room built from scratch, you will have to consider what you want to use the room for. Many Raleigh and Durham homeowners use their sunroom for entertaining, relaxing, and dining. They can also be used as a conversation area or for watching TV. With the tech industry booming in Raleigh, there are many people who work from home. A sunroom makes a wonderful Raleigh, NC office! If you regularly entertain larger groups and plan on using your sunroom for that purpose, you might opt to make it a larger space. You will also have to take into account what kind of furniture you plan on having in the room and where you think it should be placed.
As important as size is location. Many sunrooms are placed off of the kitchen, dining area, or family room so that it is a natural extension of the living space. Or it could be off of the master bedroom for a private retreat. You should also consider the amount of natural light your proposed sunroom will get in sunny Raleigh/Durham. Many homeowners prefer to let in as much light as possible while others would rather have it be in a slightly more shaded area. Keep in mind where your property lines lie and what your HOA requirements are as far as building additions. Porch Conversion® Raleigh Sunrooms will be happy to help with any questions you might have.
Converting an Existing Screened in Porch, Deck, or Screened in Porch into a Sunroom.
Converting an existing porch, deck, or screened in porch in Raleigh, NC is a relatively inexpensive way to add value and living space to your home. There are many benefits to having a closed-in
3 season or 4 season room over an open or screened in area. In Raleigh and all of Eastern North Carolina, we have an abundance of mosquitoes and other insects that can dampen enjoyment of
the outdoors. Add in the heat and humidity that are mainstays in our Raleigh/Durham summers, and you get many families that are avoiding their yards instead of savoring them. Pollen, dust, and dirt can also be a constant problem and eyesore. By converting your outdoor space into a sunroom you will be able to enjoy your beautiful landscape year round in Raleigh, without all the hassle and discomfort of a typical porch.
Porch Conversion® Sunrooms in Raleigh NC will be able to help you visualize what your finished sunroom will look like. We will consider the structural integrity of the existing porch and retrofit windows units appropriate for a 3 season room or a 4 season room. When coming up with a quote to convert your space, our Porch Conversion® Sunrooms Raleigh experts will take several factors into account. Our skilled contractors will take many measurements. We will thoroughly examine your foundation to make sure it is sound enough to support a sunroom. If not we will take the steps needed to ensure that it is. We will also inspect the roof and gutters if present. Another thing to consider is your flooring. Many existing porches are designed with a slope so that rain water can drain away from the home.
Porch Conversion® Sunrooms Raleigh can level out the floor if needed and add the flooring of your choice. Most of our customers opt for ceramic tile flooring for its strength and low maintenance.
We will also make sure your room is up to electrical code with the appropriate number of outlets. Depending on whether or not you want a 3 season room or a 4 season room (see article on the
difference in our FAQ section), you will have options for heating/cooling. There are endless choices for interior finishes and designs which we will be happy to walk you through. Porch Conversion®
Sunrooms Raleigh has won numerous national design awards. Our number one goal is that you are 100 percent happy with your new sunroom!
What is the difference between a 3 season or 4 season room? Which one should I get?
When planning your Raleigh sunroom it is important to think of how you envision you and your family using it. Do you entertain year round? Are you looking for a true extension of your living area?
Do you want your sunroom to look more like an interior room and less like a porch? Then it might be prudent to consider a four season room. Just as the name implies, this is a space you can use
throughout the year. It is heated, cooled, and insulated. It is wired for electricity just like any other room in your home would be. The finished dimensions of a four season sunroom will be taken into
account when calculating your Raleigh home’s total square footage. This will definitely increase your property value.
Even in the hottest months of the summer and the coldest months of the winter, your family will be comfortable in a four season sunroom. In Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding areas of Eastern NC, our summers can get quite hot – sometimes into the triple digits. In many homeowners’ opinions, this would make a three season room or a screened in porch unusable for that time period. Raleigh, North Carolina winters are typically mild but can be unpredictable with drastic temperature changes. With a 4 season sunroom you can open presents around your Christmas tree and still be warm and cozy. There is also nothing better than sitting in your glassed in sunroom, curled up on the couch, and watching a Raleigh, NC summer thunderstorm.
A three season sunroom is also a perfect option for countless homeowners. If you are mainly looking for a way to keep the dust, dirt, pollen, and bugs out, this can still be accomplished without
investing in a full four seasons room. The cost is considerably less for a 3 seasons room because contractors don’t need to heat or cool the room. This cuts down on the labor and construction time significantly. Also, because a 3 season room is considered to be non-habitable living space, the foundation requirements are usually less stringent here in Raleigh.
In Raleigh, the climate is mild for the majority of the year. Many homeowners will be quite comfortable in a three season room and won’t be deterred by losing a few months of use. There is also the option of installing a ceiling fan or using a space heater to help with those times.
Three season rooms can be built with glass, acrylic, or 10ml. polyvinyl. Porch Conversion® Raleigh uses the EzeBreeze system by PGT Industries when constructing a polyvinyl 3 season room. EzeBreeze is a four track window that allows for 75 percent ventilation. This is a great option for homeowners that love the idea of a screened in porch but want the option of closing it off to the elements when needed. EzeBreeze windows are shatterproof and low maintenance which appeals to a variety of homeowners, especially those living on golf courses or families with young children.
Whether you decide on a four season room or a three season room, Porch Conversion® Sunrooms Raleigh will ensure that your expectations are met and exceeded. We will be happy to give you a quote for each option. Feel free to stop by our office anytime and examine our different sunroom models!
What kind of framing should be used to construct a sunroom in Raleigh?
The majority of sunrooms in Raleigh are built with an aluminum, an aluminum/vinyl combination, or wood frame. In the past, sunrooms were typically built with wood framing. Many beautiful sunrooms in Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding areas have been constructed with this method through the years. However there are some cons when considering wood framing. Wood is not maintenance free and will require more upkeep than aluminum framing such as painting or staining, especially in Raleigh NC climates. It also tends to be more expensive which can be a deterrent to many homeowners. The construction process will usually be longer with wood as well
Technology for sunrooms, 4 season rooms, and 3 season rooms has come a long way. The majority of sunroom designers now use a combination of aluminum and vinyl framing. Aluminum is
lightweight yet extremely sturdy. Because it is so strong, the frames can be thinner which will allow for maximum window space. One of the best aspects of sunrooms is all the natural light they bring into your home. Because aluminum is so strong, the frames can be thinner which will allow for maximum window space. The more window space, the clearer the view of the outdoors.
Many homeowners worry that aluminum/vinyl framing will make the sunroom look like it was built as an afterthought and not match the existing architecture. That is not the case anymore. Sunroom window and frame manufacturers have drastically improved their products. The frames that Porch Conversion® Sunrooms Raleigh recommends have many different color options and looks which can be customized to suit the homeowners tastes.
Heating and Cooling Options for a Sunroom
If you are having a sunroom built in Raleigh, you will have to consider if you want it heated and cooled. Some homeowners will opt not to install a heating/cooling system. Their room will be closed off from the elements with either glass or vinyl windows but it will not be considered part of the home’s heated and cooled square footage. This is known as a three season room. This type of room can still be quite comfortable, especially in Raleigh’s mild climate. Our contractors can easily install a ceiling fan to help keep the 3 season room cooler in the hot Raleigh summers. Space heaters can also be used to warm up the space in the winter.
If a homeowner decides on a 4 season sunroom, the space will need to have some kind of heating and cooling system in order for it to be counted as livable square footage. Plus a four season
sunroom will be comfortable all year long, even in the coldest winter months and hottest summer months. The majority of Raleigh homeowners already have central air conditioning in their home. If this is the case, our Raleigh Porch Conversion® Sunroom team can tap into the existing system. This is usually done by bringing ductwork into the sunroom and installing vents. The advantage of this method is that it is easy to keep the temperature of the room consistently the same as the rest of your house. A separate thermostat can also be installed if and your sunrooms temperature can be adjusted without affecting the rest of your home. Our Raleigh sunroom crew will be able to inspect your air conditioning system to make sure that it is powerful enough to adequately heat and cool the additional square footage of your sunroom.
While using existing ductwork is a very effective way to heat/cool your 4 season room, sometimes it is not an option. This method can be more difficult (and more costly) if your home is built on a
concrete slab, which is common in many Raleigh/Durham homes. If it is prohibitively expensive, another great option is a mini-split air conditioning unit. These are very slim and compact, wall-
mounted systems. Mini-splits are usually installed high on a wall so that they are not at eye level, even though these units look quite stylish. The compressor is located outside of your sunroom with the tubing running behind the walls, completely out of site. Operated by a wireless remote, these units are extremely quiet and energy efficient.
Other options for heating and cooling is using a PTAC unit which is similar to what you see in hotel rooms, or a portable air conditioning units. Homeowners have also had radiant floor heating or
base board heating installed, but this will only heat your Raleigh sunroom and won’t provide a cooling mechanism.
Porch Conversion’s® Raleigh team will help you determine which air conditioning system is right for your sunroom. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
What are The Flooring Options for a Sunroom, Four Season Room, or Three Season Room?
Porch Conversion® Sunrooms in Raleigh can install any type of flooring that you choose for your new sunroom. The most popular flooring is ceramic tile because it is durable and low maintenance.
The glaze on ceramic tile makes it moisture and stain resistant. This is especially important because the sunroom is often the first room people and pets enter from their yards, often with dirty feet!
Ceramic tile is very long-lasting and will have minimal fading/aging from the abundant Raleigh sunshine. Ceramic tile is also very attractive and comes in many different styles, sizes, and colors.
Ceramic tile will help give your Raleigh sunroom a coastal feel.
Another popular choice is wood flooring. Wood is beautiful and can definitely give your sunroom a very natural feel. There are countless different types of wood and plank styles. There are some
factors you need to take into account. UV rays from the bright Raleigh sun can fade wood over time. Woods can also be expensive and higher maintenance. You must be careful when cleaning them.
You can have the look of wood without some of the added expense with a nice wood laminate floor. These floors are fairly easy to install and will give your sunroom a warm and inviting look. It is not recommended to install hardwood or wood laminate flooring in Raleigh unless your have a climate controlled four season room.
Some Raleigh homeowners opt for carpeting. Carpeting feels soft on your feet and can give your sunroom a cozy appearance. You can choose a color and style to suit any decor. Carpeting is easy
to install and fairly easy to change out in the future if you redecorate. Disadvantages are that certain types can fade over time and be subject to stains. If your Raleigh sunroom is a high traffic area,
the carpet can get worn down. Homeowners can have some of the advantages of carpet by adding an area rug to tile or hardwood floors for a splash of color and warmth.
Vinyl flooring is another great low maintenance and inexpensive option. It can replicate the look of tile, wood, and stone at a fraction of the cost. Vinyl is very easy to install and clean. Higher quality vinyl can be very durable.
The above options are just some of the most popular choices for Raleigh sunroom flooring. Homeowners have also used concrete, stamped concrete, cork, stone, brick, and even granite or marble.
Porch Conversion® Sunrooms in Raleigh can help you with your design choices and help you determine with products will work best for your home and family.
How Long Will It Take to Build a Sunroom?
Building a sunroom in Raleigh, NC will vary greatly depending on a variety of factors. If our Porch Conversion® Sunrooms crew is converting an existing screened in porch that already has a roof and foundation, construction can take as little as a day or two for a 3 season room – one made with vinyl EzeBreeze windows.
A four season room will take longer to build – it can take several weeks depending whether it is being built from scratch or it is a conversion. Of course, a larger space will take longer to construct.
The heating and cooling mechanisms the homeowner chooses can also impact the time frame. Interior finishing play a huge role in determining how long your Raleigh sunroom will take to build.
If the homeowner is opts to leave existing ceilings, walls, and floors it will take significantly less time to finish. For example, a customer that wants their walls to be sheet rocked and painted with crown molding will expect a longer construction time than one that chooses to keep an existing vinyl siding wall. Other factors that can add time to your Raleigh sunroom include skylights, decking off the sunroom, pet doors, and other custom features homeowners request.
Our experts at Porch Conversion® Raleigh Sunrooms will do their very best to be upfront about the time frame of the project. We analyze all the factors that go into the quality construction of your
sunroom. We realize that construction can be an inconvenience and homeowners are anxious for their room to be completed as soon as possible. Keep in mind though, that unforeseen factors can
sometimes delay the process. Raleigh building permits, inspections, and HOA requirements can add to the total time needed to complete your sunroom. Extreme weather like hurricanes and snow
can interrupt construction, although this is rare. Porch Conversion® Sunrooms will never sacrifice quality for speed. The job is not finished until the homeowner is 100 percent satisfied.