The Differences and Similarities of a Sunroom and a Solarium

If you are in the market for an addition to the back of your home to let sunlight and the great outdoors in, then a sunroom or solarium are wise choices indeed.

There are some similarities and some differences that you need to know about before making your final decision. By knowing a little bit about these, you are that much more informed.


Sunrooms are typically built with walls of glass from the floor to the ceiling with an enclosed rooftop. Sunrooms also offer the option of screens for the window portions of the walls. The screens are easily replaced with storm windows for colder weather.

Sunrooms are usually attached to the back of the house overlooking a pool or a garden.

These types of additions are typically insulated to be used as seasonal or all-weather rooms throughout the year.

Sunrooms are easily built on to your home as an add-on, and maintenance is fairly easy.


The most important distinction between sunrooms and solariums is the fact that a solarium is surrounded by glass on all sides, as well as on the roof. The glass roof of a solarium allows for a full view and full ambience of nature at all times.

Having a view of the sky is an added bonus in the resale of your home as it will entice more buyers as a selling point and it more than likely will bring more resale value. However, you will pay more up front for a solarium than for a sunroom.

Maintenance on a solarium roof is extremely difficult, however. Another disadvantage is that a solarium does not maintain temperatures well during the change of seasons or even for the summer. Heat from the sun can get uncomfortable during warmer weather.

While a sunroom may be more cost-effective as compared to a solarium, a solarium might bring more money on resale. A solarium is not as efficient for all-weather purposes as a year round sunroom is, and a solarium is not as easily attached to the back of a home as a sunroom is. Solariums are also used as stand-alone rooms or greenhouses due to the difficulty of building one attached to your home.

Knowing these few differences and similarities will hopefully make your purchase a little easier. Whatever you decide, upgrading your home with either a solarium or sunroom is a great idea.

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