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Get More out of Your Home with Custom Sunroom Extensions

We understand the importance of creating an outdoor space that can be used all year round. A sunroom extension is a fantastic way to achieve this, but we often get asked if it is cheaper than a traditional extension, if planning permission is needed, and if it is possible to extend a sunroom? In this article, we will answer these questions and provide valuable insights into the benefits of adding a sunroom to your home.

Is a sunroom cheaper than an extension?

One of the main advantages of adding a sunroom extension to your home is that it is often less expensive than a traditional extension. This is because a sunroom typically does not require the same level of structural work that a traditional extension would require. Additionally, materials used for a sunroom can be less expensive than traditional building materials, which may make it a more

relaxing glass sunroom by the fireplace
screened patio with a garden view and in built dining room

Do you need planning permission for sunroom extensions?

Planning permission requirements for a sunroom extension vary depending on your state, location and the size and type of the extension you are planning to build. Your local Spanline team are experts in the requirements of your area. For every project we complete, Spanline takes care of every step of the process, from onsite inspections to custom designs and council plans and approvals^, so you can relax and enjoy the process of creating your dream home. Our licensed builders are here to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience.

Can you extend a sunroom?

Yes, it is possible to extend an existing sunroom. If you already have a sunroom and want to add a further extension, it’s important to work with an experienced contractor who can assess the existing structure and ensure that the extension is seamlessly integrated. Alternatively, you may look at remodelling the existing design to incorporate extra glass or to include additional design elements such as an opening pergola roof to open up to the outside.

Here are some ideas to think about when designing a sunroom to ensure it has the wow factor:

  • Choose the right glazing.
  • Incorporate innovative design features.
  • Consider the use of smart home technology to enhance the functionality of the space.

By using Spanline’s high-quality products, such as Spanlites® clear roofing sheets and Ezi Struct® insulated roof panels, you can create a sunroom extension that is both beautiful and functional. Spanlites® provide natural light whilst the Ezi Struct® range of products provides excellent insulation, making the space comfortable and enjoyable all year round.

screened patio with a garden view and in built dining room
sunroom extensions overlooking glorious scene

Is adding a sunroom worth it?

Sunroom extensions are a significant investment for any homeowner, and it’s natural to wonder whether the investment is worth it. Sunrooms provide a versatile space that can be enjoyed throughout the year. A sunroom allows homeowners to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while being protected from the elements, making them an ideal space for relaxation, entertainment, or even a home office.

Spanline’s Exclusive Home Addition Materials Do Most of the Work

By adding Spanline’s Ezi Struct® insulated roof panels and Spanlites® clear roofing sheets to your sunroom, you can ensure that it is a comfortable space all year round. Our Ezi Struct® insulated roof panels offer excellent thermal qualities, keeping the sunroom warm in winter and cool in summer, while our Spanlite® clear roofing sheets provide natural light and give the sunroom a bright and airy feel. To further enhance the functionality of the sunroom, you can add Spanline’s Skylux® opening roof system, which can be controlled via a Bluetooth app, providing you with maximum flexibility in how you use the space.

huge tiled screened glass room with dining set and view of garden
huge tiled screened glass room with dining set and view of garden

A Stunning Spanline Sunroom

It gets very cold in Blayney and even snows in the winter months. Some even say it’s the coldest place in NSW!

Mr & Mrs Thompson wanted an outdoor area they could use regardless of the elements. Their new Glassroom changed the way they thought about winter. Now they can’t wait to get the neighbours over for a warm cuppa.

A sunroom extension can be a cost-effective way to create additional living space and increase the functional space in your home. Whether you’re looking to extend an existing sunroom or build a new one, Spanline has a range of products to help you create the perfect outdoor space.

Spanline Can Help

We pride ourselves on our ability to design, manufacture, and install custom-made home additions such as glass and screened rooms, patios, and carports. We stay ahead of industry trends, utilise state-of-the-art technology, and employ a skilled team of professionals to ensure the highest quality products and installations. All of our products are designed and manufactured in Australia to withstand Australian conditions.

We take care of everything for you. Our licensed builders will organise onsite inspections, custom designs, council plans, 3D rendering of your project, and council approvals^.

We provide complimentary consultations, personalised design services, clear and honest quotes, and a warranty* of up to 15 years for both materials and services. We take pride in our exceptional after-sales support, which sets us apart from the rest.

Spanline takes immense pride in our accomplishments, and we are grateful for the consistent 5-star reviews from our satisfied customers.

Every Spanline builder holds a valid builder’s license and ensures that every member of your home addition team possesses their trade certificates. Our Design Advisors undergo continuous professional development in technical and design education, as well as customer support training, to provide you with the best possible service.

With 38 years of experience, we have witnessed countless customers improve the appeal of their homes by adding a sunroom. Allow us to bring your dream home to life with our expert design and construction services.

Spanline Mitchell Canberra provided a professional service, good design ideas, and a great building team leader . Thanks
leanne pagett
leanne pagett
From the design process with Jason to the build with Steve and Isaiah everything has been fantastic. Quality is fabulous, so pleased we have enclosed our patio, making a glass room. 100% recommend Spanline.
Jenny Anikin
Jenny Anikin
Aiden and the team were awesome to deal with nothing was to hard, Paul there builder is a top bloke did an absolutely amazing job couldn't fault a thing . I highly recommend these guys for any projects you may have planned.
rob mutton
rob mutton
Thanks Spanline team. I am soon to get a new Eclipse roof for my outdoor entertaining area.The team have provided great advice and service as we work out together the best options for me.Progress payments are also a benefit as we work through the various stages of the project.Regards,Jeff
Jeff Garner
Jeff Garner
Spanline Canberra - Especially Scott have been so amazing from the very beginning of installing my sunroom, I had and still have so many questions and he is always so willing to answer them and cross check everything so he has the right answer for me. He goes above and beyond answering my email after hours and on weekends which I think is just such amazing service . I can’t thank Scott and his team enough and I can’t wait for my sunroom to be finished in a couple of months
Well done Josh. Very professional job. We would definitely use Spanline again. Very happy with your work
I have referred Spanline Australia for many of my Clients in Sydney, who are in need of a quality crafted carport, patio or alfresco area, and we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. From start to finish, their team was professional, efficient, and highly skilled. The quality of their workmanship exceeded my expectations, and the final result truly enhances the appearance and functionality of my client’s homes. I highly recommend Spanline to anyone in need of outdoor living or improved home utility. They deliver top-notch service and outstanding results.
Nikki Quittner
Nikki Quittner
Extremely happy with completed roof we had Spanline Port Stephens erect over our external deck area. Their professionalism and attention to detail throughout our product selection / build process was amazing and we have received a great deal of positive feedback from our family and friends about the quality of the product and workmanship. Many thanks to Steve and Simone.
We have used Spanline for two renovations recently and couldn't be happier with the process, from Seb Godfrey coming out to measure and quote, to material selection and the build process.Where possible they sought to re-use existing materials and structures, offering different materials and options to really try and meet our budget and still get an amazing result.The workmanship is amazing and especially in the instance of our back deck it just linked the house and our yard together in a way our previous mod-wood deck (which was only two years old and had collapsed) simply could not.I cannot recommend Spanline highly enough. The initial quote may seem expensive but I can't reiterate the work quality, the dedication of the staff and the end product is absolutely worth it and I wish I had done it in the first place. I'm looking forward to working with them again in future for other renovations I'm planning.
Robert Barr
Robert Barr
I am extremely happy with my recent patio. The whole process was professional and a pleasure dealing with the whole spanline teamVery happy
Spanline recently installed an enclosed glass room on our back deck. They done an awesome job. From start to finish we found this company very professional to deal with. We are very happy with our new space. Great people. Will definitely use again.
mark gould
mark gould
From the initial contact with Chris and Mel, all dealings with Spanline people were positive and friendly. The team organised all necessities from Council approval, through the engineer drawing up the plans via an onsite visit, to the delivery and construction of the carport.I initially thought the timeframe was excessive but they moved my construction forward when there was a cancellation. Rain slowed things down but the carport was erected within 3 workable days (allowing for the curing of the concrete).Neighbours have remarked positively on the look of the carport and that it has enhanced the front of the house.Once the carport was erected, a local plumber completed the work by connecting the carport roofing to the required overflow pipes.In summary, a great piece of work, organised by a very friendly and professional organisation.
Colin Graham
Colin Graham

Spanline Expert Insights

  1. Sunroom extensions are a versatile and often cost-effective way to add living space to your home. By utilising natural light and high-quality materials, a sunroom can create a long-lasting, functional and aesthetically pleasing addition to your home.
  2. The key to creating a comfortable and functional sunroom extension is in the design and materials used. Spanline’s Ezi Struct® insulated roof panels and Spanlite® clear roofing sheets provide excellent insulation and natural light.
  1. Choosing the right glazing and roof design is crucial in creating a sunroom extension that blends seamlessly with your existing home. We offer a range of options for glazing and roof design.
  2. Incorporate smart home technology into your sunroom extension to enhance functionality and make your space more flexible. Spanline’s Skylux® opening roof system can be controlled via a Bluetooth app, and the adjustable louvres control how much light and air enters the space. Consider including smart glass panels that become opaque at the flick of a switch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a sunroom extension help reduce heating and cooling requirements in your addition?
The design of your sunroom needs to take into consideration your local climate. Be it tropical Darwin or chilly Hobart, designing for energy efficiency requires some expertise and there are many resources and tools available to assist.

Developed in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, the AccuRate program is the result of decades of experience and research in house energy modelling. The AccuRate software considers variables affecting energy efficiency, such as:

  • insulation
  • air leakage
  • thermal mass
  • window properties

The AccuRate software models various external shading structures that can impact a glass room, including:

  • neighbouring buildings
  • trees, and fences
  • external shading is essential for maintaining temperature in glass rooms.

Additionally, the Australian Glass and Window Association has developed a tool to calculate the savings that may be achieved through energy-efficient glazing. This tool compares window selections to a base-level aluminium window with 3mm clear glass.

Your local Spanline Design Advisor will advise you on the options and designs available to help you maximise the potential energy efficiency of your sunroom.

How can I ensure that my sunroom extension is comfortable all year round?
The key to ensuring that your sunroom extension is comfortable all year round is in the design and materials used. Spanline’s Ezi Struct® insulated roof panels and Spanlites® clear roofing sheets are high-quality products. Used together they create a well-insulated space that also allows natural light to enter.

Other options include considering your landscaping. Planting a deciduous tree outside the sunroom will provide shade during summer, and let the sunlight in during winter.

How can I ensure that my sunroom extension is seamlessly integrated with my existing home?
Spanline’s team of experts can assess the existing structure and ensure that the extension is seamlessly integrated, both aesthetically and functionally. We have 38 years of experience in doing just that.
What are the benefits of a sunroom extension?
Sunroom extensions:

  • Allow homeowners to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while being protected from the elements.
  • Provide an ideal space for relaxation, and a space to unwind.
  • Increase the space within your home by providing a multi-functional area that can be used year-round.
How can I ensure that my sunroom extension meets local building codes and regulations?

Our team of experts know all about your local building codes. They can design and construct a sunroom extension that meets all requirements. We can help you get any required permits or approvals for your sunroom extension to ensure it meets all local regulations and requirements.^

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