Even before sunroom installation can start, you must look into the following aspects preferably with the Knoxville contractor you hired for the job. Doing so means a greater likelihood for enjoying the finished sunroom, not to mention getting the best value for your money.
Compare the Sunrooms
Don’t place yourself at a disadvantage by choosing the first sunroom design that comes your way. You must always compare the sunrooms based on their costs in relation to their features, options and expected benefits. Your budget for the planned sunroom should ideally be the barometer by which the sunrooms will be measured. If money is no object, however, you must still compare the sunrooms based on other criteria. For example, you may want cathedral ceilings, glass walls and other luxurious touches like remote-controlled blinds. Keep in mind that when the Knoxville contractor starts work on the sunroom installation, your decision to make changes to the original design can be costly – and that is something you may not want to spend more money on.
See the Sunrooms
You have to see the model sunroom with your own two eyes. Most manufacturers and contractors have showrooms where clients can see full-sized models of the sunrooms. Why see the sunrooms? You have a better idea of just how large each one is, how it will look when annexed to your house, and how it can be decorated once installed.
Check the Energy Efficiency
In almost every step of the sunroom installation, you must discuss its energy efficiency levels with the general contractor. This is especially true for four-season sunrooms where the heating and cooling bills must be considered during construction. You will pay for the bills in the future, after all, so start ensuring that the sunroom uses materials with excellent Energy Star ratings.
Look into Insurance
This is not just the insurance coverage on the sunroom as an attachment to the main residential structure although it is also important. Before starting on sunroom installation, you must ask the general contractor about the workers’ compensation insurance on their workers. It must be noted that you are liable for damages when the skilled laborers working on the sunroom suffer from injuries during its installation. With workers’ compensation insurance in place, you can avoid possible liabilities.
Ask About Subcontracting Arrangements
Many general contractors hire sub-contractors to perform part or all of the work involved in the sunroom installation. Again, be sure to check into the reliability of the sub-contractors (i.e., insurance, track record, and licenses) to be on the safe side.
But it must be said that sub-contracting jobs on the sunroom may not be a good idea. You are well-advised to choose a general contractor that will use its own workforce to actually work on the project. This will lessen future problems with the installation because you will only be dealing with a single entity instead of several parties.
Aside from the abovementioned factors, you must also look into the appropriate permits for the sunroom installation. The general contractor must either provide guidance on this matter or secure the permits as part of the package. You want to be on the right side of the law in this regard.