What is the difference between a 3-season room and 4-season room? While there are many differences in features and cost, the function can be similar depending on the climate you live in.
When you live in the Carolina’s (Charlotte, NC), the climate is rarely extremely cold and when it is extremely hot, a roof takes a lot of the bite out of the heat. A 4-season room would typically be additional heated living area (HLA) and have air conditioning as well. By most building codes, this also requires that a remodeling contractor insulate the ceiling, walls, and floors. It also makes it necessary to do a termite treatment, install a vapor barrier, temper any glass that is too close to the floor or doors, etc… All of these requirements drive up the cost to perhaps $150 – $200 per square foot depending on how large the space is and how many features you want included in the construction. When we talk about 3-season rooms, we are typically talking about a screen porch or a porch with retractable windows like EZE Breeze. This is the consummate outdoor living room concept that still gives you the feeling of being outside and inside and the same time. These rooms can run from anywhere from $50 – $75 per square foot again depending on the materials and size specifications.
So to recap the differences between the 3-season and 4-season room, there is a large price difference, feature difference, but if you live in a temperate climate, the functionality can be very similar! To gain more ideas, visit www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see hundreds of photos!