A solarium is a type of sunroom that’s almost entirely made out of glass. The glass can be insulated so the room can be heated and cooled with an individual room heating and cooling unit, giving you year-round use of your new space.
- Since solariums are built with so much glass, they provide unobstructed views of the outdoors and a new living space full of natural light.
- If you want the most natural light possible and a near-unobstructed view of the night sky, a glass roof is a much better option than skylights.
- Because solariums allow so much natural light to enter the room, they’re often used as greenhouses for flowers or plants that need a lot of sun.
A Gambrick Solarium is built differently than most other sunroom contractors because we don’t use kits or aluminum framing. Our solariums are built on a full concrete foundation, with framed walls, steel or engineered wood support beams, and true windows and doors.
We use real windows and doors in our solariums instead of glass panels so they can operate just like a normal sunroom.
Because of how we build our solariums, the design options are nearly limitless.
A Gambrick sunroom can be designed to match the look of your home, or it can be something unique that stands out. Each of our sunrooms is 100% custom-built and tailor-fit to the client’s style, needs, and budget.
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What Is a Solarium?
A solarium is a sunroom that’s almost entirely made out of glass. This includes glass walls and a glass ceiling. They can be insulated, heated, and cooled just like a traditional sunroom, can be built as all-season rooms, and can be integrated into the footprint of your home as additional living space.
Because of the glass roof, solariums make a great greenhouse. If you want as much natural light as possible, a solarium is what you’re looking for. However, because of all that sun, they tend to get hot, so a cooling system is recommended.
Why Add a Solarium?
Solariums provide more natural light than any other sunroom design due to their glass roof. If you want the maximum amount of natural light possible and a near-unobstructed sky view, then a solarium is your best bet.
Due to all that sunlight, solariums tend to get hot during the day. But to counteract this we install cooling systems in the room to bring in fresh air when needed. It’s a good idea to install a heating and cooling unit just for the solarium because its temperature is harder to control than a traditional home.
At Gambrick, we build solariums that are a hybrid between a traditional sunroom and a full solarium. This is because we don’t use aluminum frames or kits. Our solariums are built on a full concrete foundation and use framing, steel, and engineered lumber. We install actual operable windows and doors instead of glass panels and our glass roofs do not have to cover the entire roof, so you can limit how much sun you get.
Because of how we build our solariums, they can be used as a four-season room and integrated into the home’s floor plan.
On the exterior, our solariums can match the style of the home so they flow with the home’s design instead of looking like a tacked-on metal and glass cage.
How We Build Solariums
Gambrick builds solariums differently than most other sunroom contractors because we don’t use kits or aluminum frames. Each of our solariums is built on a full concrete foundation that supports the weight of the walls and roof. This allows us to use heavier materials than the lightweight glass panels used in most cheaper solariums.
We use full-size framing including steel and engineered wood, not aluminum. This allows us to install actual operational windows and doors that match the home. For this reason, our solariums flow better with the home’s style and don’t look like a metal and glass cage stuck to the house.
Our glass roof can be full or partial, this allows us to control the amount of natural light coming into the room. If you plan on using the solarium as a greenhouse, a full glass roof would be better. But if it’s living space, a partial glass roof is the best option because you limit how much light and heat enters the room.
Another advantage of how we build our solariums is privacy. Because we frame more traditionally, we can use blinds to close the windows when necessary.
How Are Solariums Insulated?
Solariums with glass and aluminum frames are almost all glass, so the only insulation comes from the glass itself, frames offer very little. For this reason, they’re not as well insulated as the home and can’t be integrated. However, we build our solariums differently.
At Gambrick, we build solariums with a full foundation and an insulated floor. We then use steel and/or engineered wood framing, allowing us to install operational insulated windows and doors, which provide more R-value than simple glass panels.
Our glass ceilings can be full or partial. When a partial glass roof is used, we can install lots of insulation in the surrounding areas.
Because our solariums are better insulated than those built out of aluminum and glass, we can integrate them into the floor plan of the home, which counts as living space.
On the exterior, since we use operational windows and doors, the room can flow with the style of the house instead of looking tacked on as an afterthought.
Do Solarium Windows Open?
Most solariums do not use windows that open and close. Typically the walls and roof are made from glass panels with an aluminum frame. However, in a solarium built by Gambrick, the windows are fully operational.
We build our solariums a little differently than most sunroom contractors because we use a full concrete foundation, framing, and regular windows that open and close. This provides better functionality, and more insulation, and makes the solarium look more like a traditional sunroom than a glass room.
Sunroom Contractors NJ
A beautiful new solarium offers additional space while you comfortably enjoy nature, no matter the outside temperature.
At Gambrick, we design and build beautiful naturally lit sunroom additions for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. With our one-of-a-kind designs and high-quality materials, you can rest assured that your sunroom will last for decades.
As a top sunroom contractor and home builder in NJ, we’ll design and build a sunroom tailored to your home’s design and style. With Gambrick, you can enjoy a stress-free design and construction process that includes:
- Free on-site consultation and an accurate estimate of what we’ll need to create your dream space.
- Trained and experienced experts to help you customize your ideal cathedral sunroom.
- Thermal efficiency designs so you can enjoy warm temperatures in the colder seasons.
- Complete construction of your sunroom to seamlessly blend your new year-round sunroom addition into the existing architecture.
- We’re a full-service construction company that can do other projects while building your sunroom.
We believe a NJ sunroom contractor should provide excellent customer care and quality construction. Our values shine in every step of the construction process to ensure your satisfaction.
No matter the size of your project, our experienced designers and craftsmen provide a smooth process to create a beautiful and relaxing respite for you and your family.
The Difference Is in Our Sunrooms and Customer Service
What sets Gambrick apart from other sunroom contractors in the area is the expertise and experience of our crews. We build Custom Luxury Homes, ADU Buildings, Tiny Homes, Decks, Custom Concrete products, Hand Made Wood Furniture, and a lot more. There’s no other construction company in NJ that has the skill we have to build just about anything you need.
It’s very rare to only build a sunroom. Most clients typically want a deck, patio, or other work done along with their new sunroom. That’s where Gambrick can help. We’re a full-service construction company that can take care of all your needs while we build your new sunroom.
- Modern and thermally efficient materials.
- Unique design options tailored to each client.
- In-home free estimates as well as online.
- We use the best windows and doors.
- Professional installation services.
- Fast project completion timelines.
- A fantastic Warranty.
- We also build decks, do landscaping, and hardscaping.
We want you to be satisfied with your sunroom for years to come. We’re a full-service construction company in New Jersey and can also take care of repairs, maintenance, and other projects while building your sunroom. No other sunroom contractor in NJ can offer that level of service.
Sunroom Additions in New Jersey
At Gambrick, we go above and beyond to ensure that your sunroom meets the needs of your home and family. Unlike other sunroom contractors that offer the cheapest additions possible, we focus on providing the highest quality and value for your budget. All of our sunrooms are highly energy-efficient, modern, extremely well insulated, and use the finest windows and doors. This provides the maximum insulation possible, saving you money on long-term energy costs.
From traditional designs to modern architecture, our New Jersey sunrooms are designed to enhance the look of any style home. We build a variety of sunroom types that can fit just about any home.
Here’s an overview of the basic sunroom designs we offer.
- All-Season Rooms: Our all-season rooms are fully enclosed, heated and cooled, and designed to be used all year long.
- Cathedral Sunrooms: A cathedral sunroom can take your home to the next level of luxurious living with vaulted ceilings, skylights, and tons of natural light.
- Gabled Sunrooms: Our gabled New Jersey sunrooms will maximize the light and living space of your family’s home.
- Integrated Sunrooms: Integrated sunrooms are designed to seamlessly blend into the unique architecture of your home by removing the wall connecting the main home to the sunroom. This creates a seamless flow from the house into the sunroom.
- Patio Enclosures: Turn your existing patio into a more livable space with a custom-built patio enclosure.
- Three Season Rooms: Our three-season sunrooms are designed to withstand the elements but aren’t full heated and cooled.
- Solariums: There’s no better sunroom design than the stunning, full-glass construction of an energy-efficient solarium.
- Custom: We’ll design and build you a one-of-a-kind sunroom to meet any aesthetic.
With top-notch service and the highest-quality sunroom additions in the industry, you can’t go wrong with Gambrick.
Because Gambrick is raising local expectations of what a New Jersey business can and should be. Specializing in sunrooms, ADU buildings, custom homes, Green building practices, Energy Star, and ultra-energy-efficient homes like Passive House and LEED.
We primarily build in Ocean County & Monmouth County New Jersey, but also offer select services in the following NJ Counties: Gloucester | Warren | Middlesex | Cape May | Hunterdon | Burlington | Passaic | Atlantic | Mercer | Hudson | Essex | Sussex | Cumberland | Salem | Union | Somerset | Morris | Camden | Bergen | Sussex | Essex |
We deliver Tiny Homes, sheds, concrete countertops, fire pits, fire tables, concrete planters, furniture, and other custom-built products anywhere in the continental United States. For delivery to other areas contact us for information.
I want to build a Custom Sunroom in NJ – what’s first?
Because building a new sunroom can be an overwhelming process. At Gambrick, one of our fundamental objectives is achieving the highest standards of architectural design and construction. Give us a call or email and we’ll help you design and build your brand new sunroom.