Telling the Difference Between a Sunroom and a Solarium

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Did you know that a solarium is a specific type of sunroom? Find out more!

There are some major differences between solariums and sunrooms. In fact, the distinctions need to be made outright so homeowners can better understand which one is best suited for their specific needs and desires. Here is a helpful guide to better differentiate between sunrooms and solariums. 

Understanding Solariums

A solarium is a specific type of sunroom. In fact, solariums are considered to be made completely and utterly out of glass. The reality is, solariums are designed with a glass roof and glass walls. This means that they can be both heated and cooled. Ultimately, solariums are great all year round and can be used no matter the weather outside. For homeowners, solariums will provide such perks as unobstructed views because of the glass walls and incredible star-gazing abilities at night. However, solariums tend to be more expensive than other types of sunrooms and might be out of reach for some homeowners with a smaller budget in mind.


Sunrooms tend to be more affordable than their solarium counterparts. In fact, sunrooms are designed to provide homeowners with beautiful and expansive outdoor views without being made entirely from glass. Because they are not completely made of glass, homeowners can add sunroofs made of glass or panels to let the light shine through. However, sunrooms don’t allow as much natural light into your space as solariums do — but they’ll still provide a great place for the family to enjoy. 

Customizing Your Design Options

Depending on which one you choose — solariums or sunrooms — customizing your space is key. In fact, there are quite a few different ways you can customize the space to have it suit your ultimate needs and desires. There are a number of different window and door options to choose from to provide you with what you are looking for when it comes to your home addition. 

What’s the Bottom Line?

At the end of the day, there is nothing more difficult than deciding between a solarium or sunroom. In fact, making the most out of your home can be a daunting process for homeowners. However, being mindful to understand the differences between the most common home additions can help make the decision-making process a bit easier. 

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