Can You Build a Sunroom On an Existing Deck?

Sep 03, 2020

Can You Build a Sunroom on an Existing Deck?Perhaps when you bought your home it came with a large deck. And while you love spending your summer days out there, maybe you and your family would get more out of it if the space was enclosed, allowing you to enjoy it year round. A sunroom is certainly an ideal option for this, but you may be wondering if you can build a sunroom on an existing deck. There are some factors to determine if this is possible for your home:

The Condition of Your Deck

The age, materials, and craftsmanship of your deck can all determine if it can handle the weight of a sunroom. If it’s a couple of decades old, built with ordinary plywood, or even poorly constructed, your deck most likely won’t be able to bear the added weight.

Snowy Winters

Living in a place that gets snow, like Michigan, should also be taken into consideration before installing a sunroom on your deck. You may not realize it, but a roof covered in snow can add thousands of pounds to the weight of the sunroom in the winter months, and some decks are not designed to handle that extra weight.

Building Codes

Even if your deck can bear the weight of a sunroom, building codes may prevent you from completing the project. Do some research on building codes in your area and consult with a reputable contractor, like TEMO Backyard Living, that knows all of the local regulations.

As outdoor living experts, we can help you determine if one of our top-quality sunrooms can be built onto your deck. After a thorough inspection, we can determine if modifications need to be made to your deck to help support the weight of the new structure, or if it may need to be rebuilt or removed in order to build a sunroom. Contact TEMO Backyard Living today to schedule a consultation.