The Easiest Way to Winterize Your Gazebo or Sunroom

Gazebos and sunrooms are fantastic home additions for people who love to be close to nature, even when there’s inclement weather afoot outside. These spaces offer full views of the outdoors, with the protection of an enclosure, giving you the best of both worlds. However, during the winter months, spending time in your gazebo or sunroom can be uncomfortable, thanks much in part to the cool temperatures that can set in because of heat loss through the windows.

Because gazebos and sunrooms are primarily comprised of windows and other softly insulated materials, the potential for heat transfer within them is enormous. Fear not, however: there are ways to insulate your gazebo or sunroom that are easy to apply and extremely inexpensive for everyday homeowners!

Polyurethane window plastic

One of the simplest ways to keep your enclosure warm is to stop the heat loss at its beginnings: the windows. Even eco-friendly windows with a high R-value are subject to excessive amounts of heat transfer, so wrapping them with window plastic in Ottawa is a great way to control the flow of heat.

Because plastic is an insulator, using a polyurethane plastic to tightly seal your windows can make all of the difference when it comes to increasing the insulation power of a gazebo or sunroom. If you figure that each window contributes equally to heat loss, then wrapping them all in plastic should have an inverse and highly desirable effect!

Perhaps the best part about using window plastic in Ottawa is its transparency. If properly applied over a window and stretched to remove any imperfections, a plastic window covering won’t impede your view of the outside world at all, allowing you to fully enjoy your sunroom or gazebo to its full effect, while still reaping the benefits of a warmer climate.

Plexiglas and acrylic window coverings

If you’re in need of stiffer, more insulated material to combat the cold invading your gazebo or sunroom, Plexiglas and acrylic can be two handy solutions available to you. Both of these materials will serve to mitigate heat transfer just like window plastic in Ottawa, however they’re far more resilient and can have a greater impact when the temperatures really start to fall.

Though these materials are a bit more expensive and a touch harder to install, their benefits over just a simple plastic covering are immediately noticeable. Both Plexiglas and acrylic have been known to improve the R-value of windows that they’re covering by a full point, equating to real dollars saved on heating costs over the winter months.

If you’re in for a mild winter, window plastic in Ottawa might very well do the trick for keeping your gazebo or sunroom warm—however if temperatures get to be too low, you may want to look into heavier options like Plexiglas or acrylic to encase your living space. Remember to visit Plastics and Signs of Ottawa for all of these materials and get your gazebo or sunroom insulated before you find yourself covering your windows in subzero weather!

Using Acrylic Sheets for Inside Storm Windows

When colder weather strikes and the snow begins to fall outside, your home’s R-value becomes one of the most important assets that you can rely on as a homeowner. What’s an R-value, you ask? Well, in short, the R-value of your home is the rating of how well it retains heat and keeps out the cold (likewise for the summer months)—it’s essentially how well your home is insulated. And while your home may have an exceptional R-value heading into winter, chances are, there are a few small things that you can do to make it even better.

One of these things is simple, extremely cost effective and takes very little time: installing a thin sheet of acrylic over the inside of your windows. Acrylic in Ottawa is one of the easiest home improvement materials to come by—especially if you’re shopping at Plastics and Signs of Ottawa. Obtaining a few sizeable strips and installing them as a secondary barrier to your windows will help to mitigate the flow of air through the glass, keeping your home better protected against unwanted temperature fluctuations.

How can acrylic in Ottawa help?

You may be asking yourself—how is a sheet of acrylic going to help me better defend my home against temperature loss? Well, for starters, acrylic is an insulator, meaning that it actually acts as a barrier against heat transfer, allowing you to keep warm temperatures where they need to be: inside of your home.

Another upside to acrylic is that it’s transparent and very hard to distinguish when placed up against a pane of glass. This means that you’ll be able to protect your home without tainting your view of the outside world. You’ll never even know that an acrylic pane is in place!

How to install it and where

Installing acrylic is an easy project that most homeowners can undertake by themselves: all you’ll really need is a sheet of acrylic and some Velcro. Head on down to Plastics and Signs of Ottawa to get your acrylic sheets, but be sure to measure your windows before you go, taking into account a light overhang where the Velcro will be attached to the window frame.

Once you’ve got a sizeable sheet for your window(s), attach one strip of Velcro to each corner and the attachment Velcro strips to the same area of your window frame. When you put the two together, the acrylic panel and the windowpane should line up perfectly, with no indication that anything is there except for the four small patches of Velcro holding it in place. That’s it—you’ve just insulated your windows against unwanted heat transfer!

You should repeat this process and install acrylic panes on any windows that are at ground level, for maximum results. It’s best to pay special attention to windows in larger rooms that may be harder to heat, as heat transfer tends to be a problem in rooms with a lot of windows or excessive room volume. Applying acrylic to your major living areas should be enough to keep your home toasty warm during the long winter ahead!