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April 19, 2013

What to Consider When Planning for a New Sunroom

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Picture 050Getting a new sunroom is exciting! Sunrooms are very easy to enjoy all year round, no matter the season or weather. Many options are available, from installing an entirely new separate sunroom as an addition to remodeling an existing room into a paradise made of windows. Take some time to consider the sunroom that you truly want and you will end up enjoying it much more in your everyday life. (more…)

March 6, 2013

Preparing Your Sunroom for Spring

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Sunroom in the sunDaylight Saving Time begins on Sunday! As many of you already know, the rules of Daylight Saving Time are “Spring Forward, Fall Back,” helping everyone remember that in the spring, you should turn your clocks forward.  This means we’ll gain an hour of sunlight at the end of each day. Sunroom owners everywhere will be rejoicing! That is, everywhere except Arizona and Hawaii – they don’t observe Daylight Saving Time, and so nothing will change for them.

In New England, the sun has been setting between five and six pm each night. Sunroom owners who work during the day have barely been able to appreciate their sunrooms at all during the winter. As we launch into spring with the clock change, these poor sunroom owners may be able to catch some rays if they rush right home right after the end of the traditional workday. (more…)

January 8, 2013

Should I worry about snow build-up on the roof of my sunroom?

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Snowy SunroomSince there are many more windows in a sunroom than in most normal rooms, it’s pretty reasonable to be concerned that it might not be able to support the heavy snow that accumulates all winter long here in New England. The good news is that when it comes to Brady-Built Sunrooms, there’s nothing to worry about.

Every Brady-Built Sunroom is designed for the specific location in which it will be installed. Building codes are very strict about taking snow and wind loads into consideration when designing walls and roofs, including glass surfaces. Brady-Built always designs to exceed the code required loading. In New England, snow load requirements range from 30PSF to 120PSF. When you consider that snow weighs between 7 PCF (pounds per cubic foot) and 20 PCF, the building code assumes a tremendous amount of snow build up on a roof. Wind load requirements range from 90MPH up to 120MPH. In some locations there are special regulations for hurricane loads, and these are also part of our design considerations. (more…)

December 20, 2012

Why do we use laminated wood instead of solid sawn wood?

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Brady-Built uses laminated wood for three reasons: beauty, structural strength and environmental benefits.  The beauty of natural wood speaks for itself.  It’s hard to imagine anyone preferring the look of extruded aluminum or vinyl over wood.  Taking that wood and laminating it takes it one step further, resulting in a very distinctive aesthetic, yet retaining the warmth and appeal of this natural product.

The structural advantages of southern yellow pine (sometimes called long leaf pine) are well known.  It is a particularly fine grained, dense, and strong variety of wood.  For example, southern yellow pine is about 50% to 60% stronger than eastern white pine, which is the most commonly used wood for framing houses in New England.  Because southern yellow pine is relatively hard, it also resists denting better than most other softwoods.  (more…)

November 16, 2012

Press Release – Brady-Built Sunrooms has teamed up with Janco

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Brady-Built Sunrooms announced the signing of an agreement with Janco Greenhouses, Inc. in which Brady-Built will be the exclusive reseller of Janco Greenhouse products in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York.  With this agreement, Janco will be the exclusive reseller of Brady-Built’s sunroom products in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and Washington, DC.  Bob Wironen, General Manager and CEO of Brady-Built Sunrooms, said, “This agreement represents a major step forward in our strategy to expand our product offerings while leveraging the skills of our workforce.  It also opens a whole new geographic market for our hand crafted laminated wood sunrooms.”  Brady-Built and Janco recently kicked off the new relationship by showing their respective products at The Big E in Springfield, MA, as well as The Boston Fall Home Show in Wilmington, MA.

Brady-Built has been custom building hand crafted laminated wood sunrooms in Auburn, MA for over 35 years.

Janco Greenhouses, Inc. was founded in 1948 and has shipped over 30,000 aluminum greenhouses, counting The White House, the Department of Agriculture and countless prestigious institutions and private homeowners among their satisfied customers.

November 5, 2012

How do we make curved laminated wood beams?

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Many of our beautiful Brady-Built sunrooms feature elegant curved wooden beams, but did you know how those pieces were made? It’s quite a process, but we need to make sure each piece passes all of our quality tests to give our customers the best possible sunroom. This month we want to share more about how our curved laminated wood beams come to be. (more…)

October 17, 2012

Enjoying Sunrooms in the Fall: It’s the little things…

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The leaves in fall are beautiful!Sunrooms aren’t just for summer! Just because the summer heat has faded does not mean you need to close your sunroom. You may not be relaxing with the windows open any more, but don’t let that stop you. Here are a few small ways you can keep enjoying your sunroom even as the days get chillier. (more…)

September 28, 2012

How can I get the most out of my sunroom?

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With any investment like a sunroom, you want to be sure you are making the best decisions possible to get the most bang for your buck. Here are a few tips on how to accomplish just that:

1. Make sure you install it in a sunny spot. Sunrooms are meant to let in light, but they can’t if you install yours on the dark side of your house! Here in the northern hemisphere, the sunniest side of the house is usually the southern side, while the northern side stays mostly in the shade. If the south side of your home has no room for a sunroom, consider installing the addition on the east side if you are a morning person and enjoy the sunrise, or on the west side if you’d like to enjoy beautiful evenings and sunsets. (more…)

August 13, 2012

Five Fun Summer Sunroom Activities

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Sunrooms by BradyThere is an abundance of ways to enjoy your sunroom, but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with new ideas. Here are a few great ideas that won’t cost you much. Warning: these activities can lead to feelings of satisfaction and enjoyment, so proceed with caution!

1. Read. There’s no better way to read a book than in the comfort of your own sunroom, basking in the warm rays. Furnish your sunroom with the most comfortable couch you can find. Get lost in your favorite novel or pick up a new best seller! (more…)

July 10, 2012

What is the difference between R values and U values when talking about insulation?

Filed under: Insulation — Tags: , , , — Sunrooms by Brady @ 9:45 am

InsulationIt’s important to use the right materials when building any part of your home or you could be looking at some serious unexpected damage from the weather, pests, or any number of problems. Here at Brady-Built Sunrooms, we like to keep our customers informed so they understand the choices we’ve made in building their top quality sunroom. (more…)

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