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January 8, 2013

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

Filed under: Sunrooms — Tags: , , , , — Sunrooms by Brady @ 12:56 pm

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…)

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…)

June 7, 2012

What does low e mean and how does it make glass better?

Filed under: Glass — Tags: , , , , , , , — Sunrooms by Brady @ 2:09 pm

Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with all the specific terms and phrases if you aren’t involved in the industry personally. That’s why we want to give you the chance to learn about the products we use and why! Today we explain low e glass and its benefits.

Windows are obviously a very important part of sunrooms!“Low e” is short for “low emissivity” or if you want to get even more accurate, “low thermal emissivity”. Reflectivity is inversely related to emissivity. All materials have a value for reflectivity and emissivity. For instance, a red brick has an emissivity of 0.9 and a reflectance of 0.1. Glass is naturally a high emissivity material with a low reflectance value (when viewed at a 90 degree angle). (more…)

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