Sunrooms are a great way to feel like you’re outdoors without any of the downsides. You can read without the wind blowing the pages of your book out of order.
Even the insects shouldn’t be able to get you. They’re great for the atmosphere, but what happens when you need to repair a wall panel? Here’s everything I learned when replacing our sunroom wall panel.
If you want to replace your sunroom wall panels, then you simply need to pry the old panels off.
Once you do this, measure your new panels so they fit in where the old panel was. Screw them onto the wall, and then sand them down if you need to.
Is It Better To Replace Or Repair Sunroom Wall Panels?
I wish that sunrooms were indestructible, but repairs are always inevitable. After all, we have sunrooms to enjoy the outdoors without the downsides.
If you want to read a book in the sun, you can, without the risk of the wind blowing your pages out of order.
But when the rain starts coming in, and the insects are finding their way inside, you know you have a problem.
Your sunroom should keep those things out, so why are they coming in? That means you need to think about replacing or repairing your sunroom.
Sometimes sunroom repairs are simple, and you can do them on your own. But in other cases, you might have to replace your sunroom.
If you’re able to repair your wall panels, it’s fine, but when you need to replace them, it can be a challenge.
When you replace your wall panels, you’ll need to check that you have the right replacements. Some challenges might get in your way.
If you installed your sunroom a while ago, the manufacturer might not have the right supplies. They also might no longer be in business. If so, you might have no choice but to replace your entire sunroom.
If your manufacturer is still in business, I’ve got some good news. Replacing your wall panels isn’t as tricky as it looks.
The Different Types Of Sunroom Wall Panels
When you’re replacing your wall panels, you should consider the type of materials you can use. Here are a few examples and why they might be right for you.
Acrylic panels are popular as they’re lightweight, durable and easy to install. You can buy them in different colors, and they offer good insulation.
They’re also known to block harmful UV rays and reduce glare while sitting inside.
But the downside is they can get scratched and acrylic discolors over time.
Glass panels are another popular choice, as they allow you to see outside without any trouble. You can customize them, and they have a pretty long lifespan, and you don’t need to do much maintenance.
Not only are they expensive, but they can be a challenge to install too. Plus, they’re not the most durable.
Hybrid panels are a great combination of glass and polycarbonate panels. They’re strong, insulated, and customizable.
While they may not offer the same clear views as glass and are a little more expensive, it’s also more durable.
If you want to focus on insulation, then this is your best bet. Insulated panels are energy efficient and can handle extreme weather.
They’re more expensive, and you can’t see as well out of them, but you’ll be able to relax no matter the weather.
Multi-wall panels are also great for insulation. They’re strong and durable and reduce glare in hot spots. You can also install them on curved surfaces.
Despite that, they can be difficult to cut and install, and you might not have the best views of them.
These panels are strong, lightweight, and the most durable of all the materials. You can find them in different colors and textures. Not only are they durable, but they’re energy-efficient and easy to install too.
While they’re durable, they can also scratch easily and aren’t as transparent. You might also have to be careful that they don’t turn yellow over time.
If you’re looking for lightweight and affordable, then vinyl panels may be your best bet. You can find them in a range of different colors and styles, and you can install them yourself.
They’re not as durable, and they aren’t as transparent, either. But they will also offer you more privacy and block harmful UV rays.
How To Replace Your Sunroom Wall Panels
Replacing your sunroom panels can refresh your sunroom. All you need to do is remove your old panels first. You’ll need a pry bar, a flathead screwdriver, and a drill to do this.
Next, you need to measure and cut your new panels. You’ll need to see how large the panels for your old ones are and cut your new ones to that size.
Once you measure and cut your panels, you need to install them. Get your screws, nails, and drill ready.
You can use a screwdriver, too, if you don’t want to use a drill. Slide your panel into the wall, ensure it fits, and secure it with screws or nails.
To finish it, you need to sand the rough edges with sandpaper and any areas where there was rough adhesive or caulk. Then prime and paint them to match your walls, and apply new caulk or adhesive to seal any gaps.
When you replace your sunroom panels, you should look after them carefully. Keep an eye on them to see if there’s any damage, so hopefully, you won’t need to replace them often.
As you can see, replacing the wall panels of your sunroom isn’t a challenge.
Once you know what materials you want to use, all you need to do is pry the old panels off and replace them with your new ones.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your sunroom manufacturer.