How can I keep the dirt, pollen, and sand out of my screened sunroom?

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How can I keep the dirt, pollen, and sand out of my screened sunroom?

Asked by Debi Reiss

I am not heating or cooling the area. One contractor told me Plexiglas would be better; then I had another say, "no, vinyl pane is your best bet." I can't seem to find the pros and cons of glass, vinyl pane, or Plexiglas. Can you advise?

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Polly Osborne, FAIA, LEED AP's picture

It seems a shame to close in this porch if you are not heating or cooling it in such a hot and humid place as Florida.

  • I'm not sure this would work, but what if you installed a misting system to settle the dust instead of trying to keep it out?
  • Or, if the climate is too humid for that, what about blowers that are at the house side so it blows dust away and also cools the people in the room?

I know I'm not answering your question about these glazing materials with suggestions, but a sunroom is usually on the south side of the house, and I don't want you to roast.

Of the choices you mentioned, however, I would go with a low-E glass. The technology is evolving all the time and you can get a very efficient system these days.

I would be sure to allow plenty of ventilation.