If you are buying a new home or have been living in a house for some time, you may feel that various areas of the home needs more light. Yet, adding more light can mean adding to your power bill. In addition, you will need to do the electrical work to run to the new light fixtures. For many, if not most of us, this means hiring an electrician. If this doesn’t sound like an idea worth pursuing, you might want to consider skylights or sun tunnels. Nickerson Roofing will explain the purpose of skylights and sun tunnels and how they can benefit a home. You may find this is exactly what you are looking for!
Installing Natural Light Skylights
A skylight is the one most people know about and have seen. It’s a window that is mounted directly to your roof that brings in natural light and ventilation. This provides a large amount of natural light! You will typically see skylights used in big apartment stores and commercial buildings. However many homeowners are now using them to bring light into living rooms, attic spaces, and kitchens.
Sun Tunnel Skylight Installation
A sun tunnel is a tubular skylight. This tube extends from your roof, through your ceiling, into the room. Sun tunnels bring in less light then a skylight. Most people find it better to use sun tunnels in smaller areas like closets, hallways, smaller rooms and storage areas that don’t have any windows.
Benefits & Advantages to Skylights & Sun Tunnels
The main benefits homeowners find when they use skylights or sun tunnels is that the lighting system comes from natural light. The light directly from the sun is fed into your home without the added cost to your power bills. In error, many of us picture a giant window with the blazing sun blaring down on you. Rest assured this is not the case. Skylights do not use the same glass you have for your windows. Skylights use glass with safety glazing. In other words it is both a tempered and laminated glass that prevents breakage from the elements while filtering the light at the same time. It’s amazing to think that the glass prevents the sun’s heat from entering your home, yet still lets the light shine in.
Solar Skylights & Shades
Another more advanced option is solar skylights. This type of skylight absorbs the sunlight and charges a battery that opens and closes the skylight. This system allows more control of the sunlight entering your home, and adds better ventilation to your roof. While they cost more and seem unnecessary, you should know that in 2009 a law was enacted that gives those who purchase solar skylights a 30% tax reduction. This brings the cost down to about $200 for solar skylights. The blinds used on solar skylights reflect the sun rays and absorbs the heat making them even more beneficial. Nickerson Roofing’s preferred skylight brand in VELUX who offers the Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight available for both deck and curb mount installations. Contact us to learn more!
Skylight & Sun Tunnel Installation & Replacement in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California
Nickerson Roofing has been providing services for years, and has seen cases where the skylight or sun tunnel was not installed properly. Many homeowners reported leaks from their skylight and sun tunnels during rainy weather. Bu sure to have a professional like Nickerson Roofing with years of experience install your skylights and sun tunnels, if they seem to be the right choice for you. Contact us today to learn more!