The Basics of Skylights

Velux Skylight Installation From Our Friends at VELUX AMERICA:

Rooms filled with natural light and fresh air are more beautiful, spacious and uplifting to our spirits.

“With added natural light and ventilation from skylights, homeowners have attractive and effective tools to balance the light and improve ventilation in their homes,” says Joe Patrick, senior product manager with VELUX America.

Patrick offers tips on the product categories available, how to choose the right product, installation information and tips on energy efficiency.

Product Selection

•  Skylights are used for overhead, out-of-reach applications or with in-reach applications where egress is not required.  Available models include electric  or manual venting, fixed with or without ventilation flap, and fixed for replacing faded plastic bubbles with clear, energy-efficient glass.  There are also models specially designed to meet code for safe use in hurricane-prone areas as well as models with electrochromic glass that can be lightened or darkened by remote control and that don’t restrict the view to the sky.

•  Roof windows are for in-reach applications offering egress as in finished attics.

•  VELUX SUN TUNNEL™ skylights are useful when a view to the outside is not needed as with closets, laundry rooms, pantries, hallways and second baths.

How to Choose

•  A complete selection of models, styles and sizes of the categories described are available.  Just consider your ceiling style and roof pitch and whether your home is constructed with trusses or rafters.

Accessories

•  A complete selection is available to control the light including translucent or light block shades, Venetian blinds and exterior heat block awnings.  Accessories, as well as electric skylights, can be operated by remote control.

Glazing

•  Energy-efficient tempered safety glass resists condensation, protects against fading and won’t discolor, leak, or allow drafts.  Models with electrochromic glass that darkens by remote control to reduce light and solar gain without restricting the view to the sky are also available.

Installation

•  Certified, local independent installers may be located by contacting your local Home Builders Association or through the product manufacturer.

Energy Efficiency

• Save money on utility bills by selecting quality products meeting Energy Star® approval guidelines and rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council.

Solar Texas is a 5 Star Skylight Specialist and can assist you with your next VELUX quote.

For government information on window and skylight energy efficiency visit www.energystar.gov, and for independent agency information visit www.nfrc.org or www.efficientwindows.org.

Velux Skylights

Velux Skylight in a bathroom install
The Velux Skylight Installed in a Bathroom

One of the most efficient and effective methods available to homeowners for bringing more and better natural light into a home is a Velux skylight. Today’s modern skylight is energy efficient and free of leaks. Plus, many Velux skylights qualify for federal energy rebates. Solar Texas is a 5 Star Velux Skylight Specialist. Call us today to find out how to add beautiful, natural light to your home…without adding to your electric bill.

Velux Sun Tunnels

Velux Sun Tunnel
The Velux Sun Tunnel adds Light in Small Spaces

Velux’s Sun Tunnel is a tubular skylight which is perfect for smaller interior areas including hallways, laundry rooms, closets, and some bathrooms. They capture light very efficiently through a clear, weatherproof dome on the roof.  The light travels into the home through highly reflective tubing, ending at a diffuser in the ceiling that looks like a traditional in-ceiling light fixture.

Solar Texas is a VELUX 5 Star Skylight Specialist providing evaluations and assistance in choosing the right skylight products to bring additional natural light and ventilation into homes.  The company provides homeowners one-stop convenience and guaranteed installation services for top-of-the-line traditional fixed and venting skylights, tubular skylights, and energy efficient glass replacement units for existing plastic bubble skylights.

Velux Sun Tunnels may be eligible for federal and local rebates.  Ask us for the latest information when you call for a quote!