6 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Old Skylight

Acrylic Skylight with large Holes on the SurfaceVelux America estimates that there are millions of acrylic skylights on American homes.  While they may still look alright from the inside, chances are it’s time to replace them with a more energy efficient Velux Skylight. Here are 6 problems with you might be seeing with your  acrylic skylight.

Energy Efficiency

Acrylic skylights are old technology like old single pane windows. They are not very good at keeping cold or heat from moving in and out of your house. Not only are the acrylic domes inefficient, they rest upon a 1/8” thick aluminum frame, which conducts unwanted additional heat in and out of your home. Condensation can collect on the inside of acrylic skylights and has to escape somehow, so it runs down the inside of the skylight chase, which just exacerbates the energy inefficiencies.  Velux glass skylights are double-paned and can be as much as 45% more efficient than their acrylic counterparts.


Acrylic skylights last about 15-20 years. The acrylic material deteriorates with age and cracks often start appearing after just 15 years in service. By comparison, Velux skylights are manufactured with long lasting tempered safety glass and installed with several layers of leak prevention.

Light Distortion

Acrylic skylights most often utilize two layers of bubbled acrylic installed one above the other with a simple layer of air between. Sometimes they are tinted to try and reduce heat and glare. With Velux glass skylights you get natural light, negligible distortion, with minimal heat and minimal UV light.


Acrylic skylights have a reputation for leaks. The best option is to replace it with a Velux skyight. Not only do most of the Velux skylights have a 10 year “No Leak” warranty, they will quickly recoup replacement costs with improved energy efficiency.

Hail Damage Could Be Yours after the Next Storm

Most acrylic skylights which are more than 10 years old, are fragile enough that they will shatter in the next hailstorm.  This is what happened in a hailstorm in Fredericksburg, TX this past June. Solar Texas assisted numerous homeowners with skylight replacement.

Replacing Your Roof?Velux Skylight mounted on a Shingle Roof

If you’re getting ready to replace your roof, you’re already investing in your home. Many homeowners find that when the roofers peel back the existing roof that there is enough damage to acrylic skylights that they need to be replaced, too.

We’re happy to discuss upgrading your acrylic skylight to a more energy efficient Velux product like the fresh air solar skylight (hyperlink). The difference in the look of your room will amaze you and you will wonder why you took so long to make the change.

We offer free, no-obligation quotes in San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Schertz, Castroville and the entire region.


VELUX Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight Now Available in San Antonio

The new solar powered “Fresh Air” venting skylight from Velux USA is now available from Solar Texas. The remote controlled solar powered venting skylight requires no wiring, which makes for an easy and cost effective installation. The solar panel works on cloudy days and with indirect light and the skylight has an integrated rain sensor to close the skylight automatically in inclement weather.

“This product will dramatically change your home,” says Tony Stephenson, president of Solar Texas.  “The natural light will make your kitchen countertops pop and wash your home in beautiful sunlight.”

The Fresh Air Skylight comes in 8 different sizes with a multitude of options for blinds, too. When you order blinds with your skylight, the skylight and blind will arrive pre-programmed to one remote control.  Eight factory-installed blinds are available as are over 80 special order blinds.

Both the product and installation qualify for a 30 percent federal tax credit, meaning that homeowners can receive an average of $850 of federal tax credit eligibility, making the new fresh air skylight very affordable. Visit www.veluxusa.com/taxcredits for details and access to an easy-to-use federal tax credit estimator.

The Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight is also a No Leak Skylight and carries the VELUX 10-year installation warranty plus 20-years on glass, 10-years on product, and 5-years on blinds and controls.

Call Solar Texas at 210-669-2504 to add the Fresh Air Skylight to your home!

Bring Light to Attics and Bonus Rooms

Bring Natural Light and Ventilation to Attic Rooms with Velux Skylights

Attics and bonus rooms lurk in the darkness in many homes.  But with the additional natural light and fresh air venting skylights or roof windows provide, underutilized, gloomy space can easily become inviting and productive.

“Whether as a playroom, home office, or extra bedroom, finishing or remodeling your bonus room with skylights or roof windows, which open wider to provide egress, may be the highest value, yet lowest cost per square foot option you can choose,” says Joe Patrick, senior product manager for VELUX America.

Patrick says that converting upstairs areas and adding balanced lighting with energy-efficient skylights makes expensive dormers unnecessary.   “Labor and material costs can be reduced,” he says,  “and finished attics and bonus rooms typically appraise at 100 percent of the value of other living space while basements typically do not.”

Patrick points out that another reason to consider skylights is that they admit 30 percent more light than vertical windows in dormers, and provide the drama of a sky view that can’t be achieved with vertical windows.  “And skylights, whether fixed or venting, which can be fitted with interior blinds and shades or exterior awnings, offer much more privacy than vertical windows,” he says.  There are also skylights available with electrochromic glass that can be tinted electronically by remote control to control light and heat gain while still providing the view to the sky, Patrick points out.

For a free in-home evaluation and assistance in choosing the right skylight products to bring additional natural light and ventilation into your home, contact Solar Texas at tony@soltx.com or 210-669-2504.

For government information on window and skylight energy efficiency visit Energy Star  and for independent agency information visit www.nfrc.org or www.efficientwindows.org.



Choose the Right Skylight for the Job–Part 2

Sun Tunnels are a great economic choice for bringing natural light into a room, but they’re not appropriate in all rooms for all people.  Velux provides the ultimate in natural light control with its skylight and roof window range paired with a wide variety of shades and blinds. When the home or business owner wants that “WOW” factor, nothing beats the jaw-dropping architectural impact and mood-enhancing flexibility of Velux skylights.  Velux skylights add natural light and make the room appear more three dimensional. Manual and powered shades and blinds add another level of control. More information can be found on the Velux site.

Velux skylights are made to fit almost any application: from the smallest bathroom to multiple “Combi” units on large commercial structures. They’re made narrow enough to fit between rafters and wide enough to span multiple rafters. The FCM model in many cases, can be retrofitted to the base of existing domed acrylic skylight installations, thereby substituting the longer lasting glass and associated energy efficiencies for the less efficient and shorter lasting acrylic skylights.

Velux skylights can be fitted to almost any roof. Skylights can be fixed, opened manually with a rod from the inside, or electrically operated by remote control. The electric opening skylights have rain sensors. Even if the homeowner has gone to the store and forgotten about the open skylight, a drop of rain on the rain sensor will automatically trigger the skylight to close. Blinds and shades can also be operated with the same remote control.

Velux also manufactures solar blinds. The operating unit is run by a battery pack recharged from a small solar photovoltaic panel positioned on the top of the unit. Mains electrical power is not required. These units are commonly fitted to fixed skylights.

In choosing a skylight or multiple skylights, measure the surface area of the room to be lit. Multiply the room’s surface area by between 5% and 10% for the amount of skylight area needed. Choose 5% if the room is already moderately well lit by windows. Choose 10% for dark rooms. Measure the distance between rafters and choose the appropriately sized skylight configuration from the wide selection at Velux.  Or contact Solar Texas and our Velux –certified professionals will visit with you and discuss the wide range of choices and styles available.


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.