30% Tax Credit for Skylights

Just announced, March 1st….it’s easier than ever to get that beautiful VELUX skylight you’ve always wanted!  In addition, the energy performance skylights eligible for the 30% tax credit will provide features you might not have considered AND the cost of installation is included in the tax credit.

Many VELUX models qualify, but all come with factory-installed solar blinds as well as a programmable remote control.  There are 5 blind choices to choose from, to match any look in your current room….white, beige, charcoal, green and grey.

VELUX estimates that if you upgrade your outdated skylight to one of these models, you will recover 73-85% of the actual price you paid for the product after tax credit eligibility.

As with any tax matter, it’s always a good idea to consult your tax preparer.  You can also read all the details at  http://veluxusa.com/taxcredits.

Open the full VELUX tax savings document here:


Please call if you have questions or want to get your 30% tax credit!





Skylights for Missouri Star Quilt!


Thanks to the folks at Missouri Star Quilt Company for choosing Midwest Skylight to replace their skylights during their remodeling project!

We are so thankful to be introduced to this really interesting business, located not far from Kansas City in Hamilton, Missouri.

Although neither myself not my installers are familiar with quilting, it was fascinating to discover this quilting mecca in the Midwest.

We especially enjoyed checking out the “lounge” where those not so interested in quilting could spend some time.  When we were there, there were several men taking full advantage.MOquiltmenslounge

MOquiltafterWe replaced their old skylights with new commercial skylights that have a white tint.  They bring in plenty of natural light while providing a “shade” of sorts that Missouri Star Quilt was looking for.

MOquiltbeforeDid you know that Midwest Skylight deal with commercial skylights as well as residential?  Velux is continually creating fantastic commercial products, give us a call for more information.



To learn more about Missouri Star Quilt Company, click here https://www.missouriquiltco.com/?gclid=CJ-_od3lzc0CFQetaQodkIQGcg

Another Angie’s List Award for Midwest Skylight!

For the 5th time, we are proud to announce that Midwest Skylight has been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award!angies2015

If you are an Angie’s List member, check out our many reviews from satisfied customers by going to http://angieslist.com

From Angie’s List…

“Midwest Skylight has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“Only about 5 percent of the skylight companies in Kansas City have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.”angies2015

jeff&skylightThanks so much to all those customers who took the time to post their Angie’s List review!




Skylights for the Great Plains SPCA!

aspca outsideWe replaced skylights this week at a great location in Kansas City today…the Great Plains SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).


It’s great to see that structures like this are using all the benefits of natural light in their spaces.

aspca beforeIn this case, the veterinary area had four large white plastic dome skylights that needed to be replaced.

We installed Velux flat glass skylights which are Energy-Star rated, so they will improve the energy efficiency of these spaces.  Additionally, Velux glass skylights hold up against hail far better than the plastic domes we removed.  aspca insideaspca after



It was hard to resist the friendly faces we saw while there! The next time we are aspca doglooking to add a family member, we will head to the Great Plains SPCA to adopt. We so appreciate the work they do every day finding great animals new homes!



For more info on the Great Plains SPCA:


What is “Engineered” Skylight Flashing and Why Does It Matter?

flashingkitThe main purposes of this blog is to educate people about skylights, so here goes…

Perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of skylights is that a skylight should be considered more as a “system” than a singular piece of glass or acrylic (the part you see through).

Of course, the quality of the unit that you see through (and may be able to open) is critically important.

However, on a daily basis, we see that it is the quality and installation of the flashing that most often is the reason we hear from homeowners.

What is flashing? From Wikipedia,  “Flashing refers to thin pieces of impervious material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from a joint or as part of a weather resistant barrier (WRB) system.”

Flashing MUST be used in any place on the roof where there is a chance for water to enter.

Even if the item (skylight, vent pipe, etc) being flashed is high quality and properly installed, it’s performance is only as good as the quality and installation of the flashing around it.

If the flashing used is “homemade” with pieces of flat metal that are cut, bent and glued on the the roof, the potential for trouble is significant.

Add to that the unfortunate, but frequent, use of nails driven through the metal…which create a new hole for water to enter.

So, if an issue with a skylight should arise, the flashing is the first place to look.

However, look beyond the skylight…we often see that another part of the roof has an issue (improperly installed or flashed vent pipe, etc).

And again, nails driven into any flashing or simply through the roofing and decking (wood under asphalt shingles) can cause the larger items to appear as if they are leaking when they are not.

What to do?  With skylights we strongly recommend using “engineered” flashing…that is, flashing made specifically for use in conjunction with a skylight.  In fact, VELUX offers a 10-year “No Leak Guarantee” with use of their flashing.


flashingkitWhen comparing skylight/roofing contractors, be sure to ask about the flashing that will be used and compare apples to apples on price and quality.  You will be glad you did!

Thanks for reading!








Is Your Skylight Contractor an Expert?

Especially in the winter months, when exterior home improvement projects are slow, you may find more businesses offering ‘skylight’ services, whether it be installation, replacement or repair.

Contractors, remodelers, roofers and handy-men may, in fact, have sufficient experience with skylights to do the job right every time.  However, please do not make the mistake of assuming that.

Take the time to determine if the person or company you are hiring is well-versed in EVERY aspect of skylights, so nothing about your project is guesswork.5starlogo

We’ve heard people say, “How hard can it be, isn’t it just a few screws?”…referring to a skylight replacement.

In the world of VELUX skylights today, it CAN be very technical these days.  There are literally hundreds of skylight options…sizes, fixed units, venting units, electric units, solar units, and types of glass…not to mention hundreds of blind and shade options.Vented-Skylight-Manual-or-Electric

Quite often, a homeowner does not even know what questions to ask to determine if they have found the right contractor for their job.  However, there are ways to make the best choice.

Here are just a few skylight questions you should ask to determine if you are working with an expert. (Some may not apply to your job, but it may be worth inquiring just to hear if you get a quick, thorough and intelligible answer):

1) What type of skylight is appropriate for this project?  Curb-mount? Deck-mount? And why?

2) Can you explain to me the benefits of glass v. acrylic?  Can you explain the energy efficiency of each?

3) What types of glass is available?

4) What flashing will be used?  Engineered or self-made?  Benefits or one over the other?flashingkit

5) Tell me about the benefits of venting units?  Electric v. solar?

6) What are the warranties on the different brands and types of skylights? What is your labor warranty?

7) Tell me about all the options, styles and colors of blinds and shades available.

8) Is there anything about my particular job that is unique or particularly challenging?

9) What professional credentials do you have? Are you a certified VELUX dealer or installer? What training did that require? Do you have a Kansas Roofing Contractor’s license?  Are you insured?

10) Where can I read customer reviews of your SKYLIGHT work besides your website?  Angie’s List? Home Advisor?  Others?

Please remember, if your potential contractor cannot easily answer all of your questions during your consultation, find someone who can.  “I don’t know” or “I will look into that” should raise red flags for you. The main reason homeowners have issues with skylights is due to improper installation or workmanship, NOT a physical defect in the unit.

Being careful on the front end of your project will ensure many, many years of all the benefits a skylight will provide!

Please call if you have any questions or would like to get started on your skylight plans!















Why do insurance companies insist on replacing acrylic

skylight domes with more acrylic?

Very good question, and one I guess we need to find an insurance claims adjuster to answer.

Here is our view of the many reasons it just doesn’t make sense in 2014 to replace an acrylic dome with an acrylic dome….

1)  Acrylic was the technology in the 70’s and 80’s. It is no where close to the best material we have in 2014…why would you replace anything in your home with a technology that is 30 to 40 years old?finishedviewflashing

2) When we ask homeowners about this, we almost always hear “this is what the insurance company

will pay for.”

It makes us wonder if the insurer has even attempted to check prices for a replacement acrylic dom

e vs. a glass replacement skylight.  The price is very comparable, and yet, with glass you get a whole

list of huge advantages.

3) Replacement of just the acrylic dome part of a skylight involves disassembling and re-using an old skylight frame and hoping that frame then does its job on the roof for the next 20-30 years. Replacement with a new glass skylight gives you an entire new high tech unit on your roof, unadulterated and ready to perform.

4) Acrylic domes are not enegy-efficient. Velux glass is Energy Star rated. Using one is just like putting the finest quality windows on your home.

5) Acrylic domes create condensation when the temperature changes. Additionally, the view from inside is of ‘brown’ sky.

6) When hail happens, the acrylic skylights break. Glass rarely does. We have seen this year after year in Kansas City after hail storms. Glass is just so much stronger than plastic.

We think those are very compelling reasons to replace acrylic with glass.  Our goal is to empower homeowners with information they can take to their insurer when they request the latest technology in skylights.

Please feel free to call for more information and we can help you get the skylight that will serve you well for decades!




Is Your Skylight Contractor Registered As Required By KS Law?

roofinglicense      Have you heard the term “storm chaser” in reference to a roofing contractor? As resident of Kansas, we are all too familiar with the severe storm damage we frequently get here, but did you know that, like all other Midwestern states, the occurrence of “storm chasers” (roofing contractors who are migratory, following the storm damage) has been a significant problem in Kansas.

To protect Kansas homeowners and reputable Kansas roofing (and skylight) contractors alike, in 2013 the Kansas Legislature enacted the Kansas Roofing Registration Act.  Under the provisions of this law, every “roofing contractor” must obtain a roofing contractor registration certificate from the Kansas Attorney General in order to legally provide commercial or residential roofing services for a fee in Kansas.


1) This certificate  proves that your contractor has liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and is current on business taxes due to Kansas (evidence of a sound business).

2) This certificate is evidence that your contractor has established a reputable business in Kansas and can provide reassurance that he/she will be available for follow-up or warranty work, if needed.

3) If your contractor breaks any of the ‘rules’ of the registration….like taking money for a job and not completing it, the contractor’s certificate can be suspended and possibly revoked.

4) The certificate must be renewed annually, additional evidence that you are dealing with a business who is reputable and has a history of responsible business practices.

NOT SURE YOUR CONTRACTOR HAS A KANSAS CERTIFICATE?  Here is the list from the Kansas Attorney General:



We look forward to serving your skylight needs!


913. 492.2989


















Skylight flashing:Why NOT make your own?

The desirability of a high quality skylight is obvious, but many people don’t know that they should pay as much attention to the quality of the skylight flashing that is used.

This photo is of flashing that was made on site, by cutting a sheet of metal and using an adhesive or nails to position it around the skylight.

Regardless of the quality of the skylight, when an installer creates his own flashing, this is often the reason a skylight begins to leak.  My best guess is that installers make their own flashing to save money.  What they do not realize is that the savings is minimal, once you factor in the time and the potential for future trouble.

Velux makes a variety of flashing kits to be used with the wide range of skylights we offer. VELUX flashing systems are designed to shed water without relying on sealants that can break down over time. We offer a variety of flashing systems to ensure a weathertight fit for virtually all roof types and slopes.

Velux flashings provide seamless corners and a uniform look (see below).
They also come with an adhesive underlayment and we use professional shielding agents as an extra barrier of protection.

Most importantly, Velux offers the best warranty in the industry, however, their “No Leak” warranty is only good when a skylight is installed with the appropriate Velux flashing.

Homeowners, be sure when you compare installers, you ask about the skylight flashing. In the long run, you will be glad you did.   Roofers, when you rely on Midwest Skylight for your product needs, you will benefit from all of our flashing knowledge.

Thanks for reading!


Skylights are “Windows” in UK

I just returned from a trip to Scotland, where I saw a lot of two things…
lots of these…..

and lots of these….

When natives asked what I do, I told them I sell skylights.  They all looked
quizzical until I restated and said I sell “Velux”.  Invariably, I would get the
same response, “Oh, you sell roof windows!”

In the UK, the word “Velux” is like saying “Kleenex” in the US.  But in Europe, people think of skylights in the same way they think of windows….and to all of us, what building is complete without windows?  To them, light from a window in the roof is as expected as light from a window in a wall.

So all over Europe you see skylights in buildings that are many hundreds of years old. Quite a few of them open, as they value not only the light but the ventilation they provide.

Please call for a “Velux” of your own!