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VELUX estimates that if you upgrade your outdated skylight to one of these models, you will recover 73-85% of the actual price you paid for the product after tax credit eligibility.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

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

Jeff

913-492-2989

 

 

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!

Jeff

913.492.2989

 

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!

Jeff

913.492.2989

 

 

 

 

 

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.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHECK YOUR CONTRACTOR’S CERTIFICATE?

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:

http://ag.ks.gov/docs/default-source/documents/roofing-registration-applicants-by-business-name.pdf?sfvrsn=45

MIDWEST SKYLIGHT HAS A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AS A ROOFING CONTRACTOR IN KANSAS.

We look forward to serving your skylight needs!

Jeff

913. 492.2989

jeff@midwestskylight.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN SKYLIGHTS MEET HAIL…GLASS SKYLIGHTS WIN!



It’s spring in the Midwest and that means severe storms…and that means hail.  The last couple of weeks has already brought us many reports of broken skylights around the metro. 



What type of skylights would you guess have been broken?  Plastic bubbles or glass? If you said the plastic bubbles, you win!! 
 



Here’s an important skylight fact many people are surprised to learn…



VELUX FLAT GLASS SKYLIGHTS often survive hail that damages roofs and siding.  We see this time and time again after hail storms.



VELUX flat-glass skylights are so strong, in fact, they now carry a 10-YEAR WARRANTY AGAINST HAIL BREAKAGE.

So, what is a homeowner to do with a broken plastic bubble?  DO NOT REPLACE IT WITH ANOTHER SKYLIGHT THAT HAIL MAY DAMAGE TOMORROW.




Choose a glass VELUX glass skylight.  You will have peace of mind when the next hail storm comes.  You will have a beautiful view of the sky, vastly improved energy efficiency, and you will be pleasantly surprised at the reasonable cost for such a superior product.



Please call for more details on replacing your damaged and or outdated plastic skylight…913.492.2989.



Jeff

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!
Jeff
913.492.2989

 

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!

Jeff
913.492.2989

The Venting Solar-Powered Skylight!



IT’ HERE!…The new VELUX solar-powered venting skylight.  This revolutionary new skylight has a solar panel that stores the sun’s energy and uses it to operate the skylight so that you can open and shut your skylight with the push of a button.  It’s also equipped with a RAIN SENSOR that tells the skylight to close at the first drop of rain. 

All this, and VELUX’s No Leak Warranty and Lo3 glass  AND an amazing
30% FEDERAL SOLAR TAX CREDIT.

Replace your outdated acrylic dome or install a brand new skylight with this unit and you’ll wonder how you got along without the option for fresh air and the benefits from air circulation it brings.

Give me a call for more information at 913.492.2989

Thanks!
Jeff

Break away from wanting your new skylight to match the old one



You need a replacement skylight for one reason or another.  There is another skylight next to it…same age, same tinted dome style.  It’s easy to decide that you need to replace one with something that looks exactly like the one that remains.

I encourage you to consider the following before you commit to this decision:

The skylight you are trying to “match” is plastic.  The only way to match it to get another plastic skylight.  Plastic skylights lack many things possible with glass.

They transfer heat and cold into your room.  They are less durable.  They have
a dated appearance v. clear glass. They are prone to condensation. 

AND…they are NO LESS EXPENSIVE than a glass VELUX skylight that provides all the benefits.

Here is a surprise to many homeowners.. it does not cost $1000 to replace a 2nd skylight.

The typical cost of a replacement is $400-600.

For that expense, you can have matching skylights that are BOTH working for you, not against you….AND start out with the unbeatable warranties that come with them.

Give me a call, I’d be happy to give you some more information!
Jeff
913.492.2989

The pitfalls of replacing with the same old skylight…

As a dealer, it seems lately that I’ve taken a good number of calls from roofers who tell me their customers want to replace their old tinted acrylic skylights with a skylight just like it.

It may be that the homeowner is not aware of the latest advances in skylights.  The easiest route seems to be just do what was done before.

However, here are the reasons to consider the latest in skylights….

1) If your acrylic skylight cracked or was broken by hail, it’s most likely because it is acrylic.  Flat glass VELUX skylights are built to withstand large hail.   Of all the skylights we have replace due to hail damage, I would say 90% are acrylic.

2) Although your acrylic skylight is tinted, it is not protecing your home against heat gain or loss, nor is it protecting your furniture and carpet against sun.  Tinted acrylics are not ENERGY STAR RATED like VELUX glass.  Although clear,  VELUX provides a UV protectorant that acrylic does not.

3) With time, tinted acrylics become cloudy.  VELUX glass does not.  The clear, crisp look of VELUX glass give your home an updated appearance.

4) VELUX offers muliple shade and blind options which give you the option for reducing the light in the room or blocking it altogether.

5) LAST BUT NOT LEAST…replacing with VELUX glass is rarely more expensive than replacing with tinted acrylic…and you are replacing with a far superior product. 

I’d like to finish with a couple of photos to illustrate the above points…


Please call if you have questions or would like more information about
replacing your old tinted acrylic skylight.

Jeff
913-492-2989