Why use skylight blinds?


I ran across a blog this week by a well-known home decorating retailer.

Here’s an excerpt:

“We’ve had many calls recently from clients who have skylights and are now experiencing the “heat”.

Skylights are horizontal windows usually placed on the roof, often used for daylighting.  Daylighting means… the practice of placing windows or other openings and reflective surfaces so that during the day… natural light replaces internal lighting… therefore, saving energy dollars.  (Except for certain climates and latitudes and depending on whether you live north of the Tropic of Cancer or south of the Tropic of Capricorn, etc., etc).  

And Kansas/Missouri is one of those exceptions.  It can be really cold in the winter and really hot in the summer.  So, if you’re finding out that your skylight is actually increasing your energy bills instead of lowering them… we have the solution…. “

While I completely understand that they are just trying to sell their product, I have
take this chance to debunk this skylight myth…

If you have appreciable heat or cold gain near your skylight, please consider this…
 the skylight itself is outdated and/or inefficient and needs to be replaced.  

Liken your skylight to your windows…if you replace your old windows with  highly energy
efficient windows, the heat or cold you feel through will them will be dramatically reduced.  It’s
the same with skylights.

Today’s VELUX skylights are Energy Star rated for every climate.  There is no location
(as the blog above states) 
where you should expect your skylight to make your room hot or cold.

With VELUX, blinds and shades are used to CONTROL light in the room…with the right skylight, you will no longer worry about heat or cold gain in the room.

Give me a call and I’d be happy to tell you all about the VELUX blinds and shades we offer for all of our skylights. 

Jeff


 

What’s the deal with condensation?

Ever wonder what the condensation on your skylight means?

It does not mean that your skylight is defective.

It’s a result of atmospheric conditions inside and outside the home.

Condensation occurs when warm moist air comes in contact with a cooler
surface, in this case, the skylight glass.

Think of the glass of ice water on a summer day and the “sweat” on the
outside of the glass.

This lets you know that the level of humidity in the room is too high.

The immediate solution?

Ventilate the room, preferably a couple of times a day for about 5 minutes.

Got Hail?


Once again, we’re hearing about damaging storms in Oklahoma and one of
our contractors called this morning to prepare us for the orders he will
soon send our way for replacement skylights.

Here’s the thing…the skylights that are most frequently damaged by hail
are acrylic. It’s a safe bet that all of the skylights being replaced
in Oklahoma right now are this type.  In 13 years, I have never seen a hole
in a glass skylight made by hail.

Surprised?

I’m sure many people are….one of the most common misconceptions about
skylights is that if you put one in, you’re asking for a hole in it during
a hail storm.

Not so….today’s Velux tempered over tempered safety glass skylights are many
times more durable than acrylic skylights, (which are still sold today by
some manufacturers) which become brittle over time.

Here’s hoping we avoid the stuff that Oklahoma just got!

Skylights on the front? You bet!


   Yesterday, we worked with a homeowner remodeling a bath on the front of his home.  He is convinced that skylights (along with plumbing and furnace stacks) are never placed on the front slope of a roof.

 I explained that we install, repair and replace skylights on the front of homes quite often.

Here’s a great example of a fabulous replacement we did recently…

Also, note the addition of a small venting skylight to the left
and up from the bank of 16 skylights over this home’s living space.

And just for grins, I drove the adjacent streets and found two
more examples of homes with front slope skylights….

and another..

It’s amazing how many things you don’t notice until you start
looking for them!  

Hopefully our potential new skylight customer will too!