Why choose a venting skylight?

Just today, I came across a web article giving “expert” advice on choosing a skylight.  The author stated that he would suggest a fixed (non-opening) skylight over a venting skylight. His reason was basically that “venting skylights are hard to use”.

That quick judgment is a big disservice to anyone considering a skylight.  Here is why I am a big fan of venting skylights and I explain their multiple benefits to all of our customers.
The reasons to choose venting skylight go well beyond bringing a nice breeze into your home.

All homes need ventilation and proper moisture balance.  A skylight in the ceiling is the perfect spot for inside air to ventilate out as warm air always rises.  

a venting skylight as a “passive air conditioner.”  Through the chimney or exhaust effect they create, the warm air is drawn up through the skylight, providing a cooling effect and fresh air througout the entire house.

But are they easy to open? Yes.  VELUX venting skylights come with manual control rods when they are out of reach.  Our nine-year-old daughter is able to operate the rod for the skylight in her room!  For very high skylights, VELUX has remote controlled units and even units that have rain sensors which close when the first drops of rain land on it.

Wondering about screens and sun-blocking?  VELUX has that covered too.  Screens and several blind/shade options are available for all standard size VELUX venting skylights.
If you would like more information about venting skylights, give me a call at 913.492.2989.


Want a skylight? Think outside the box!

Skylights aren’t just for kitchens and family rooms anymore!   I’d like to challenge everyone to consider a skylights for other spots around your home or workplace.

Here are a few suggestions and some great photos, all from Pinterest.

Don’t want a big window near the tub or shower, but want the beauty of natural light?  How about…

Have a bonus room and not sure how to make it the place everyone wants to use?

How about the landing at the top of the stairs?  Here’s a way to really change that space for the better…

Check out these outdoor spaces and how much the skylights add to the look and feel.

Finally, check out this great option for lighting a warehouse.  The natural light from these Sun Tunnels saves a bundle on energy expenses while adding a very interesting architectural feature.

Thinking out of the box about a skylight you would like?  We can help!


Skylights in a tile roof? Yes!

In Kansas City, tile roofs aren’t very common, but we see them from time to time.  I find there’s a common misconception that skylights cannot be installed in a tile roof.  This is NOT true!

If you have a tile roof or would like to have one installed, you
can still get a skylight too.  Please do yourself a favor and be
sure to enlist the services of a tile roof expert…and they do exist.
Not every roofing contractor knows the ins and outs of tile roofs.

When we do a skylight job on a tile roof, we also enlist tile
roof experts to ensure the job goes smoothly.

Skylights can be used anywhere, as long as they’re done right!

Give me a call if you have questions or would like more information.


Skylight or roof damage from a storm? Homeowner beware…

Who can forget the storms that rolled through Kansas City in the spring of 2011?  There are roofs still awaiting repair and he we are almost a year later!

As storm season approaches, I want to relay to you some unfortunate experiences of homeowners I have worked with lately.

Last spring, when thousands of homes sustained damage, a slew of “storm chasers” descended upon KC and got lots of business from folks who were hoping to get the repairs done fast. 

Now, I am hearing from some of those folks.  It seems as if the work performed was sub-standard and guess what?…The “storm chasers” are not very easy to follow up with.  They have either left town, or they are not very interested in correcting the problems they created when they repaired or replaced skylights.

Now these homeowners are needing the work done right and are having to pay for it AGAIN.

How can you avoid this if your home is every damaged in a storm?

First, do your research before you hire a contractor.  Some “storm chasers” actually pair up with existing companies in town and for a time use that local phone number to appear as if they are local themselves.  Sometimes their cell phone numbers actually give them away…if it’s an area code other than 913 or 816, it could be a storm chaser.

If your job involves a skylight, be sure to ask every question you can think of regarding the repair or replacement of that skylight.  Many roofers who travel the country following storms have had very little experience with skylights.  If your contractor cannot speak with confidence about their skylight experience and give you references, do not hire them.

Don’t hesitate to let a trusted expert do the skylight and leave the roof to roofers.

Here’s to a safe and quiet spring storm season!