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.
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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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I’ll start with a couple of photos to best depict what I mean by a “flat-glass” SUN TUNNEL…
Velux continues to strive to meet the needs of homeowners everywhere. For some, that is
a SUN TUNNEL skylight that is more contiguous with a home’s roofline. For folks who prefer a flat skylight on their roof (as opposed to the SUN TUNNEL’s curved dome)…here it
These flat-glass SUN TUNNELs are essentially the same unit, except for the piece that mounts on the roof, so you can expect the same performance and quality that VELUX delivers with the traditional SUN TUNNEL.
For pricing, please give me a call and we can discuss your particular application.
I look forward to hearing from you.