Many people ask “How will I know what skylight and roof window is best for my home”. Have Roof Crafters come and do an inspection of your home and the Roof Crafters Three Star Specialist will be able to tell you if you need a curb mount or deck mount skylight. If your home is what is called a low slope roof, a three-pitch or less you will need a curb mount skylight. The deck mount skylight is used in most other installation cases. The reason you need a curb mount skylight on a low slope roof is to get the skylight up off the deck to aid in water diversion. On a low slope roof, the water will build up on the top end of the skylight and over time present a possible leak issue. The deck mount will raise the skylight up off the deck and keep the water off the skylight itself to help keep it watertight. The deck mount is a low-profile skylight that has a nice clean look on the steeper sloped roofs. Watersheds quickly on a steep slope roof so using the deck mount Velux skylight with the flashing kit will keep your skylight watertight and has a ten-year warranty for the homeowner.
The next decision is which skylight best fits your needs, the solar, electric, manual or fixed mounted. This is a matter of taste and how much you have budgeted for your project. It is a little more money, however, the solar-powered fresh-air skylight with blinds is certainly the top of the line skylight. Install it and forget it, the only thing you need after the install is the remote control. The Velux remote control can handle every skylight in your home or you can have a remote for each room if you have the skylights spread throughout your home.
If your home has a flat ceiling and you think this will keep you from being able to have a skylight and roof windows don’t worry, all you need to do is have a lightwell built in your attic. It is very important to have a trained professional build your lightwell to capture all the available light the Velux skylight will offer you. An incorrectly built lightwell will decrease your available light by as much as 30%, a significant amount that you do not want to lose.
If the ceiling of your room is flat, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t reap the benefits of a skylight. A curb mount skylight is made to use on a flat roof and can add light to your room even with a flat roof. VELUX skylight light shafts can channel light from a skylight or roof window to any room in your home, making your home brighter and more comfortable. Using reflective interior surfaces, the tunnel can channel light around obstacles to bring it into any part of your home.
Controlling the environment with blinds, 50% of consumers would like to have control of the light with their skylight. Only one of every ten has it. Humans like and need some drama, one way to bring some drama to a room is to add natural light. Natural light alters the way we feel about a room in a positive way. Velux skylights with blinds change the mood of a room, it adds balance and privacy with energy efficiency. Room darkening skylight blinds or double pleated or flat blind can easily change day into night. If you need to take a nap in a room with a skylight simply close the room darkening blinds and your room is blacked out and ready to go. The light filtering skylight blinds filter and softens and diffuse the light that enters the room. The light filtering blind is perfect in rooms where diffused light is desired like the kitchen and living rooms. The Venetian skylight blind is also perfect to help control the amount and direction of light into a room. The Venetian blinds are a perfect addition to a room such as a bonus room. Velux has eleven factory installed blinds available in multi colors. The blackout blinds come in white, beige, green, gray and charcoal. The light filtering and Venetian blinds come in white, classic sand, misty brown, lovely latte, shiny cappuccino and filtered white.
Light up that dark spot that just never seems to have enough light. Hallways, bathrooms, and closets just seem to always need more light. Use the Velux sun tunnel to light up that unwelcome are of your house. Using a Velux sun tunnel and the attractive ceiling diffuser that blends in and is unnoticed will spread a soft and restful light throughout the room. Velux has a flexible tunnel making installation easier or the reflective rigid tunnel that provides the brightest light. Roof Crafters recommends the rigid sun tunnel due to the extra light provided to the room. The rigid can’t be used in every situation due to the non-flexible pipe so keep in mind you need close to a direct line straight down from the roof to the room you are trying to get light into.
All Velux skylights and roof windows installed with the Velux flashing kit and installed by a Three-Star or in Roof crafters case Five-Star Velux Specialist carries a ten-year warranty. Always consult your Three Star Specialist for all details on the skylights and roof windows and warranty information.