If your home is lacking some much-needed natural lighting, then adding a skylight or two may be the way to go. New designs have even made this window energy efficient as well. Interested? We have all you need to know right here.
With a wide array of different skylights available, the cost depends greatly on the style, size, cost of labor, and quality of materials. On average, a tubular skylight can cost anywhere between $475 and $1,100, including installation. Blinds or shades can add an extra $200 to $300 to the project. For specific cost estimates, contact a window installer in your area.
Recent improvements in skylight and glass design have made skylights a durable window option. However, it’s extremely important to make sure that they are installed and sealed properly to keep water out of your home.
The required maintenance depends entirely on what type of skylight you choose to go with. For instance, does it have mechanical parts or shades? If so, a window professional may need to be called if jamming occurs. As far as cleaning goes, skylights can be cleaned like other windows (e.g. with a non-abrasive household cleaner, water and soft cloth or squeegee). Many homeowners will also call a professional for cleaning if the skylights are extremely hard to reach.
A new skylight, called the “Sun-Tunnel skylight,” is designed for energy efficiency. Manufactured in five different designs, the Sun-Tunnel is built with a highly reflective tunnel that provides bright light despite long elevations or poor sun-location. Additionally, an energy-saving skylight cover system is available for energy control. In the summer, this cover system reflects back undesirable solar heat, and in the winter, adjusts for more absorption of the sun’s rays.
There are a wide variety of skylights to choose from, including barrel vaults, octagonal skylights, circular systems, domed skylights, glass skylights, Solatube skylights, impact approved skylights, architectural skylights, plastic glazed skylights, curb mount skylights, and fixed or non-operable skylights.
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