The Basics of Tubular Skylights

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If you’ve been dreaming of adding a skylight to your home, but lack either the budget or space for a conventional unit, a tubular skylight just might be exactly what you’ve been searching for. These skylights, which are sometimes also referred to as solar tubes, are ideal for small areas, such as hallways, half bathrooms, and closets, where full skylights would look too overwhelming. As you read on, you will discover more about tubular skylights and begin to get an idea of whether or not they are a good option for your upcoming remodeling job.

What are the benefits of tubular skylights?

Some people actually prefer tubular skylights to conventional skylights. This is primarily because they are extremely affordable on any nearly budget and provide, in most cases, more functional light than traditional options. Even though bigger skylights have more surface area, they often flood a space with natural light, rather than providing something more akin to task lighting, which is an area tubular skylights excel in. This is what makes these products so perfect for tiny bathrooms and closets; they allow you to see exactly what you are doing.

Another perk of tubular skylights is that they are small enough that they don’t allow nearly as much heat to penetrate their panes as traditional skylights do. This is excellent news for people in both North Carolina and South Carolina, where long, hot springs and summers are a fact of life. By choosing tubular skylights over larger panes, you are likely to save some money on your air conditioning bills.

Just how much light do tubular skylights offer?

Tubular skylights feature round, prismed panes, which distribute natural light evenly in a focused area. Furthermore, because the panes used in tubular skylights generally have reflective glazes, they provide significantly more usable light than most homeowners anticipate; as a matter of fact, as was alluded to above, they can actually provide more light than a large, standard-sized skylight. In the wintertime, Carolina homeowners can expect tubular skylights to put forth about the equivalent of a 700-watt incandescent light bulb. This number increases to approximately 1,200 watts during the summer months.

Are tubular skylights hard to install?

Tubular skylights are known for easy installation. Most styles are engineered in 10-inch, 14-inch, and 21-inch sizes to fit between roof rafters. Some homeowners choose to install new tubular skylights on their own, but many turn to professionals to make sure the job is done correctly. Allowing experts to handle the job prevents potential issues, including leaks around the skylight and roof damage.

If you would like to talk to someone at Hatch Homes about installing tubular skylights in your space, simply give us a call. We handle a wide variety of window installation projects, including all types of skylights. Whether your tubular skylight project is part of a larger remodel or a small, standalone task, we want to work with you. We look forward to scheduling a meeting with you and will get you and your family on our schedule as soon as possible!

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