Renovation | 02.11.2015

The Advantages of Skylights and Suntunnels


 skylightsWhen one of our renovation experts first put a skylight in his own family home many years ago, he did it as a solution to a dark attic that he wanted to make into livable space. He was looking to create more usable square footage for a master bedroom in a small home to accommodate a growing family.

Now, after many years of experience with skylights, he has seen that there are a multitude of great reasons to add them to a home. They can add a sense of drama to a room, ventilation, even privacy from neighboring homes. There are many ancillary benefits of skylights – in addition to natural light.

Did you know that:

  •  90% of our time is spent indoors
  • Children’s learning abilities increase up to 15% when they are in a good indoor climate
  • Skylights deliver fully 2 times the amount of light as vertical windows, and
  • Skylights deliver natural convection driven ventilation.

You may be simply thinking about how to get light into the top level of your home to create more useable space. Perhaps you can benefit from our research and many years of installing skylights and will find that there are many advantages to the way skylights deliver light in such an efficient and elegant way. They can provide a beautiful, positive environment in making an illuminated, liveable environment in our homes.

Skylights are also evolving. A significant advancement in the last 15 years has been ‘sun tunnels’. These are mini-skylights that provide all of the lighting benefits of skylights but are much easier and less expensive to install. They can fit easily into smaller hallways or bathrooms. You will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of natural light they let in considering their small size. They have to be seen to be believed. Other additions to the skylight portfolio are integrated blinds, and solar powered ventilation. They have come a long way.

You too could have many happy memories of counting stars or enjoying the wonder of a beautiful snowfall with one of your children after story time through a strategically placed skylight.

Let’s explore your needs or desires for the perfect skylight for your family.