Ask homeowners about the locations of those dark corners in their residences, and they'll usually waste little time in responding. Many homes have that hallway, bathroom, walk-in closet or other important space that could benefit from the warm, soft glow of daylight. The trick is to effectively deliver that light just where you want it.
The Velux Solution
A Velux Sun Tunnel does just what its name suggests. Sunlight flows through a clear dome on the roof, and a highly reflective material inside the tunnel efficiently delivers that sunlight where you need it. Velux Sun Tunnels bathe those dark areas in light effectively delivered via ingeniously designed flexible or rigid tubing.
Let BRAX Roofing show you how it is possible to install Velux Sun Tunnels in most type of pitched and flat roofs. You'll find that the flexible tubes are ideal for short runs, while we recommend when a direct, unobstructed path from the rooftop to the ceiling is available. Rigid tubes can deliver even more light, especially over longer runs.
Basics of Tubular Skylights
Unlike standard skylights, tubular skylights deliver light more precisely where you need it. Most products consist of a clear acrylic dome, tubing, diffusion lens, roof flashing and an interior ceiling ring. To meet varying lighting needs, Velux offers both 10-inch and 14-inch models.
At BRAX Roofing, we frequently use Velux Light Tunnels in our construction and remodeling projects. Here are a few key reasons why:
Softer light - Light quality is important when evaluating tubular skylights. Some competing products may create an undesirable spotliteffect, while Velux Sun Tunnels deliver a nice soft light into those under-lit areas of your home
Leak-resistance - When professionals install Velux Sun Tunnels in a proper manner, they are extremely leak-resistant. Careful preparation of the area around the hole and proper installation of the roof flashing are important. Velux stands behind its product with impressive warranties. See #3 below.
Strong warranties - Long ago, certain skylight designs and installations led to leaks. No more! Not with Velux, at least. The manufacturer backs up its tubular skylights with important warranties. For example, acrylic dome clarity and flashing quality are warranted for 10 years. The tubing is warranted to retain its reflectivity and to remain free of defects in material or workmanship for 20 years.
Energy savings - A Velux Sun Tunnel is a green product insofar as it is an electricity-free lighting solution. Reduce carbon emissions and save on your utility bill by supplementing your home's lighting with innovative sun funnels.
Installation of Velux Sun Tunnels
We recommend professional installation of tubular skylights for a number of reasons:
- An installer must successfully route tubing to avoid wiring, trusses and other potential obstructions.
- Correct positioning of the lens in the ceiling is important. You want to avoid directing light too near a computer screen or flat-screen TV, for example.
- Up on the roof, it is important to cut the hole in the right place and to perform this task in a safe manner. Experienced installers know how to access the right area on your roof without causing damage to shingles, tiles or other roofing materials.
- Proper installation of the roof flashing is vital for long-term, leak-resistant results
Velux skylights and light funnels also solve existing problems with skylights that you already have on your roof. Allow us an opportunity to suggest effective alternatives to older skylights.
It's easy to learn more about the Velux' natural lighting solutions by reaching out to us at BRAX Roofing. We'll put you in touch with one of our professional, friendly consultants that is ready to answer all of your questions. Please contact us today!