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Solar Tubes Cost 2021

The average cost of solar tube installation is $750. for the US in 2021. Solar tube installation costs range from $475-$750 when professionally installed. Brandt Builders offers 3 different solar tubes to choose from. Our 10″ solar tubes cost $475, the 13″ solar tube costs $525, and the 18″ solar tube costs $750. You will need to add an additional fee for optional light kits. Add $75 for tile installation.

When you install solar tubes, you are granted natural light like that of skylights, but with less frustration and cost. If you have thought about increasing the amount of daylight to say, a dark hallway or kitchen, solar tubing is a great option. Solar tubes offer an abundance of indirect, warm light, and at just a small percentage of the costs of getting a traditional skylight installed.

How Much Does Solar Tube Installation Cost?

Solar tube installation costs about $750, with average prices to install a tubular skylight ranging from $500 to $1,000 in the US for 2021 according to House Logic. The cost to install a solar tube is much cheaper than installing traditional skylights which cost about $2,000 or higher. If you’re confident and not afraid of roof construction, you might be able to use a kit to install tubular skylights yourself for around $200 to $400. Tubular skylights don’t need more drywall installed like skylights do. There is no need to modify framing or paint. *This is not an actual quote – These are general estimates. Contact Brandt Builders for an actual tubular skylight installation estimate.

How Much Light Do Solar Tubes Produce?

The 10″ solar tube is the smallest lighting option available and gives off the equivalent of 3 100-watt bulbs, or enough to light a 150 to 200 sq. ft. room. A 14-inch solar tube can increases the brightness of a room up to 300 sq. ft.

Where Can Solar Tubes Be Installed in A Home?

You can install solar tubes in many different locations, some typical areas people like homeowners install solar tubes include:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Stairways
  • Hallways
  • Bathrooms
  • Walk-in Closets

Just about the only place you don’t want to install a light tube is directly above a screen, such as a TV or a computer, as this can create irritating glare.

Are Solar Tubes Right For Your House?

Solar tubes can also help you reduce your electricity bill. Also, due to solar tube installations not needing alternations to a frame, there are more options when it comes to finding the right solar tube for your home or business. Examine your attic space to make sure there is enough space to run a solar tube tube. We can come out and inspect your attic and room to ensure solar tubes will work for your home or business. If something is in the way, such as tubing, this can be avoided and/or moved. Installing tubular skylights are really simple when installed in vaulted ceilings, as they only need about a 1 ft of tubing. Read more about the pros & cons of solar tubes to find out if they are right for you.

Brandt Builders Offers Solar Tube Installation In Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise & Sun City, Arizona

Brandt Builders offers professional solar tube installation in Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and other areas of the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Get a free solar tube installation estimate today!

Skylight FAQ
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Skylights FAQ

Read on to learn more about skylights!

What is a Skylight?

A skylight allows sunlight to enter the home through the ceiling, increasing the amount of natural daylight in a room.

How Do Skylights Work?

A skylight works by having a dome on the roof, and a diffuser in the ceiling on the room.  Sunlight is transmitted through the dome to the diffuser, where it is spread evenly into the room.

What Types of Skylights are Available?

  • Roof windows – a roof window is a window that is installed into the roof, and it allows you to see directly outside.  Roof windows can be fixed or openable.
  • Traditional skylights – these are square or round in shape and they consist of the roof dome and the ceiling diffuser.
  • Tubular skylights – like traditional skylights, these consist of a roof dome and a ceiling diffuser but the dome and the diffuser is joined by highly reflective tubing.  The tubing bounces the sunlight down it and the result is more light entering the room.

Do Skylights Create Heat in the Room?

Because skylights let in sunlight, they can also create small amounts of additional heat in the room.

Can Skylights be Shaded?

Skylights can be shaded by using special blinds that are designed to go over the diffuser.  These blinds are held in place by special mounting brackets and they can be fully or partially open depending on how much light you want to let through.

Can Skylights be Opened?

Skylights are generally fixed in place but you will find that some manufacturers make openable skylights. These allow you to open them to a certain degree to improve ventilation in the room.

Brandt Builders Offers Tubular Skylight Installation In Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, & Sun City, Arizona

Brandt Builders offers professional tubular skylight installation in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City, and other areas of the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Get a free tubular skylight installation estimate today!

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Solar Tubes Cost 2020

The average cost of solar tube installation is $750. for the US in 2020. Solar tube installation costs range from $475-$750 when professionally installed. Brandt Builders offers 3 different solar tubes to choose from. Our 10″ solar tubes cost $475, the 13″ solar tube costs $525, and the 18″ solar tube costs $750. You will need to add an additional fee for optional light kits. Add $75 for tile installation.

When you install solar tubes, you are granted natural light like that of skylights, but with less frustration and cost. If you have thought about increasing the amount of daylight to say, a dark hallway or kitchen, solar tubing is a great option. Solar tubes offer an abundance of indirect, warm light, and at just a small percentage of the costs of getting a traditional skylight installed.

How Much Does Solar Tube Installation Cost?

Solar tube installation costs about $750, with average prices to install a tubular skylight ranging from $500 to $1,000 in the US for 2020 according to House Logic. The cost to install a solar tube is much cheaper than installing traditional skylights which cost about $2,000 or higher. If you’re confident and not afraid of roof construction, you might be able to use a kit to install tubular skylights yourself for around $200 to $400. Tubular skylights don’t need more drywall installed like skylights do. There is no need to modify framing or paint. *This is not an actual quote – These are general estimates. Contact Brandt Builders for an actual tubular skylight installation estimate.

How Much Light Do Solar Tubes Produce?

The 10″ solar tube is the smallest lighting option available and gives off the equivalent of 3 100-watt bulbs, or enough to light a 150 to 200 sq. ft. room. A 14-inch solar tube can increases the brightness of a room up to 300 sq. ft.

Where Can Solar Tubes Be Installed in A Home?

You can install solar tubes in many different locations, some typical areas people like homeowners install solar tubes include:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Stairways
  • Hallways
  • Bathrooms
  • Walk-in Closets

Just about the only place you don’t want to install a light tube is directly above a screen, such as a TV or a computer, as this can create irritating glare.

Are Solar Tubes Right For Your House?

Solar tubes can also help you reduce your electricity bill. Also, due to solar tube installations not needing alternations to a frame, there are more options when it comes to finding the right solar tube for your home or business. Examine your attic space to make sure there is enough space to run a solar tube tube. We can come out and inspect your attic and room to ensure solar tubes will work for your home or business. If something is in the way, such as tubing, this can be avoided and/or moved. Installing tubular skylights are really simple when installed in vaulted ceilings, as they only need about a 1 ft of tubing. Read more about the pros & cons of solar tubes to find out if they are right for you.

Brandt Builders Offers Solar Tube Installation In Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise & Sun City, Arizona

Brandt Builders offers professional solar tube installation in Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and other areas of the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Get a free solar tube installation estimate today!

Roof Window Versus Skylights
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Roof Window Versus Skylights

If you have ever wondered what the difference is between sky lights and roof windows when it comes to reviewing natural lighting options- read on to learn more.

Skylight

A skylight opens from the ceiling through the roof, hence allowing the flow of natural light from the outside to the inside. The opening can then be covered with transparent and translucent material allowing light of a natural kind to enter a room.

Roof Window

As you can imagine it really is a window in the roof giving you the advantage of increased ventilation as they can be either fixed or openable.

When you want to increase the natural amount of light in your home consider a skylight. If you want an increase in ventilation and natural light consider a roof window or an openable skylight. If you want all of that and to see a greater view of the outside world, then you will want an openable roof window!

Roof Window

A roof window is literally a window in the roof.  Allowing natural light, increased ventilation and the sight of clouds and stars in your room.

Roof windows can be openable or fixed and are designed to be a feature of the room.

So, if you are just wanting to increase the natural light in your home then consider a skylight.   If you’d like increased natural light and increased ventilation then consider an openable skylight or roof window.  If you’d like increased light and would like to see the outside inside then consider a roof window.  And if you’re after increased natural light, wanting to see the outside and increased ventilation then it’s an openable roof window for you.

Brandt Builders Offers Tubular Skylight Installation In Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, & Sun City, Arizona

Brandt Builders offers professional tubular skylight installation in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City, and other areas of the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Get a free tubular skylight installation estimate today!

Lowering Your Electric Bill In Arizona
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Lowering Your Electric Bill In Arizona

If you are looking for how to lower electric bill in Arizona, read on to learn more.

Tubular Skylights Installation

Replacing your traditional lighting in your home or office with tubular skylights or solar tubes is one of the best ways to lower your electric bill in Arizona. Tubular skylights or solar tubes light up your home or office using natural light which is has health benefits on top of electricity savings.

Solar Panel Installation

Solar panel installation can help homeowners and business owners save 75% on electricity. It does cost a lot to install solar panels but with the federal and state tax credits you get right away can help bear the expense for your home or business. This is the best way to save.

Load Controllers

Load controllers help control the amount of electricity that is being used during high cost kilowatt hours. They basically shut off your appliances during the most expensive times of the day. However, if you want to run electricity during those hours, you just have to switch your loads back on.

Wi-Fi Thermostats

Wi-Fi thermostats help you be in control of the temperature of your home from wherever you are using a mobile app or application on your computer. Never worry if you left the air conditioner or heater on again with thermostat control in the palm of your hand.

Air Conditioners

Alternative Energy, LLC states, “You can save 2-3% instantly on your electric bill by setting your SRP or APS thermostat settings to 1 degree warmer.” You can also change your air conditioners air filter out once a month to keep your ac working at 100% efficiency.

Solar Attic Fan Installation

Solar attic fans are fans that are designed to circulate attic air. Most of the heat that makes it into your home makes its way through your attic. Most attics don’t have an attic fan and installing one can keep your attic cool, which keeps your home cooler; saving you money on electricity.

Mini Split AC Units

According to Energy.Gov, “Since mini splits have no ducts, they avoid the energy losses associated with ductwork of central forced air systems. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.” Ducless mini split ac units also cost less to run and use 60% less energy than a central air conditioning unit.

Other Energy Saving Tips

  • Wash clothes in cold water instead of hot water to save even more.
  • Use Wi-Fi thermostats instead of traditional thermostats.
  • Use tubular skylights instead of traditional skylights.
  • Use the fan in your bathroom to remove humidity and heat from your home after taking a bath or shower.
  • Use outside grill instead of oven in the summer to reduce your home’s internal temperature.
  • Turning your water heater from 140° to 120° can lower your electric bill by $10 per month.
  • Turning your air conditioner down 1 degree save 2-3% on your electricity bill.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room.
  • Stop leaving the outside light on after morning time.
  • Set your ceiling fan to auto so the fan won’t keep blowing after the AC is turned off. Using the auto setting vs the on setting can lower your electric bill by $15-$25 per month.
  • Set ceiling fans to blow down during the summer.
  • Replace lighting with energy efficient LED lighting.
  • Paint the walls in your home a lighter color. This will make light reflect better and lower need for more lighting.
  • Make sure your fridge or freezer is set the manufacturers recommended temperature.
  • Make sure and clean your dryer’s lint filter for additional energy savings.
  • Keep your oven door closed at all times during cooking. You lose from 25 to 50 degrees every time your open it.
  • Keep window blinds, shutters or drapes closed during the daytime.
  • Instead of taking baths, take showers, it saves your hot water heater from having to run a lot.
  • During the winter make sure your the damper in your fireplace is closed to prevent air from going up the chimney
  • Dry your dishes with the air and reduce the cost of using dishwasher electricity
  • Dry clothes consecutively to use up the residual heat left over from the previous load.
  • Don’t use your dryer to dry clothes, hang them up instead. Anything that uses heat, uses a lot of electricity.
  • Don’t use your dishwasher; Wash your dishes by hand to save money on electricity.
  • Don’t run your dishwasher if it is not a full load.
  • Don’t place appliances next to thermostat, the heat turns the unit on.
  • Don’t let your oven preheat longer than it needs to.
  • Do not install a freezer or refrigerator in your garage. Operating a refrigerator in a hot garage can cost your up to $15-$20 per month.
  • Buy Energy Star appliances and electronics as these devices use most of the electricity in your home.

Brandt Builders Offers Tubular Skylight Installation In Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, & Sun City, Arizona

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Replace Your Skylight Dome Today with Brandt Builders
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Replace Your Skylight Dome Today With Brandt Builders

The quality skylight domes are mainly acrylic and sometimes possibly polycarbonate. There are several weather situations that threaten your skylight, though. Hailstorms and other natural causes leave your home vulnerable to damages. Hail striking can cause harm to your roof and any skylights you have installed. Hailstorms can be highly destructive, so keep in mind you can replace your skylight dome with Brandt Builders. Damages to your roofing and skylights are easily identifiable. Here are a few:

  • Size of Hail – Hailstorms can produce any size of hailstones to fall from the sky and cause considerable amounts of damage.
  • Wind – This will single-handedly change how the hailstorm reacts to the area it is impacting, possibly increasing the speed at which the hail is falling.
  • Material Used for Roof – The material used on roofs has the ability to absorb the impact of hail differently than others. Metal roofing, for instance, causes dinging and denting on the roof itself. Tile roofs are not in too much danger of having wind damaging them, and little to no damages from the hail.
  • Glass – Most glass generally can withstand larger hailstorms more than any other typical polymer material. Although they still do break with bigger hail.
  • Polymer – This type of domed skylights withstand smaller to medium-sized hail. However, all materials can most likely still be damaged, depending on the size of the hail in the sky.

3 Simple Ways to Resolve Skylight Dome Damage

Typical Skylight Dome Replacement

  1. Drill the rivet out
  2. Remove the existing trims on the skylight
  3. Pull off the broken skylight dome
  4. Replace the broken dome
  5. Replace the removed trims
  6. Rivet the trims back together again

Traditional Frame and Skylight Dome replacement

  1. Remove the screw or rivets first
  2. Entirely lift the frame and skylight dome
  3. Replace this with a brand-new traditional frame and dome
  4. Rivet the new frame and dome to match the old one and

Replacing your Skylight Dome with a Framed Sky Window and Glass

  1. Remove the frame and skylight dome
  2. Make any modification if necessary
  3. Custom-fit your new Skylight frame window and glass
  4. Rivet your new skylight window frame

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Roof Window Versus Skylights
Written by Daniel O

How Sun Tunnel Replacement Works Out | Getting A Ceiling Ring Installed In Phoenix

You get more than just natural light when you install solar tubes – you also get a lower electricity bill every month. If you are thinking about adding light to a hallway, just one room, or another place in the home, you’ll want to consider solar tubes. Solar tubes provide greater warmth as well as more indirect light. Here is a look at what getting a ceiling ring installed in Phoenix entails.

The most common issue homeowners say they have is figuring out how to fix a sun tunnel leak. Circumstances like these are very rare, yet they do happen. Sun tunnels that have been installed correctly will usually never have any leaking issues. A replacement of the sun tunnel would be way more cost-effective than repairs. In all likelihood, the cost of labor and repairing the broken sun tunnel may cost the same, if not more than just doing an all-out replacement.

A good way to test for leaking is by using water in the area it was installed on. Professionally installed sun tunnels should appear seamless and a part of your home. Shingles drooped easily over the sun tunnel with screws in place will keep the installation airtight and clean.

How Our Ceiling Rings Get Installed

This year a new ceiling ring was released and is made of a clear type poly-carbonate. The simple ring alone gives you evenly distributed light all throughout the room.

Many do not see a difference between newer and older models. Experts, though, say there is a dramatic shift in the dispersion of light when it comes to the new trim rings we are utilizing. Paired together nicely, we utilize neutral light diffusers as well.

The process to have these installed is quick and easy for professionals. On the other hand, this can become a DIY project as there are kits out there that allow you to do this.

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Sun Tubes vs Skylights
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Solar Tubes vs. Skylights: Cost Comparison, How They Work, & More

There are many differences between installing solar tubes vs skylights. Learn more about each below.

You get more than just natural light when you install solar tubes – you also get a lower electricity bill every month and none of the hassles associated with skylights. If you are thinking about adding light to a hallway, just one room, or another place in the home, you’ll want to consider solar tubes. Solar tubes provide greater warmth as well as more indirect light.

How Do Solar Tubes Work Vs. Skylights?

Solar Tubes are a very effective option to standard skylights keep reading to learn more. Or, read more about the disadvantages of skylights.

How Do Solar Tubes Work?

solar tube is a tube with a diameter of 10 or 14 inches with a polished interior assembled of sheet-metal. Commonly known as a tubular skylight, sun tunnel, light tube, and sun tube. Light will be channeled through the entire length while preserving the intensity of the light the interior acts as a continuous mirror as it captures the daylight on your roof and carries it to the interior of your home.

A solar tube on the roof captures light in a plastic globe that is weatherproof. The tube then runs into the room below via a porthole and that diffuses into the portal already installed into the ceiling. The globe on the roof collects the light from outside and is spread or dis-fused as a glow of pure white. it is certainly a dramatic effect. Homeowners often say that when they are installed, they sometimes reach to turn off lights that aren’t on, the solar tube is that effective!

How Do Skylights Work?

Skylights work in an identical way to the manner the windows in your home operate. Skylights are basically windows for your roof. Some skylights feature closing and opening options allowing you to open the skylight windows a few inches.

What is a Solar Tube vs. a Traditional Skylight?

It is important to understand the differences between solar tubes and skylights. Read on to learn more.

What is a Solar Tube?

What is Solar Tube

Definition: Solar tubes (commonly known as solar tube lighting, light tube, light pipes, or tubular skylights) are tube-shaped pipes that capture natural sunlight and distributes it to the interior parts of your home or office for illumination purposes. Compared to traditional skylights, solar tubes are cost less to install and are more compact.

What is a Traditional Skylight?

What is a Skylight

Definition: Skylights (commonly known as a roof light) is a light-transmitting type of window that forms all or part of the roof space of a building for lighting purposes. Sky lighting types include roof windows, unit skylights, tubular daylighting devices, sloped glazing, and customized skylights.

What is the Cost of Solar Tubes vs. Skylights?

It is important to understand the differences in cost between solar tubes and the two different kinds of skylights. Read more to find out for yourself!

What is the Cost of Solar Tubes?

Tubular Skylights Cost

The cost for a solar tube is about $750 with costs ranging from about $500 to $1,000 when professionally installed, compared to over $2,000 for the traditional skylight installation. If you happen to be somewhat talented at handyman projects, you may be able to install the solar tube yourself for between $200 to $400. Remember one of the many excellent features is that the light tube does not require new drywall or alterations to the frame or the home or paint!

What is the Cost of Skylights?

  • Skylights (fixed): The average cost for material and installation of a skylight ranges from $600 to $1,500 depending on the size of the skylight. You need to check with a skylight installer before you decide the kind of skylight you want as it cannot exceed more than 15% of the floor area in the room. The installer will also advise as to whether you need UV Protection which is dependent on the angle the skylight is installed.
  • Skylights (vented): Remote controlled or electric skylights will set you back between $1,000 to $5,200 including costs of installations and materials. You may also require the services of an electrician to ensure the wining is correct if the skylight installer does not have one available.

How Much Light Do Solar Tubes Generate vs. Skylights?

You may be wondering if how much light does a solar tube produce? Is it really more effective than a skylight, read further to learn more.

How Much Light Do Solar Tubes Generate?

The smallest option available is the 10-inch and gives off the light usually generated by 3,100-watt light bulbs, more than enough to illuminate an area of up to 200 sq. ft. A 14-inch tube can light up to 300 sq. ft.

Light tubes can be installed anywhere but here are some of the most popular areas:

  • Kitchens
  • Laundry rooms
  • Walk-in closets
  • Stairways
  • Hallways
  • Bathrooms

One thing to consider: You may want not to locate the tube above computer or television as the glare may be a tad too much.

How Much Light Do Skylights Generate?

Standard style skylights are just not capable of producing as much light as tubular skylights as they use a skylight well. Solar tubes do not need one and will not lose light through absorption as skylights do, what is more, standard skylights do not diffuse reflection or use light diffusion. Diffusion of light helps spread the light over the entire room opposite only shining down on areas where the sun directly shines through.

What About Installing Solar Tubes in A Multi-Level Home vs Skylights?

People often want to know can a solar tube be installed in homes with more than one level and how does that compare to a skylight. The answer may surprise you!

What About Installing Solar Tubes in A Multi-Level Home?

Yes, you can use solar tubes to illuminate the ground floor in a 2-story house. As long as there is a mechanical chase or even a close that a tube can be run through, it would enable you to channel the light down to the first floor of your home. Conversely, if you have to start cutting through floors and walling, very quickly other issues could start piling up making it a complicated proposition.

What About Installing Skylights In A Multi-Level Home?

Skylights cannot bring light to the ground floor as there is no tube for the light to traverse through. They can only be installed directly over the floor of the home where you want the light come in. Installing them on a 2-story house only illuminates the upper floor.

Is My Home Right for A Solar Tube vs. Skylight?

Here are some things you need to think about if your home may be suitable for a skylight or solar tube.

Requirements For Solar Tube Installation

With no alternations to framing required there are not many limits to where you can locate your light tube. Check the attic and ensure there is enough room so you can do a straight run. You can use elbows or flexible tubing to get around any permanent obstructions. It is simple to install light tubes if you have a vaulted ceiling as they only require 12 inches or so of tubing.

The Following Factors Should Be Considered in Advance

  • Location: if you want to get the best results, your globe should be installed on the southwest side of the roof. When you choose the spot to run the tube make sure it is less than 14 feet or less. You can also place the globe above the target room, and it would be capable of conveying 98% more exterior light. If the tube can turn or twist, you will get a minimal amount of light.
  • Weather: When you live in an area with high humidity causes condensation can cause issues to the interior of the tube. Condensation can be cut down by wrapping up the tube using (R-15) or (R-19) insulation. There are sections of tubing available from a few manufacturers have small fans built in to help remove any moisture in the air. if you reside in an area that is likely to get hurricanes, a polycarbonate dome will be extra hardy and long-lasting.
  • Roofing Material: The installation kits have been designed with asphalt shingles in mind. In addition, they can work with shakes and/or shingles as well. There are also flashing adaptors available to use for tile or metal roofs.
  • Roof Frame Spacing: The rafters need to be spaced at 16″ and need to be gapped enough to fit a 14″ or 10″ inch tube. If the rafters on your home are spaced on center at 16″, they have a special order 21″ tube available for light coverage of up to 600 sq ft.
  • Roof Slope: Many light kits include flashing to be installed on roofs having slopes ranging between 15 degrees (having a 3″ 12 pitch) or a 60 degree (having a 20″ 12 pitch).

Requirements for Skylight Installation

A skylight will require modifying of the framing and there are limitations of where they can be installed. In addition, standard skylights take up more space and of course only can be installed on the parts of your roof that have a lot of room. Solar tubes are a lot smaller and can be installed in several locations on your roof.

Brandt Builders Offers Tubular Skylight Installation In Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, & Sun City, Arizona

Brandt Builders offers professional tubular skylight installation in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City, and other areas of the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Get a free tubular skylight installation estimate today!

Sun Tunnels vs Skylights
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Sun Tunnels vs Skylights

If you are looking for information about the differences between sun tunnels vs skylights as well as some pros and cons, this article will help! Since both systems do have similarities the decision will ultimately be up to you for which option works best for your home or office.

Sun Tunnel vs Skylight Similarities

Sun tunnels and skylights do share some similarities like both being installed on a roof for more natural light and both can potentially lower your energy bills.

Sun Tunnel vs Skylight Difference

Sun tunnels and skylights do have several similarities but there are some key differences you should know to make an informed decision on what works best for your specific situation. A sun tunnel for instance can be installed in areas that a skylight will not make sense like closets, or hallways due to their construction and smaller size. Skylights on th other hand are typically larger and can come in various shapes like square, diamond, or oval. Some skylights can also be opened or closed using a manual crank or an electric rail system to allow air from the outside in.

Sun Tunnel Pros and Cons

There are many benefits and disadvantages of sun tunnels for your home or office. It is up to you whether the pros or cons weigh heavier.

Sun Tunnel Pros

  • Low maintence and upkeep costs.
  • Can be installed in less than 24 hours.
  • Installation requires less space.
  • No loss of heating or cooling energy.
  • Designed not to leakr or build up condensation.

Sun Tunnel Cons

  • Sun tunnels cannot be opened.
  • Sky cannot be seen through sun tunnels.
  • Light cannot be dimmed or blocked unless a dimmer kit is installed.
  • Not all models are suited for extreme temperatures.

Skylight Pros and Cons

Just as with sun tunnels skylights hav both benefits and disadvantages, but you should decide for yourself if the pros or cons are worth the installation.

Skylight Pros

  • Direct view of the sky is possible.
  • Can be opened to allow for fresh air.
  • Adds natural light to rooms installed.
  • Potentially saves money on energy usage.
  • Dwell also cites design options and design impact.

Skylight Cons

  • Can fade fabrics on clothing or furniture.
  • Increased heat gain.
  • Possible leaks from improper installation.
  • More expensive to maintain and install.

Sun Tunnel vs Skylight Costs

Learn more about sun tunnel vs skylight installation costs.

Sun Tunnel Installation Cost

According to Velax, the cost to install a new skylight ranges between $1,700 and $3,700 depending on if you choose a fixed skylight or an electric “fresh air” model.

Sun Tunnel Installation Cost

In comparision House Logic, states that a sun tunnel costs between $500 and $1,000.

Brandt Builders Offers Tubular Skylight Installation In Glendale, Peoria, Surprise & Sun City, Arizona

Brandt Builders offers professional tubular skylight installation in Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and other areas of the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Get a free tubular skylight installation estimate today!

Disadvantages of skylights
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Disadvantages of Skylights

If you are on the fence about adding skylights to your home this post will help! As it turns out skylights are not as economical or energy efficent as everyone thinks they are especially compared to solar tubes installed by Brandt Builders.

There are some major disadvantages to skylights especially here in Arizona where cooling bills can rival your mortgage. These disadvantages will stem from having more light enter your home; which raises the temperature of your home, and makes it more expensive to cool your home.

Disadvantages of Skylights

Heat gain

According to Energy Vanguard U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and R-values should be used to calculate energy efficiency. In short, this would mean that since a skylight would be less insulated than a typical roof or wall plus the added sunlight exposure makes the room much hotter.  A U-factor is a calculation to determine how much heat loss occurs meaning a window with a lower U-Factor translates to a better-insulated window. R- Values would be used to calculate insulation for other areas of your home or office, so a higher R-Value would mean a great amount of insulation.

For a more up to date information International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) click here.

Heat loss

Since your glass skylight does not conduct in the same way as a wall or ceiling made from wood or concrete during the winter months cold temperatures will seep in easier. Dwell recommends using a skylight that has insulation as well as being “thermally broken” meaning all hardware inside the skylight is not connected to hardware touching the outside of the skylight. Another option to reduce heat loss would be to apply a film to the skylight to reduce solar radiation. Solar tubes on the other hand do not contribute to heat loss.

Heating cost or cooling cost increase

SFGate appropriately called skylights “year-round energy losers”, because a well-insulated skylight will lose more heat during cold months like December. While in warm months like June, a room with a skylight will have a higher temperature because of the increase in sunlight and SHCG. Solar Heat-Gain Coefficient or SHGC is a measure of how much direct sunlight translated into solar heat is gained and trapped by a window frame or the window itself; which raises the temperature.

Interior damages

Since skylights can be large in size than a window the can let in more sunlight from outside causing fading to materials like wood or fabric. Another factor to consider is that an improperly installed skylight could leak causing water damage to the items inside your home as well as possible mold and water stains. When an accident like this does occur it is best to speak with your insurance agent to make sure that your policy will cover damages from improperly installed skylights.

Limits on usable space

When skylights are installed on residential or commercial buildings they limit the amount of roof that can be used for equipment like air conditioners, or back up generators. For a residential building, this may not be as big of the issue since the equipment could be installed on the ground level, or on a section of roof that does not have a skylight. The situation for a commercial roof, in a densely populated area, is not the same since there are often multiple tenants working out of one building, making rooftop real estate even more of a factor, and could lead to an increase in accidents by roof crews working on or near skylights.

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