When it comes to natural light, homeowners will agree on one thing: They want more of it. There’s not a one-size-fits-all way, however, to increase natural light in a home so it’s important to understand what your options have to offer, starting with getting to know skylights and solar tubes.
Here’s a quick comparison from the roof repair experts The Thomas Roofing Company:
Skylights are essentially windows installed on roofs. They are typically square or rectangle in shape, and has the same features as windows, including being operable. The bigger the skylights, the better, but they should never be sized more than 15% of a room’s total square footage.
Given how they look, skylights can be a striking feature in a room, adding to your home’s overall interior appeal and potentially bumping up your property’s resale value if you are looking to sell. Additionally, they offer views of the sky, providing you a spot from which you can wind down and relax.
Skylights are for you if you can be a bit more flexible with your budget, are not worried about passive heating and want a view of the sky. They are more difficult to install but if you are already getting repairs done, for instance, they can be accommodated by your roofing contractor.
Solar Tube Basics
Also known as tubular skylights, light tubes and sun tunnels, solar tubes are also installed on roofs but are smaller in size, designed to catch sunlight and reflect it down a tube and into a room.
Solar tubes are for you if you need to work with a budget, want minimal fuss with installation and are concerned about excessive heat gains. They’re a more utilitarian product compared to skylights, so they’ll make for great investments but don’t expect a boost in interior appeal outside of getting more natural light.
Your Best and Safest Choice
The Thomas Roofing Company, Inc. is proud to offer the best skylights in Ellicott City, Columbia and the surrounding communities in MD. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (410) 876-3602 or fill out our contact form. Request a FREE quote today! We also provide gutter installation services.