Is A Skylight Right For You?

Do you have a skylight?  Have you ever thought about installing one?

If so, this information is for you!

 

There are many benefits to having a skylight in your home.  They can significantly reduce energy costs, while enhancing the most abundant natural resource – natural daylight.

If you already have a skylight, does it need repair?  Are the repairs significant enough to warrant replacing the unit all together?  There are many areas to consider before making this decision.

How old is the malfunctioning unit?

If your skylight is an older, plastic, bubble-type model, they can become faded, yellowed, cracked and unsightly.  This can reduce visibility and can often compromise energy efficiency.  According to information listed in www.energystar.gov, replacing older skylight models with new energy-efficient double-paned, insulated glass models can reduce UV rays and provide significant energy savings.

Specifically, a VELUX®  brand skylight can save a 2,000 square-foot home nearly $200 per year on cooling costs, according to a company study and based on an estimated $.15 per kwh/hr.   If you choose to add skylight blinds, the energy savings can be even higher.

How extensive is the problem?

Older model skylights can develop problems, depending on their age and condition.  Consumers now have a choice between laminated glass or tempered glass skylights.  Laminated glass is a combination of two or more glass sheets with one or more interlayers of plastic (PVB) or resin.  In case of breakage, the interlayer is designed to hold the fragments together.  Tempered glass does not contain an interlayer to hold the fragments together.  Instead, tempered glass is designed to break into small, pebble-like pieces.

Will the cost of repair approach the cost to replace?

Today’s skylight options come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials and budgets to meet any home décor needs.  In many cases it makes more financial sense to replace with better quality, higher energy efficient skylights, than to repair older, less energy efficient models.

Thanks to two federal tax credit laws that have gone into effect over the past few years, consumers can now enjoy a 30-percent tax credit on the purchase and installation of residential photovoltaic equipment (solar blinds) as well as other solar-powered energy systems, with no cap on the amount of the credit.  The tax credit applies to all qualifying equipment installed and placed in service, on or between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2016.  For more information on the current tax credits available and a directory of qualifying products, visit www.efficientwindows.org.

How can a skylight enhance the value of a property?

Skylights are considered “Green Technology”.  Green technology helps a home become more energy efficient and sustainable.  Homes that are built or retrofitted with green technologies have a higher resale value than those that are not.  Skylights flood your home with natural light, which reduces the need for artificial lighting.  A bright, naturally lit home is more appealing to potential buyers.

Skylights are also listed as being one of the top 20 things that can add value to your home, according to www.bankrate.com and www.handyamerican.com.  They are also recommended for use in brightening a dark room by www.thisoldhouse.com.  According to the Mayo Clinic, installing skylights in your home can also help alleviate some symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

For more information on skylights and skylight options, check out the “Window and Door Replacement” page under the “Construction Services” tab on this website, or call Ryan Construction today to speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff.   We are here to assist you with all your home improvement projects.