The Best VELUX Skylights for Flat Roofs

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VELUX Skylight for Flat Roof

Most skylights are designed for slanted roofs. But, VELUX makes a number of fantastic skylights for flat roofs! 

 Slanted roofs are one of the most popular roof styles in America. This is largely because they’re better in the rain and snow, since they have a “pitch” (or slant) to them, they enable rainwater to run down into the gutter and prevent heavy, wet snow from piling up on top.  

In places with warm, dry climates, however, many people opt for flat roofs. This is also the case in urban apartment buildings. Unlike pitched roofs, these have a drain installed in the middle that collects water and carries it out via an internal gutter system.  Note: because they are not slanted, the pitch of a flat roof is 0 degrees. 

But, if you have a flat roof, you may be wondering whether or not you can install a skylight. Aren’t skylights made for slanted roofs? 

No! Not all skylights are designed for pitched roofs. In fact, VELUX makes residential and commercial skylights for flat roofs too! 

VELUX Residential Skylights for Flat Roofs

If you’re looking to add a skylight to your flat roof, the important thing to know is that for a flat roof you’ll need a Curb Mounted Skylight.  This is because Curb Mounted Skylights sit on a 2×4 or 2×6 curb (or raised frame) when the roof pitch is lower or flat. The curb will channel water away from the skylight, keeping the space below dry. The roof pitch for a Curb Mounted Skylight is 0:12 / 0 degrees to 20:12 / 60 degrees. 

 Okay, so now that we know we’re looking for Curb Mounted Skylights, there are plenty of options to choose from because VELUX makes a number of different models, each catering to a different set of needs and offering different features for your home!  

The FCM (Fixed Curb Mount) series is ideal for simple, weather-tight installations on site-built curbs. Because the skylight does not open (so it doesn’t let in fresh air), it is best suited for closed in areas that do not get a lot of natural light, such as stairwells and hallways.  Because these skylights are usually the least expensive options, adding a fixed skylight to these areas is a great and inexpensive way to way them feel more open and spacious.  

Another option is a Sun Tunnel such as this Rigid Sun Tunnel, which is designed for flat and low sloped roofs and directs sunlight from the rooftop to an interior ceiling.  This Sun Tunnel is ideal for enclosed spaces such as small rooms, hallways, closets, pantries and foyers 

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a skylight that does open up, then you’ll be interested in a Vented (or Venting) Skylight. Options here are Manual Vented, Electric Vented and Solar Vented; all three models will allow you to open and close the skylight, the difference is in how you do so. 

Manual Vented Skylights (VCM model) can be opened and closed with a manual or motorized hand crank. 

Electric Vented Skylights (VCE model) can be opened and closed using the control system. This model also comes with a rain sensor that automatically closes your skylight during inclement weather – how cool is that!  

Solar Vented Skylights (VCS model) can be opened and closed using the control system and captures available sunlight and uses it to recharge the operator and control system. This model also comes with a rain sensor so if your skylight is open and it starts to rain, the system will automatically close the skylight for you! 

Flat Roof Skylights for Commercial Buildings 

If you are the owner of a commercial property (or are a contractor who’s working on one), VELUX offers Domed Skylights via their CG2 Skylight  

This skylight is made from a high-quality plastic that won’t yellow over time, so your building will continue to look great for years to come. It also has an advanced weep system which minimizes condensation, and a full thermal break to maximize energy efficiency. 

Don’t Let Your Flat Roof Prevent You from Seeing the Light  

Just because you have a flat roof doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy all the benefits that a skylight can offer!  VELUX makes a variety of models, so you can enjoy the sunlight!   

Ready to start shopping?  Click here to check out our selection of curb mounted residential skylights!  



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A Guide to VELUX Blinds

Skylight Blinds

VELUX Blinds

Skylights are amazing—plain and simple. They’re a cost-effective way to fill your home with natural lighting. However, no one wants to flood their house with light all of the time. There are certain times when we just want to draw the blinds, turn the TV on and take a nice daytime nap. Or maybe you’re installing the skylight in a bedroom, for example, where you’ll want to be able to control the control the light, especially at bedtime.

So what do you do?  

Well, many manufacturers make specialized blinds that cover up your skylights. VELUX blinds, for example, allow you to cover and uncover your skylight whenever you feel like. This not only enables you to block out light but offers a number of other benefits, as well. 

The Benefits of Blinds 

Blinds are helpful for many reasons. They give you the ability and let in as much or as little light as you’d like. Of course, they also allow you to maintain your privacy. If you’ve got contractors working on the roof, for example, you want to be able to close your windows. 

But, those aren’t even the best parts. VELUX blinds are actually designed to make your skylight more energy-efficient. They add an insulating layer of protection to your skylight. So, when you close them, they don’t just keep out light but keep out heat and cold air, as well.  

 VELUX skylights already help you conserve energy by eliminating the need for air conditioners. But, by adding a blind, you can also reduce the amount of energy you use to heat your home. Then, you wont have to worry about the cold, bitter air coming into your house. 

How to Choose the Right Skylight Blinds 

VELUX blinds come in a number of different styles. Each style accommodates the needs of different types of homeowners. When choosing your blinds, there are a few things to consider: 

Manual vs. Solar Powered: Certain VELUX products operate manually, while others can be opened and closed using a wall-mounted keypad. All remote-controlled VELUX blinds are solar-powered. The opening mechanism is charged by the sun, so you don’t need to worry about additional wiring. Just clip them into the frame of the skylight itself and you’re all set! 

Light-filtering vs. Room Darkening: Both light-filtering and room-darkening skylight blinds are made from solid materials, so they’re similar to curtains in this way. How much light do you want to allow into your home? VELUX lets you decide. 

  • Light-filtering blinds are semi-translucent. They allow a small amount of light to shine through even when they’re closed creating natural, soft, diffused light. They come in solid colors (a ton of color choices, by the way), so no one will be able to see through. But, you’ll still see some light on a sunny day. Use in an office, nursery, playroom, or any other room that could benefit from less glare.
  • Room-darkening skylights are made from a thicker, corrugated material that keeps all of the light out. When these room-darkening shades are closed, you won’t see a single bit of light from the outside world—perfect for bedrooms, media entertainment rooms.

Venetian Blinds: VELUX also offers manually-operating Venetian blinds which are similar to the Venetian blinds you’d hang on a traditional window (but these are specifically designed for skylights). Like other VELUX blind products, they’re available in a number of different colors and require no complicated installation. These blinds are low-maintenance and moisture-resistant making them ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.

Do I Need Skylight Blinds? 

Technically, you don’t need to buy a skylight blind. They’re not included in the cost of the skylight, so you’ll have to purchase them in addition to the light itself. But, if you skip the blinds, you’ll lose out on the privacy that they offer as well as the other benefits.

AND they are all super easy to install, so you don’t have to worry about additional installation costs. Just unpack them from the box, clip them into place, and start enjoying all the benefits your new blinds have to offer.  

Ready to start shopping?  Click here to view our selection of VELUX Blinds!  



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The Importance of Skylight Flashing

Outside of a roof with Skylight and Flashing

VELUX Skylight Flashing System

VELUX Skylights are a great addition to any home. But in order for them to work properly, they must be installed with a strong flashing system.

Residential skylights are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners who want to cut down on electricity costs because they are eco-friendly, cost effective and energy-efficient. However, in order to reap the benefits of having a skylight, it needs to be installed properly – skylight flashing is an important component of a proper installation. 

Even the U.S. Department of Energy acknowledges the importance of skylight flashing. An article published on states, “Avoid water leaks by…installing a curb (a raised, watertight lip that helps to deflect water away from the skylight) and flashing…”

What is Skylight Flashing? 

Essentially, skylight flashing keeps the skylight leak-free. It is installed around the perimeter of the skylight to prevent water and air from leaking in or out. Without it, there’s a good chance that water can seep through the sides of the skylight and that air will flow outwards. 

Flashing kits usually come in three or four parts. Each piece fits snugly around the skylight’s frame. They’re generally very easy to install and aren’t expensive, either. Depending on the skylight style, a VELUX flashing system can be purchased for less than $100.

Flashing Kits Vary by Skylight Type

The size and type of skylight you are installing will determine the flashing needed. VELUX makes several types of flashing systems, each one designed for a different type of skylight.  

Curb-mounted and deck mounted skylights, for example, require a rectangular flashing kit that is installed around the perimeter of the skylight. This style is known as “step flashing” because it is installed like stairs. Step flashing is built to fit tightly against the shingles on a roof.   

There’s also a step flashing kit designed specifically for VELUX Roof Windows.

For homeowners whove purchased a VELUX Sun Tunnel, there is a special, easy-to-install flashing system. The kit is made to fit around the Sun Tunnels cylindrical form.

Self flashed (also called pan flashed) skylights do not require a skylight flashing system.

VELUX No Leak Warranty 

One reason why homeowners love VELUX is that their products come with a 10-year, No Leak Warranty. The company believes in their skylights so much that they offer a full refund to anyone whose skylight starts leaking within the first decade after purchase. However, in order to be eligible for the No Leak Warranty, the homeowner must purchase and install a skylight flashing kit at the same time as their skylight.  

While the addition of flashing might bring up the initial cost, it helps to ensure that the homeowner’s investment is a good one.  

Click here to shop for skylight flashing kits!  
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How to Install a Skylight: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Skylight installation

Everyone loves the idea of having a skylight in their home. However, most people don’t know how to install a skylight.  

In fact, many people are deterred from buying one simply because they think the installation process will be too complicated. In reality, however, it’s not that difficult. If you’ve got the right tools, a few hours and at least some experience in building things (please don’t get on the roof with a circular saw if you’ve never even picked up a hammer), you’ll find that installing a skylight is a manageable task. 

First Things First: Plan Your Installation 

The first, and most important step is to determine the correct skylight style for your installation. This will be based on the roof pitch and roofing materials installed.

Roof pitch refers to the amount of rise per ft of slope.  Examples are 3:12, 5;12, 7:12, 10:12, 12:12.

3:12 = 3” rise for every 12” of slope.

Examples of roofing material are: asphalt shingle, standing seam metal roof and high profile Spanish tile or slate, etc.

  • Flat roof = curb mounted domed skylight
  • Low pitch roof typically = curb mount skylight  < 3:12 pitch
  • Fair to steep pitch roof typically = deck mount skylight > 3:12 pitch.
  • However, if you have a metal roof or high profile roofing material such as Spanish tile then you will need a curb mounted skylight to exceed the thickness of the roofing material.

Another key (but, unfortunately, tedious) step in the process is to obtain any necessary building permits. If your town or neighborhood requires you to have a building permit (which is typically needed for skylight installation), make sure to obtain them beforehand. We don’t want anyone receiving fines or having their project shut down before it’s complete.   

Once you’ve gotten the approval from the local authorities, it’s time to gather your tools and materials. 

Heres What Youll Need 

Gather the following materials: 

  • A skylight that fits the size and slope of your roof 
  • 2×4’s to support the frame  
  • Roofing nails 
  • Nails (16D hot-galvanized steel ones work best) 
  • Continuous flashing 
  • Step flashing 
  • Circular saw 
  • Hammer 
  • Tin snips 
  • Pry bar 
  • Carpenter’s knife with hook blade 
  • Chalk line
  • Adhesive underlayment
  • Power drill 
  • Screws 
  • Tape measure 
  • Pencil 

Remember, skylights come in a variety of different styles and each has its own nuances when it comes to skylight installation. A VELUX Sun Tunnel, for example, may require a bit more construction than a traditional curb mounted skylight. Each model will come with directions that outline the specific requirements for installation. This guide is intended to provide basic instructions on how to install a skylight and to give you an idea of what the process is like.   

Step 1: Cut Your Opening 

Start by cutting an opening that aligns with the size of your skylight. The manufacturer’s instructions will list the exact size of your light. This will tell you how big the opening needs to be.  

It’s important to note that different styles of skylights require a different sized hole. For example, a curb-mounted light is intended to dip below the surface of your roof, resting on the wood as a support. A deck mounted skylight, on the other hand, will sit above the surface of your roof. The size of your opening will depend on the size of the skylight’s frame.  

You should choose the placement of your opening from inside the house. Drill a screw through the roof where you want the corners of your frame to be. Move to the roof and make a perfect square by snapping the chalk line from screw to screw. Then you can use your circular saw to cut out the opening.  

Step 2: Build Your Frame  

The frame is the wood structure that supports the skylight. Essentially, you’ll make it by cutting 2x4s and mounting them to the preexisting support beams in your roof. Make sure that your roof beams are supported if you are cutting through them. Your frame should be mounted to the roof beams at the edges of the skylight’s opening.  

Note: If you dont have a carpentry background, this is the step where youll want help from someone who does. Its crucial that your light is properly supported by a sturdy frame.  

Step 3: Peel Back the Roofing and Install Your Skylight 

Once your opening is cut and supported, use your carpenter’s knife with hook blade to slice the roof shingles around it. Cut back 2.5-3 inches around the entire perimeter.   

Set your skylight into the opening. You might want to have someone else help you insert the light into place. After it’s in there, you can mount it using screws or nails.  

Step 4: Lay Down Your Adhesive Underlayment and Tiles  

Adhesive underlayment keeps the wood on your roof from becoming saturated. Cut 8” pieces and lay them down underneath the existing shingles. Start with the bottom pieces (the ones closest to the ground) and work upward on your roof. This will allow the rain to run down over the underlayment without letting any seep in between the cracks.   

The toughest part about this step is getting the underlayment underneath the shingles. Use your pry bar to pull up any nails that prevent you from getting the paper completely under each shingle.  

Step 5: Attach Your Step Flashing and Bottom Flashing 

Flashing is incredibly important as it prevents water from leaking through the edges of your skylight.  Whenever we get a call from someone who thinks they have a leaky skylight, it’s usually because the flashing was never installed with the skylight!    

Your flashing kit will come with a specifically-labeled piece of bottom flashing. This piece should be placed along the bottom edge of the skylight. This piece should sit directly on the roof shingles. Gently nail the piece of bottom flashing into the skylight. 

Once you’ve done that, slide single pieces of step flashing underneath your shingles. Use your tin snips to cut each piece as necessary. Allow each piece of flashing to overlap the others by 3.5-4 inches. Start from the bottom and work your way upwards. Nail each piece into the sides of the skylight.  

Step 6: Attach Your Solid Flashing 

The solid flashing usually comes in three parts: the bottom, sides, and top. When installed correctly, they should fit snugly against your skylight. Start with the bottom piece and follow it with the sides. After those have been attached, you can put the top piece (also known as “head flashing) on. Slide the edges under the roof, attach it to the top and you’re good to go.   

Still Wondering How to Install a Skylight? 

There are a number of great video tutorials available on VELUX’s Installation Help page. Make sure to check that out if you’re looking for additional tips.   

And remember, there’s nothing wrong with asking someone for a hand. If the whole installation process feels daunting to you, you may want to reach out to a professional.  This is an important investment, you are cutting a hole in your roof, after all, so you want to make sure it’s done right the first time.  This will save you a lot of headache and extra cost if work has to be redone by a professional.

It may take some additional time to coordinate, but you’ll be reaping the benefits of your new skylight before you know it.  







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8 Skylight Installation Tips that Will Make the Job Much Easier! 

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VELUX Skylight Installation

For many folks, the skylight installation process feels overwhelming.  I mean…cutting a hole in your roof? Aren’t there just so many things that could go wrong? 

Well, yes and no. But, whether you’re a contractor doing it for the first time or just a DIY-warrior taking on the task, there are some precautions you need to take if you want to ensure that the job goes as smoothly as possible.

We’ve compiled 8 skylight installation tips that you should know before you get started.

1. Buy the Right Flashing System 

Flashing systems are made to accommodate different roof pitches and construction materials. A metal roof, for example, requires different flashing than a wood-and-shingle roof does.

Make sure to do some research on the flashing system you need before you spend any money on it.  Click here for more information on the VELUX Flashing systems.

2. Gather Your Tools Beforehand 

Nothing is worse than getting several hours into a job before realizing that you don’t have all the tools you need.

Save yourself a trip to the hardware store and make sure you have all the necessary tools before you start installing the skylight.  

Most skylight projects will require: 

  • Electric saw (Reciprocating or circular) 
  • Tape measure 
  • Pencil or marker 
  • Drill  
  • Hammer 
  • Nails and screws 
  • Caulking gun 

3. Choose Your Placement Carefully 

Your skylight needs to align with the rafters of your home. It needs something to support it if you don’t want it to come crashing through the roof!

If you have a blueprint on hand, look for where the support beams are so that you can place your skylight in an optimal location.  

4. Peel the Shingles Off Before You Cut  

If you have shingles on your roof, make sure to peel off the ones that cover the area where your skylight is going to be installed. This will make the whole job a bit easier and save you a lot of clean-up time later on.   

5. Start from the Interior 

After the shingles and sheathing have been removed, head inside and create an outline of the skylight on your ceiling. Drive four screws into the corner of the outline. Then, head outside and back up onto the roof to cut the opening. The screws will poke out through the roof and enable you to make an accurate cut.  

6. Have Drywall and Insulation On-Hand  

When doing your skylight installation, make sure that you have a piece of drywall and insulation nearby. The cuts you make into the roof are probably going to expose some parts of your ceiling that haven’t seen the light of day in quite a while. Drywall and insulation will allow you to patch up those areas and keep your job looking professional. 

 7. Wait for a Sunny Day 

We know you’re excited to get started. However, you should try to install on the driest day possible. Any moisture that seeps into the cracks while you’re installing is going to remain there (and probably turn into mold).   

8. Be Careful Up There! 

This one should be obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people hop up on their roof without taking proper safety precautions. Wear boots with good traction. Pay attention while you’re climbing the ladder. If something feels unsafe, it probably is, so be careful.  

In addition, VELUX provides skylight installation videos for deck mounted, curb mounted and sun tunnels.  To view these videos click here!

Follow these 8 tips and, in no time at all, you’ll be basking in the warm, natural light that your skylight provides. Enjoy! 





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How VELUX Skylights Can Improve Your Life: Part 3

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Multiple VELUX Skylights in living room

Homeowners who purchase skylights love the way that they allow for maximum light and fresh air. However, VELUX Skylights also carry a number of additional benefits.

They function as a beautiful design element in any home, helping to cut down on electricity costs in the process. With the VELUX Active System, skylight owners can turn their very own house into a technologically-integrated smart home, complete with a remotely-operated source of fresh air. 

Unique Design Opportunities

VELUX Skylights open a whole new world of design opportunities for every homeowner. While a traditional window can actually limit the potential for creative design by taking up significant wall space, a skylight provides more light in a space-efficient manner.

You’ll love having the ability to fill your home with decorative shelving, artwork or other ornaments while still reaping the benefits of sunlight as it pours into the room. Your beautifully painted walls and decorations will shine under the light provided by your new skylight.

Best of all, skylights can be installed in any room of the house, giving you the opportunity to transform the tone of your entire home. The walls of kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and even hallways or closets can be completely freed up, allowing you to create the house of your dreams.

Cost-Effective and Eco-Friendly

While many people believe that skylights are more expensive than traditional windows, this isn’t actually the case. VELUX Skylights offers a solar-powered “Fresh Air” model that qualifies for a 30% tax credit, making it both a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly investment. Those who purchase the skylight will save on the cost of the product itself as well as on the installation.

In the long-run, skylights will enable you to cut down on the cost of electricity and air-conditioning. With sunshine beaming down into the home, there won’t be any need to have the lights on during the day and an open skylight will provide all of the cool, fresh air you need. This, of course, is a benefit to homeowners and to the environment itself.

Smarter Than Ever

The VELUX Active System gives homeowners the benefit of not having to worry about leaving the window open at the right time. These windows are accompanied by a smart technology system that can be controlled by a mobile remote or set to automatic. The window will use its interior atmosphere sensors and data collected from the nearest weather station to open and close according to your favorite temperatures. If you’d like, your window will open before you even wake up on a warm, sunny day, allowing you to enjoy fresh air from the moment you get out of bed.

With VELUX Skylights, you’ll never have to worry about letting cold air in or allowing warm air to leak out. Just link the skylight’s smart technology to your smartphone and use it to open or close the windows from wherever you are.

Want more ways in which skylights can improve your life?  Check out our previous posts:

How Velux Skylights Can Improve Your Life: Part 1

How Velux Skylights Can Improve Your Life: Part 2

Or if you’re ready to start shopping, click here to check out our residential skylights! 




How Much Does a VELUX Skylight Cost?

Couple in kitchen under beautiful sunlight from their Velux skylights. Discussing skylight cost

When it comes to deciding to buy a skylight, cost is one of the biggest concerns our customers have. We often speak with folks who want to install or replace a skylight but fear that the skylight cost might put it out of their budget.  

On the other hand, many people install a skylight in order to save money. According to the U.S government, in 2016, the average electric bill for homeowners in America ranged from around $98 to $130 per month (depending on the state in which they live).

Residential skylights, however, can greatly reduce this amount. By providing a natural source of light and fresh air, residential skylights can decrease the need for electricity during the daytime. Homeowners can crack open their skylight and enjoy the sunshine all day without ever hitting the light switch.  

This article is intended to provide you with an idea of cost for different models and how you can save money on your investment. 

Understanding Skylight Cost 

There are several different types of skylights. Some models open and close manually while others operate electrically. The price point for each model is determined by its size and features.  

VELUX Skylights offers a Fixed Mount model, for example, that can be purchased and installed for only a few hundred dollars. Fixed Mount skylights don’t open or close but provide a great source of natural sunlight. 

VELUX Vented Skylights will save you money because of their ability to vent out hot, stale and humid air from your home in warmer months, reducing the amount of air conditioning you will require. Options for this model include Manual  and Electric. 

On the higher end, VELUX also offers a series of Solar Venting models which not only open and close with the touch of a button, but can be operated remotely using a mobile device. Those who want this feature will find themselves paying a bit more for the ease and convenience of the solar venting feature.  But the Solar models are eligible for a 30% tax credit which will provide some savings on the cost.

 The following list outlines the current base price of each VELUX residential skylight model offered by Skylights for Less:

Velux Skylight Type   Velux Skylight Model   Base Price*  
Fixed Deck Mount   FS – C06   $255.42  
Fixed Curb Mount   FCM – 2246   $198.00  
Pan Flashed Deck Mounted   QPF – 2246   $311.85  
Manual Vent Deck Mount   VS – C06   $492.03  
Manual Vent Curb Mount   VCM – 2246   $524.70  
Electric Vent Deck Mount   VSE – C06   $1,200.87  
Electric Vent Curb Mount   VSE – 2246   $1,260.27  
Solar Venting Deck Mount   VSS – C06   $1,200.87  
Solar Venting Curb Mount   VCS – 2246   $1,260.27  

*These prices do NOT include installation costs which will vary based on factors such as: skylight model, your ceiling type and number of skylights being installed. 

Saving Money: Solar Tax Credit

The VELUX Solar Skylights offer a number of unique benefits. In addition to spending less on electricity each month, homeowners who purchase this skylight will quality for a Solar Tax Credit from the federal government.  

Not only will you have access to an all-natural source of light and fresh air but you can also save up to 30% on their solar skylight and accessories purchase.  That breaks down to an average credit between $330 and $720, which makes this product very affordable. Click here to find out more about this incredible saving! The Solar Tax Credit applies to the actual skylight cost as well as the price of installation, which can result in potentially huge savings for the homeowner.   

And all VELUX Skylights products come with a 10-year, no-leak warranty. Essentially, this warranty works to ensure that, no matter which model you buy, the skylight cost will be worth it.  











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Skylight Replacement—Why, When and How?

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Velux skylight installation

Although they typically last for decades, you may find yourself needing a skylight replacement at some point. Perhaps you bought an old house with a worn-out skylight that needs replacing or you want a new one to go along with the rest of the renovations you’ll be making. Maybe you have a fixed skylight on your house already and you want to upgrade to a venting skylight that you can open to let more fresh air in. 

Whatever the reason, with Skylights for Less it is easy to replace your old skylight and get a new VELUX Skylight on your home. And it’s actually a lot more simple (and less expensive) than you might initially think. 

Why Replace Your Skylights? 

It’s common for homeowners to replace their skylights when they put a new roof on their home. During the reroofing process the entire roof comes off so it only makes sense to put a new skylight in as you’re putting a new roof up. A brand new skylight with brand new flashing goes perfectly with a fresh, newly-shingled roof. 

However, some people find that when they purchase a home they may be inheriting a skylight that is a few decades old, and needs to be replaced. When the flashing material or roof sealer starts to wear away, it’s possible that you’ll start to find water leaking through into the house. While you may simply want to replace the broken piece (i.e. the glass or the skylight part), for older skylight models this might not be an option as the manufacturer may no longer make these parts. If you do find the parts, they could end up costing about the same as a brand new skylight. And skylights have improved dramatically over the years (there are now venting models, solar models, roof windows and sun tunnels) so it is worth looking into the current options.   

When to Think About a Skylight Replacement 

Most contractors will tell you that the reroofing period is the best time to consider a skylight replacement. However, it’s possible that you might want to get a new skylight without having to install a brand new roof – you only need a new roof every twenty to thirty years, after all.  

In some cases, you may want to upgrade your existing skylight for a better version. Skylight technology is innovating at a rapid pace, and many homeowners want to take advantage of the new features that will let more fresh air and natural light into their homes.  

If you currently have a fixed skylight that won’t open, and you’re looking for a way to cut down on the cost of light and air-conditioning during the hot summer, exchanging your old model for a new one might be a good decision. VELUX Solar “Fresh Air” Skylights are a fantastic line of solar-powered options with an integrated solar panel and control system that enable you to open and close the unit using a remote control.  The VELUX Electric Venting Skylights open (and close) with the touch of a button to let in lots of natural light. 

How to Replace A Skylight? 

If you’re a construction-savvy person (or know someone who is), you can replace a skylight without the help of a professional. However, if you want to ensure that your new skylight is installed properly, calling a contractor might be your best option.  

Luckily, VELUX Skylights offers a number of energy-efficient products that qualify for a 30% solar tax credit. This tax credit applies not only to the product, but it also counts toward the cost of installation. This means that you can have all of the benefits of a new skylight and cut down on installation costs in the meantime! 

Skylights for Less carries a wide range of Residential Skylights that should fit any skylight replacement project and you can place an order with us online or by calling one of our skylight experts at 1-800-284-5194. 

To reduce the chance of purchasing the wrong skylight or part, which will end up costing time and money, we recommend that you get the following information before making a purchase (this will be easier if your skylight is within reach): 

  • There are a lot of skylight options, so the first thing you need to know is do you have a deck mounted or curb-mounted skylight?*
  • What is the roofing material around the skylight (for example: shingles, rubber, metal, tile)? 
  • What is the exact measurement for the daylight area?  If you have a domed skylight then you need the rough opening measurement  

If the existing skylight is a VELUX model and you can get the serial number that would be very helpful as well. Here’s how to identify the serial number.

* Deck mounted skylights are attached directly to the roof sheathing and attach to the drywall that sits below. These are typically installed in slightly sloped roof pitch situations so the water will run around the skylight and not into the building. For a deck mounted skylight, the minimum pitch is 3:12 / 14 degrees or greater. 

Curb mounted skylights sit on a 2×4 or 2×6 curb or raised frame when the roof pitch is lower or flat. The curb itself will channel water away from the skylight keeping the space below dry. The roof pitch for a curb mounted skylight is   0:12 / 0 degrees to 20:12 / 60 degrees. 

Need More Information? 

Visit our website or contact us at 1-800-284-5194 to speak with one of our helpful skylight experts. 

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How Velux Skylights Can Improve Your Life: Part 2

Velux Skylights - Great room

Skylights are popular among homeowners due to their energy efficiency and eco-friendliness. However, there are plenty of other ways in which skylights can make your life better. Here are four more reasons why you should seriously consider adding a skylight to your home.

Your Eyes Need More Light Than You Think

Any aging person will tell you that, as you get older, you need more and more light to see the things in front of you. This is due, in part, to the fact that our pupils shrink in size and the lenses on our eyeballs get thicker over the years. As early as in our mid-20s, our eyes start to need more light in order to function optimally.

It is important, therefore, to make sure that the kitchen and other rooms in our home provide all of the light we need. Skylights are a great solution to this problem. Whereas windows only offer enough light on bright, sunny days, skylights spread the light out evenly throughout any room. There is no better way to maximize the amount of light in your home than by installing a skylight.

Don’t Sacrifice Your Privacy

Many of us live uncomfortably close to our neighbors. We may not always notice it, but when you step back and look at the distance between your neighbor’s house and your own, it becomes apparent just how susceptible you could be to prying eyes. Skylights are a great alternative to windows in rooms where the people next door might be able to catch a glimpse in.

Because skylights are installed in the ceiling, you don’t have to worry about anyone being able to see in. Even better, with Velux blinds, you can close them whenever you want to. That way, you can maintain complete privacy even when someone is working on the roof. 

Take Control of Your Light

Some Velux Skylight models feature light-diffusing blinds that allow you to control the amount of sunshine that enters your house. If you’re watching a movie while the sun is still out or just want to tone down the lights so you can take a nap, you’ll love having the ability to adjust the light accordingly.

All of the Velux light-diffusing blinds are controlled using a hand-held remote control. The remote allows you to control the blinds from wherever you’re standing so you don’t have to climb up in order to adjust anything. You can even use the remote to automate your blinds so that they’ll open and close at a scheduled time, everyday.

Stay Safe from the Weather

If you’re considering a skylight installation, you may be worried about leaking or floods. After all, won’t a skylight left open allow rain to pour into your home?

Well, not with Velux Skylights! Velux equips their skylights with a rain sensor that closes the hinge automatically upon sensing signs of rain. The frame is also triple-protected by layers of weather and water-resistant sealant. You’ll never have to worry about water or cold air leaking into your house.

And if you’re worried that your skylight might get damaged, it is exposed to the elements after all, there is no need to fear! Check out this video from VELUX Australia (where they know a thing or two about bad weather).  They put a VELUX Skylight to the test against baseball sized hail balls shot at speeds over 100mph, and there was ZERO DAMAGE!  Seriously, check out the video, it’s pretty cool stuff!

Want more ways in which skylights can improve your life?  Check out our previous post:

How Velux Skylights Can Improve Your Life: Part 1

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How VELUX Skylights Can Improve Your Life

VELUX "Fresh Air" Skylights in kitchen

Skylights are among the most underrated features you can add to your home. Because they’re installed on the ceiling, some people can fail to notice how greatly a good skylight improves a room. Those homeowners who’ve had skylights installed in their bathrooms, kitchens or other rooms in the house, though, will tell you that the investment has greatly improved their quality of life. There are a variety of ways in which skylights can make your day all the much better.

 Highlight Your Home

Skylights are the only way to provide your room with a completely balanced amount of natural light. As the sunshine comes in from the ceiling, you’ll find that the colors of everything are highlighted. Boldly painted walls, tiling and even furniture are able to truly shine.

Because windows allow sunshine into the home from the walls of the house, they rarely facilitate well-balanced lighting. Even on the cloudiest days, however, products such as VELUX Skylights will disperse the light evenly across your beautiful home.

Reduce Your Dependence on A/C

Instead of wasting electricity (and draining your wallet), skylights are an all-natural way of allowing fresh air to circulate throughout your home. Whereas air conditioners take a huge toll on the natural environment, skylights are an eco-friendly way to bring the outside in. By bringing air in through the roof, skylights distribute air evenly throughout the entire floor, making it a great way to enjoy a cool breeze on a hot day.

Unlike air conditioners, skylights work to pull warm air out of the home as it brings cool air in. Because heat rises naturally, your Velux Skylight will allow the hot air outside and allow you to enjoy the coolness of the breeze as it moves through your house.

Give Yourself Some Space

Skylights are a great option to consider when renovating your home. Windows, after all, often take up too much space on our walls. In turn, we often rely on a small amount of shelving and cabinet space to organize our items.

By adding a skylight to the ceiling instead of a window on the wall, you can conserve space. Ultimately, this means you’ll have more room for cabinets and shelves. Whereas windows limit the amount of storage you have (and contribute to the disarray of any room), skylights stay out of the way and make it much easier to organize.

An Overall Healthier Environment 

It is shocking how much dust and other nasty material our homes gather everyday. Even those of us who clean obsessively can’t get to everything. Over time, this stuff can take a toll on our health. VELUX commissioned a study that found that we spend 90% of our time indoors where the concentration of some pollutants can be 2-5 times higher than they would be outdoors.

So it’s important to air out your home.  And skylights are a great tool to do just that!

VELUX Skylights are designed specifically to promote good circulation, they work wonders at helping to provide cleaner air for you and your family. Skylights truly are the way to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

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