VELUX $200 Solar Skylight Rebate – June 1st – Aug 15th 2014

VELUX does it again! A $200 rebate makes going SOLAR an Easy choice with your skylight purchase. VELUX started selling their Solar Skylights in 2013. They have been well received in the US but VELUX has upped the ante making the purchase of a wired skylight seem extreme. With a new $200 Rebate on all solar skylights (up to 3 per person) combined with a 30% tax credit it will cost you nearly double to purchase a wired skylight over a VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight!

When comparing the Solar to Electric to Venting you would be looking at the following costs with flashing kits:

  • Solar Venting 22″ x 46″ VSS-C06 $1288.87 – $200 – 30% tax credit – final price $762.21  that is 40% off MSRP!
  • Venting VS-C06  $550.33 NO REBATE, NO TAX CREDIT!  only $212 less than solar venting, you have to crank it manually to open it (which means you probably wont use it much) and if it rains, it stays open… with the electric and solar versions the rain sensor will save your house and close automatically when rain falls!
  • Electric Venting VSE-C06 $1140 + extra installation costs to hard wire the unit

For the full details on the rebate check out this link: VELUX $200 Rebate

If you are just getting familiar with the VELUX solar skylight check out these two videos.  The first is a quick installation video and it has several great shots of the sleek look of the skylights as well as nice video of the operation of the skylights.  The second is an install at a campus building converting a house attic into loft space.

 

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Skylight Effects Scholarship

Skylights for Less ‘Skylight Effects Scholarship’ application deadline has been moved back to July 31st and will award the scholarship on September 1st.  Facebook voting will be eligible through August 15th.  See our full press release on PRweb.

 

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Eight Stunning Attic Conversion Ideas

Attics and Skylights go hand in hand.  Since their first days on the scene Velux Skylights were created to allow home owners to expand into their poorly lit and vent-less attics for additional living space.  Putting an addition on your house will cost big $$, take a lot of planning and even more hard work.  If you have any attic space at all, and a bit of creativity you can transform that space to meet your families ever expanding needs!    Check out the examples I show below and how amazing your often overlooked attic space can become!
#1. Attic Loft – This attic was opened up to create a beautiful loft space.  The ceiling height is so low it likely would not meet code for an enclosed bedroom, but as a sitting room, loft sleeping area, or workout room as shown here it would work well.  A loft room like this works much better than a pull out couch allowing your guest some additional privacy in the loft.  Note that with the addition of skylights the room feels much taller and more welcoming.  These skylights appear to be fixed, but it would be worthwhile to have at least a couple of them be vented skylights to allow the hot upper level air escape in warmer months.
#2. Attic Room – This room is called a bedroom on Houzz, but in appearance it seems that this portion of the room is a sitting area.  The skylights shown here have integrated blinds for privacy.  With no end windows the skylights are almost necessary, but save a ton of money over doing dormers.  The roof line almost adds to the appeal of this room, making it feel that much more cozy.
#3. Attic Gym – This architect appears to have a couple dormers and end windows to work with in this airy attic space.  In cases where the dormers are not present skylights would be an ideal alternative.  The highlight of this room is the exposed truss members by inlaying the drywall.  This process is painstaking and expensive but has a dramatic effect in both look and feel with the additional square footage of above the floor space.
#4. Attic Study – This tiny attic was converted to allow for a modern den in an otherwise unused space.  The architects kept it simple and again exposed the beams with inlaid drywall.
#5. Modern Attic Bedroom – This bright white bedroom worked with the space they had leaving the mid-room truss members as is.  Simply adding flooring and drywall around the beams has created a beautiful artistic triangle archway to the bed.  Three skylights shown allow in so much natural light you nearly forget that this probably used to be a drab dusty attic space that was uninhabitable!
#6. Vaulted Ceilings – By vaulting the ceiling in a room up to the roof line you can pull the attic space into your lower level floors.  The skylights in this roof now provide ample natural light for this kitchen to not needs artificial lighting during daylight hours.  This out of the box design took this kitchen to a level that could not be found with a standard flat ceiling.
#7. Attic Kids Bedroom – Thought a 3 BR was going to be big enough?  For this family it appears they needed more bedroom space and decided to go up!  The two skylights and side end window make this bedroom quite enjoyable!
#8. Lofted sitting porch – These home owners took their sitting porch design seriously!  Lofted ceiling with skylights, and outdoor flat screen and fireplace.  This outdoor room paid for itself with the additional value the added to their home.
I hope these examples have shown you the value of attic space in your home.  It is out of sight right now, just waiting for you to find a creative way to utilize it!  I hope you noticed that all of the best attic conversions had amazing day lighting solutions, which more often than not are skylights.  Skylights + Attics = Perfection!
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Velux Skylight Pricing

We often hear from customers that are attempting to determine the cost value between installing a Deck Mounted vs Curb Mounted, or Manual Venting vs. Electric Vented, and now Vented vs. Solar Venting.  In this post I will run through the different costs of each Velux Skylight type.  I will also crunch some numbers to help you see the relative cost for installing Velux Solar Skylights.  If you want any further help with Velux Skylight Pricing, shop around our site or give us a call at 1-800-284-5194!

In the following table we list out various types of Velux Skylights and their prices, shipped to you, from our Skylights For Less store.  By far the most affordable skylight is the Curb Mounted Skylight starting at $188.  Utilizing this skylight will save you money over a deck mounted if you are installing yourself.  If your contractor has to build you a curb then the material costs will be washed out by additional labor to do so.  Generally cost is not the major factor between choosing curb or deck mount.  Curb mounted would be necessary for flat or very low pitched roofs.  On a shingled, pitched roof, most buyers select the deck mount for the integrated low profile look.

 Velux Skylight Type  Velux Skylight Model  Base Price
 Fixed Deck Mount  FS – C06  $239.00
 Fixed Curb Mount  FCM – 2246  $188.00
 Pan Flashed Deck Mounted  QPF – 2246  $293.00
 Manual Vent Deck Mount  VS – C06  $467.00
 Manual Vent Curb Mount  VCM – 2246  $498.00
 Electric Vent Deck Mount  VSE – C06  $1063.00
 Electric Vent Curb Mount  VSE – 2246  $1151.00
 Solar Venting Deck Mount  VSS – C06  $1213.00
 Solar Venting Curb Mount  VCS – 2246  $1273.00
 Solar Venting w/ Tax Credit  VSS – C06  $849.10
 Solar Venting w/ Tax Credit  VCS – 2246  $891.10

When considering a Velux Venting Skylight there is a lot to consider and the choice can be much harder to make than for the fixed skylights.  Velux Vented Skylights will save you money in general due to their ability to vent out hot air from your home in warmer months, reducing the amount of air conditioning you will require.  Between the different types the Velux Electric skylight is no longer a good choice.  This skylight costs significantly more than all the others and we no longer recommend it as long as the Solar Tax Credit is still available.  It is a no-brainer between the Solar Models and the electric models because after the tax credit the electric models cost 40% more.  For the Velux Solar Skylights are easier to install and the installation costs are also eligible for the tax credit.  You can easily install 2 new Solar skylights for the price of one electric unit by taking advantage of the Solar Tax Credit.

Now let’s discuss the costs considerations between the Velux Manual Venting and the Velux Solar Venting skylights.  The prices for the deck mounted models shown above are $467 for VS-C06 and $849.10 (After Tax Credit) for the VSS – C06.  How about installation?  How much does the installation of a Skylight cost?  At Fixr.com they suggest $400 and up depending on the situation.  I will also say that they suggest that there is a different costs to install a fixed vs venting skylight…  that should not be the case!  You are doing the opening and closing, they are installing and flashing the same for both models!  The key here is that there is a relative cost between new construction and existing, large amounts of drywall work or not, replacing existing or new install, changing roofing structure, or not, etc, etc…  for our purposes here we will pick a fairly average install that requires some roofing rework and some drywall work, about  $934.  How did I get that number?  A wise man once told me 1/3 material 2/3 labor for a quality construction job!  (thx Dad!)   For the solar skylight this cost is eligible for the tax credit since it is for Solar improvements.  This knocks the Solar cost down to a total of $849.10 + $560 = $1502.90, while the Manual Vented comes out to $1401!  The convenience of a programmable, remote operated skylight for less than $100 more out of your pocket will keep you happy for years to come.  Many installations may cost much more than this if they are very intricate, at which point the cost of the Velux Solar Venting will completely even out or be cheaper than a manual venting skylights.

Velux Skylight Pricing is directly related to the size and complexity of the skylight.  Luckily with tax incentives the best available skylight (solar) is cheaper for most homeowners.

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VELUX Skylights History

In 1941 Villum Kahn Rasmussen developed the first Roof Window in Denmark. He wanted to create a window that could be placed in an existing roof allowing for attic expansion without the need for adding dormers. This would allow good ventilation and lighting into previously dark and dank attics.  Rasmussen registered the name VELUX in 1942.  He combined “VE” for the first two letters of ventilation and LUX the Latin word for light.

VELUX Skylights 1941 Unloading from Truck

Men unloading a VELUX Skylight in the 1940’s.

After initial success locally VELUX went to work to introduce the Roof Window as a desired product in other markets.  Not only did they have to convince homeowners of the Roof Windows utility, they had to convince local governments to adopt building codes that allowed for attic living space.  Attic living space with only sloped roofing in many jurisdictions was previously off limits to habitable space.  VELUX entered the German market in 1952 followed by Holland, Austria, Switzerland and France.  Over the next several decades they would move to provide skylights to most of the world.

1960's Velux Skylight Advertisement Ad

1960’s Velux Advertisement

In the 1960’s VELUX expanded their offering and began to offer Flashing kits rather than requiring custom site flashing from coil stock.  They also started offering GGL center pivot windows for the first time.  In 1973 the first Electrically Operated Velux Skylight was delivered to the market along with blinds for most of the models.  In 1984 they newest offering was the electric venetian blind.  By 1990 Velux created the CABRIO balcony skylight creating their single most expensive residential product.  Throughout the 90’s and 2000’s VELUX has gone on to introduce Solar powered blinds and skylights, integrated home control systems for operation and timing of window functions, auto-closing rain sensors, and high quality glass coatings.  In 2005 VELUX began to offer Sun Tunnels in both commercial and residential lines.

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Ten Amazing Skylight Ideas

From Huge Atriums, to Tiny Attic Bedrooms add Skylights and Sun Tunnels to improve the feel and flow of many rooms.  Check out all of these day-lighting ideas!

1. Sun tunnels in a green roof over a public restroom at Observation Hill from Late to the Garden Party:

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Green Roof Sun Tunnels

2. A Brazilian man installed soda bottles filled with bleach and water straight into the roof line to light up low income housing that did not have electricity or natural light.

Moser Soda Bottle Lightbulbs

Moser Soda Bottle Lightbulbs

3. Circular Skylights in the ceiling for a dramatic modern effect.

Circular Skylights in Stadel Museum

Circular Skylights in Stadel Museum

4. Staircases often lack natural light, add a Skylight!

Staircase Stairwell Skylight

Skylight over a stairwell

5. Turn your attic into useful and pleasant living space.

Attic Room Skylights

Attic Room Skylights

6. Tiny House Loft Skylights, imagine how horrible this room would be without them!

Skylights in Loft Bedroom

Skylights in Loft Bedroom

7. Bring nature in, turn your lofted skylight in to a planter / arbor.

Skylight Planter

A perfect location for an indoor planter.

8. Lava Tube Skylight!  OK, so maybe you can’t create this exactly, but this is a naturally occurring Skylight in an Active Lava Tube at the Hawaii Volcano National Park.  Don’t get too close!

Lava Tube Skylight

Lava Tube Skylight

9. Turn your bathroom into a spa experience, add a skylight over your tub!

Skylight over Soaking Tub

Skylight over Soaking Tub

10. Soak your living room with natural light, round and long skinny skylights used creatively here!

Creative living room round and long skinny skylights

Creative living room round and long skinny skylights

 

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Skylight Installation Methods | VELUX

Skylights For Less provides three types of skylights for three types of installations. Deck Mounted, Curb Mounted and Pan Flashed.  Each method has its advantages and we will discuss the reasons and applications for each installation method and skylight design.

For adding a skylight to a metal, shingled or ceramic tile pitched roof, Deck Mounted skylights are often the best fit. From the exterior the skylights are low profile and blend with the roof for an integrated modern look.  These skylights can be installed on roofs that are pitched between 14 and 85 degrees. For tiled roofing use the EDW Flashing Kit, shigled roofing uses the ECB Flashing kit, and metal roofing will use the ECL Flashing Kit.


Take a look at Steve’s amazing video of a deck mounted VELUX Skylight installation. His video is very detailed, and he goes into why he feels venting skylights are so important. We cannot agree more!  Venting hot air out of your ceiling will allow you to run air conditioning less days but venting while your A/C will also increase your home efficiency by helping your A/C run less. All while basking in the additional natural daylight you will now have in your home!

If you have a flat roof (pitched less than 14 degrees) you will want to install a curb mounted skylight.  Occasionally curb mounted skylights are specified for pitched roofs as well.  We always try and recommend the deck mounted version for pitched a roof and a curb mounted for flat roofs if the customer is concerned with the a sleek exterior look. If you desire maximum daylight entering your home, utilizing a curb mounted unit will give you greater daylighting area.  With a curb mount the glass covers the entire opening, while a deck mounted skylight trims in from the opening limiting the viewable area.  A 22 x 46 curb mount can have up to 35% more viewable area depending on how you trim out your interior over the same rough opening C06!  Check out this video where Stefan shows the installation of a couple FCM-2246 skylights on site built curbs with the ECL flashing.  This flashing can be used on a roof pitch of 10-60 degrees.  Less than 10 degrees and the curb should be flashed using rolled roofing material, integrating the curb flashing directly into the roof installation.

M&R Roofing show great examples of Site Built curbs and on site integrated flashing topped off with venting and fixed VELUX Skylights.

Last we have the VELUX Pan Flashed Skylight (QPF).  This is a fixed skylight with built in flashing.  Basically you create your skylight opening, center the unit over the opening and nail in the nailing fin.  After which you will coat the flashing rim with roofing cement, and shingle over the flange.  These skylights are good on pitched roofs from 14 to 60 degree pitch.  If the roof is pitched between 45 and 60 degrees VELUX recommends using a diverter above the skylight to carry some load in icy conditions, as well as divert heave rain from cascading directly into the top of the skylight.  You can find installation instructions and full product details on our QPF Skylight page.  If you have any further questions about VELUX Skylight installation methods, shoot us a comment below or visit us at www.skylightsforless.com

 

VELUX Pan Flashed (QPF) Skylight

VELUX Pan Flashed (QPF) Skylight – useful for quick installs of fixed skylights.

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Skylights For Less $500 Scholarship

Skylights For Less is proud to announce that we will be, for the first time, offering a $500 scholarship! This scholarship will be available to any current or college bound student for the 2014 – 2015 academic school year. The money can be used for any college related costs.  Tuition, room, board, books, etc. To apply for the scholarship we are asking you to “Artistically capture the charm provided by the addition of a Skylight or Sun Tunnel installation to an existing room or structure. Each submission should establish a contrasting relationship between the quality of a space both with and without a significant level of natural light. Submissions in the format of photographs, photo edited mock-ups, digitized sketches, drawings and/or paintings are all acceptable formats for submissions. After we receive your scholarship submission we will place the best entries on our Facebook and Google Plus accounts. The post that garners the biggest following will be awarded the $500 scholarship (yes, this means you can promote your own work!). The scholarship was deigned for students majoring in Architecture, Interior Design, Art, Graphics Design, or similar. Though, we will accept applicants from any major that want to show off their creative side! For skylight inspiration check out pages like Houzz or similar sites boards on pinterest.  Explore your everyday life and take pictures of skylights you see in buildings you frequent, you may be surprised how much inspiration you can find in places your visit regularly.

Skylights For Less $500 Scholarship Opportunity

Skylights For Less $500 Scholarship Opportunity

Official Eligibility
Applicants to the 2014 Skylights For Less Scholarship program shall meet the following criteria:
• Must be planning to enroll or be enrolled in undergraduate study at any accredited college or university within the United States for the 2014-2015 Academic School year
• Applicant must have a GPA > 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
• Must be an American citizen or have a student visa

Terms
You are required to supply personal information to Skylights For Less to verify your submission and provide a means of contact should you become the winner of this scholarship. Submitted works will become the property of SkylightsForLess.com and could be displayed on the website www.skylightsforless.com or used in any other promotional materials online or offline.

Application Process
Qualified students may e-mail their submissions to scholarship@skylightsforless.com. The submission will be required to include a cover letter with the following information:
• A description of your completed work (150-400 words)
• Your Legal Name
• Mailing Address
• Telephone Number
• E-mail address
• A brief biography or statement of your goals in college (150-400 words)
• Name of your College/University and proposed year of graduation

We wish you the best of luck and are very excited to see your submissions!  Find and follow us on twitter @skylights4less and Facebook at www.facebook.com/skylightsforless

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VELUX Remotes for Venting Skylights & Blind Operation – KLR 200 – KLI 110

VELUX has once again upped the ante offering yet another new and amazing remote system, the VELUX Integra Control Pad that comes IN THE BOX with the Solar Venting (VCS) and Electric Venting (VCE) Skylights. The KLR 200 is a new touch screen keypad that will operate your blinds (solar or electric) as well as the operation of your Solar or Electric Skylight. This remote is amazing, it allows operation of the skylights & blinds from anywhere within most houses. You can create programs that control the skylights and blind on a pre-determined schedule. It can repeat daily, vary by the day of the week, or by the month of the year. This allows for ultimate variability and energy and lighting efficiency. Skylights can be set to close automatically after a time delay.

KLR 200 Remote

VELUX KLR 200 Remote with touch screen for your VELUX Solar and Electric Venting Skylights

KLR 200 Remote

VELUX KLR 200 Remote with touch screen for VELUX Solar and Electric Venting Skylights wall mount

The KLR-200 Integra system has IO-HomeControl® technology. Io-homecontrol® is a two-way wireless technology that is embedded into the VELUX Skylight systems within your house. This includes skylights, roof windows, as well as other io-homecontrol systems for other products you may have like garage doors, front doors, alarm systems, home lighting, and home heating systems.  Io-homecontrol® is very secure. It uses a two-way secure communication process that yields the highest-level wireless security. The hand-held or wall-mounted controller and your home products communicate using encrypted 128-bit messages.

Io-HomeControl with Velux Skylight

Io-Homecontrol is a secure communication software system used for home automation of your skylight and other systems

When purchasing Solar Blinds for your fixed or venting skylight these come packaged with the KLI-110 keypad. This is a simple three button remote that works up to 30 feet from your blinds or skylights. As mentioned above you will not need this remote if you have a venting unit, the included KLR-200 will operate both the venting skylights and the powered blinds.

KLI 110 Remote

KLI 110 Three Button Remote comes standard with Solar powered Blinds

When considering blinds and venting skylights we always recommend purchasing the Solar Venting and Solar blinds if at all possible, especially for out of reach applications. The Solar rebate allows you to purchase them for cheaper than their hard wired electrically operated brethren. The new KLR-200 remote allows for greater home automation, saving you energy, and creating a more enjoyable environment. As our lives become more and more technology focused, our homes are following that same path. Allowing the Integra and Io-Homecontrol software to close your blinds automatically for you each night ensures that you do not have to manually run around your house can close the blinds daily, in colder climates this allows you to automatically buffer the cold behind your blind and increase efficiency in your home. In warmer climates this ensure that the blinds are automatically down when the midday sun attempts to bake your house, minimizing your A/C bill.  If you have any questions about VELUX Remotes or VELUX products in general, leave a message below!

 

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VELUX Sun Tunnel Installations for Metal Roofing

What is the best way to install a Sun Tunnel on your metal roof? The only approved method from VELUX is to install a VELUX TCC-022 or a VELUX TCR-014 on a site built curb.

With on site installed flashing. You can find TCR-014 installation instructions as well as the TCC installation manual on our Skylights For Less website. This process is pretty simple. Build a site built curb and flash it with custom on-site flashing, then screw the Curb Mounted TCR Sun Tunnel into the newly created curb. To get the longest lasting, lowest maintenance solution, this is the way to go. The major drawbacks to the curb mounted method is that you are limited to the larger Sun Tunnels (14 & 22 inch diameters) and you must have the curb mounted installation which may not be the look you are going for. Preparing a curb for the Sun Tunnel on an existing roof can be pretty complicated to flash well, for this reason the curb mount works really well on new metal roof installs, but the flush mount method below works well on Sun Tunnel retro-fit installations.

If you would like to install the flush mount Sun Tunnel like the TGR-010, TMR-014 or the larger TGC-022, it is possible. The pitfall is that the surfaces that connect between the metal roofing and the Sun Tunnel will need to be sealed with a high quality roofing caulk. Utilizing caulk to create a watertight seal is not as preferable as the curb mounted, fully flashed method. This is because you will likely need to get up on the roof and touch up or re-caulk the joints at some point. Utilizing BASF NP-1 caulk as suggested in the video is extremely important. This caulk is extremely flexible, will withstand the heat and is very durable. This caulk should hold up in any weather condition for at least 10 years. Many contractors are reporting longer time frames. Skylight Solutions has created a detailed video of the TMR-014 installation in the video shown below. If you would like to install the TGC-022 on a metal roof then this same installation method would work well.

If your metal roof is going to be newly installed, it would be best to install curbs for your Sun Tunnels and curb mount them from day one. If you would like to retro-fit a Sun Tunnel into an existing metal roof, adding and flashing a curb can be pretty complicated. In this instance you may want to seriously consider installing a flush mount with the method shown by Skylight Solutions in the YouTube video above. It is a very doable installation with a beautiful flush mount look. The flush mount install really makes the Sun Tunnel look more integrated into the roof and in many ways is more pleasing to the eye.

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