If you’ve kept up with our blog, you’ll already know about the benefits that sun tunnels can bring to your home or business. While it’s hard to deny the value and beauty they can add to your home, many people in Northbrook really don’t know what they are, or how they work. In today’s blog post, Sparkle Skylights hopes to illuminate these handy light fixtures.
Understanding Your Sun Tunnel Options
Sun tunnels are offered in two different options, each with their own pros and cons. You’ll need to decide which is right for your home. Rigid sun tunnels are typically considered a better choice by many professionals. Because the tube is rigid, more light can be transmitted and more clearly than a flexible sun tunnel. This rigid tube essentially allows the light to be funneled straight down from the roof and into the room with fewer points of reflection. Rigid sun tunnels allow more natural light into a room and can offer up to 65 feet of light distribution. Flexible tunnels are generally lower cost that rigid tunnels, but they do not allow for as much light to enter your home. However, they can be wrapped and fitted around features and obstacles in the roof. This makes them ideal for shorter distances. But the bends and twists in the tunnel force the light to reflect off more surfaces before the sunlight reaches your room, meaning that less light is diffused into your living spaces.
Styles Of Covers
Naturally, leaving a sun tunnel uncovered would only serve to let debris, water, and maybe even animals into your home in addition to natural sunlight. To prevent this, sun tunnels are covered with either a rounded dome or a flat pane of glass. For those looking for a more subtle appearance, flat glass panels can be disguised to closely match the other windows of your home, and often blend into the side of the roof. Glass domes can make for a decorative statement on your home, as they generally rise up and off the side of the roof. Each channels light differently. Domes, because of their rounded shape, refract as opposed to reflecting light. This means that more light is refracted into the solar tube, and more light is captured. Glass panes, on the other hand, reflect the sun, bouncing some of the sunlight off the surface of the glass. The amount of light lost, however, is rather minimal.
Positioning Your Sun Tunnel
While sun tunnels can be positioned nearly anywhere on your roof, there are some spots that receive more light and are better suited than others. In general, you’ll want to put your sun tunnel on a south-facing side of the roof, and as close to the apex, or top, of your roof as possible. This will allow the most amount of sunlight into your home.
Ready For Sun Tunnels In Your Northbrook Home?
Let in the light and let Sparkle Skylights install brilliant new sun tunnels in your home. You’ll love the amount of natural light that fills your home. Contact us today to get a free estimate and find out about our range of sun tunnel and skylight products!