Skylights vs. Sun Tunnels: Which Should You Choose?

As a proud installer of VELUX® brand skylights, Arry’s Roofing is often asked to compare the features and benefits of skylights and sun tunnels. Both skylights and sun tunnels provide natural light and warmth within a home. A VELUX skylight features two or more layers of tempered glass supported by a frame. VELUX skylights also feature energy-efficient glass packages for excellent heat control, and new designs offer many options for ventilation and shading. All VELUX skylights are manufactured to high standards for quality and can be used in most applications regardless of roof material, roof pitch or ceiling type.

For areas where a traditional skylight is not practical, VELUX has developed the innovative SUN TUNNEL™. This tubular skylight features a flexible design that allows the unit to bend around obstructions in the roof and attic to deliver natural light to areas where a traditional skylight can’t be installed. The light is transferred down the tube using a reflective light shaft and precisely placed diffusers. Because they occupy only a small area, sun tunnels are ideal for installation in kitchens, bathrooms and storage spaces.

If energy savings is a top concern, ask us about the VELUX Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight. This skylight features a solar-powered control system panel that operates the skylight. In case of inclement weather, an integrated rain sensor will automatically close the “Fresh Air” Skylight. Solar-powered skylights also qualify you for a 30% federal tax credit through 2016! Find out how to qualify for the tax credit for VELUX products.

As with most Clearwater roofing-related products, skylights and sun tunnels are not a do-it-yourself weekend project. The difference between a leaking skylight and a trouble-free one is the quality of the installation, so give Arry’s Roofing a call at (727) 938-9565 for a FREE estimate in Tampa Bay, Tarpon Springs or any surrounding area. We can help you determine the best option for your home and provide skilled installation of any skylight.