Living In The Gray
For those of us that call the lovely Evergreen State home, we happily boast about living in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Lush green forests, a stunning coastline, and lots of rainy days. Gray skies are something we’re intimately familiar with and sometimes dread when wetter weather settles in for the season. Even though gray skies and colder weather make for perfect opportunities to stay home and snuggle up with a good book or binge the latest Netflix series, it also can take a toll on mental health.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can be one of the effects of months filled with gray days. Frequently suggested treatments for SAD are light therapy and vitamin supplements. We can even purchase lightbulbs made for the express purpose of simulating natural light. Of course, the best medicine is to expose ourselves to more natural light. That means opening our blinds, pulling back the curtains, and letting in as much light as you can into your home. Unfortunately, not all homes are created equal when it comes to having large windows or any windows at all, and that is where skylights and solar tubes come into play.
Modern Skylight Design and Your Home
Skylight designs have been a part of architecture for a long time, but they were popularized in modern construction in the 1940s. In short, a skylight is a window installed in your roof, often at the time the roof is installed during home construction. Compared to a standard window, skylights are proven to add 30 percent more natural light to a room, regardless of the weather or the season. This is why so many people in this area incorporate skylight designs into the blueprints for their homes.
The beauty of modern skylight design is that it allows for skylights to be installed just about anywhere in a home, but especially in smaller rooms and parts of your homes that cannot accommodate a window. Skylight shaft design is such that skylights can be placed anywhere that needs a little more light. Incorporating skylight design can be a stylish and elegant touch to your home that not only adds mood-boosting qualities, but also value to your home if you have a mind to sell it down the road.
Depending on your needs, skylight roof design can offer a variety of features, such as UV filtration and insulation, and modern skylight design can allow you control light levels by opening and closing blinds over the skylight that can be powered electrically or by hand-crank. Some skylights can even open and feature rain sensors that will close them automatically when moisture is detected.
What Is A Solar Tube
Even with innovations in skylight shaft design, no matter how hard you work to incorporate skylight designs into your home, they are sometimes just not the perfect fit. That is where a solar tube can come and save the day. A solar tube is a sheet-metal tube that acts as a source of indirect lighting inside your home. An acrylic cap is put into place that keeps the weather out while letting natural light into your home. If skylights can be thought of as windows, solar tubes can be considered daylight delivery systems.
Reasons to choose a solar tube over a skylight come down to customers’ individual tastes and needs. They can be a more cost-effective and simpler option than trying to figure out how to incorporate skylight roof design into an existing home and have a more straightforward installation process. Though they may not be as big or flashy as custom skylight designs, they will add a luxurious feeling to a home at a more affordable price. A solar tube, for example, can be installed in a few places too small to allow for skylight design, like pantries, closets, and hallways.
Skylight Design and Installation Experts
When it comes to having either a solar tube or a skylight designed and installed in your home, it is essential to have it done by trained and certified professionals. An improper skylight roof design or poorly installed solar tube can take years off your roof’s life expectancy, which can lead to costly and time-consuming repairs in the future. One such team of experts is Pro Roofing NW. From modern skylight design to installation and maintenance, Pro Roofing NW is a cut above the rest, offering a hassle-free experience and years of experience. Trust your solar tube or skylight design to us.
If you wish to learn more, check out www.proroofingnw.com and make an appointment for a consultation about skylight design and how we can help you see the light.