Tubular skylights have become a popular choice for many homeowners. Skylights let 8 times more light into your home than a comparably sized window, so if you're looking to brighten up a room, a skylight will certainly do the trick. Tubular skylights look more like a standard light fixture than an average skylight, as they are typically much smaller. Tubular skylights fit well in bathrooms, hallways, closets or other small rooms that are tucked away in the dark.
Since tubular skylights are lined with a highly reflective interior coating, the sunlight is able to bounce through the metallic tube until it reaches the end where it radiates into your home. Most tubular skylights come with UV inhibitors or diffusers to prevent ultraviolet rays from causing your furniture to fade. Tubular skylights are also more energy efficient than your average skylight, which will save you money on your monthly energy bill.
Tubular skylights are usually relatively easy to install since they do not require any structural modifications. They fit between conventional roof and ceiling framing members and can be installed on nearly any type of roofing material. Installing a tubular skylight should take less than 3 hours whether you choose to do it yourself or you hire a professional.
Finding a tubular skylight is easy. You have three general options that are outlined below:
- Online. There are a variety of online stores that offer tubular skylights at a good price. If you're willing to install your tubular skylight yourself, then you may be able to find the best deals online. Sites like AZ Solar offer specific tubular skylight parts, or entire kits that will allow you to install your new skylight in no time. Just pull up your favorite search engine and type in "tubular skylight."
- Hardware Store. If you're not comfortable buying your tubular skylight online, or you want to start installing it immediately, then you should head over to your local hardware store. Any Home Depot or Lowe's will offer you a wide selection of tubular skylights to choose from. At your local store you'll be able to browse through your tubular skylight choices and talk to an expert about what will work best in your specific situation. The benefit of visiting a hardware store is the availability of a knowledgeable salesperson. You may also be able to find a weekend class that teaches tubular skylight installation-if you're lucky.
- Professional Window Installers. If you don't think you have the knack to install a tubular skylight yourself, or you just don't want to spend the time doing it, you can opt for hiring a professional window installer. A professional outfit will typically come into your home to assess your space, make some recommendations and give you an estimate. They'll bring a few samples with them and talk to you about different UV tinting options, levels of insulation and, obviously, you'll settle on the number and locations of tubular skylights in your home. Hiring a professional is probably a better option if you're planning to install multiple tubular skylights or you're replacing other windows and/or adding other skylights as well.