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From the Rooftop Blog

Metropolitan Roof's From The Rooftop Blog keeps you up to speed on how to choose and maintain the best roof for your home or business.


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Sun Tunnels: Good For You!

Kathleen Finn

Sun tunnels and skylights do wonders for your home environment. That’s a given. Opening up dark nooks and exposing otherwise ignored spaces is good design. Yet, did you know that suntunnels and skylights are also good for your health? For us northern latitude dwellers, light is in short supply at this time of year and for the remainder of winter -- and that shortage of sunlight can wreak havoc with your brain chemistry. Too little light throws your biological clock out of order, which reduces levels of serotonin (a mood-regulating brain chemical) and melatonin (a sleep and mood-regulating hormone). This can lead to depression, fatigue and lethargy -- and too much time in front of Netflix.

So, give your brain a break and let in some light. It will do you good! You will reap benefits even on overcast days, since the brain responds to natural light, not just bright sunshine (although that’s a bonus!)

Call us for a consultation on how to best incorporate some ‘sky’ into your home.

What Is a Sun Tunnel?

Kathleen Finn

A sun tunnel is a member of the skylight family but is not quite a window. A tubular skylight, goes where skylights cannot - where the distance between the roof and ceiling is too small or too great for a rigid tunnel. This flexible tunnel can wend its way through oddly configured or awkward spaces to bring light into hallways, closets, laundry rooms and entryways. Affix a light fixture to the bottom of the sun tunnel and you have a free source of lighting.

Contact us at Seattle Skylights for a free consultation.

Curious About Skylights?

Kathleen Finn

Aside from their dramatic aesthetic appeal, there are practical reasons why these rooftop embellishments are a great addition to your home.

Energy Efficiency: Cut down on your electrical lighting by allowing natural light to flow into your living space. Warm, natural light beats a light-bulb any day of the week. Watch your electrical bill shrink. And, to reward your energy efficient efforts, Seattle City Light offers a $50 mail-in rebate for skylights and windows that meet their requirements.

Privacy: Windows let in the light, but they let in the public as well. Skylights bring light and ensure privacy in the places you want it most – bedrooms and bathrooms.

Energize Small Spaces: A tucked away laundry room, a window-less bathroom or a cramped office calls for light that a skylight can bring. Spaces that are awkwardly positioned work well with tubular skylights that draw light down and into your home.

Ventilation: Venting skylights pull warm air up through the window and create a cooling effect. Think of it as passive air conditioning for your home.

Contact us to find out how to incorporate skylights into your home.