Oct 7, 2016

Why You Need a Sun Tunnel

Filling an otherwise windowless room with natural light can have benefits to your health, your mood and your wallet. Sun tunnels are a new, cost-effective way homeowners are adding light to their homes.

Sun Tunnels are Different

A traditional skylight requires direct line of sunlight from the roof to add light to the room below. Sun tunnels don’t need direct sunlight to provide natural lighting to virtually any room in the house, even on the first floor of a two-story home! You might be wondering, but how do these work?

How it Works

Sun tunnels, also known as solar tubes, tubular skylights and light tubes work by utilizing the science of reflective mirrors. A trusted Nashville roofing expert can install a polished tube that is 10 to 15 inches in diameter in through your roof. The polished interior of the tube works similar to a continuous mirror and channels the sun’s light down the length of the tube without diminishing any light intensity. The sun’s rays spill out across your home through a small weatherproof dome.

Sun Tunnels Are Cost Effective

While a traditional skylight could cost anywhere between $2,000 to $5,000 depending on the size and slope of the skylight, a sun tunnel typically costs between $500 and $1,000 to install. These skylights are cheaper to install, but they can also help you save money on your electricity bill for the obvious reason that daylight is free! Some sun tunnels have the option of installing a smart LED lighting system into the skylight so your skylight can provide you with lighting even after the sun has gone down.

Get Your Sun Tunnel

At Bill Ragan Roofing & Associates, LLC, our Nashville roofing company is a Certified 3 Star installer of VELUX® skylights. If you are interested in installing a sun tunnel in your home, our qualified roofing experts can help you get a started today. Call (615) 242-0333 to request a free estimate.