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Sun Tunnel vs Skylight: Which Natural Light Window is Best for You?

Many homes have areas that feel dark and unwelcoming because they lack natural light.  This situation can be easily remedied with the inclusion of skylights and sun tunnels.  These devices are installed on a home’s roof and allow sunlight to filter into areas that would not receive it.  It’s important to understand the qualities of both sun tunnels and skylights so that you are able to determine which window makes the most sense for your situation.  Here’s what you need to know!

Features & Benefits You’ll Find in Both Natural Light Windows:

Often referred to as roof windows, utilizing skylights and sun tunnels within your home will amplify the amount of natural light that filters in which leads to lower energy consumption.  Both are attached to the roof, and can breathe new life into a room because of the additional sunlight they filter in.metal roof

Key Differences About Roof Windows:

Skylights and sun tunnels have some key differences; understanding them will assist you in choosing the right solution for your house.  Skylights invite both sunlight and fresh air into your home and can be used to expel warm air or humidity from your home.  They come in an array of shapes including: square, rectangular, oval, diamond, and triangular.    Sun tunnels come in tubular shapes to amplify sunlight within the home, but they cannot be opened to filter in outdoor air.

Perks of Installing a Skylight Window:

Skylights win favor with homeowners because of their ability to be opened and closed.  Not only does this allow fresh air to be drawn in, but it also allows humidity to be expelled in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.  VELUX has models that can be opened and closed via remote control.  Their “Fresh Air” skylight even has a built-in sensor that automatically closes the unit in the event of rain.

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Perks of Installing a Sun Tunnel:

Sun tunnels come in malleable models that can be easily installed in attics without interfering with fixtures already in place.  They take up minimal space on a roof but excel at filtering in copious amounts of daylight.  Sun tunnels do an excellent job of introducing sunlight to areas of the home that would not receive any.  Popular installation spots include closets, laundry rooms, hallways, and stairways.

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Browse Our Skylight Window Replacement Reviews:

"Thank you for completing the 2020-2021 window & skylight project for us.  The new additions look wonderful.  All your employees did a super job.  They were professional, knowledgeable, and very kind to us.  We want to compliment the lead worker on your bedroom project done April 15th.  We will be calling again for our next project in 2022."

Kathie B.
New Prague, MN
June 3, 2021

"They did a good job and we are very happy with our new skylight. I have used Lindus construction for different projects and have always been satisfied with their work. They are punctual do the job in a efficient manner and clean up afterwards."

Robert M.
Fridley, MN
April 30, 2021

"Nice job on the installation of a new skylight. Thanks!"  

Richard R.
Edina, MN
November 30, 2020

"We had skylights installed in our house in May. My experience with the installers was great, and we have been enjoying the finished product."

Lydia S.
Minneapolis, MN
September 11, 2020

"Your guys did such a wonderful job and we so enjoyed talking with them.  What a difference the skylights make - we are very pleased and happy with them.  We will be glad to tell others about your company.  I can see others in the association being very interested.  You have very good people working for you."  

Jeanne W/
Hugo, MN
July 16, 2020

"They did a great job installing two new skylights. Everything was cleaned up and left the way they found it."

Vicky O.
Cushing, WI
May 22, 2020
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