Morningside Renovation

Our Journey Through The Renovation Process Of Our Future "Forever Home" In Morningside (Atlanta,GA)

Velux Sun Tunnels, Are They Worth the Added Expense?

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The Velux Sun Tunnel

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Originally I was planning on having these installed in the Master Bath, our walk-in closets, Kitchen, Boys’ Bathroom, and Laundry Room but since can lighting is less expensive and we’re cutting costs this is one of my “wants” that had to be eliminated.  Unfortunately I can’t seem to let it go, meaning that I’m trying to find a way to justify the added expense.  Of course I know the argument that “they’ll pay for themselves overtime with reduced electrical use however that just isn’t enough. So basically I’m asking you, “are you familiar with them, have you used them and are they worth the added expense?  I’m also concerned about the potential of them leaking.  They seem to be an amazing product, adding a lot of natural light and at this point I’m totally sold on them, I just need either more information, a cheaper alternative or to know that they’re not worth the it. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find very many contractors around the Atlanta area that are familiar with them. Let me know your thoughts if you have any experience or history with them.

So we’re moving along with framing, completed the majority of the interior frame-work, closets, baths, fireplace, stairs, etc…as well as the sheathing on the roof.  It is beyond exciting to see it actually all starting to come together.

Fireplace in the Great Room

Fireplace in the Great Room

Stairs - landing in the new basement area

Stairs – landing in the new basement area

View from Great Room into the Kitchen Area
View from Great Room into the Kitchen Area
Great Room

Great Room

       

Back of the house
Back of the house
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Author: morningsiderenovation

One guy's journey through renovation. From purchasing a home in desperate need of repair, through complete renovation and expansion to hopeful dream house for my wife.

2 thoughts on “Velux Sun Tunnels, Are They Worth the Added Expense?

  1. Hello, I work with VELUX and noticed your questions about our SUN TUNNEL skylights. Proper installation of a VELUX SUN TUNNEL skylight is designed to eliminate the possibility of leaks. Proper installation includes mounting the SUN TUNNEL skylight flashing with sealant to the roof deck, placing weather underlayment over the top portion of the flashing and installing roof shingles (or your preferred roofing material) over the flashing. Here’s a video showing the installation process for a SUN TUNNEL skylight.

    http://www.veluxusa.com/professionals/installation_and_training/installation_help/installation_videos/suntunnel_skylight/rigid

    You also mentioned that you are having trouble finding an installer who can answer your questions or help with installation. Find one in your area with our installer locator found here:

    http://www.veluxusa.com/consumer/service/locators/skylight_installer_locator

    As you have noted, SUN TUNNEL skylights can help you reduce your dependence on electrical lighting.

    I hope you find this information helpful in making your decision. Remember that SUN TUNNEL skylights take only about two hours to install, so phasing them in after your home renovation is complete is also an option.

    Thanks.

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    • Thanks, and I’m certainly sold on Velux, just have to find a way to justify the initial costs considering…While obviously it is best to install them before roofing you mentioned they could also be phased in at a later date – does this create more of an opportunity for leaks? Just curious. Again, Huge fan, just need to find a way to get them back into our budget.

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