Monday, October 16, 2017

One Day at a Time: Fire Update

As we find our way through each day, we are heartbroken for the loss everyone has endured. We hope you and your loved ones are safe.

Naturalight Solar is in transition as we re-connect our computers and work to access our phone lines and Internet service in a temporary location. As soon as these services are back online, we will be contacting all of our currently scheduled clients to check-in and reschedule as necessary. Our materials have survived, but we do not yet have access to them, so this may cause further delays.

We are doing everything we can to get up and running to serve our community, and we will be adding additional services through our general contractor to assist with clean-up and rebuilding.

#sonomacountystrong #wewillrebuild

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Small Kitchen Conundrums

The kitchen is a central, active room in the home. It is important for it to have good lighting, air flow, and plentiful storage for food, dishes, and small appliances, not to mention space for food prep, cooking, and eating. An open and flowing design is also appreciated for entertaining.

This is a lot to ask of a kitchen, especially a small kitchen. 

In the design or re-model of a kitchen, compromises are often made and typically natural light is nixed in the favor of extra storage. Unfortunately, the lack of windows also contributes to a lack of fresh air and natural ventilation, creating sticky, hot kitchens in the summer. 

One solution in this design conundrum is often overlooked: Skylights. With skylights, you get the natural light and fresh air you need in the kitchen, leaving room along the walls for additional storage. 

The next time you have a kitchen design conundrum, consider skylights and discover a kitchen without compromises. 


If you're ready for a kitchen without compromises, call our office today at 707-527-5330,
 or request an estimate here

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Skylights that Pay for Themselves

New VELUX Energy Performance Model Skylights Combine Energy Efficiency with Cost Savings for Homeowners


      Homeowners can maximize energy efficiency and take advantage of a 30 percent federal tax credit with the new VELUX Energy Performance Model skylight featuring automated energy performance.
      Launching at the 2017 International Builders' Shown in Orlando, Florida, the Energy Performance Model combines and Energy Star-certified VELUX fixed skylight with a factory-installed, double-pleated, solar-powered, blackout blind and a preprogrammed Intelligent Touch Remote Control in one box. 
      "When closed, the double pleated blind boots the overall energy performance of the Energy Star-certified skylight by 40 percent," said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX. "And the blinds are fully automated when the room is not in use, closing during the warm summer days and cold winter nights to block light and insulate."
      With a 30 percent federal tax credit, homeowners will receive an average of $730 in federal tax credit eligibility.
      "The federal tax credit makes this product very affordable for homeowners looking to make a big impact on their home decor as well as their utility bills," Vandermark said.

VELUX is an Energy Star partner and has been recognized as a Partner of the Year. For more information, visit www.whyskylights.com or naturalightsolar.com

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Case Study: Roofing and Skylights are Happier Together

A newly purchased Marin County home was in need of a new roof and brighter interior spaces. While it had existing traditional VELUX Skylights in good condition, the homeowners wanted to add four VELUX SUN TUNNELs.
This photo shows the existing skylights and
new curb mounted Sun Tunnels before being sealed
with the white vinyl roofing.

Naturalight Solar was called in to coordinate the installation with Wedge Roofing, who would be installing a new white vinyl roof. Sun Tunnel skylights can be installed on any roof type, but some roofs, like white vinyl, require extra steps for proper installation.

Naturalight Solar built the required curbs for optimal waterproofing and then installed the curbs and four 14" TCR VELUX SUN TUNNELs. As a finishing touch, we also added colored theater gels to tint the light to a warmer tone, per the homeowners preference.

When our work was complete, Wedge Roofing returned to install the white vinyl roofing, sealing the vinyl up the sides of the Sun Tunnel curbs for a seamless waterproofing.

If it's time for a new roof on your home and you think you might want to add skylights, give us a call for a free estimate at 707-527-5330. Likewise, if you want to add skylights and it's nearing time for a new roof, consider having both done at the same time. New roofs and skylights are happier together.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Something Not Right with Your Light?

Have your old tube skylights stopped giving out light? Has the trim ring or diffuser fallen from the ceiling? Are there mysterious insects showing up inside your tube skylight?

All of these conditions can be caused by age or improper installation, and they don’t necessarily mean the tube skylights need to be replaced.

One of the twenty-year-old tube
skylights after being repaired.
Naturalight Solar recently performed a service call for an owner of two twenty-year-old tubes of unknown brand. The tubes had stopped giving out light and when our certified installation specialist took a look in the attic, he found that both tubes had only been taped at their seams when originally installed. After twenty years, the tape had failed, causing the tubes to fall apart in the attic. The tubes themselves were in fine condition, so our installer screwed them back together and re-taped the seams.

When the tube seams are connected and aligned properly with screws and tape, there are no places for bugs to enter, no pieces shifting down from the ceiling, and lots of natural light.


If you are experiencing a problem with your old tube skylight, give us a call to schedule a service appointment at 707-527-5330.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy Labor Day

Wishing you a relaxing holiday weekend!


"Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them."
- Joseph Joubert

The Naturalight Solar Office will be closed Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Brighten Up and Cool Off with One Great Package

How can you get both brighter interior spaces and less heat this summer? With a VELUX Sun Tunnel Skylight and SRS Solar Attic Fan Combo.

This summer, we're giving you $50 off* 
when you buy a Sun Tunnel/Attic Fan Combo.


VELUX Sun Tunnels let in the light without the heat or harmful UV rays. Plus, you can add an energy efficiency diffuser to further reduce heat transfer.


The SRS Solar Attic Fan works hard to remove hot air from your attic, allowing your home to stay 10-15 degrees cooler, all without using electricity. 


*Offer ends September 22, 2017

Visit NaturalightSolar.com
Or call for more information
(707) 527-5330