Thursday, May 17, 2018

Best of HomeAdvisor 2018





We’ve won the 2018 Best of HomeAdvisor Award! 












What does it mean? Winners of the award are among the highest rated service professionals in the HomeAdvisor network based on exceptional quality, service, and value. Serving our community with quality products and craftsmanship will always be our top priority.

Want to learn more about our business? Visit our page on HomeAdvisor by clicking here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Skylights in a Flash

“If there were 10 stars I would gladly give them a 10. I'm a real estate agent in Sonoma and they came through and delivered like no other. I had an escrow contingent on the replacement of a leaky old Velux skylight and literally had 4 days to remedy the issue. I called Naturalight Solar, spoke with Patricia, explained the circumstance and she was understanding, effective and quite frankly just wonderful. She quickly called the owner Joel immediately to see if there was anyway to squeeze this job in to save the escrow. Joel quickly mobilized his son Chris to come out and take measurements, he ordered the new skylight and then gave up his Sunday to do the professional install all within 3 days!! All with a big smile and a terrific attitude. In my business, it's becoming a rarity to find companies and trade professionals who are willing to bend over backwards to help you. They are professional, friendly, responsive and I will be using them again and again. The new skylight looks great! –Holly”


 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Go Green for Earth Day with Two New Sun-Powered Products

Harness the sun for Earth Day
with these solar-powered products. 


VELUX Solar Night Light

The new Solar Night Light for the VELUX Sun Tunnel produces constant, low-level light after the sun sets so you can enjoy light day and night, all powered by the sun. The solar night light is convenient for those late night trips to the bathroom or kitchen, it costs nothing to operate, and saves you money on the installation of your new VELUX SUN TUNNEL. 

Attic Breeze Solar Attic Fan

The new Attic Breeze solar attic fan is designed to maximize airflow while being durable enough to last through harsh weather conditions year after year. With an all metal construction, whisper quiet operation, and completely solar powered, this attic fan is good for the earth, will protect your home from heat and moisture damage, and save you money.
Both products qualify for the 30% federal tax credit for the entire project, including materials and installation.   

Ready to go green? Click here to request an estimate,
or call our office today at 707-527-5330.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

VELUX Skylights Make a Fresh and Healthy Home


Watch to see how architect Jeff Day used eight VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights to refresh the air inside a southern Illinois home, where two asthma and allergy sufferers live. Built by Oasis Home Construction, the skylights were positioned to maximize the chimney effect: when warm, stale air escapes through open skylights and cool, fresh air is drawn in through lower level windows. In addition to freshening the air inside, the skylights provide ample daylight from above to create a cheerful atmosphere. 


Friday, April 13, 2018

Here's How Often You Should Ventilate Your Bathroom

Original Post by Kat Wiseman for VELUX USA Blog

        It's no secret that bathrooms can get steamy. Where there's steam, there's generally going to be condensation. And where there's condensation, there can eventually be mold and mildew, which is why it's so important to keep the bathroom properly ventilated.


Avoiding Condensation


        Realistically, you should ventilate your bathroom any time steam creates excess moisture in the air. You'll be able to tell it's doing this from the feeling of humidity and condensation on your mirror and other bathroom surfaces. This excess moisture can affect everything from the structural integrity of your bathroom to your family's health. 
        Sometimes, however, getting rid of condensation isn't as simple as flipping a switch to turn on the fan. In some instances, like if you're renting or have a restricted budget, ventilation options can be downright limited. So, read on for a few ways you can eliminate condensation in your bathroom. 

How to Ventilate Your Bathroom

  1. Open the window - or skylight! - while bathing or showering. Open windows allow moist air to escape and fresh air to enter. This helps reduce mold or mildew growth. 
  2. In a windowless bathroom, leave the door open during and after bathing. If your home has relatively low humidity (below 50%), the air that escapes your bathroom can help increase the overall humidity. If your home is overly humid, remove the excess moisture by opening a window in the room nearest the bathroom. 
  3. Use a dehumidifier! Dehumidifiers draw moisture from the air, but many are electric so use them with caution when running water in your bathroom. 

More Ventilation Tips

  • Mold thrives in dark spaces. So if you have a window in your bathroom, leave the blinds or curtains open when you're not using it to restrict the growth of mold. 
  • You can track the humidity level in your home with a handy-dandy hygrometer, which can be found in most home and garden stores. 
  • If you're renovating your bathroom or building a whole new one, it's required in many areas to install a properly sized ventilation system. Check with local authorities and building retailers for an exhaust fan with the right amount of output for the size of your bathroom. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

There's Light at the End of the Sun Tunnel

Written by Katie Cirovic, for VELUX UK Blog, September 6, 2017

The Rayner family used sun tunnels to increase natural light in the hallway of their four bedroom detached home in Northampton.
Freddie Rayner, 69, said his first floor hallway had always been starved of natural light as the space didn’t have any windows and he wasn’t sure what options were open to him. 
Sun-tunnel-before.jpg
He said: “We even considered removing all the walls at the top of the stairs and replacing them with glass door and windows – but it was going to be hugely expensive.”
It was only while holidaying in Spain that he stumbled upon the perfect solution. While staying in a villa on Spain’s south-eastern Costa Blanca, Freddie was intrigued by a light feature in one of the rooms that he would later discover to be a sun tunnel. 
As soon as the plane touched down in the UK, Freddie was on the phone to a VELUX expert to discuss the benefits of having a sun tunnel installed in the hallway above the staircase.

He was told sun tunnels bring natural light in to even the darkest spaces through a specially designed, highly-reflective tunnel that passes from roof to ceiling meaning that you won’t necessarily always have to turn the
lights on.
They work best over small straight runs and the amount of light they direct into a hallway is quite remarkable.
In just 4 weeks, VELUX-recommended installers had positioned two sun tunnels directly above the staircase on the first floor of the Rayner’s family home and the space was forever transformed.
Sun-tunnel-after.jpgFreddie said: “The transformation is truly amazing. We’ve gone from relying on the reflective power of several strategically placed mirrors which we hoped would maximise the light given off by chandeliers we had to keep switched on throughout the day - to never turning on an electric light during the day again!
“The process of getting the sun tunnels installed was also seamless. From the initial conversation with the VELUX expert to liaising with the installers and then the sun tunnels actually going in – it was a painless process and total value for money. The installers, recommended to us by VELUX did such a clean job – all that was left for us to do was admire the result! 

“Our only regret is not looking into the sun tunnel option sooner. There is absolutely no reason to put up with darkness when VELUX exist in this world!”
Grant Sneddon, product manager at VELUX, added: “The Rayner’s project is a great example of a ‘don’t move, improve’ scenario. You can clearly see the difference in brightness when you look at their hallway before VELUX sun tunnels were installed and after.
“Having to withstand an undesirable, dark living environment can really get a person down and this is a fantastic case for how the limitations of a property can be overcome with one simple, effective modification. A VELUX sun tunnel can be installed anywhere there is 6m or less between your roof and ceiling such as hallways, like the Rayners, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, home offices – the only limit is your imagination!”

Monday, March 12, 2018

Measuring for a Replacement Curb Mount Skylight


        Are you planning your spring home improvement projects? Thinking about replacing that old, inefficient skylight? If you’re old skylight is a curb mount, then it is important to know the correct dimensions for ordering the replacement skylight so that it will fit the existing curb. 

        When ordering or describing a skylight, the measurements are always expressed as width (dimension horizontally across the roof) x length (dimension vertically up the roof).




        When measuring, you want to get the Outside Curb Dimension. This is the overall outside dimension (OD) of the finished, built-up curb. Skylights are then sized slightly larger than the OD of the curb in order to fit over the necessary roofing materials and sheet metal flashing, covering the whole like a box cover. 



If you’re not comfortable getting on your roof to take measurements, 
give our office a call at 707-527-5330 to schedule a site visit. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Skylight Cousins

The lesser known cousin to traditional skylights is the VELUX Sun Tunnel Skylight. Despite its smaller size, it is just as bright as a traditional skylight and is better at spreading the light throughout the room. This is due to the highly reflective material of the tube in combination with the diffuser disc at the ceiling level.
Also, because of the Sun Tunnel's design and ease of installation, they are more cost friendly than a traditional skylight. So go ahead, light up every room.
If you're looking for a budget-friendly way to bring more natural light into your home without compromising quality, the VELUX Sun Tunnel is the skylight for you.

Give us a call today to get your free estimate: 707-527-5330
Or click here to visit our website.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Case Study: Soaring Skylights

This month, Naturalight Solar completed a project on a home in Napa that is under-going a complete remodel. We worked alongside the projects general contractor, Briant Frye of Frye Built Construction.

In this two-story home, we replaced one old plastic bubble skylight with a new VELUX glass 2x4 fixed skylight as well as installing a brand new skylight array in a curb adaptor over the great room where they will bring in lots of wonderful sunlight.


The nature of the project required a crane to lift the huge 8x8 foot curb adaptor into place where Frye had already made the cut-out in the roof. The crane was also used to bring up the four skylights that fit in the curb adaptor and the one replacement skylight.

    

The homeowner chose two VELUX fixed 4x4 curb mount skylights and two VELUX solar operable Fresh Air 4x4 skylights to go into the curb adaptor, creating a perfect system for natural light and ventilation. With the solar operable skylights at the highest point of the home, they will create a chimney effect when open to draw out stale, warm air and replace it with fresh air.

  



The homeowner decided on the black metal curb adaptor to match the unusual black metal roof that will be installed later. With the stunning backdrop of the Napa hills, we can’t wait to see photos of the finished home in a few months!

 

  



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Clean, Quiet, Safe

When you purchase an operable VELUX skylight, it comes standard with dual pane, laminated glass, which is cleaner, quieter, and safer than ordinary glass.

Cleaner: The Neat® glass uses silicon dioxide to create a smooth surface for water to "sheet off" and evaporate quickly, reducing water spotting. It also uses titanium dioxide, which reacts with the sun's UV rays, causing organic materials on the glass to decompose. Then, with the next rain, the decomposed dirt will be rinsed away.

Quieter: The laminated, dual pane glass reduces unwanted outside noise, making it up to 25% quieter than a standard dual pane glass, and up to 50% quieter than a plastic skylight.

Safer: If laminated safety glass is broken, whether from a large hail stone or a stray golf ball or a fallen tree branch, the glass pieces will be held in the frame and not fall through onto the floor. This protects the people inside the home and prevents water damage, should it rain after the glass is broken.

Upgrade your old skylight today to have the benefits and peace of mind of a VELUX laminated glass skylight.