Skylight Solutions - Your answer to natural lighting, ventilation and even more!
Since our inception the business has gone from strength to strength! By taking a long-term approach, and focusing on the quality of our products and installations, our product range has grown significantly. We now offer a full range of natural lighting and ventilation solutions, accessories and other related products. All these products offer good quality, backed by a professional installation, if needed. All our products offer good value for money, and more details can be found under the relevant product.
We offer you the following product range to change your house into a home, or make your business more comfortable and cost-efficient.
- All skylights (including tubular skylights, larger flat and raised skylights in aluminium or wood). Our skylights can be installed onto any roof type! Our aluminium skylights are available in standard and custom made to fit sizes.
- Roof Windows in aluminium and wood that can open to allow natural ventilation. The options of blinds and electronic openers are also available on request.
- Polycarbonate Sheeting in profiled roof sheets, solid flat or multiwall sheets including the leak-free PALSUN or PALGLAZE systems. We also provide polycarbonate awnings in solid sheeting or multiwall.
- Ventilation and extraction products including our high quality - low energy roof and wall mount extractor fans, buddi braais and whirlybirds. These units can be controlled manually, by motion or wireless control.
- A unique range of ceiling fans in aluminium and wood to suite any application or area.
- Braai's and Fireplaces manufactured for South African conditions using high quality steel. Also available in stainless.
- Solar lighting products, lights, panels, batteries and regulators to save energy and secure your home.
- Various accessories (Uniflash waterproofing, flashings, wireless controls, motion sensors, connect-it components and roof screws.
Skylights - The natural alternative to electrical energy!
Skylights can allow more natural light and sunlight into your home, thereby reducing the electrical energy consumption, especially in dark rooms, or rooms without windows, and greatly reducing on-grid dependance. In order to make the correct decision, you need to be aware of the various types of skylights that are available on the market.
It is important to look at two important factors when considering a skylight. Is additional natural light the main objective, or should the skylight also provide aesthetical value ? In addition to this, position, size, and type, also begin to play a role! Certain skylighs offer certain benefits, but an also havea downside if not thought through thoroughly! It is therefore important to speak to one of our skylight specialists before buying a skylight, and having it installed.
There are three main types of skylights:
- Tubular Skylights
- Larger Type Skylights (e.g. Flat, Pyramid, Barrels, Domes and slanted)
- Roof Windows (Available in solid wood or aluminium - Fixed and opening)
These skylights provide a neat finish with aesthetical appeal. These skylight offer the additional benefit of ventilation (where required) and an optional blind to regulate light control. They are therefore very suitable for kitchens, bathrooms or living areas. The skylights can be opened electronically or with a crank handle and rod. By opening these windows, rising hot air, moisture or steam can escape. By placing these skylights on the northern side of a roof extra warmth can be brought into rooms. Southern placement will reduce solar heat gain, and therefore provide a cooler living environment. A skylight should only cover approximately 5 to 15% of the room area, depending on the number of windows. Homeowners should choose a skylight with insulating (double-pane) glazing, a heat absorption tint, or low emission (low-E) coating to control solar heat transfer into, and out, of the home. Various glazing options are available to meet specific requirements, and also provide added protection in the case of natural disaster e.g. hail storms.
Skylights have the following distinct advantages.
Besides the obvious benefits, like the natural light factor, and saving on your power bills, they also contribute to preserving the environment, and ultimately add value to your home.
A strategically placed skylight replaces the need for electrical lighting during the daytime.
They can also add heat to your home, cutting down on the amount of electrical or gas consumption required. All of this can translate into savings of up to 20% per year.
You therefore help to preserve the environment at the same time. The latest trend in home building is "GREEN HOMES", houses built with maximum natural efficiency, and preservation in mind, allowing off the grid functioning. These green homes almost always allow for a skylight or natural lighting solution to brighten up the interior, and reduce the dependance on electrical lighting. Even if you cannot afford the latest innovations in green home technology, skylights are relatively affordable, especially when you consider the energy cost savings they produce over the medium to long term. They will also increase the value of your property. It is a known fact that estate agents sell well-lit properties much quicker than dark interior properties. Skylights have a modern appeal due to the energy efficiency and beauty they add to a home. However, poorly constructed or installed skylights, could become a nightmare and could lead to leaks and resulting damages. Single-paned skylights might "weep" due to condensation, if not installed correctly, or into the correct areas, according to encyclopedia wikipedia. - Eugene Brink
Skylights - the natural alternative!