I need more light in my house. Has anyone installed the Sky tubes or
tunnels available at Lowes and Home Depot themselves? If so any tips
you'd like to share? Has it leaked or caused problems in your attic?
Are you happy with the amount of light it provides?
Lowes has one for $160. Is that one crap?
I did a bit of research awhile back and found some good references.
The information I found suggested staying FAR away form the stuff at
Lowes. Seam separations, leaks, and poor light transmission.
Their pics are awesome,and they have ROUGH things to say about their
competitors.They show you WHY their product is Superior.
Maybe more money, but clearly worth the price.
Sounds nice, but I"d prefer that evaluation to come from someone a little
more independant then another manufacturer.
In any case, how much do the SunPipe's cost in comparison to the
The price depends on how many extension tubes you need to use to extend
the tube thru the roof,what kind of diffuser you want, what diameter
pipe you want to use, is the ceiling a cathedral ceiling or not, do you
need a steep roof kit or not, do you need an elbow, do you want an
electric light in it for night time use????
13" Sunpipe is $279
2ft lengths of extender are $55
4ft lengths of extender are $95
You will need one or more lengths of the extender pipe to reach from
ceiling to roof. Average install uses about 5 feet
Call this roughly $350, more if you need more pipe, more if you want a
wider angle diffuser, more if you have a steep roof(above 8:12),more if
you need an elbow.
More light is delivered thru SunPipe than competitors. Maintenance will
be far less with SunPipe.
The web site is very informative. Go look at the pictures.
Pure silver is used, polished aluminum has 1/10 the output. Some MFGs
use silver foil or aluminum foil in a UV reactive plastic sleeve.
Silver is why this costs more
Roof jacks come with a 60 yr warranty.
a general rule of thumb when buying ANYTHING!
The cheapest is rarely a good idea, it was often designed for a price
point below everyone elses, tends to have more trouble and shorter
the real expensive similiar product is generally a bad purchase unless
you have money to burn, its target market is the look at me see meI
have gobs of $$$ customer. unless theres a spiffy feature you just must
have the best deal is likely the
MID PRICE STUFF, designed to function well and not at the lowest
price:) over time is usually the best value.
I use this rule of thumb it saves me lots of fretting and over time has
turned out pretty reliable indicator of future happiness.
Not an employee, not a supplier, not apart owner, not a patent holder.
No affiliation with the company whatsover.
SOON to be a very happy customer as I intend to install as many as 10 of
these in a new house that we will begin construction on soon.
I read what they had to say AFTER I visited several other web sites
exploring the concept.
I put in two 9" solatubes. I had the roof flanges installed at the
same time the roof was redone. I cut the interior holes and indicated
exactly where I wanted the roofers to cut the holes. Although I
probably could have done it, cutting into the roof and not wrecking
the asphalt shinges made me a little more nervous than usual. The
rest of the installation goes easy enough depending on your
installation. One of my installations goes through a 2 ft. gap between
ceiling and roof. That was real easy. The other was in the unfinished
attic, and about a six foot gap between ceiling and floor. The only
porblem to contend with was the heat in the attic. It builds up fast,
even on summer mornings. We have these in place now for three years
with no problems.
I will say that as the descriptions indicate, the difference in
lighting after installation depends dramatically on where you are
installing the units. One of ours is installed in a windowless hall
bathroom with almost no direct light from windows. The tube made a
drammatic difference in the light comming through. I would say on a
clear sunny day the bathroom now looks like a 60 W bulb is on. The
other unit is placed over an island in an interior kitchen space. In
this case there are big sun room type windows 15 ft away. Here the
tube made only a small difference in available light.
I had a sola-tube installed. I watched the installation, but didn't do
it myself as I didn't want to rely on unskilled labor making a hole in
my roof and sealing it, nor cutting a rather large hole in the plaster
ceiling, and I needed a kink in the tube to align the ceiling hole with
the roof hole, which had to be offset to miss a rafter (I figured the
installer would have all the pieces needed, while I might end up having
to make multiple trips to pick up pieces I hadn't anticipated.
We are very happy with the result. It has the electric light in it, but
we almost never need that, and it took a few years for us to learn to
stop trying to turn off the light when it wasn't on, since the unit
alone lets in a lot of light.
Ours also came with an exhaust fan that mounts remotely, where the duct
passes through the fascia, which reduces the fan noise in the bathroom
to virtually nothing.
I have no experience with other brands so I cannot address them.
Sola-Tube is amiddle of the road competitor. They use highly polished
aluminum. Over time, the aluminum slowly oxidizes,and its light
transmission ability drops.
Course, will we EVER notice the difference unless we install them both
in the same room side by side and watch what happens over time??
Its like many other things in life, we make a decision, and have few
regrets about it later on.
As a home improvement project to brighten up a room that can only be
used with the lights on in the daytime, all of these will work GREAT.
The only questions are how long will the effect last, will that be long
enough for me to care about the differences between products?
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