Skip the Winter Doldrums

It’s happened. We all set our clocks back an hour this past Sunday and now we are facing the dwindling daylight hours.

As the days grow shorter and the sun moves lower in the sky towards winter, you may find the light inside your home growing dimmer even during the day.

Lack of sunlight is the number one contributor to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and so you’re most likely to experience it in the winter. Adding more artificial lighting will help ease eyestrain, but it will not lift your mood.

Install VELUX Sun Tunnel Skylights now, before you become lost in the doldrums of winter. They will both increase the natural light in your home and lift your mood.

Skip the winter doldrums and get your sunlight before it’s gone!

Read more about VELUX Sun Tunnel Skylights.
Ready for an estimate? Fill out this online form or give our office a call: 707-527-5330

Weatherproofing Season has Arrived

We want to help Sonoma County rebuild

We have all felt the losses the fires have caused our community, and we want to help you rebuild by providing more than skylight services through our office. In order to assist those affected by the fires, we are partnering with JHD Construction to provide home restoration and construction services.

Call 707-527-5330
or visit  www.naturalightsolar.com

What can you do to make sure your skylights are weatherproof?

1. Check existing flashings, clean away debris, and make sure weep holes are clear.
2. Make sure curb mounted skylights are fastened down so they can’t blow off in a wind storm.
3. Replace old plastic bubble skylights with VELUX flat glass skylights that meet California’s Energy Code, have a 10-year warranty, and greater ability to withstand impact from hail and tree branches.
4. Don’t wait to check your skylights! If they need to be replaced, standard sizes take one week from order to delivery, while custom sizes take three to four weeks to arrive.
5. Can’t get on your roof? Call Naturalight Solar at 707-527-5330 to schedule a Performance Check of your tube skylights, traditional skylights, and other roof flashings.

Our Office Has Moved

The Naturalight Solar office has moved a few doors down.

We’re now located at:
436 Larkfield Center
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Our new office is only a few doors down from our previous location. We are still located on the south end of the Larkfield shopping center, but now we have a larger space and the sweet aroma of the cookie bakery next store!

Our phone line is up and running now,
so please give our office a call at 707-527-5330 with any questions.

And we will try to return any missed calls as quickly as we can.

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

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.

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.

Something Not Right with Your Light?

One of the twenty-year-old tube skylights after being repaired.

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.

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.

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