Solatube Installation tips
- We suggest you allow at least 4 hours for the installation, particularly if this is your first skylight installation.
- Ensure you have the appropriate size Solatube® Daylighting System; this will depend on the area to be lit and do also take into account the ceiling height — if it is higher than average you may need to consider a larger diameter system. Then measure the distance between the roof and the ceiling to determine the quantity of extension tubes required.
- Try to avoid the tubes being routed through roof space areas with obstructions such as gas, water or drain pipes, air ducts, flues or furnaces, fixed storage tanks. If some obstructions are unavoidable, you can use the 0-90 adjustable angle extension sections to re-route the tube.
- All reflective extension tube joints should overlap a minimum of 50mm and be fixed together using the aluminium tape provided. For very long or angled tube lengths, use the self-tapping screws provided to fasten the tubes together to give additional strength and rigidity.
- You may choose to support any extension tubes with a wire or similar retainer fixed to the rafters if the extension tubes are particularly long or at a significant angle away from the vertical.
- Ensure all protective film is removed before prolonged exposure to the sun as it may bond the film’s adhesive to the inside of the tube making it hard to remove.
- All adhesives, seals and tapes should be applied to a dry surface.
- Ensure your roof is in an appropriate condition to support the work necessary for a Solatube® Daylighting System installation without damaging its waterproofing properties.
- Avoid roof dome locations shaded by trees, ridges and chimneys, or near water channels or valleys.
- Ensure you understand and have adhered to any environmental legal requirements for your area, such as Bush Fire legislation.
- Ensure you read all installation instructions including those for any accessories before starting installation to ensure the correct sequence of installation is followed.
Safety notices and advice
Solatube® Australia (or Premier Dealer) assumes no responsibility or obligation whatsoever for the failure of an architect, contractor, installer or building owner to comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, building codes, energy codes, fire and safety codes and requirements, and adequate safety precautions.
Installation of this product should be attempted only by individuals skilled in the use of the tools and equipment necessary for installation. The supplier accepts no responsibility for incorrectly installed or non-appropriate applications. Protect yourself and all persons and property during installation. If you have any doubt concerning your competence or expertise, consult a qualified expert before proceeding. Installation is at your own risk.
- During installation, the Solatube® Daylighting Systems reflective tubes may focus sunlight potentially causing concentrated light and heat. Keep the protective film on the reflective tubing prior to installation and the tubing away from potentially flammable material.
- Sheet metal edges may be sharp. Use protective gloves to avoid lacerations.
- Installation requires climbing and working at dangerous heights, including on ladders, scaffolding, roofs and in attic spaces. Use extreme caution to minimise risk of accidental injury and property damage including, but not limited to, the points below:
- Clear the area below your workspace of all people, animals and other items.
- Avoid working on surfaces that are slippery or wet and use footwear with excellent traction.
- Use only strong, well-supported and appropriate ladders.
- Work only in calm, dry weather.
- When in the roof space, ensure that your weight is supported at all times with structurally sound framing; plaster board material is not designed to carry a person’s weight.
- Reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and personal injury by following basic safety precautions when using electric tools; always wear safety goggles or other suitable eye protection and ensure the work area is clear of all electrical wires, gas pipes, water pipes and other obstacles.
- When working in the roof space or other dusty areas, use of a mask or respirator is recommended to avoid lung irritation.
- Roof spaces may be dark, confined, and subject to extreme temperatures.
- Beware of sharp protruding objects. Do not attempt installation without having someone close by who can come to your aid if necessary.
- Only suitably qualified persons should undertake any electrical wiring.