Skylights have become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more homeowners seek new ways to decrease the cost of living by lowering the costs of their utility bills. Adding a skylight is a great way to gain interior lighting, especially in hard-to-light areas, without the need for electricity. Plus, it's a green option that can decrease your carbon footprint and help reduce pollution levels related to the production of electricity. However, as more and more people have climbed aboard the skylight “bandwagon,” huge numbers of skylight manufacturers have emerged in recent years to soak up that increased demand – and very often with costly results.
Many of today's skylight manufacturers and distributors have little experience in developing and producing skylights, resulting in substantial quality control issues. Even worse, they often rely on unskilled installation companies that have also set up shop to cash in on increased demand. Their focus is on making money, and their primary goal is to crank out as many skylights as possible, offering them at low price points that seem attractive to a broad base of consumers. Unfortunately, that initial low cost is usually offset by repairs down the road – and often by complete replacement of the unit and an entirely new roof.
That's because when it comes to skylights, the design, manufacture and installation processes are all critical. Even a small aberration in any of these areas can result in considerable damage to your home when that first big rainstorm hits. After all, skylights are installed on your roof, where both sun and rain can enter at will. If a seam leaks, the slope is off or the installer doesn't know what he or she is doing, the results can be disastrous.
Many cheaper skylights also use materials that can become stained, pitted and clouded over time, resulting in a less attractive appearance for your home as well as less natural sunlight entering your home.
Even some major skylight manufacturers have fallen prey to the atmosphere of churning out low-cost, inferior skylights to appeal to large numbers of unsuspecting consumers who don't understand what makes a high-quality skylight truly high-quality. Like the newcomers on the scene, these manufacturers are focused squarely on their bottom lines without regard for creating a truly dependable product that homeowners can count on year in and year out.
Fortunately, Solatube isn't driven by a desire to cash in. They have a reputation as a top-rated skylight system that relies on state-of-the-art technology and design, combined with the highest-quality materials and expert installers who know their way around a roof. They never compromise in their standards, and ignore any opportunity to make a “fast dollar.” In addition, they're 100 percent committed to both the products they make and sell and the customers they serve.
When it comes to choosing a skylight, the phrase “you get what you pay for” couldn't be truer. With a Solatube skylight, you might pay a little more, but you'll receive a unit that's designed to withstand the elements and perform flawlessly for many years to come. To learn more about Solatube and its commitment to quality, visit the Solatube website.