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Solatubes for Melbourne amid a unique building trend

The Black Saturday bushfires left an indelible imprint upon the psyche of everyone who lived though them. Regardless of whether you were directly affected by this day of catastrophe, the images and the stories that came out of it have become a part of Victoria’s collective psyche.

But the impacts of Australia’s deadliest bushfire didn’t stop when the flames were out. These fires have created a trend among builders, who had an eye for the building necessities of the areas of the state that were worst affected. Homes that are constructed as fireproof bunkers have lately become highly coveted, both for their fire protection, and for their unique style.

Often built in to the side of hills, these homes put a focus on concrete buildings materials and non-flammable decorations, so concrete and brick are strongly sought-after. The roofs are often covered with greenery, which serves two purposes – it ensures the home stays cool on hot days, and it provides a ‘cushion’ for falling branches or ember attacks. This roof is often turned in to a garden or vegetable patch, and is well-kept and neat, to avoid flammable material from collecting here. The home is further equipped with radiation shutters on each window, along with a separate underground air supply.

The obvious issue that arise, of course, in a home that is built partially underground, is how to light them. Solid earth is not known for its opaque properties, and given the weight and the speed which burning items can be carried in ember attacks, large skylights are not advisable. Luckily, Diamond Skylights in Melbourne has a solution: the Solatube.

Installed throughout rooms in need of natural light, solatubes utilise only small holes in the roofs, so they don’t sacrifice the fire and heat resistance of the home, or its structural integrity. Their absorbent tops send strong amounts of light through the pipe, keenly illuminating areas of the home in need of such treatment.

Solatubes in Melbourne, and throughout Victoria, are able to illuminate these homes while retaining their fireproof nature. They can change the interior lighting sector in this unique sector, and make these homes livable and enjoyable, for the long-term.

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Skylights in Melbourne: Pricing Guide, Perks, and Installation

Skylights in Melbourne

Skylights are considerably simpler in theory than they are in reality. While they are, in their most basic forms, little more than a horizontal window, there are a number of perks that must be considered when you are planning your installation. These elements can impact the function and the usefulness of your skylight, and of course, skylight prices in Melbourne are influenced by these add-ons. There are some big choices ahead of you.

Insulation
If you live in the far south of the country, you likely have to contend with the chill of the winter months. Warm air rises, so ensuring that your skylight isn’t allowing the cold to percolate through to your living space can be vital to maintain comfort in your home. Good insulation can help to preserve heat.

Roof Ventilation
Conversely, perhaps the heat of the summer months has driven a need for ventilation. Warm air rises, and in many homes, it can be trapped in the roof space or top of the peaks. This heat then is transmitted down in to your living space. A ventilation system on your skylight, properly fitted, can ease this situation.

Diffusers
A diffuser is a screen, on the inside of your skylight. The purpose is to dilute the power of the sunlight entering your home. These diffusers help to spread the light evenly throughout your home, while reducing the overall power of the sunlight shining through from above, keeping glare and shadows to a minimum.

Lifts and Hinges
You can choose to install a skylight that opens up to the elements, so you can air out your home when the weather is good. Such skylights can be opened both manually and with electric motors, with the touch of a nearby switch.

Shades or Partial Blinds
On hot days, you won’t necessarily want more light entering your home. If this is the case, you might want to add a pair of blinds on to your skylight. Given how they are not within easy reach, these shades are operated either manually, with a rotor stick, or electronically. The choice is yours.

For more information on Melbourne skylights and their prices, contact Diamond Skylights today.

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Velux Skylights and Craftsmanship for Melbourne

Velux Skylights are not new to the world of illumination. Their beginnings could best be described as ‘humble’, and began when a Danish entrepreneur, Villum Kann Rasmussen, installed his first roof window on a school near his hometown. From these beginnings, a devotion to craft and workmanship has resulted in their spread around the globe.

Velux Skylights are now found from Melbourne to Minsk, in nearly every country in the world. Oft imitated, although never truly duplicated, these skylights feature some key characteristics, which have set them apart from their peers over the course of the years.

First, their glass is a thick, toughened, and scratch-resistant polymer, one that is built to resist not only the elements, but falling branches, and extremes of heat and cold. The mechanisms behind the mechanical and electrical lifting follow this same regard for longevity.

Secondly, the Danish winter lasts a long time. Constantly swept by storms from the North Sea, Rasmussen’s first skylight was obliged to cope with the weather head-on, so its seal and installation had to be extremely tight, and properly done. He also was forced to contend with the extremes of cold in this Scandinavian winter, which could contract and expand the seals on the skylight. Consequently, this first installation, and each one since then, had to be done with considerable care.

Luckily, as a master craftsman, he was able to accomplish his task and provide a well-constructed skylight that provided healthy and natural lighting for this school for many years. Velux Skylights carry on this legacy of commitment to craft and devotion to quality, in Melbourne, and around the world.

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Skylight Quotes and Prices in Melbourne Pt. II

One of the least appreciated, and least understood, advantage of using natural light to illuminate your home?

Many of our clients have reported that elements of their home – the furniture, houseplants, the colour of fabric – suddenly have become more vivid and vibrant in colour. The space somehow seems larger and more evenly lit. Why could this be?

It is because light comes in many different forms, from narrow to broad spectrum. And artificial indoor lighting is only one form, which does not utilise the full spectrum of light available to use. The sun, however, is a different story. Your skylight offers you the noted advantage of providing full-spectrum sunlight, not the thinner band typically offered by indoor lighting systems. Skylight quotes and prices in Melbourne don’t typically account for this unexpected benefit.

The impacts of full-spectrum exposure, using light ranging from from ultraviolet to infrared, is not fully understood yet. It is known to have implications on the act of photosynthesis in the plant world, meaning that indoor horticulture must involve lights that highlight certain wavelengths. But it is known to be more pleasing to the eye, and results in an appreciation for the colour patterns and highlights of a space, beyond that of artificial lighting.

With only a fraction of light forms actually visible to the human eye, the full spectrum of light emanating from our nearest star likely has notable impacts on a wide variety of processes here on Earth. We know that it is more natural and more enjoyable to our eyes. Not all light sources are created equal, and at Diamond Skylight, we like to think nature does it best.

For prices and quotes on Melbourne’s finest skylights, contact us today!

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Roof Windows and Moonlight for Melbourne

At roughly half a million times less intense than the sunlight, it is perhaps easy to imagine why we so often forget about the moon. It is typically hidden by artificial light, and it can take a trip to the bush to remind ourselves of its potency.

After allowing your eyes to adjust, you can easily navigate in the dark of night by the moon. It provides strong lighting to the wilderness, even during half or even quarter phases. It’s reflective power is matched only by its influence on the rhythm of wildlife: for some unknown reason, times of breeding and migration often tend to involve the first new moon of a season, serving as some manner of beacon for many different species.

It dictates the height and the strength of tidal flows, and with it, the behaviour of many fish species – in a manner so predictable that you can set your calendar to it. The phases of the moon provides a surprising amount of pull on life here on earth.

There is a profound sense of peace, then, in being bathed in moonlight, secure in the knowledge that this unknown power is still working its magic. Being in connection with such an old force can help to ground us in the midst of our busy city lives. And your roof window from Diamond Skylights can help to put you in touch with it, right in your Melbourne home. Our crack team of installers can allow you to get a far better experience of the moon and its phases, and allows you to bathe in the light of the moon.

We want Melbourne to experience this pristine sensation, and a roof window is the ideal way to do it. Contact us today!

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The Health Benefits of Roof Windows and Velux Skylights Pt. II

Up to 35% of Australians report that they do not achieve an adequate amount of sleep. We are collectively leading some very busy lives, and sometimes sleep must be sacrificed – but doing so consistently can have consequences. Our stress levels rise, our diets suffer, and we have less energy to pursue with our increased hours. In fact, overall productivity can fall when we cut our sleep hours, despite the longer hours at work.

Continue reading The Health Benefits of Roof Windows and Velux Skylights Pt. II

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Skylight Quotes and Prices in Melbourne

As with any decision you make about remodelling your home, you must balance the pros and cons. A new kitchen could cost you a vacation, and a new bathroom could mean the difference between that new truck, or another year on the old warhorse. But in the case of skylights, the price must incorporate the notable benefits to be offered by its installation on your home. The quote and price of your Melbourne skylight might be less than you think.

First, and most clearly, added illumination to your home means your energy bill will automatically decrease. Using natural illumination from out of doors in to areas that were formerly only lit with interior lights can make a real difference to your total at the end of the month.

Secondly, the benefits of natural sunlight are not only measured on your energy bill. Skylight quotes and prices in Melbourne won’t necessarily quantify the benefits to one’s health that can be provided by added exposure to natural sunlight, but they can include:

  • A heightened mood
  • More energy
  • More virility
  • A better circadian rhythm, leading to improved sleep patterns
  • Less chance to develop Seasonal Affective Disorder in the winter months

It is difficult to quantify the value of these things directly, but then, quality of life is a difficult thing to gauge. Different people value different things. All we know is that natural sunlight, through a top-quality skylight, can improve yours.

For more information on how we can help you, contact Diamond Skylights today!

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The Health Benefits of Roof Windows and Velux Skylights

Sunny Australia isn’t a country that is typically associated with the ravages of Seasonal Affective Disorder. This seasonal ailment is the result of decreased amounts of natural sunlight that one receives during the chilly winter weather, both as a result of spending more time indoors, and the shorter days.

Your body uses exposure to natural sunlight as a method of creating a number of important substances, including vitamin D, which has been proven to serve as a mood lifter. Exposure to natural sunlight releases endorphins, which can encourage positive sensations. That is the reason why SAD can take hold of us in the cooler weather. It is important to remember to get ample sunshine during these months.

A Velux Skylight or Roof Window from Diamond Skylights can take care of this potential problem, quickly and easily. You can enjoy the daytime sunshine within the comforts and warmth of your own home, achieving the allotted amount of necessary daily sunlight you need, without making a special effort.

With a quality roof window, you Melbourne home can by lit up throughout the cooler months, keeping you fit and healthy. And during the heat of the summer when you might prefer more shade, they can easily be covered with manual or automatic blinds.

Our Velux skylights can be expertly installed on your home by our technicians, offering you the chance to make use of the sun’s bounty whenever you might need it. Contact us today to find out more!

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Solatubes: Illuminating Melbourne

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With the myriad health impacts involved with exposure to natural sunlight, it is only reasonable that we should expect the market to fill this particular void. But how can we expect natural light to filter down through our houses, and fill their darkest corners – many of which are separated from the sun by several floors and walls?

Solatube is the answer. If you’re familiar with the ultra-reflective nature of fibre-optics, you will know how they utilise a reflective interior to transmit energy along their length. Essentially, Solatubes are a scaled-up version of the same concept. The highly reflective interior of the Solatube allows it to transport light along its length, receiving the light through a roof mount, and illuminating the space at the far end.

The biggest advantage of the Solatube in Melbourne is its ability to bend and refract light. You don’t need direct roof access with a Solatube to enjoy the illumination of natural lighting. Even rooms lying at an angle to the available sunlight can be accessed, as the internal reflection of a Solatube keeps the light moving down it’s length regardless of the flex or bend involved.

Now, those areas of your home that were once only the bastion of artificial lighting can be lit with gentle and warm sunlight from outdoors. A true game-changer for any household, Solatube is illuminating homes in Melbourne, and can illuminate yours.

Contact us to learn more!

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How do I know which Skylight is right for me?

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Skylights and natural lighting are only a small part of the home improvement industry, but like any home renovation project the same issue arises: Where to start? Here are our top five questions to ask yourself when selecting your skylight.

1. Am I going to install this myself?

Firstly you need to work out if this is a project you want to tackle yourself, ask yourself if you have the right tools and skill set, and importantly are you comfortable working at heights? Some people are  happy to have a go at installing a small skylight, but to be honest, most people (and this includes experienced tradesmen) prefer to leave it to the experts, who guarantee their work and are able to work with larger projects. Solatube have a great range of products including the Econotube range which is ideal for a DIY project to complete in an afternoon. If this is not for you then remember most skylight companies offer a competitive  installation service, the larger hardware stores are unable to do this.

2. What size skylight do I need?

Consider the size of the area you will be lighting, larger rooms need more light, and different skylights perform in different ways. It’s not just a question of size, the choice of materials used in the skylight shaft is very important, remember premium products have better light reflecting surfaces. Solatube have proprietary technology that give their tubes the best light transfer in the industry – an amazing 99.7% reflectivity.Traditional skylights like the Econotube generally use a flexible shaft that is less bright, but this may not be a problem if its for a smaller room. Roof windows need a lightwell built up from the ceiling to the glass – generally this is finished to match the ceiling. Although white painted plasterboard is not the most reflective surface, roof windows are available in a wide range of sizes. VELUX have set the standard for skylight sizing, but we are also able to manufacture to custom sizes.

3. Is bigger better?

No! Big is not always best – technologies exist to minimise heat transfer through skylights, a correctly sized skylight will give the best light, without causing a heating or cooling problem in your home. The big international manufacturers are leading the way on this. VELUX and Solatube use different technologies to achieve their energy rating . It’s important to choose an energy efficient skylight so that your new skylight saves you money on your energy bill.

4. Do I need to control the light level?

Maybe, a room full of beautiful natural light is a great asset, but not when you’re trying to settle your two-year old down for an afternoon nap! Even if you don’t require a blind or daylight dimmer now, it is worth checking to see if there are options to retro-fit a blind or a dimmer should the need arise. Most of our products have options available.

5. Will the skylight be weatherproof?

Arguably the most important question of all, make sure your choose a skylight that has a weatherproof fitting. The part of the assembly that does this is called the flashing.  The more reputable companies offer different flashings for different roofs, Solatube have over ten different flashings for their 250mm Solatube range alone.

My final recommendation:

Why not take a look at some different skylights, chances are you know more than one family with a skylight in their home, invite yourself round for a coffee and take the time to have a look at theirs. There are many styles and finishes available, did you know your skylight can look like a window, or be fitted flush to the ceiling, or have a glass designer finish like a premium light fitting?

Remember – when you are ready, we are happy to help. We provide service with a smile, in the showroom and in your home.  We are an independent family business, as such our advice is impartial and unbiased.