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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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How do I know which Skylight is right for me?

using skylight at night

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.

 

 

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What happens once I order a skylight from you?

Our commitment to customer service is honest and complete. By the time you are ready to order a skylight from us, you will probably have met one of our senior consultants and also have had a dialogue with our lovely office ladies. You will now know that we are here to help and intend to make sure the process through to delivery or installation of your skylight runs as efficiently as the initial selection process.

Our office team will stay in touch with you over the next few weeks during the delivery stage, but briefly you could expect the process to run like this:

  1. Once the deposit is confirmed we will organise a date and time for installation.
  2. This lead time can be as little as a day or two, or up to three weeks.
  3. Depending on the nature of the job we may need to make a site inspection at your convenience to confirm specific details.
  4. Installation Day. It’s best to be at home on this day, to see for yourself how with a little planning and a lot of experience we install skylights with a minimum of fuss. We use drop sheets and take away all trade waste. Of course once we are finished a quick vacuum and dust may be required, but usually that is all.
  5. Another room transformed from dull and dreary to bright and beautifull – it really is amazing how dramatic a change can be with natural light, with the right advice and experienced installers, you can be sure by this stage you will be another happy customer.

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