Skylights brighten your home by allowing more natural light to come in, but sometimes the level of light can be too intense. During winter months, chilly air can leak in through the skylight while in the summertime, the extra heat can be unwanted. Skylight covering options provide the best of both worlds by allowing you to block light when you don’t want it. See below for some of our favorite skylight covering options.
Cellular shades have a signature honeycomb design that prevents solar heat from entering the home. This keeps your house cooler during summer months; in winter, when you want extra solar gain, you can leave the blinds open. If your primary concern is insulation, this is the best type of window covering to get for your skylight because the cellular folds of the shade add a layer of insulation between the window and your home. Cellular shades come in a range of colors, so you can find something that blends with your decor and color palette.
Vertical blinds are great for indecisive homeowners who aren’t sure what type of light control they want. These blinds have a vertical rather than horizontal orientation. They rotate from side to side, so you can customize the amount of light that shines through the blinds to create the ideal balance of light and warmth. Many vertical blinds offer some amount of UV protection, which prevents furniture fading from excess light entering through skylights.
Room Darkening Blinds
If your bedroom has a skylight, it can be difficult to sleep as light filters in. Room darkening skylight covers are a best option for skylights located in rooms that benefit from periods of darkness, such as bedrooms.
Motorized Skylight Covers
Skylight covers can be manually operated or motorized. Given that skylights are frequently on the ceiling, thus out of reach, motorized coverings are highly recommended for ease of operation.
No type of skylight covering will perform as well as you want if your skylight itself has air leaks that allow cold air into the home in winter and warm air during the summer. Before you add a window treatment for your skylights, make sure they are properly installed and have no problems, such as degraded flashing. To make an appointment and have your skylights checked out, or to talk more about skylight covering options, contact us now.