Skylights

Skylights

A skylight is a structure that allows daylight to travel to the interior of a building. Skylights are particularly useful in spaces that do not receive much natural light, for example, theatre rooms, hallways, walk-in-robes, and rooms that are next to patios or verandahs.  They also can provide the option of adding ventilation to your living space.

There are a range of different skylights that can meet your needs.  If you want something that is in the background, providing daylight but looking similar to a light fitting, then you should consider a skylight or tubular daylighting device such as a SkyTunnel.  Alternatively, if you want to add a design feature to your room, a Velux skylight or Atlite roof window might be a better solution.  A roof hatchway can add light into your roof space as well as allowing safe and easy access to your roof for air conditioning or other roof maintenance.

In addition to supplying our customers with an impressive range of high quality skylights, we also provide the option of a quality installation service.  Our installers are experienced, friendly, neat and tidy.  In addition, they are creative in the way that they approach their work – often we can make something happen where others have said it’s impossible!

All of our skylights are Australian Standard tested and we abide by the Skylight Industry Association Code of Practice.  We are actively involved in the Skylight Industry Association to encourage best practice in our industry in product development and installation standards. 

There are four main skylight categories

SkyTunnels

We capture daylight at the roof level using a top structure that has built-in flashings and a dome.  The light is then transferred via either flexible duct or highly reflective rigid duct down to an opaque ceiling panel/diffuser.

Benefits:

  • Great for budget conscious consumers.
  • Reduces the need to depend on electric lighting during the day.
  • Can be positioned to provide functional lighting, such as to light up the kitchen bench, or positioned to generally brighten up a darker area such as a hallway.
  • Can be adapted to provide natural ventilation to moist environments such as a bathroom, kitchen and laundry at no extra cost.

Options:

  • Size – the bigger the skylight, the more light into the area.  
  • Type of duct – the two options are flexible duct and rigid duct.  Flexible duct has about a 65% light transfer compared to the rigid duct which is about 98%.  The difference in light production is most noticeable at the ends of the day (when the sun is lower in the sky) and on overcast days.
  • Shape – shapes to choose from include round, square and rectangular.  In the small and medium sizes, the achievable light is similar between shapes, so generally the decision would be what shape you prefer on your ceiling.   

Velux Skylights

A Velux skylight is a type of roof window that is installed on the roof and then a light shaft is created underneath (usually from gyprock) to transfer the daylight into the room below.  When you stand underneath, you can look up and see the sky.  This provides a beautiful ambiance to your home and office and can create a stunning design feature.

Benefits:

  • Velux skylights add “WOW” to a room.
  • As the light shaft is custom designed it allows the creation of interesting angles and features.
  • The double glazing has argon gas between the layers of glass, stopping up to 80% of radiant heat and reducing noise levels from outside.
  • Velux have outstanding technical back up and provide an advisory service for assistance with using their products.

Options:

  • Range of blockout blinds allow light control, making this the perfect product for bedrooms and theatre rooms.  (Please note the current advice on availability of Velux blinds here.)
  • Can be fixed or openable for ventilation.  The openable options include manual, electric, or solar powered.
  • Openable skylights can be manually operated, solar powered or electric.
  • Solar powered or electric opening options have rain sensors and can be operated via remote control.  They also can be programmed for automatic opening and closing.
  • Can be smart wired.

Atlite Roof Windows

Atlite Roof Windows are an Australian made roof window with superior double glazing and a range of shapes and sizes.  Light shafts are custom made on site to suit the shape of the roof window.

Benefits:

  • There is a standard range of sizes and finishes available.
  • If you want something that is not standard, your Atlite roof window can be customised – you can choose the type of glass, the tint, and the shape, just to name a few of the options.
  • Double glazing with argon gas between the glass layers ensures energy efficiency.
  • Atlite skylights are Australian made and the winner of a Good Design award.

Options:

  • Windows can be fixed, manually openable or electrically openable.
  • Optional range of blockout blinds include manual and electrically controlled options.
  • Custom manufactured options include many shapes – square, rectangular, rhomboids, round, to name a few.
  • Glass can be tinted.

Roof Access Hatches

Roof access hatchways provide both commercial and residential customers with ease of access from inside a building’s roof space onto their roof. This is useful for access for maintenance work such as air conditioning maintenance, solar power cleaning, gutter cleaning and general roof maintenance.

Benefits:

  • Manufactured from sheet metal to suit purpose.
  • The hatchway has a padlockable latch.
  • A variety of sizes are available.
  • Hatchways have a solid galvanised continuous hinge running the width of the hatchway and use gas stays to hold the lid open.

Options:

  • Roof access hatch can have a steel, domed, or glass lid.
  • Glass hatches can be customised.
  • Option of sliding hatch – great for accessing roof gardens or outdoor areas.