BLINDS AND SHADES
VELUX announces the ENERGY PERFORMANCE PACKAGE
Homeowners that pair a VELUX fixed or manually venting skylight with solar-powered room darkening shades are eligible for a 30% Federal Tax Credit. This credit applies to the cost of the skylight and solar shade and also to the labor and materials required to install the unit. This can result in an average benefit of $730 or more. We often find that the Energy Performance Package allows us to install a fixed skylight with the solar shades cheaper (after the tax credit) than without.
Why a tax credit?
Because the room darkening shades are double-pleated, they provide additional insulation especially on cold nights. The programmable remote (this is part of the Energy Performance Package) allows the homeowner to set the shades to automatically close at night in the winter months and automatically close during certain daylight hours in the summer months. This saves energy.
There are two shade colors that are available for immediate factory installation; WHITE and BEIGE for Room Darkening or WHITE and CLASSIC SAND for light-filtering shades. VELUX also offers several optional colors specific to either the light-filtering or room darkening shades that are not special order but need 14 working days for delivery and installation. Then there are the colors which require 14 working days and cost slightly more than the in-stock shades.
Adding shades can improve the energy efficiency of your skylights by up to 39% and control or block the outside light up to 98%.
LIGHT-FILTERING Single pleated shade (manual or solar powered) with special order colors
Room-Darkening Shade (manual or solar powered) with special order colors
VENETIAN BLIND (manual only) with special order colors
Special Order Roller Shades are also available in stock WHITE and BEIGE as well as many special order colors. They can be ordered for both light-filtering and room darkening applications and are available in manual and solar models. All solar powered shades are eligible for the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit.
The new VELUX hand-held remote control is very intuitive and operates using RF (Radio-control Frequency) so they work from virtually anywhere in the house. It can be programmed to control several skylight and/or shade functions giving you options to control both fresh air and daylight.
Manually venting skylights will need either a crank handle (for in reach applications), or an extendable control rod.
Manually operated shades or Venetian blinds will need a “7 hook” to control their operation.
The backbone of VELUX skylights are the flashing kits that ensure a weatherproof installation. All VELUX flashing kits come with pre-measured VELUX underlayment. Please note that the VELUX No-Leak Warranty requires the purchase and correct installation of the recommended flashing. VELUX recommends new flashings be installed whenever a new roof is being installed.
- EDL Flashing kits are required for all deck-mounted units.
- ECL Flashing kits are made for curb-mounted skylights.
We recommend and install only the laminated NEAT Glass — Clean, Quiet & Safe
VELUX has several glazing options that increase energy efficiency or address special situations. In the Midwest we alway suggest the Laminated Glazing which adds a third pane of glass with a clear membrane sandwiched between two panes of specially heat-treated glass. This glazing meets building code for all overhead applications and increases protection from the UV light wave which damages furniture, wood and fabric.
It helps keep your skylight clean, quiet and safe. Special coatings cause water to sheet and organic matter to decompose rapidly; the result is a skylight that stays clean and washes itself every time it rains. And the laminated glass is 25% quieter than regular glass and 50% quieter than plastic.
Insect screens allow the best of the outdoors in, while keeping insects out. All venting skylights come with insect screens however with Roof Windows, screens are an option. Screen shown is mounted below a VELUX Roof Window.