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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by King, 30th Jun, 2015.

  1. King

    King Active Member

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    hey guys. how effective are skylight? investment property is quite gloomy and not a lot of going into the old house. will skylight fix this issue? whats the cost? pros and cons?

    thanks :)
     
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    The new tenants in one of my properties called the property manager last week. One of the lights would not turn off during the day and they had tried every light switch in the house to turn it off. They wanted an electrician to attend the property to sort this out as they were concerned the power bill would be excessive if not fixed. Sparkie rocks up and informs them it's a skylight and it therefore couldn't be turned off, wouldn't inflate their power bill. I instructed the property manager to pass the sparkies call out to the tenants which they promptly paid.
     
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  4. Be Developer

    Be Developer Property Developer Business Member

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    i am a big fan of skylight..

    you can buy from bunnings but get licence trade to install it.. as if it isn't installed correctly it can leak.. damaging floor covering and roof.
     
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  5. Ace in the Hole

    Ace in the Hole Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Yep, any roof penetration is doomed to leak if not installed and flashed correctly.
    Gotta be really careful here.
    Water leaks can be so frustrating to fix, best to do the job right the first time.
     
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    willair Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Just give the company below a ring,still Australian made ,some of the other OS made kits don't stand up to hail and sunlight and leak..

    http://www.regentskylights.com.au/
     
  7. Jacque

    Jacque Buyers Agent and Bookworm, Sydney Business Member

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    We love well-lit properties! Nothing more depressing than entering a house in full sunlight only to be enveloped in gloom and dark. Watch for all lights on at the next open house you visit and it's sunny outside- clear sign that darkness and cold are likely to be endemic in parts of the property.

    Whether it's a simple solatube or a custom designed fixed skylight (more attractive but costlier) I consider these a terrific value-add to many properties in making a significant difference to the overall feel of a room. We have several in our existing home, as it's a colonial style house with a verandah all the way around (great in all seasons for chasing the sun :D) and they've made a huge difference in light entry and warmth. The bathroom especially is so lovely to walk into a natural light well on a cold winters day. Happy renovating!
     
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  8. Charlotte30

    Charlotte30 Well-Known Member

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    Love a skylight. Have one in the bathroom in my own home. Quite magical to see a starry night. I have also installed these in the upstairs bedrooms of a renovation that I am currently doing as it is cheap way to get natural light into a room. I agree that flashings are critical around these windows to prevent roof leaks.
     
  9. Flyingace

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    I'm considering a solar powered skylight like this.
    http://kimprod.com.au/illume/index.html
    Has anybody tried one of these? I didn't know they existed until I saw them on Better Homes & Gardens (than yours). If you have installed one how bright are they?
     
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    All the skylights I have seen have been frosted, care to post a pic, Charlotte? That sounds like something my wife would absolutely love.
     
  11. King

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    great responses here! thanks guys! will make sure i get them done right the first time! :)
     
  12. Charlotte30

    Charlotte30 Well-Known Member

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    These are just standard Ve-luxe skylights that are available in NZ. They are double glazed
    , tinted and able to be opened. Will try and take a pic.
     
  13. Whitecat

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    has anyone ever put skylights on a queenslander I noticed that they have very high pitched roofs
     
  14. drg86

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    Will be adding a few to my place later in the year. Current place is one of those old houses that has had rooms tacked on and sunrooms closed in meaning rooms have ended up in the middle of the house (bathroom and kitchen).

    Did anyone watch Reno Rumble? There was one or two or TEN skylights in each of those places. Looked great but having Velux as a sponsor helped...
     
  15. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Put one in my kitchen 12 months ago as prep for renos. Huge difference. Needed lights on all the time when in there during day, afterwards its very bright and no lights needed.