Skylights can seem like a challenge to cover—after all, they could be horizontal or angled, and they’re certainly a good distance from the floor you stand on. However, it’s actually far from challenging to cover a skylight. At Window Treats serving Monmouth Beach, we have numerous options to cover skylights, and we’ll be more than happy to lead you through them. Read on for more info!
About Skylights & Custom Window Treatments
Skylights are a piece of architectural interest that can add a great deal to a room, bringing in natural light and adding dimension to the space. At the same time, however, they can offer some drawbacks: Direct overhead light can sometimes be a bit harsh and create glare in the room, and it can cause UV ray damage in the spots the sun directly strikes. That overhead opening can also be a leak for outside air to come in or inside air to escape out, which can make your furnace or air conditioner work harder and increase your overall energy bill. Those drawbacks might make you wish you didn’t have a skylight, but in reality, the benefits can outweigh the drawbacks if you’re able to get the right covering for that window. Simply follow the principles below.
Think About the Needs of the Space
Different rooms will require different amounts of light-blocking. In a bedroom or media room, you might want room-darkening or blackout. In a kitchen, sunroom, or dining room, you might actually want to have as much natural light as possible, so you’ll look more to a light-diffusing solution.
Skylights and Energy Use
Did you know that an untreated window can be a significant reason for higher energy bills? Because air can escape or enter through the window, you’ll do well to add a layer of insulation through your window treatment. The same holds for a skylight. Adding the right treatment on your skylight can help insulate the window, keeping the summertime hot air and wintertime cold air outdoors where it belongs. A great energy-efficient covering is a cellular shade, such as Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades, which can look lovely while keeping inside air in and outside air out.
Protect Floors and Other Surfaces
UV rays can wreak havoc on floors, furniture, cabinets, and artwork. Consider finding a skylight treatment that can help protect your home from UV rays. Check out Somner® Custom Vertical Blinds or Vertical Solutions® Vertical Blinds, which each offer 75% UV ray protection.
Skylights are, of course, generally out of easy reach, so the operating system is important. Hunter Douglas offers options here, including the Skylift™ or Simplicity™ system (which operate manually) or PowerView® Motorization (which lets you operate your treatment remotely, even if you’re halfway around the world).
Covering Skylights Window Custom Shades in Monmouth Beach NJ & Manhattan NY
Window Treats, Inc. is service-oriented business specializing in custom shades, blinds and draperies. We serve residential & commercial customers throughout New Jersey & New York, including Allenhurst, Brooklyn, Cherry Hill, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Elberon, Englewood, Fair Haven, Freehold, Holmdel, Little Silver, Locust, Long Branch, Manalapan, Manhattan, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Monroe, New Brunswick, Oakhurst, Ocean Township, Rumson, Spring Lake, Teaneck. Contact us for a consultation!