There are new products on the market that are less expensive, more practical, and easier to install. Beginning next year Velux will be offering an electronically tintable skylight using electrochromic glass, which allows for remote control of the amount of light and heat that enters a room. Homeowners can quickly vary the tint to limit the heat gain and reduce glare, adding both to comfort and energy savings.
Window maker Milgard is now offering a skylight that comes framed in heavy-duty, bronze anodized aluminum. The 750 and 780 series are thermally broken with a polyurethane barrier that separates the interior and exterior aluminum frames. Users can open them manually, through an electrical wall switch, or by wireless remote. Various glazing options, including tinted or reflective glass, are available.
Many skylight manufacturers are offering “out of the box” solutions, such as Velux’s VSE electric venting skylight. It comes with an upgraded, pre-installed mounting bracket that allows roof mounting with nails instead of screws, making it quicker for the installer—and less chance for problems later on