Covering Skylights

Duette® Honeycomb Shades in the Sunroom

Whether your home already had skylights or you’ve just had one or more added, you might be puzzled by how to properly cover them. After all, skylights can be perfectly horizontal or angled, and certainly a distance from the floor. At Windo VanGo serving the greater Baltimore area, we’re proud to carry Hunter Douglas window fashions—including some great options for your skylight needs. Read on to learn more!

Pros and Cons of Skylights

As a piece of architectural interest, skylights can add a great deal to a room. A skylight can be a focal point, bring in lots of natural light, and add dimension to the space. However, skylights do have some drawbacks as well. The direct overhead sunlight can be a bit harsh and create glare in the room throughout the day. Plus, it can create splotches of UV ray damage in the spots where the sun strikes. Finally, skylights can add unnecessary heat during the day, which could increase your energy bill through need of air conditioning.

Covering Skylights

Luckily, by using the right window treatment, you can enjoy the benefits of your skylight while reducing the drawbacks. You just need to follow a few key principles.

  • Consider the needs of the space. Choose the right type of light-blocking you need based on the needs of the room. A bedroom will likely want room-darkening or blackout, and so might a living room or media room where you might want to reduce glare against a TV. However, in a room like 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.
  • Energy use. Just like with treating regular windows, it’s important to treat a skylight because you don’t want to lose your heating or cooling bills to the outside air. 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.
  • Preserving your flooring and furniture. UV rays can wreak havoc on floors, furniture, cabinets, and artwork. Even if you know you want to have as much natural light as possible through your skylight, be sure to use a treatment that will help reduce the damage from UV rays.
  • Operating your skylight treatment. Skylights are, of course, generally out of easy reach. You’ll want to determine the best way to operate your treatment, whether it’s remotely or with another solution.

Options From Hunter Douglas

For each of the needs described above, Hunter Douglas offers great solutions. For energy efficiency, consider cellular shades such as Duette® Honeycomb Shades. To block UV rays while still getting some light in the room, check out Somner® Custom Vertical Blinds or Vertical Solutions® Vertical Blinds, which each offer 75% UV ray protection. And for your operating system, you can choose from 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 in Clarksville, Columbia MD

Windo VanGo is your premier Hunter Douglas Window Treatment specialist and supplier of Farrow & Ball premiere paints and wallpapers in the Baltimore, MD, area, with a gallery showroom in Marriottsville. Serving residential and commercial clients throughout the counties of Baltimore, Baltimore City, Howard, Carroll, Hartford, and Anne Arundel.

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