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Sun Tunnels: Features and Advantages
Sun Tunnels: Features and Advantages | Universal Roofing & Exteriors

Sun Tunnels: Features and Advantages

Sun tunnels or tubular skylights bring natural light into homes and are a convenient option for areas where skylights might not fit. In this blog, energy efficient doors and skylights contractor Universal Roofing & Exteriors shares a look at the features and advantages of sun tunnels.



Skylights are a great way to allow natural light into spaces where traditional windows would not work, but they’re not always the most practical option. Skylight installation depends on factors such as available ceiling area, as well as the existing roofing structure. Sun tunnels are more versatile in terms of placement. The part that attaches to the roof can fit between trusses or rafters, which minimizes the need to modify the roof’s structural components. Sun tunnels can be installed on any roofing pitch using the appropriate type of flashing.

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A typical sun tunnel has three parts: an exterior dome that collects light, a diffusing lens mounted on the ceiling and a rigid pipe or flexible tubing with a reflective interior that connects the two. Unlike traditional skylights, sun tunnels do not require a straight vertical well from roof to ceiling. As such, installing a sun tunnel requires minimal changes to the roof and drywall. A capable contractor like us can install a few sun tunnels in about the same time it takes to install energy efficient windows.


Sun tunnels are generally less expensive than skylights, don’t require as much labor to install, yet can provide natural lighting as efficiently as full-size skylights. Thanks to their smaller size, sun tunnels are less likely to develop heat leaks. A single 22-inch sun tunnel can provide natural lighting for a room up to 325 square feet. Multiple sun tunnels can be installed in bigger rooms.

Universal Roofing & Exteriors is your leading provider of Velux skylights and sun tunnels, as well as windows installation services. Give us a call at (317) 257-0779 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Indianapolis, IN, and surrounding areas.

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