Tubular Skylights - FAQs

Published: 12th May 2010
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How ODL tubular work?

ODL Tubular Skylight's patented Solar Dome ® lens captures light and reflects the low angle light and more ambient light down through the pipes reflect to a large extent. Tube more than reflect light more effectively than traditional skylight shaft drywall, or accordion style flexible tube. The publisher, which looks like a recessed light fixture, and then spreads the light evenly throughout the room.



What Is Skylight tubular sizes come?



* 10-inch diameter fit between 16 "or 24" in the center rafters.

* Qatar 14 inches fit between 16 "or 24" in the center rafters.

(Must be a slight adjustment on the form to open a hole in 16 "to the rafters with the center tube" 14, and see the installation instructions for details).



Included in the group?

All you will need to complete installation is included - the dome, flashing, pipes, equipment, and the leakage of the roof, cut a hole guide, and easy to read instructions. Introduction to the footage on the Internet showing how these components site go hand in hand.



How many tubes comes with each unit?

Each unit includes elements of the completion of the 48 "installation from the edge of top flashing to the roof. If more is needed, 20" and 48 extension tubes "are not available. Installation instructions show how to determine the length.



Does ODL tubular skylights leak?

Design ODL Tubular Skylight of the process of leak-free when installed properly. We have metal injection molded filler cap and one of the pieces and smooth to eliminate leaks. Should be applied generously to the roof leak in the bottom of the flashing. It is also recommended to use a sealant to seal screw heads on the roof flashing and shingles to flashing. Tubular Skylights meet the American Society E-331 water-resistance standard.



What are the advantages of the ODL Tubular Skylight's patented Solar Lens ® technology?

Lance Solar Dome features our patented Solar Lens ® reflective optics are molded into the dome. Direction and this increases the amount of light prismatic surface downward through the tube. While this is happening throughout the day, one of the key when the sun is relatively low in the sky, like in the morning and afternoon in late, or during the winter months.



ODL Tubular Skylight is the efficient use of energy?

ODL Tubular Skylights meet Energy Star standards in all parts of the United States. U factor is 0.43. And solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is .24. For the best results in a cooler climate though, it should be isolated shaft tube in the attic space.



It will help your plants tubular skylights to me? We all know the importance of sunlight for plant health. The ODL Tubular Skylight is ideal for your plants that captures sunlight from all directions, and offers all day long.



Tubular skylights will help the winter blahs?

Winter means that most of us get stuck in indoor home and work. Studies indicate that the rays of the sun can cause increased productivity in the workplace as well as the general feeling of well-being. By making the sun in the home or home office, an ODL Tubular Skylight can treat your family from the winter blahs.



What happens on a cloudy day?

And the transfer of ODL Tubular Skylight system that reflects light down to the room with a minimum loss of light on cloudy days. Patented solar technology ® lens allows the light coming from any direction to be transferred to the bottom of the tube, and allow the light of the best output possible.



To any degree of cold weather in the northern latitudes do not affect the performance in the ODL Tubular Skylight (that is, in Maine, Alaska, Austria, Switzerland, and the areas where the snow "")?

Have been installed many of the ODL tubular skylights in the United States, Canada, North American and Europe. Because it has an integrated system of sealed, Tubular Skylight works very well in cold climates. Given the small size and seals on the level of the roof, and ODL Tubular Skylight causes almost no heat gain or loss. This also prevents warm moist air from inside the house and escape condensation inside the skylight. There is a chance that frost will appear in the temperature is extremely cold, but it will disappear as soon as the temperature rises. Also, to get the best results in cold climates, should be isolated shaft tube in the attic space.



How durable is the ODL Tubular Skylight?

It covers all parts of the limited warranty for life. And the weather very ® Tubular Skylight is available for areas with cold or exposure to a hurricane.



Is the maintenance of ODL Tubular Skylight free?

Unlike traditional skylights, cleaning and repainting is not necessary. Shape of the dome and flashing virtually eliminates the collection of debris, which keeps the dome clean and makes the ODL Tubular Skylight completely maintenance-free. All associations, joints and seals to stop the bugs and dirt from entering the tube. If the bug does not get in any time in the tube, you can remove the lens from the publisher manipulated clockwise.



Are there any problems with condensation?

No seals at ceiling level to prevent warm moist air from entering the tube from the house. Are not allowed to enter the air outside the tube through the dome, and the elimination of the difference in air temperatures that cause often condensation.



Skylight tube will fade my carpet?

The ODL Tubular Skylight absorbs 99 percent of UV rays to protect carpets, furniture and clothes from fading.



There will be a loss of heat from the tube?

Of a niche ODL tubular meet Energy Star performance standards of national emissions. The maximum U-factor to meet these criteria is 0.60. The ODL tubular skylight U-factor 0.43. U-factor dropped low rate of flow of heat. Heat fluxes less than this or that both the heating and cooling and reduce bills.



What is the snow and wind load ratings for the tubular skylight?

Of the tubular skylight has a live load or snow rating of 100 pounds per square foot. He has raised the wind load rating of 100 pounds per square foot. This information contained in the ICBO (International Council of Builidng officials) Report # 3933.



How large in a region of the light ODL Tubular Skylight?

10 "size spreads light evenly up to 150 sq. feet. The 14" size spreads light evenly up to 300 sq. feet. Based on square feet of illuminated area estimated on the tube "48 in the full midday sun, and brightness of the sun may cause burning in the areas of disagreement, for example, the highest output of light usually occurs at noon. Light output will drop also increases the length of the tube.



How could you produce ODL Tubular Skylight in the light compared to light bulbs or traditional skylights?

Is measured in candle light, and energy use in watts. A standard 100-watt bulb incandescent produces 1200 lumens. A 40-watt and 48-inch fluorescent tube produces 2300 lumens.



* And 10-inch Tubular Skylight produces up to 3750 candle

* And 14-inch Tubular Skylight produces up to 6500 candle

* The 10-inch Tubular Skylight compared to the 2 '× 2' skylight and 14 inches compared to the 2 '× 4' skylight.



How does an ODL Tubular Skylight bring more light than traditional skylight?

The use of traditional skylights, light is passed through the shaft of drywall and into the house. With this process, more light is likely to be absorbed in the shaft instead of access to the room.

ODL Tubular Skylight system and reflect the patent redirects the light of the low angle (in the early morning and evening light) down the pipe and reflect into the room. Because the pipeline is 95 percent reflective, and absorbs less light and the arrival of more light in the room.



ODL Tubular Skylight is difficult to install?

No. The 10-inch and 14-inch tubular Skylight fits very easily between roof rafters, and require any structural changes. It is not necessary for a carpenter to build a skylight shaft using wood, drywall, plaster and paint. Tubes modified to allow easy installation on the barriers, and fit easily in the tube extension.



How long does it take to install Tubular Skylight?

Installation takes about two hours or less on the roof of asphalt shingle, the longer a little on the surface of other types.



What tools do I need to install it?

Protective glasses and gloves work, pencil, tape measure, a vertical line, knife utility, screwdriver Phillips, clips, tin, Caulking Gun, claw hammer, pry bar flat, drilling power and exchange / Saber saw, Keyhole drywall / saw the hanger or coat hard wiring.



ODL Tubular Skylight will suit all types of roof?

Yes. Different fillings are available to ensure the perfect solution for most types of surface. See How to Choose a section to help determine what you need and flashing.



What if there was any area of the attic? , Or if I have a cathedral ceiling? Our products have been designed for installation where there is still no access to the attic, and adjustable with a pipe, options and flashing, and can handle most all applications. See Section installed a web site, for example, the roof of the cathedral.



How long can the tube be?

The length of the tube, is getting less light output. And good results can be expected to light up the pipe lengths up to 10 feet to 10-inch Tubular Skylight and 15 feet to 14-inch Tubular Skylight. Tube is the recommended maximum length is 12 feet of pipe "10 and 24 feet of pipe" 14.



When you install ODL Tubular Skylight if you re-roofing? In most cases, can be easily Tubular Skylight is installed at the same time that the ceiling was going on. Given the ease of installation, can be instructive tubular even after a new roof in place.

When installing the tubular Skylight on the roof of brick, and is usually done after the installation of new roof in place. Can be installed hot mop applications to be done before or after.



It will work ODL Tubular Skylight when installed on the north side of the house?

Tubular Skylight and do not work well on the north side of the house, but it is to get the best production of the light by exposing the dome to direct sunlight. Therefore, the best performance where he is receiving direct sunlight as much as possible.



Is Tubular Skylight is installed in commercial buildings?

Yes. Has been installed ODL Tubular Skylight on many commercial buildings throughout the world, including schools, churches and industrial buildings, post offices and hospitals. For flat roofs, it is recommended Skylight tubular metal flashing.



Who can install my tube for me?

Consultation on the Internet site of the lists of ODL Installers / distributor. If you were not there are lists for your area, see Yellow Pages for the roofing contractor, installer niche or a carpenter.



I have a 16 "on center spacing Rafter, is it the work of 14 tube"?

Yes, see page 9 of instructions on how to install the spare hole in the ceiling, and ceiling. Are shown on a sketch of the modified form of cut to avoid the rafters. You will need to rotate the ceiling trim ring that is unimpeded tabs face.



What is the maximum angle of the tubes, adjustable?

You can angle the pipes up to 45 degrees to avoid obstacles in the attic.



Why is light blue?

Protective film used within the tube, if not removed correctly, that could shed light blue down through the tube. Make sure you remove all protective film of the tube. Pay attention to the components of the adjustable tube where the film may be tight against the branches modified composition. Changes in the weather, over-hanging trees, was the color of roofing materials, and other circumstances contribute to the color of the dice. The mirror-like paint in the tube that reflects light down to the room. Can a blue sky to give light blue cast. Can moisture in new construction also impact the rainbow in the light through a tube wet. This goes away once in the house dry.



Why do I get condensation and how do I get rid of them?

Condensation occurs when moist air hits the surface of glass or acrylic. You have either to heat the surface, or reducing the humidity in your home. Wrap around sections of pipe insulation in the attic / airspace reduces the chance for intensification of the formation by restricting the infiltration of cold air in the tube. New or re-build projects with the increasing moisture sources inside the house. New wood, and drywall joint compound, plaster, installation blown away, and paper the walls of the factors involved in the increased humidity. To reduce levels of humidity: dryer vent correctly, run the ventilation fans in the laundry room, your kitchen and bathroom. Cover wet crawl spaces with plastic or moisture barriers, and make sure ventilation gas heaters correctly. Moisture on your Windows refers to the degree of humidity in your home is too high. If you can not control the sources of common moisture, use a dehumidifier if necessary. Interior glass lens dual lens Publisher reduce solar heat gain and eliminates condensation in cold climates.



How do I install tubular skylight on the tile, stone or wood shake roofs?

It is recommended to use several smooth with aluminum flashing. See page 10 and 11 of the installation instructions for details on how to install on the roof tiles. Wood shake roofs list follow the same instructions but does not require mortar. Make sure to apply liberally under seal, roofing and flashing on top of the mounting screws. A video showing a free installation to install tile roof, for example.



What does the ODL Tubular Skylight approvals on that?

And received confirmation from the International Criminal Court ODL Evaluation Service, a company that skylights in compliance with the provisions of the Unified Construction Law 1997?. This emphasis, as reflected in the International Criminal Court, the European Commission evaluation report list 3933, and provides guidance to code officials faced with accepting the use of ODL skylights under these laws. The evaluation report is available in www.icc - es.org see acceptance criteria ICBO (ac16 and ac79) used to test products to qualify for the report of the ICBO. Tubular Skylights meet the American Society E-331 water resistance standard.



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