Can I install a Solarspot® myself?
The first thing to consider when contemplating a DIY installation is can you – and probably more importantly, are you prepared to – climb onto your roof? If the answer is ‘no’, don’t worry, we can arrange for a registered installer to do the work for you.
If accessing the roof is not a problem for you, and you are a competent DIYer, then installing a Solarspot® Tubular Daylighting System (TDS) should not present you with too many problems.
Remember, working at height can be dangerous and should only be done by competent individuals adhering to strict safety codes and conduct.
Both the Solarspot® D-25 and D-38 systems, 250mm and 375mm diameter respectively, should fit easily between standard roof rafters with no structural changes (always check measurements carefully before ordering), and no need to build a skylight shaft..
Full installation instructions are supplied or you can view or downloaded from our Installation page.
What are the options for installation?
If the DIY option is not for you, we can arrange for an experienced, independent installer to fit your Solarspot® TDS for you, quickly and efficiently with the minimum of disruption, in most areas of the UK. If you would like more information or an idea of cost for installation of one or more systems into your home, call us on 01908 299117 or contact us by email.
Alternatively, any competent builder, roofer or home maintenance professional should be able to install your Solarspot® TDS for you.
How long does it take to install?
A Solarspot® TDS flat roof unit could be installed in less than one hour by an experienced installer. A pitched roof system with slates or tiles could be done in as little as two hours. For the first-time installer, more time should be allowed. If installing yourself, pick a nice (rain free) day and start early just in case you have an issue that takes a little time to resolve. Also, always start on the roof so that you can have this part finished should the weather take an unexpected turn.
Should I install the Solarspot® when installing a new roof or wait until the roof is finished?
A new roof is the perfect time to install a Solarspot® TDS, your roofer should be able to install it at the same time as doing the other work with the minimum of extra effort. Alternatively, a Solarspot® TDS can be installed into a recently completed or established roof just as successfully.
If you have an old roof that you believe may be in need of attention you should have it checked by a roofing professional before having a Solarspot® TDS, or anything else, installed.
What if I have no attic space?
No problem, Solarspot® TDSs are designed for installation even where there is no access to the attic or no attic at all – eg; flat roofs.
Can I install a Solarspot® TDS through a wall?
When an area or roof can only be accessed from the ground or through a wall, a Solarspot® TDS can deliver light horizontally, as well as upwards, into the heart of a building. For thru-wall or under ground installation, contact us today and ask us about Solar-wall™ products.
Can I install a Solarspot® TDS in a caravan, house boat or mobile home?
Yes, and probably without any structural modifications. A Solarspot® TDS is a great solution for the dark interiors that can result from windows shaded by awnings and patio covers as it will deliver an abundance of light without generating any heat build-up.
Can I light the ground floor rooms of a two-story house?
The Solarspot® D-25 is the undisputed world champion when it comes to meeting this challenge. No other system can deliver as much light through such a narrow tube. Despite being only 250mm in diameter it can deliver light efficiently to distances of more than 7m.
Can I locate the dome on a north-facing roof?
Yes, but it may affect the overall performance. If the roof is very steep and shady you will see a difference during winter months. Shallower pitched roofs will be less affected with the RIR™ Light Funnel capturing the maximum daylight available.
On overcast days, the light level is even across the whole roof so a north facing aspect will have little baring on the overall performance.