Oct 6, 2008

Over the years, people have asked me, "Merle Wayne, why don't you ever show what things look like from the roof of your house?" Fair enough. This device is a Solar Tube, a type of skylight. I installed it last week in hopes of brightening the living room a bit. The reviews have been mixed. The tube is plated with a silver substance that gives it a mirrored surface. The light is gathered by the dome, reflected thorough the tube and diffused at the ceiling into the room. Most houses in my neighborhood have white coating on the roof to reflect the sun. I was touching up some areas, which explains the new white coating. I am going to coat the entire roof soon. Its a huge job. In the late afternoon, the skylight is ineffective because of the light streaming in the windows on the opposite side of the room. It works best from mid-morning until about three in the afternoon. This is not a good picture, but from the inside it looks like a recessed light. The tube doesn't transfer heat, which is important here. Free light, how can you beat it? You may recall the new air conditioner. The Santa Catalina mountains dominate the northern view. To the east is a glimpse of the Rincon Mountains. Plus my flagpole and some palm trees. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

10 comments:

Julia said...

You could have saved yourself the trouble and posted pictures from virtual earth. Have you seen this site? http://maps.live.com/ Type in your address and press birds eye view. You can even rotate around and look at your house from four different angles. I thought google maps was creepy!

Kurt said...

Cool light - you installed that yerself? I'd be afraid to cut into the roof.

Megan said...

Do I see The Shadow of Sneed in that last shot?

Nice mountains!

d. chedwick said...

Nice views from the rooftop, brother Sneed. I may opt for light grey shingles next time I need a new roof. (would that help?)

I watersealed a big deck. those 5 gallon drums are heavy.

I fear the roof. You are brave.

Reya Mellicker said...

A roof with a view! WOW. Love the mountains and of course the palm trees.

Bringing light inside without the heat? It's genius. I salute you.

Steve said...

I am totally impressed that you installed that thing on your own. Like Kurt, I would be scared to open my roof. (Well, if I had a roof. I have only an upstairs neighbor!)

The views look amazing.

bitchlet said...

Nice thingie ma jingie.

dennis said...

Dennis likes sunlight.

Coffee Messiah said...

I bet the inside of your house looks like a dance hall when the light is just right. ; )

Great view from the roof.

You need some tables and chairs up there.....

mouse (aka kimy) said...

such lovely blue sky...your roof certainly has a lot of stuff happening on it - solar tubes, air conditioners and amazing view! golly! my roof is so boring.....