Commercial buildings throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area often rely on skylights to add more natural light to their rooms. Not only can a skylight add up to 30 percent more natural light than a similar size vertical window, but skylights make rooms feel larger and usually boost the architectural beauty of commercial spaces. Additionally, research suggests that natural light is more psychologically uplifting to workers and customers when compared to artificial light.
But the benefits of skylights in commercial buildings may be compromised when they allow too much unfiltered natural light to flood the space below. Problems that may arise with commercial building skylights include:
- Significant heat build-up in the rooms below during the warmer months.
- Excess glare or otherwise making commercial space uncomfortably bright.
- Potentially dangerous UV light exposure to commercial space occupants.
- Fading and sun damage to interior furnishings.
You Might Need Commercial Skylight Tinting
If your San Francisco Bay Area business is experiencing such problems with its skylights, professionally installed skylight tinting and window film can help resolve them. With dozens of window film types to choose from, offering a wide range of glare reduction, UV protection, and temperature moderation, commercial skylight tinting can keep your work areas comfortable and safe from the ravages of the sun. And it can do so without any significant reductions in natural light flows.
Skylight Window Film Can Also Protect You from Glass Breakage
Along with protecting your commercial areas from skylight-induced glare, UV light, and heat build-up, window film can also protect your workers and customers from glass breakage. Safety and security window films are designed to help glass resist breakage and prevent it from shattering if ultimately compromised. This could prove invaluable during an earthquake, which might otherwise cause skylights to break and shatter shards of glass on any people below.
How Much Does Commercial Skylight Tinting Cost?
In most cases, the same glass film types used for vertical windows can be used for skylights. However, the application of commercial skylight tinting may present more challenges than vertical window tinting applications. Access to the skylight(s) is just one key variable that will influence the cost. Consider also the potential challenges presented by the many varieties of skylight:
- Flat Roof
- Barrel Vault
- Glass Ceiling
Each of these skylight types calls for distinct customization and specifically tailored application. Sizing and cutting window tint for a round or domed skylight is more challenging than doing the same for a flat roof skylight. Likewise, applying window film to a large polygon skylight, with multiple panes and possible variation in pane size and shape, will likely take more time than doing the same to a row of flat roof skylights.
Other factors that will play a role in the cost of your commercial skylight tinting job include:
- Type of window film
- Size and scope of the project
- Allowable on-site work time frames
- Project deadline
- Project location
- Glass type and age
- Market conditions
Learn More About Commercial Skylight Tinting from ClimatePro
To learn more about protecting your interior commercial spaces with skylight tinting, contact the San Francisco Bay Area’s window tinting experts—ClimatePro. With 40 years in the business, we can come up with the right window tinting solution for any window or skylight. With offices in North Bay, San Francisco, and San Jose, contact us today at 707-755-7337 to discuss your needs and relevant window and skylight tinting options.