HOA Upgrade Restrictions
Homeowner Associations are able to prevent the upgrade from acrylic domes to high performance glass solely on the basis of symmetry. Holding on to the ‘Brady Bunch Bubble’, for this reason, simply does not make sense economically, environmentally, or aesthetically.
Fortunately, many cities and states have recently introduced measures to limit the restriction Homeowner Associations can place on ‘energy efficiency measures’ includes skylighting upgrades. The innovation of low-emissivity coatings (low-e) on tempered glass has more than doubled the resistance to thermal transfer over the last 30 years. Replacing your old acrylic skylights with energy efficient glass is a simple way to reduce your homes energy consumption. Not only is this better for the environment, it is better for your pocket book. It reduces the amount of energy spent on heating and cooling your home, and it prevents fading and damage from UV rays on your furniture and home.
Dome skylights are also becoming more and more expensive, while Velux fixed skylights are dropping in price, to the point that acrylic domes cost more money than flat glass.
The deck mounted flat glass skylights also sit very low and streamlined with your roof, providing better aesthetics on your home.