Creating Shades for Skylights

I have two skylights in my living room that let in way too much heat this time of year. Since I don't have an air conditioner, I would love inexpensive ideas for covering my skylights to make it cooler in here.

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Mysti from Colorado Springs, CO

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May 30, 20060 found this helpful

I would probably buy and inexpensive roll up blind, unroll it, neatly cut off the excess at the hardware end and with small thumbtacks attach the shade to the outside framework, you would only need a few thumbtacks, the shade is light, usually paper or some sort of nylon or something,

that would leave light in but help the heat. I hope.

tam

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May 30, 20060 found this helpful

You could use fabric held up with hook and loop tape.

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

I have been consideringthe same thing...and was thinking of using small spring tension rods. Two per window, and either buying "door panels" or making curtains out of sheer fabric - with a rod pocket at both ends. The spring rods wont damage the surrounding framework, and can be removed at any time.

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

I took apiece of 2inch thick styrofoam insulation and cut it to the size of the skylight. Covered the sides with duct tape, and it slips in perfect. I used the white kind so it still lets in some light.

Quite a difference.

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

I also have this problem and I used two spring form rods with a fabric of your choice. It works very well.

Measure fabric so it fits very close to the edge of the skylight and you will be very pleased. Of course this requires a very tall ladder but I keep mine up until fall.

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

i got some wonderful stuff from either mileskimball . com or lillian vernon . com. anyway it is like cling on material but it looks like sunglasses-see thru gray. i have put it on 3 windows that get lots of sun. i hope it works. look under window or curtain on line at those sites.

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

Hi there my mom is using dollar store/tree umbrellas to put in her skylights says it works great, just cannot be superstitous about opening an umbrella in the house. Good luck they are available in lots of neat designs or solid colors.

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

If you want to go fancy they do sell shades made for sky lights.

Here's a few links for you. Obvously they'll have different price ranges but at least you'll have a better clue of what's available out there. Hope they help you figure out your best option.

http://www.skylightheatblocker.com/

http://www.draperinc.com/Window_Shade_Pages/Skylight_FlexShades.htm

http://www.sunporch.com/Content.aspx?pageid=OptionsClimateControl

http://cellularwindowshades.com/balcony_skylight_shades.html

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April 10, 20070 found this helpful

What we used till we got a new and tinted sky light installed over the older & clear one, when we got our new roof, was a piece of cardboard cut just a bit past the size of the skylight. We pushed the cardboard into the skylight & it hung there perfectly, till we took it down. Very inexpensive!!!

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June 13, 20160 found this helpful

Did this cause any problems with trapping heat behind the cardboard?

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