Roof Windows / August 4, 2018 / Arnou Gabriaux
A skylight is like a window which has been placed in your roof. It has a frame specially designed to withstand rain and prevent leakage from rain and snow. To maximize a skylights use of natural light to illuminate a room or its passive solar heating potential you will want to take into consideration how a skylight is positioned. Facing north your skylight will provide fairly constant illumination but will not provide a lot of heat. Facing east it will provide the maximum amount of light and solar heat gain in the morning. Facing west your skylight provides afternoon sunlight as well as heat gain. A skylight facing south provides the greatest potential for winter passive solar heat gain than any other location but will often allow unwanted heat gain in the summer.
Having a sunroom in your home will pay for itself not only in the amount of pleasure it brings to you and your family but because it will make your home more marketable in one of the tightest real estate markets in decades. Before You Build Your Sunroom Being able to afford the most expensive sunroom in the world will get you absolutely nowhere if your local building and zoning codes do not allow you to construct it. So pay a visit to your zoning board and find out not only whether you can actually add a sunroom to your home but also if there are any restrictions as to its dimensions and design. After youve been cleared for sunroom construction you will have to think about whether you are simply going to build your sunroom on an existing deck or porch or whether it will sit on its own foundation.
Your sunroom manufacturer will probably recommend that if you expect your sunroom to see regular use you hook it up to your homes heating and cooling system. Any occasionally-used however can be constructed with an independent climate control system. Designing Your Sunroom When you are in the designing phase of your sunroom project your sunroom manufacturer will need information about the sun exposure of the location where the sunroom will be located. Knowing the sun exposure will let your sunroom manufacture determine the best kind of high performance glass to install in your sunroom. While your sunroom manufacturer will undoubtedly have a large collection of standard sunroom designs from which you can choose most sunroom manufacturers will be happy to create a custom design.