Skylight / July 7, 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.
There are ventilating skylights that make an ideal addition to bathrooms or kitchens tubular skylights that fit into almost any size space and skylights in almost any shape including rectangular circular oval triangular and more. So before choosing the right skylight for your home you should take some time to consider which type of skylight is best for you with respect to the benefits and drawbacks of each type as well as the function of the skylight. Types of Skylight There are 5 main types of skylight: fixed ventilated tubular flat glass and domed. Fixed skylights provide extra light and make a great addition to attics family rooms or any place you want more natural light without the need for ventilation.
Another modern option is to have a replacement skylight with double panes of glass with a layer of argon gas infused in between the panes. New features and options make getting a replacement skylight a more viable option than just shingling over the old one. Remote controls make it possible to open and close a skylight on a whim rather than having to clamber about on ladders. Some skylights can also come with rain sensors so they will close the moment they feel raindrops or too much moisture. These options allow the skylight to vent the house while also protecting it against damage.