Roof Windows / August 2, 2018 / Odo Vaillancour
Tubular skylights An alternative to the conventional skylight which looks like a window in your roof is the tubular skylight. The tubular skylight is a roof-mounted dome which collects natural light and delivers it to the room below. It is less expensive than the conventional skylight because it is designed to fit between roof and ceiling framing eliminating the need for structural modifications. You will commonly see these used in bathrooms hallways and closets but they can be used in any room of your house. The average tubular skylight ranges in size from 10 - 21 inches in diameter which lights a 100-600 square foot interior space.
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.
using information on how you will be using the sunroom where the nearest trees are located and what views you want visible from the sunroom. st manufacturers provide custom designs based on the intended use of the room the desired style the lots sun exposure the placement of nearby trees and the desired view. Manufacturers contend the future is bright for year-round sunrooms. "Once its added to the home [homeowners] find they gravitate toward it because of the sunlight" Beckman says. This abbreviated construction time will depend on the home owners lot already having been graded and the foundation for the sunroom dug and poured.