Skylight / July 12, 2018 / Odo Vaillancour
To maximize the energy efficiency of skylight windows you must choose the material carefully. Both glass and plastic skylights have their unique benefits and disadvantages. Glass is more durable but there are limitations in shape. It is also quite expensive. On the other hand plastic is flexible and can easily be bent or stretched to different shapes. It is inexpensive too. But plastic glazing has a tendency to change color after a while. More importantly irregular shapes lead to more heat loss as larger surface areas are exposed. Windows VS Skylights: It is wrong to believe that skylights can replace or take the place of windows.
The acrylic dome is typically mounted in an aluminum frame which is in turn mounted on a box called a "curb." Once the hole is cut in the roof to the manufacturers specifications the curb is typically constructed on-site to raise the skylight above the level of the roof sheathing. Site-built or factory-supplied flashings are used to seal the roofing around the curb. Domed skylights are available in clear smoked bronze or other tints. Some domed plastic skylights are flush mounted which means that the lens piece and flashing piece are both made of plastic and then placed on the roof without a curb. The problem with this type is that they are loud and very susceptible to leakage.
To make sure that glass skylights are protected these are made of tempered glass on the outside and have a laminated pane on the inside. Position: Where and how you place skylights within the home is equally important. Location plays a vital role in natural lighting and solar heating. When they are placed on the roof and facing the north you can expect consistent but cool lighting. Skylights that face the east provide maximum solar energy in the mornings while those facing the west will give maximum afternoon sunlight. If heat is a problem you may install skylights in the shade of a tree or have a shading device on top of the skylight. The slope at which skylights are placed also controls the amount of heat and light received. Before buying skylights for the home do a little research. Prices tend to vary from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Price climbs with the addition of features like shading devices remote control and special glazing.