Skylight / July 12, 2018 / Odo Vaillancour
Skylights are best suited to catch sunlight from the overhanging clouds. In addition to this skylight windows allow a deeper penetration of the suns light into the structure of the house in such a way that it is less obtrusive. Skylights also keep heating and cooling costs down. Skylights are your windows to the heaven. They can breathe drama into any living space. And they are all the rage these days. In such a scenario it is easy for people to forget important considerations while choosing skylights. Energy problems that influence windows operate just as strongly or even more so in skylights. For instance heat loss heat gains solar gains ventilation and water pooling affect skylight windows too.
Skylights may seem inexpensive at first glance since a quality 2x4 foot skylight along with a flashing kit costs anywhere from $100 to $400. However you need to consider adding another $3000 for installation costs. That being said you first need to carefully evaluate if installing a skylight is the right thing for your home. Till recently having a roof slope determined if you could install a skylight. Flat roofs or those which were too steep required special tools and techniques. However many of the skylight kits available today include a comprehensive installation kit and procedures which permits it to be installed on all types of roofs.
For example the optimum slope for a south-facing skylight in Columbus Ohio at 40º North latitude is 45º to 55º. Every skylight has a "shaft" which governs how much light is admitted into the room below. If all four sides are flared then the light is spread over a wide area. If your skylight has a shaft with perpendicular sides the light is focused straight below. If your skylights shaft is flared on only one or two sides then the light is sprayed in the flared direction. Ventilation If you wish you can have a skylight which also provides ventilation as well as light to your room. This allows you to release the hot air which collects at your ceiling.