Skylight / November 16, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois.
It is recommended that the skylight size should never be more than five percent of the floor area in rooms with many windows and not more than fifteen percent of the rooms total floor area for spaces with very few windows. Skylights on north-facing roofs provide cool illumination while east-facing roofs provide maximum light and heat in the morning. West-facing skylights provide afternoon sunlight and heat. South-facing skylights provide more passive solar heat than any other location. Skylights are an excellent way to bring more natural light into your home. Just one skylight can dramatically transform your room by adding 30% more natural light than a window. This helps you save energy and makes your home warmer during the winter.
Before installing a skylight in your home you need to carefully evaluate what type of skylight will work best for you considering your specific requirements and how to install it in a way that it improves your homes energy efficiency. Its a sensible idea to evaluate the energy performance ratings of skylights based on the climate that you live in and the architectural design of your home. In the U.S. you can find labeled energy-efficient skylights which tell you the minimum energy performance rating criteria by climate. The physical dimensions of the skylight also greatly affect the lux level and temperature of the space it is being used for.
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.
The shape of the skylights installed in your home will impact the design and look of the room. In the past skylights were prone to vapor build-up during the cold season. This vapor would then trickle down as water droplets into the room. However these days it is possible to buy skylights with channels that collect water vapor. More expensive skylights are less vulnerable to condensation related problems. Material: The kind of material used on skylights at home has a direct impact on their look and efficiency. Glass and plastic are the most popular materials used for glazing the skylights. Plastic skylights are less expensive and do not break easily. However plastic glazing may become discolored over time and may even have scratches. Glass on the other hand is scratch proof and does not fade. But it is more expensive and is usually found in commercial structures.