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.
Skylight windows are a wonderful addition to a home. Theres no doubt about it. But a lot depends on where exactly the house is located. Skylight windows are best suited for cool climates where the rays of the sun are not very harsh. Fortunately many places in the US have just this kind of weather. When used in such places skylight windows become the most important source of solar heating. And even when the sun is wobbly and there is little sunshine entering the room large skylight windows make the room look airy and bright dispelling the gloom. In areas where there is limited light and heat vertical windows are less efficient than large skylights because vertical sunlight is scant.
Roof skylights bring in natural sunlight into your house and add to the style of your house. But those who install it are always worried about one problem and that is a leaking roof skylight. It cant be denied that there is increased risk of a leak but if you install and seal your skylight properly you can make your skylight absolutely leak proof and secure. Skylights have a reputation that they always leak. But it is not so. You must not let this rumor stop you from installing a roof skylight that you have always wanted. There has been great progress in technology and techniques used in installing a roof skylight and if the skylight is installed properly there is hardly any chance of it developing a leak.