Skylight / July 15, 2018 / Arnou Gabriaux
Skylights let natural light stream into your home bringing warmth and a feeling of spaciousness. When properly selected and used they can reduce your need for electric lighting and minimize your heating and cooling costs. There are also health benefits to this wonderful sunlight that shines on us. If you lack sufficient sunlight on your skin you will suffer health effects. Thats because the human body was designed to be exposed to sunlight on a frequent basis. We evolved after all under the natural sun not under fluorescent lighting. Our environment was one with plentiful sunlight. Skylights can provide up to 30% more natural light than vertical windows while making a small space seem bigger.
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.
Some people in an effort to let in plenty of light choose the biggest skylight they can afford. But bigger is not always better when it comes to choosing skylights for your home. The size of the skylight should not be more than 5% of the floor space if there are other windows in the room. It should be less than 15% of the floor space if there are few windows in the room. Unlike commercial buildings where structures are huge there is only so much that a room within the house can take. So choose skylights that suit the size of the room. Style: Although most skylights are rectangular these are available in a variety of sizes shapes and colors.