Skylight / July 12, 2018 / Odo Vaillancour
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.
The air near the ceiling is automatically cooled when fresh air flows in from outside. These roof skylights are so designed that they open and close a little to let in the fresh air. The glass tilts at about 45 degrees. There is a small handle to manually open the venting roof skylight. You crank the handle slightly to open or close or adjust the angle and position of the glass. The venting roof skylights are located in the ceiling of the house and are hard to reach so there is an extension to the handle. Otherwise every time you want to open or shut the venting roof skylight you will need a ladder or a high stool. Nowadays electronically operated venting skylights are also becoming very popular.
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.