Skylight / July 12, 2018 / Odo Vaillancour
For one thing skylights are positioned in such a way that they are inaccessible unless they are operated by remote. Even in cases of motorized skylights which are easily manipulated there are still some disadvantages that are inherent to skylights that are not present or minimized in windows. Vertical windows lose less heat by convection when compared to skylights. Also since windows are generally protected by overhangs or shrubs they lose less heat by radiation. On the other hand skylights are directly exposed to the sky. Thus they lose more heat by radiation. Proper insulation can reduce this heat loss to a large extent. In the summer season skylights are more exposed to the direct heat of the sun than windows.
You will need to position and mark the opening on the ceiling after the skylight is installed. Take into consideration the size of the room and the amount of light you wish to bring in and select the size and position of the hole accordingly. Once the skylight is installed and the ceiling hole is cut its then a matter of connecting the two with the shaft which is typically constructed from 2x4 or 2x6 lumber. The angles involved typically require some tricky framing and is probably best left to an experienced carpenter. After the framing is completed the inside of the shaft is covered with wood or drywall and the attic side is insulated to minimize heat loss.
It will also make all the difference for a skylight that doesnt have newer methods for moving condensation away from the window. It is possible that some skylights are suffering manufacturer related defects. Most worthy manufacturers of skylights or replacements will guarantee their product. A new and complete skylight will be sent and installed hopefully at no cost. It will require the same installation techniques as applied with the first but will obviously be better all around. It is often only when installing a replacement skylight that the damage caused by the original is noticed. The moisture damage caused to a roof is often hidden by the shingles and failed flashing around a skylight.