Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
The size and style of skylight you choose may suit your personal style but for the most effective use of a skylight you will want to consult a profession who can evaluate your building to help determine which styles shapes locations and sizes of skylights will benefit you. In this time of everyone seeking to be more eco-friendly and live a "greener" life one of the easiest and quickest ways to begin transforming your habits is to install skylights. The many varieties sizes and uses for skylights make them a versatile and affordable choice. Skylights are added to a house for more than purely aesthetic reasons. They bring in more natural light than average windows do and when added in artistically placed clusters they can turn any room into a solarium.
Glass and acrylic or plastic skylights are available. Tubular skylights are relatively new on the scene. The small size allows them it to be used in spaces where full-sized skylights cannot. Hallways bathrooms even closets can accommodate a tubular skylight. They provide a lot of light in spite of their small size. The concept and installation process are basically the same as for a regular skylight except they have an enclosed tunnel of reflective material to reflect the light. They are available in many sizes. The small ones are 10 to 12 inch diameter and the large ones are 24 inches. Flat glass skylights come mounted in a wood or integrated rubber and metal framework and require no additional curb construction.
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.