Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
Before installing a skylight in your home you need to carefully evaluate what type of skylight will work best for you considering your specific requirements and how to install it in a way that it improves your homes energy efficiency. Its a sensible idea to evaluate the energy performance ratings of skylights based on the climate that you live in and the architectural design of your home. In the U.S. you can find labeled energy-efficient skylights which tell you the minimum energy performance rating criteria by climate. The physical dimensions of the skylight also greatly affect the lux level and temperature of the space it is being used for.
These are like Gods own television screens! Moreover skylights will usually bring in more light than windows and are a great alternative to artificial lighting. Skylights have been used in housing and other architecture from time immemorial and these can never go out of style. Very often skylights have been found in old churches. They add certain warmth and charm to the somber interiors. Skylights are used frequently in modern architecture as well and many modern malls hospitals restaurants and other large public places make use of skylights for natural daylight to light up common areas. When selected carefully and installed an energy-efficient skylight can help minimize heating cooling and lighting costs to very large extent.
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.