Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
If the room you intend to illuminate with the skylight has an open ceiling with no attic space above you can install the skylight without needing to construct a light shaft. This is by far the simplest installation and it offers the maximum amount of light and a view of the sky. For ceilings with an attic space above a light shaft must be constructed that connects the skylight to the room. Skylight shafts take one of three forms: Straight in which the shaft drops vertically from the roof to the ceiling and is the same dimension as the skylight itself. This type is the easiest to construct but because of its offset angle relative to the skylight offers the least amount of light.
To reflect an even greater amount of light into the room consider painting the inside of the shaft with gloss or semi-gloss white paint. The glass skylights are far superior to the plastic ones. The best glass skylights are surface-mounted. The flashing curb and lens are all manufactured together. They do not have separate moving parts. This makes them less susceptible to leakage and much quieter when it rains. From fixed skylights to flat glass and domed varieties many homeowners are shocked to discover there are a wide variety of skylights available for your home. Skylights are a great addition if youd like to bring natural light to a room or for creating a feeling of lightness and space.
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.