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.
A skylight is like a window which has been placed in your roof. It has a frame specially designed to withstand rain and prevent leakage from rain and snow. To maximize a skylights use of natural light to illuminate a room or its passive solar heating potential you will want to take into consideration how a skylight is positioned. Facing north your skylight will provide fairly constant illumination but will not provide a lot of heat. Facing east it will provide the maximum amount of light and solar heat gain in the morning. Facing west your skylight provides afternoon sunlight as well as heat gain. A skylight facing south provides the greatest potential for winter passive solar heat gain than any other location but will often allow unwanted heat gain in the summer.
Another modern option is to have a replacement skylight with double panes of glass with a layer of argon gas infused in between the panes. New features and options make getting a replacement skylight a more viable option than just shingling over the old one. Remote controls make it possible to open and close a skylight on a whim rather than having to clamber about on ladders. Some skylights can also come with rain sensors so they will close the moment they feel raindrops or too much moisture. These options allow the skylight to vent the house while also protecting it against damage.