Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
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.
Skylights may seem inexpensive at first glance since a quality 2x4 foot skylight along with a flashing kit costs anywhere from $100 to $400. However you need to consider adding another $3000 for installation costs. That being said you first need to carefully evaluate if installing a skylight is the right thing for your home. Till recently having a roof slope determined if you could install a skylight. Flat roofs or those which were too steep required special tools and techniques. However many of the skylight kits available today include a comprehensive installation kit and procedures which permits it to be installed on all types of roofs.
Roof skylights bring in natural sunlight into your house and add to the style of your house. But those who install it are always worried about one problem and that is a leaking roof skylight. It cant be denied that there is increased risk of a leak but if you install and seal your skylight properly you can make your skylight absolutely leak proof and secure. Skylights have a reputation that they always leak. But it is not so. You must not let this rumor stop you from installing a roof skylight that you have always wanted. There has been great progress in technology and techniques used in installing a roof skylight and if the skylight is installed properly there is hardly any chance of it developing a leak.