Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
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.
This means more heat is going to find its way into the room at the most inopportune times of the day. The problem can be rectified by careful selection of skylights. Skylights in the home are the easiest least expensive and most effective way of sprucing up your home and giving it a makeover. The reason why skylights are becoming immensely popular is the way they encompass a slice of the sky within the home. They can thus impart roominess to any room. But to get maximum impact from skylights in the home it is important to understand the design positioning and size of skylights. Size: As a rule specialists believe that skylights illuminate a room that is roughly 20 times the size of the room.
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.