Skylight / July 9, 2018 / Delphine Demers
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.
It will also make all the difference for a skylight that doesnt have newer methods for moving condensation away from the window. It is possible that some skylights are suffering manufacturer related defects. Most worthy manufacturers of skylights or replacements will guarantee their product. A new and complete skylight will be sent and installed hopefully at no cost. It will require the same installation techniques as applied with the first but will obviously be better all around. It is often only when installing a replacement skylight that the damage caused by the original is noticed. The moisture damage caused to a roof is often hidden by the shingles and failed flashing around a skylight.
However these surfaces scratch easily and can become brittle and discolored. Glass glazing - This is found in the more expensive skylights. It is more durable than plastic and does not discolor. All glass used for skylights must be made of "safety glazing" a generic term for both tempered and laminated glass. Tempered glass is the most impact resistant. Laminated glass is fabricated with a thin layer of plastic embedded near the center of the glass. Both types keep the glass from breaking into large sharp pieces. Skylights are often made with a tempered glass on the exterior side and a laminated pane on the interior side. This arrangement gives maximum impact resistance while protecting occupants from falling shards of glass.