Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
Typically flat glass skylights include all the installation materials and they are among the easiest to install. Moreover because they are glass these flat skylights are less likely to scratch. Domed acrylic skylights are among the most affordable especially compared to glass alternatives. These skylights are available in a variety of tints making them an attractive addition to any home or room. Unfortunately domed acrylic skylights do not offer the same noise protection as glass varieties and they tend to be more susceptible to leaking. Function Now that you know a little bit about the types of skylights available you should take some time to consider their function.
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.
Skylight windows are a wonderful addition to a home. Theres no doubt about it. But a lot depends on where exactly the house is located. Skylight windows are best suited for cool climates where the rays of the sun are not very harsh. Fortunately many places in the US have just this kind of weather. When used in such places skylight windows become the most important source of solar heating. And even when the sun is wobbly and there is little sunshine entering the room large skylight windows make the room look airy and bright dispelling the gloom. In areas where there is limited light and heat vertical windows are less efficient than large skylights because vertical sunlight is scant.