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.
If the room you intend to illuminate with the skylight has an open ceiling with no attic space above you can install the skylight without needing to construct a light shaft. This is by far the simplest installation and it offers the maximum amount of light and a view of the sky. For ceilings with an attic space above a light shaft must be constructed that connects the skylight to the room. Skylight shafts take one of three forms: Straight in which the shaft drops vertically from the roof to the ceiling and is the same dimension as the skylight itself. This type is the easiest to construct but because of its offset angle relative to the skylight offers the least amount of light.