Skylight / July 7, 2018 / Arnou Gabriaux
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.
To maximize the energy efficiency of skylight windows you must choose the material carefully. Both glass and plastic skylights have their unique benefits and disadvantages. Glass is more durable but there are limitations in shape. It is also quite expensive. On the other hand plastic is flexible and can easily be bent or stretched to different shapes. It is inexpensive too. But plastic glazing has a tendency to change color after a while. More importantly irregular shapes lead to more heat loss as larger surface areas are exposed. Windows VS Skylights: It is wrong to believe that skylights can replace or take the place of windows.
This is ideal for cubicles or small offices even restrooms. The places where tubular skylights are most effective are in the bottom floor of a multi-story building in order to light the space with natural sunlight warehouses private offices or to prevent heat loss and for solar gain. The installation of tubular skylights requires a professional installer who can work with the thickness of your ceiling and angles to get the most out of your skylight. The top panel of the skylight will be affixed to your roof with the channel running through the ceiling completely hidden from sight with the bottom window attached on the visible area of the ceiling.