Skylight / July 8, 2018 / Baptiste Allain
Before installing a skylight in your home you need to carefully evaluate what type of skylight will work best for you considering your specific requirements and how to install it in a way that it improves your homes energy efficiency. Its a sensible idea to evaluate the energy performance ratings of skylights based on the climate that you live in and the architectural design of your home. In the U.S. you can find labeled energy-efficient skylights which tell you the minimum energy performance rating criteria by climate. The physical dimensions of the skylight also greatly affect the lux level and temperature of the space it is being used for.
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.
To reflect an even greater amount of light into the room consider painting the inside of the shaft with gloss or semi-gloss white paint. The glass skylights are far superior to the plastic ones. The best glass skylights are surface-mounted. The flashing curb and lens are all manufactured together. They do not have separate moving parts. This makes them less susceptible to leakage and much quieter when it rains. From fixed skylights to flat glass and domed varieties many homeowners are shocked to discover there are a wide variety of skylights available for your home. Skylights are a great addition if youd like to bring natural light to a room or for creating a feeling of lightness and space.