Roof Windows / August 1, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
Tubular skylights An alternative to the conventional skylight which looks like a window in your roof is the tubular skylight. The tubular skylight is a roof-mounted dome which collects natural light and delivers it to the room below. It is less expensive than the conventional skylight because it is designed to fit between roof and ceiling framing eliminating the need for structural modifications. You will commonly see these used in bathrooms hallways and closets but they can be used in any room of your house. The average tubular skylight ranges in size from 10 - 21 inches in diameter which lights a 100-600 square foot interior space.
Its common in fact for a sunroom manufacturer to offer several different types of energy saving glass including double paned or argon gas-filled windows. Also ask your potential sunroom manufacturer about an insulated roof and floor for your sunroom if you want to cut energy costs even further. Youll get the most value for your sunroom dollars if you can find a sunroom manufacturer who offers three or four season sunrooms. These home additions can range in style from very basic glass-enclosed rooms to home conservatories with glass walls and ceilings. You can choose a sunroom shape from a simple square to a stylish octagon and have its exterior finished in any of a variety of materials from wood to vinyl to aluminum to vinyl or aluminum-clad wood.
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.