Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
Skylights of any type transform a room by adding warmth and depth while bringing out the natural beauty of your home and its surroundings. When planning your new home or the remodel of your current one take some time to consider skylights as a beautiful enhancement that also provide comfort to you and your family while conserving the energy we all share. To enhance the beauty of your home getting a roof skylight installed is a wonderful way of going about it. It creates a dreamy and romantic touch to everything in the house apart from being beneficial in many ways. There are so many new styles sizes and functions of these modern day skylights that they have become indispensable for any modern home.
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.
For instance flat roofs are more susceptible to drainage problems. Flat skylights on flat roofs may lead to water pooling. That is why experts recommend the use of domed skylights on flat roofs. This promotes drainage. Skylights for low pitch installation generally have significant slope built into the design. Attention must be paid to such things before installing skylights. Skylights are introduced into the design and architecture of the home to bring in lots of light heat and warmth. But what happens if there is a tall tree towering over the skylight on the roof? The very purpose of the skylight is defeated. The position of the skylight on the roof plays a vital role in determining its usefulness and effectiveness.