Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
Since most skylights are meant to be installed on a roof with asphalt shingles you may need to pay extra for flashing if you have tile or metal roofing. When you think of skylight design you may think that only refers to the visible shape of the panel chosen; in fact there are many aspects to skylights that relate to the design and affect the usefulness of the skylight. Some skylights need to provide light for a large area while others have a different purpose. Learn all you can about skylights and skylight design as a consumer before you consult a professional. This will help you to understand better the decisions you will have to make. Skylights are beneficial to have in your home for many reasons.
The acrylic dome is typically mounted in an aluminum frame which is in turn mounted on a box called a "curb." Once the hole is cut in the roof to the manufacturers specifications the curb is typically constructed on-site to raise the skylight above the level of the roof sheathing. Site-built or factory-supplied flashings are used to seal the roofing around the curb. Domed skylights are available in clear smoked bronze or other tints. Some domed plastic skylights are flush mounted which means that the lens piece and flashing piece are both made of plastic and then placed on the roof without a curb. The problem with this type is that they are loud and very susceptible to leakage.
For one thing skylights are positioned in such a way that they are inaccessible unless they are operated by remote. Even in cases of motorized skylights which are easily manipulated there are still some disadvantages that are inherent to skylights that are not present or minimized in windows. Vertical windows lose less heat by convection when compared to skylights. Also since windows are generally protected by overhangs or shrubs they lose less heat by radiation. On the other hand skylights are directly exposed to the sky. Thus they lose more heat by radiation. Proper insulation can reduce this heat loss to a large extent. In the summer season skylights are more exposed to the direct heat of the sun than windows.