Skylight / July 7, 2018 / Arnou Gabriaux
The size and style of skylight you choose may suit your personal style but for the most effective use of a skylight you will want to consult a profession who can evaluate your building to help determine which styles shapes locations and sizes of skylights will benefit you. In this time of everyone seeking to be more eco-friendly and live a "greener" life one of the easiest and quickest ways to begin transforming your habits is to install skylights. The many varieties sizes and uses for skylights make them a versatile and affordable choice. Skylights are added to a house for more than purely aesthetic reasons. They bring in more natural light than average windows do and when added in artistically placed clusters they can turn any room into a solarium.
If the room you intend to illuminate with the skylight has an open ceiling with no attic space above you can install the skylight without needing to construct a light shaft. This is by far the simplest installation and it offers the maximum amount of light and a view of the sky. For ceilings with an attic space above a light shaft must be constructed that connects the skylight to the room. Skylight shafts take one of three forms: Straight in which the shaft drops vertically from the roof to the ceiling and is the same dimension as the skylight itself. This type is the easiest to construct but because of its offset angle relative to the skylight offers the least amount of light.
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.