Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
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.
If installed badly however they can do a great deal of damage. Many people dont realize how easily that damage can be avoided by purchasing a replacement skylight instead of giving it up altogether. A skylight might be detrimental to a house in many different ways. They require flashing when installed and without proper flashing of aluminum or some other sturdy material the light will leak. Rain and other forms of moist weather will find its way into the house itself. Roof design is very important when choosing and installing a skylight. It is another reason why skylights fail after awhile. The angle or tilt of a roof and the angle at which the skylight is set will determine how strong and supported the light is.
Skylights may seem inexpensive at first glance since a quality 2x4 foot skylight along with a flashing kit costs anywhere from $100 to $400. However you need to consider adding another $3000 for installation costs. That being said you first need to carefully evaluate if installing a skylight is the right thing for your home. Till recently having a roof slope determined if you could install a skylight. Flat roofs or those which were too steep required special tools and techniques. However many of the skylight kits available today include a comprehensive installation kit and procedures which permits it to be installed on all types of roofs.