Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
This is ideal for cubicles or small offices even restrooms. The places where tubular skylights are most effective are in the bottom floor of a multi-story building in order to light the space with natural sunlight warehouses private offices or to prevent heat loss and for solar gain. The installation of tubular skylights requires a professional installer who can work with the thickness of your ceiling and angles to get the most out of your skylight. The top panel of the skylight will be affixed to your roof with the channel running through the ceiling completely hidden from sight with the bottom window attached on the visible area of the ceiling.
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.