Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
Glass and acrylic or plastic skylights are available. Tubular skylights are relatively new on the scene. The small size allows them it to be used in spaces where full-sized skylights cannot. Hallways bathrooms even closets can accommodate a tubular skylight. They provide a lot of light in spite of their small size. The concept and installation process are basically the same as for a regular skylight except they have an enclosed tunnel of reflective material to reflect the light. They are available in many sizes. The small ones are 10 to 12 inch diameter and the large ones are 24 inches. Flat glass skylights come mounted in a wood or integrated rubber and metal framework and require no additional curb construction.
When these are pulled away and removed the drenched and water damaged roof beams come into view. Moisture comes from both inside and outside. Weather isnt the only thing that causes skylights to leak. Warm air from inside the house can catch in the skylight as it rises on warm air and then drips down onto furniture and valuables below. Modern skylight replacements can come with what is called low-e glass. This low emissivity glass keeps energy meant to heat or cool a room in and helps to reflect heat and cold out and away from the light itself. This is usually done through a special film that the glass is coated with. This film can block out UV rays and comes in many different filtering shades.
You will need to position and mark the opening on the ceiling after the skylight is installed. Take into consideration the size of the room and the amount of light you wish to bring in and select the size and position of the hole accordingly. Once the skylight is installed and the ceiling hole is cut its then a matter of connecting the two with the shaft which is typically constructed from 2x4 or 2x6 lumber. The angles involved typically require some tricky framing and is probably best left to an experienced carpenter. After the framing is completed the inside of the shaft is covered with wood or drywall and the attic side is insulated to minimize heat loss.