Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
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.
To reflect an even greater amount of light into the room consider painting the inside of the shaft with gloss or semi-gloss white paint. The glass skylights are far superior to the plastic ones. The best glass skylights are surface-mounted. The flashing curb and lens are all manufactured together. They do not have separate moving parts. This makes them less susceptible to leakage and much quieter when it rains. From fixed skylights to flat glass and domed varieties many homeowners are shocked to discover there are a wide variety of skylights available for your home. Skylights are a great addition if youd like to bring natural light to a room or for creating a feeling of lightness and space.
A skylight is like a window which has been placed in your roof. It has a frame specially designed to withstand rain and prevent leakage from rain and snow. To maximize a skylights use of natural light to illuminate a room or its passive solar heating potential you will want to take into consideration how a skylight is positioned. Facing north your skylight will provide fairly constant illumination but will not provide a lot of heat. Facing east it will provide the maximum amount of light and solar heat gain in the morning. Facing west your skylight provides afternoon sunlight as well as heat gain. A skylight facing south provides the greatest potential for winter passive solar heat gain than any other location but will often allow unwanted heat gain in the summer.