Skylight / July 12, 2018 / Odo Vaillancour
A skylight might seem like the easiest option for rooms that are cramped dingy and dark. In many cases it is but only if the right kind of skylight is combined with the right type of roof. Fixing a skylight on the roof is not like placing a window in the wall. Most of us think only of the interior when we fix skylights. But did you know that your first priority should be your roof followed by the positioning of the skylight on the roof? The shape of the roof is a vital to the selection of skylights. There are different skylights for sloped roofs and different skylights for flat roofs. Incorrect installation can lead to problems in the future.
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.
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.