Skylight / July 9, 2018 / Delphine Demers
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.
This means more heat is going to find its way into the room at the most inopportune times of the day. The problem can be rectified by careful selection of skylights. Skylights in the home are the easiest least expensive and most effective way of sprucing up your home and giving it a makeover. The reason why skylights are becoming immensely popular is the way they encompass a slice of the sky within the home. They can thus impart roominess to any room. But to get maximum impact from skylights in the home it is important to understand the design positioning and size of skylights. Size: As a rule specialists believe that skylights illuminate a room that is roughly 20 times the size of the room.
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.