Roof Windows / August 1, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
Skylights let natural light stream into your home bringing warmth and a feeling of spaciousness. When properly selected and used they can reduce your need for electric lighting and minimize your heating and cooling costs. There are also health benefits to this wonderful sunlight that shines on us. If you lack sufficient sunlight on your skin you will suffer health effects. Thats because the human body was designed to be exposed to sunlight on a frequent basis. We evolved after all under the natural sun not under fluorescent lighting. Our environment was one with plentiful sunlight. Skylights can provide up to 30% more natural light than vertical windows while making a small space seem bigger.
For example the optimum slope for a south-facing skylight in Columbus Ohio at 40º North latitude is 45º to 55º. Every skylight has a "shaft" which governs how much light is admitted into the room below. If all four sides are flared then the light is spread over a wide area. If your skylight has a shaft with perpendicular sides the light is focused straight below. If your skylights shaft is flared on only one or two sides then the light is sprayed in the flared direction. Ventilation If you wish you can have a skylight which also provides ventilation as well as light to your room. This allows you to release the hot air which collects at your ceiling.
But like any well constructed room a sunroom will both enhance your homes curb appeal and increase its value. The best way to ensure that you will pay the minimum amount for the maximum value when adding a sunroom to you home is to accept the fact that the prices of materials and labor will never be any lower than they are right now. So if you are serious about your sunroom project you shouldnt delay talking to area contractors any more than is absolutely necessary. Its true that a sunroom qualifies as a major expenditure but even if youre not I n a position to pay for yours in cash you will almost certainly be able to find at least one sunroom manufacturer who can set you up with affordable financing.