Skylight / July 16, 2018 / Baptiste Allain
Skylights are best suited to catch sunlight from the overhanging clouds. In addition to this skylight windows allow a deeper penetration of the suns light into the structure of the house in such a way that it is less obtrusive. Skylights also keep heating and cooling costs down. Skylights are your windows to the heaven. They can breathe drama into any living space. And they are all the rage these days. In such a scenario it is easy for people to forget important considerations while choosing skylights. Energy problems that influence windows operate just as strongly or even more so in skylights. For instance heat loss heat gains solar gains ventilation and water pooling affect skylight windows too.
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.
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.