Skylight / July 16, 2018 / Baptiste Allain
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.
If the room you intend to illuminate with the skylight has an open ceiling with no attic space above you can install the skylight without needing to construct a light shaft. This is by far the simplest installation and it offers the maximum amount of light and a view of the sky. For ceilings with an attic space above a light shaft must be constructed that connects the skylight to the room. Skylight shafts take one of three forms: Straight in which the shaft drops vertically from the roof to the ceiling and is the same dimension as the skylight itself. This type is the easiest to construct but because of its offset angle relative to the skylight offers the least amount of light.
Since most skylights are meant to be installed on a roof with asphalt shingles you may need to pay extra for flashing if you have tile or metal roofing. When you think of skylight design you may think that only refers to the visible shape of the panel chosen; in fact there are many aspects to skylights that relate to the design and affect the usefulness of the skylight. Some skylights need to provide light for a large area while others have a different purpose. Learn all you can about skylights and skylight design as a consumer before you consult a professional. This will help you to understand better the decisions you will have to make. Skylights are beneficial to have in your home for many reasons.