Skylight / July 15, 2018 / Arnou Gabriaux
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.
Skylights are usually covered with translucent or transparent material to allow light to pass through while also protecting from extreme weather conditions. A Skylight is a great way to allow more light into your home through a flat or sloped window built into the roof structure for daylighting. Adding a skylight can almost immediately open up any room and make it lighter and brighter adding a sunny airy feeling. Skylights come in many styles and designs. They can be rectangular oval triangular or any odd shape and are perhaps the most beautiful way to enjoy the rain as you see it fall over your head. Windows cannot recreate the drama and magic that skylights can add to your house.
For instance flat roofs are more susceptible to drainage problems. Flat skylights on flat roofs may lead to water pooling. That is why experts recommend the use of domed skylights on flat roofs. This promotes drainage. Skylights for low pitch installation generally have significant slope built into the design. Attention must be paid to such things before installing skylights. Skylights are introduced into the design and architecture of the home to bring in lots of light heat and warmth. But what happens if there is a tall tree towering over the skylight on the roof? The very purpose of the skylight is defeated. The position of the skylight on the roof plays a vital role in determining its usefulness and effectiveness.