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.
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.
There must be a clear opening in the area where the skylight is to be placed. A skylight that faces the East lets in plenty of morning sunshine while one that faces the West brings lets in the afternoon sunshine. It is important to know the amount of light and the type of light your skylight lets in. Afternoon sunlight can become uncomfortably hot if you live in a warm and dry place. The size of the room also has a bearing on the effectiveness of the skylight on your roof. If the room is small your choices are severely limited as skylights are best suited for large rooms. If you still want a skylight for a small room it is best to opt for an elegant pyramid skylight. This gives the illusion of space.