Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
To maximize the energy efficiency of skylight windows you must choose the material carefully. Both glass and plastic skylights have their unique benefits and disadvantages. Glass is more durable but there are limitations in shape. It is also quite expensive. On the other hand plastic is flexible and can easily be bent or stretched to different shapes. It is inexpensive too. But plastic glazing has a tendency to change color after a while. More importantly irregular shapes lead to more heat loss as larger surface areas are exposed. Windows VS Skylights: It is wrong to believe that skylights can replace or take the place of windows.
Skylight windows are a wonderful addition to a home. Theres no doubt about it. But a lot depends on where exactly the house is located. Skylight windows are best suited for cool climates where the rays of the sun are not very harsh. Fortunately many places in the US have just this kind of weather. When used in such places skylight windows become the most important source of solar heating. And even when the sun is wobbly and there is little sunshine entering the room large skylight windows make the room look airy and bright dispelling the gloom. In areas where there is limited light and heat vertical windows are less efficient than large skylights because vertical sunlight is scant.
These are like Gods own television screens! Moreover skylights will usually bring in more light than windows and are a great alternative to artificial lighting. Skylights have been used in housing and other architecture from time immemorial and these can never go out of style. Very often skylights have been found in old churches. They add certain warmth and charm to the somber interiors. Skylights are used frequently in modern architecture as well and many modern malls hospitals restaurants and other large public places make use of skylights for natural daylight to light up common areas. When selected carefully and installed an energy-efficient skylight can help minimize heating cooling and lighting costs to very large extent.