Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
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.
Glass and acrylic or plastic skylights are available. Tubular skylights are relatively new on the scene. The small size allows them it to be used in spaces where full-sized skylights cannot. Hallways bathrooms even closets can accommodate a tubular skylight. They provide a lot of light in spite of their small size. The concept and installation process are basically the same as for a regular skylight except they have an enclosed tunnel of reflective material to reflect the light. They are available in many sizes. The small ones are 10 to 12 inch diameter and the large ones are 24 inches. Flat glass skylights come mounted in a wood or integrated rubber and metal framework and require no additional curb construction.
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.