Skylight / July 16, 2018 / Baptiste Allain
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.
For example the optimum slope for a south-facing skylight in Columbus Ohio at 40º North latitude is 45º to 55º. Every skylight has a "shaft" which governs how much light is admitted into the room below. If all four sides are flared then the light is spread over a wide area. If your skylight has a shaft with perpendicular sides the light is focused straight below. If your skylights shaft is flared on only one or two sides then the light is sprayed in the flared direction. Ventilation If you wish you can have a skylight which also provides ventilation as well as light to your room. This allows you to release the hot air which collects at your ceiling.
It will also make all the difference for a skylight that doesnt have newer methods for moving condensation away from the window. It is possible that some skylights are suffering manufacturer related defects. Most worthy manufacturers of skylights or replacements will guarantee their product. A new and complete skylight will be sent and installed hopefully at no cost. It will require the same installation techniques as applied with the first but will obviously be better all around. It is often only when installing a replacement skylight that the damage caused by the original is noticed. The moisture damage caused to a roof is often hidden by the shingles and failed flashing around a skylight.