Roof Windows / August 3, 2018 / Onfroi Berger
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 task is fairly easy to accomplish. You can either look your local agency up in the phone book and give them a courtesy call or go down to the local office where they will be more than happy to assist you in explaining the local zoning laws and building codes that may or may not affect the construction of your new sunroom. They may even be able to help you find a local contractor that they have had do business for them in the past or even give you multiple contractors by printing you out a list of certified contractors that work in that local area that are very proficient in the zoning laws and building codes in your neighborhood.
What guarantees do you have for yourself? Can you afford any mishaps or damaged materials? When your project is finished will it add value to your home or decrease the value of your home due to poor artisanship? These are the types of things to consider when thinking of building a sunroom or any addition by you. Manufacturers offer warranties they are insured and boned; their crews are licensed in their particular craft. If anything goes wrong or breaks they cover the costs not you and the value of your home will increase. In addition most manufacturers will have your sunroom built in a matter of a few days so you can begin to enjoy all of its hidden pleasures.