Thinking about installing a skylight? That’s a great idea: beyond their aesthetic value, skylights are quite functional too. They bring in about 30% more natural light than regular windows, they can help you lower the energy bills, improve air quality, boost your mood, and bathe any living areas in sunlight.
However, cutting a hole through your roof isn’t something that you decide overnight. You probably have a lot of questions and concerns about what this process entails, what options are there, and how to make the right decision.
Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will look at five things that you should consider when choosing a skylight.
Skylights vs. Roof Windows
How is a skylight different from roof windows, you may be asking yourself?
Skylights use a reflective light shaft from its edges up to the ceiling and are sealed with a diffuser. This is the traditional type of skylight and provides excellent light transmission. Tubular skylights are highly reflective, allowing light to reach even the darkest corner of the room.
Roof windows have clear glazing and they are usually installed in open plaster.
Choosing the right skylight placement is vital in ensuring that you will benefit from its functionality. You have to consider your home’s building plan and roof structure to ensure that you will maximize solar heat gain. For example, a low slope means that you will get more sun during the summer and less during the winter, which is not ideal. Skylights are energy efficient, but only if they are installed properly so that they allow the right amount of sunlight to enter the room during different seasons.
Don’t assume that you can only install a skylight in a large room. They can be just as effective in small living areas too as they allow you to use natural light to give the feeling of a big, warm, and inviting space. But, as mentioned before, you need to consider the structure of your roof before you can decide whether you can enhance a small bathroom or office with a skylight.
The Type of Skylight
You can choose between tempered and laminated skylight glass, and the type you choose can impact the safety of your family. What you need to understand is that both options can break if large objects, such as tree branches fall on them. However, tempered glass will shatter and break into small, smooth pieces while laminated glass tends to remain in place. That’s because laminated glass is covered with a film that doesn’t allow it to shatter.
You can also opt for plastic glazing, which is cheaper than glass skylights and less likely to break. However, unless the glazing is coated with a special film, this option also allows UV rays to enter the room. In time, prolonged sun exposure can affect your furniture and floor area.
The glazing can influence the energy efficiency properties of your skylight. You can choose between single glazed, double glazed or Low-E insulated glass. The latter uses a microscopic coating that blocks and reduces heat losses, maximizing the insulation properties of the skylight.
Skylights nowadays come with a variety of features that can impact their performance and functionality. For example, you can choose between fixed and vented skylights. A venting skylight means that you will be able to open it, improving ventilation as more fresh air gets inside the house. You can also choose between a manual and an electric operated skylight.
One Final Word: Hire the Right Contractors
As you can see there’s a lot to ponder. Glass or plastic? Ventilating skylight or fixed? Installing a skylight is a serious decision and you want to think of every detail before committing to one type. You also want to ensure that the material will be qualitative and the work flawless.
We can take care of all that for you. City2Roof Surfing has decades of experience in the trade of skylight installation. Moreover, we only use material approved by Fenestration Rating Council, so you know that they are durable and energy-efficient. Contact us today and let’s talk.