There’s something lovely about skylights. Because they allow natural light in during the day, an entire room can be instantaneously filled with a light and airy ambiance. The natural light itself can save you on your electricity bill big time. At night, skylights give you a stunning view of the night sky, allowing you to stargaze in the comfort of your own home. If you’ve been considering installing a skylight, we’ve compiled the most well-loved types that will transform your home into an oasis.
Most people like to open windows from time to time for some fresh air. Whether after a hot shower or some time cooking in the kitchen, good airflow in the home is essential. It not only is healthier and more comfortable for our families, but also prevents overheating and indoor stuffiness.
It’s no surprise, then, that ventilating skylights remain a perpetual crowd pleaser. These skylights can be opened either through manual or electric operation and are easy to clean. Many people like to have them installed in bathrooms, kitchens, or other areas with excess moisture. Having a ventilating skylight in your roof also takes advantage of the stack effect, which is caused when warm air rises and is essentially stacked on top of cooler air. If warm air can leave the building out of a roof skylight, fresh air can replace it. Even in cold months, regular and frequent airings are important to maintain comfort for you and your family.
Keep in mind, however, that these skylights take up a considerable amount of space in your ceiling, although with almost no other drawbacks. A professional installation done by a reputable company should leave you with no chances of leaking or further complications.
Think of a fixed skylight as a window in your roof that cannot be opened. Fixed skylights are ideal for spaces where you’re more concerned about getting more natural light, such as a living room or bedroom. These skylights will allow you to enjoy looking at the night sky with your family and loved ones.
When installing skylights, it’s also important to consider the size. The goal is to maximize lighting without excessive solar heat gain. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a skylight should be no more than 5% of the floor area in a well-lit room and no more than 15% of the floor area in a dimly-lit room.
Tubular skylights are a great alternative for those who wish to save space on their ceilings. Imagine a tube extending out of your ceiling with a clear dome at the top. Sunlight enters through the dome and is spread in a bright white glow. The interior of the tube itself acts as a continuous mirror that channels the sunlight all the way down. Although these skylights are more compact, the effect is still dramatic (in a good way).
A 10-inch tube is equivalent to three 100-watt bulbs and channels as much as 98% of exterior light. Because installation of tubular skylights requires no framing alteration, the possibilities are practically endless. The only place where you would want to avoid installing one is directly over a TV or computer screen, which can create glare.
Installing a skylight is one of the best investments you can make in your home. Not only will it open up your entire living space, boost healthy airflow, and lower your energy bill, it will also increase the property value of your home. If you are wondering whether your home is compatible for a skylight or perhaps need some guidance about placement, style, or budget, contact a professional and trusted roofing team, like Bill’s Roofing, to learn about how you can use a skylight for your benefit today.