Skylights make an attractive and functional addition to the roof of any home. They are a great option for improving the natural lighting in a home, providing increased ventilation and usable living space, such as in an attic. The most convenient and easy time to install skylights is when a new roofing installation is planned; although they can be installed any time by qualified and experienced roofer services. In either case, there are many kinds of skylights to choose from, each designed for different purposes and some made from different materials.
These type of skylights are basic windows installed in a roof to allow extra light into the rooms below. Fixed skylights are flat and do not open or provide any ventilation. They are made with tempered or laminated safety glass, low-e glass, and a variety of other options designed to let light in, but keep UV rays out.
Venting skylights are similar to fixed skylights, except these windows are designed so they can be propped open for increased ventilation. Some allow for a few inches of opening while others can be completely opened and even used as an emergency escape onto the roof when used with a ladder.
Companies who offer roofing services explain that domed skylights are fixed skylights made with domed acrylic glass, which is functional in many ways. Domed skylights are stronger, let in more natural light since it always faces the sky even on flat or sloped installations, and are self cleaned by the rain. They are also less likely to experience leakage and water pooling as opposed to flat, fixed skylights.
Also called sky tunnels, tubular skylights are especially suited for installation in roofs where a larger skylight is impractical or would weaken the roofing structure. These smaller, circular fixed skylights are built to transmit light through a reflective metal tube that can extend throughout a home to display natural light even in rooms that have no direct access to a skylight. Due to the optic properties of the reflective tube, the light at the bottom is amplified to illuminate a larger area than would seem likely.
One or two skylights can definitely brighten a darker space. Many skylights can illuminate entire homes. Green skylight installations involve more skylights to enable home or building owners to rely solely on natural light during the day and enjoy their energy-efficient benefits. Skylights designed for this type of installation are Energy Star rated and may also qualify for certain tax benefits.
Decorative and Custom Skylights
Companies that install both roofs and skylights know that the above options are the standard types of skylights available for most homes; however, there are other options as well. Pyramid skylights, rather than being domed, are shaped like a pyramid and used mostly for decorative purposes to match building architectural styles. Beyond these, it is also possible to have custom skylight installations for more unique applications; however, these type of skylights usually involve more structural and architectural planning.
Choosing the right skylight for a home or building requires careful consideration as they involve meticulous installation; some even require building permits. If skylights are in the plans, homeowners should discuss their ideas with a good roofing service company that is experienced in the installation of skylights. The easiest time to do this kind of work is when a new roofing installation is underway. So homeowners who are considering skylights have the research, design, and any structural planning done ahead of time. Professionally-installed skylights can be the bright spot in any home!