If you’re interested in installing a skylight in your home or business, you should know the following things.
You Can Choose Flat or Domed
One of the drawbacks of a flat skylight is that debris such as snow or leaves can accumulate. A domed skylight allows debris to slide right off, but it comes with a consideration: domed skylights are only available in plastic, which scratches more easily than glass.
Skylights Can Raise Temperature
Letting additional light into your home might mean letting in additional heat. In warmer climates or seasons, your home or office could become sweltering thanks to your stylish light. However, you can choose tinted skylights to prevent your home from overheating due to your skylight. Tint and UV protection can also prevent furniture from fading due to light exposure.
Vents Are An Option
Most skylights are enclosed (known as fixed skylights), so you can’t open them like a window for fresh air. However, you can opt for vented skylights at the time of installation if you’d like to be able to open them to improve air circulation. Vented skylights are among the easiest to clean.
Note that vented skylights are more likely to leak than fixed ones, and forgetting to close a skylight can allow debris or precipitation to enter your home. However, you can purchase skylights that close upon detecting rain.
You May Not Have to Cut Trusses
Many skylights are small enough to fit between regular-sizes rafters, either 16 or 24 inches. However, you may need to cut into trusses if you prefer the look of a larger skylight or are attempting to light your entire home with a skylight (1 square foot of skylight can light 20 square feet).
Breaking Is a Risk
Because many skylights are made of glass, breaking is a risk you must be ready to assume. Falling tree branches, for example, could lead to damage to your skylight. Of course, the risk is lower if your home isn’t surrounded by trees.
Skylights Don’t Have to Be Large
Tubular skylights are a smaller type of skylight, similar to a lighting fixture. They’re ideal for hallways and small rooms that don’t require much light. Some tubular skylights have adjustable brightness levels so that you can opt for more or less light.
Arming yourself with knowledge about skylights can help you avoid costly mistakes down the lin