Skylights are one of the most fascinating installations you can do for your home or office. But then given the number of options available, glass or plastic variants, choosing the right one can be tricky for your specific needs. In this brief post, we’ll have a sneak peak at various styles of skylights and their characteristics to help you choose the one that best suits your needs.
Skylights are one of the easiest and fastest ways to make your rooms brighter and lighter, adding an airy and open feel to it. Ventilating skylights are outstanding for bathrooms and kitchens. In addition to delivering additional light, they can also be opened. This overhead ventilation generates an updraft. As such, ventilated skylights can be easily operated by numerous means: Controlled by temperature sensor, Electric on/off wall switch, Remote control, Motorized or manual hand crank.
They’re fantastic for bonus rooms, attics, or anywhere you need an extra bit of illumination without exhaustion or entrance of air. Sizes and styles vary from rectangles to domes. Plastic or glass and acrylic skylights are readily available.
The tiny size makes them suitable for use in spaces where you cannot install general skylights. Hallways, closets, and even rest rooms can accommodate the specific tubular skylights.
They deliver a lot of light despite their tiny size. The installation process as well as concept are fundamentally the same as applicable for regular skylights, except the fact that they have an encircled tunnel of specifically designed reflective material used for reflecting the light. Tubular skylights are available in different sizes. The small ones come around 10 to 12 inches in diameter while the large ones read 24 inches.
Flat glass skylights are mounted on a wood or integrated metal and rubber framework, and need no extra curb construction. Once the hole has been cut, the skylight frame can easily be attached using an L-bracket to the roof sheathing. The installation is then completed with factory-supplied flashing kit.
Ease of installation, less tendency to scratch, superior insulating qualities, and a clean finished appearance are all characteristics of glass skylights. These include tempered, shades and blinds for light control; laminated or wire glass; glass tints to block sunlight or for heat retention; and the ability to open completely or partially to provide deep ventilation.
Domed acrylic skylights
These are less expensive as compared to glass. The acrylic dome is generally mounted on an aluminum frame securely, which is, in turn, mounted on a box dubbed a “curb.” After the hole is cut in to the roof as per the specs given by the manufacturer, the curb is generally constructed on-the-site to mount the skylight over the roof sheathing level. Factory supplied or site-built flashings are intended for sealing the roofing around available curb. These domed skylights come in clear, bronze, smoked, or several other tints.
As compared to plastic skylights, glass skylights are far superior. The best-in-class glass skylights are typically surface-mounted. The lens, curb, and flashing are all manufactured in tandem. You can get your site inspected by a professional vendor of skylight supplies to assess as to which sort of skylight best suits your needs.