Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
A skylight is like a window which has been placed in your roof. It has a frame specially designed to withstand rain and prevent leakage from rain and snow. To maximize a skylights use of natural light to illuminate a room or its passive solar heating potential you will want to take into consideration how a skylight is positioned. Facing north your skylight will provide fairly constant illumination but will not provide a lot of heat. Facing east it will provide the maximum amount of light and solar heat gain in the morning. Facing west your skylight provides afternoon sunlight as well as heat gain. A skylight facing south provides the greatest potential for winter passive solar heat gain than any other location but will often allow unwanted heat gain in the summer.
When these are pulled away and removed the drenched and water damaged roof beams come into view. Moisture comes from both inside and outside. Weather isnt the only thing that causes skylights to leak. Warm air from inside the house can catch in the skylight as it rises on warm air and then drips down onto furniture and valuables below. Modern skylight replacements can come with what is called low-e glass. This low emissivity glass keeps energy meant to heat or cool a room in and helps to reflect heat and cold out and away from the light itself. This is usually done through a special film that the glass is coated with. This film can block out UV rays and comes in many different filtering shades.
For instance flat roofs are more susceptible to drainage problems. Flat skylights on flat roofs may lead to water pooling. That is why experts recommend the use of domed skylights on flat roofs. This promotes drainage. Skylights for low pitch installation generally have significant slope built into the design. Attention must be paid to such things before installing skylights. Skylights are introduced into the design and architecture of the home to bring in lots of light heat and warmth. But what happens if there is a tall tree towering over the skylight on the roof? The very purpose of the skylight is defeated. The position of the skylight on the roof plays a vital role in determining its usefulness and effectiveness.