Skylight / July 11, 2018 / Nicolas Charlebois
Before installing a skylight in your home you need to carefully evaluate what type of skylight will work best for you considering your specific requirements and how to install it in a way that it improves your homes energy efficiency. Its a sensible idea to evaluate the energy performance ratings of skylights based on the climate that you live in and the architectural design of your home. In the U.S. you can find labeled energy-efficient skylights which tell you the minimum energy performance rating criteria by climate. The physical dimensions of the skylight also greatly affect the lux level and temperature of the space it is being used for.
It will also make all the difference for a skylight that doesnt have newer methods for moving condensation away from the window. It is possible that some skylights are suffering manufacturer related defects. Most worthy manufacturers of skylights or replacements will guarantee their product. A new and complete skylight will be sent and installed hopefully at no cost. It will require the same installation techniques as applied with the first but will obviously be better all around. It is often only when installing a replacement skylight that the damage caused by the original is noticed. The moisture damage caused to a roof is often hidden by the shingles and failed flashing around a skylight.
If the room you intend to illuminate with the skylight has an open ceiling with no attic space above you can install the skylight without needing to construct a light shaft. This is by far the simplest installation and it offers the maximum amount of light and a view of the sky. For ceilings with an attic space above a light shaft must be constructed that connects the skylight to the room. Skylight shafts take one of three forms: Straight in which the shaft drops vertically from the roof to the ceiling and is the same dimension as the skylight itself. This type is the easiest to construct but because of its offset angle relative to the skylight offers the least amount of light.