Skylights are a smart addition to any home. They increase natural light in the house and can provide ventilation. They make any room more pleasurable to be in with the healing of natural light. Homeowner’s all around Aledo rave about their skylights. Once you have them installed in your home, you cannot imagine life without skylights. A common concern is our North Texas spring seasons which can bring hail. Never fear, there are hail resistant skylights now on the market.
The natural temperature and how bright the light coming through the skylight are affected by the size of the skylight. A rule of thumb is skylight size should never exceed 5% floor area in well-windowed rooms and less than 15% floor area in rooms that are windowless. There are energy ratings on skylights that need to be taken into consideration with the climate and house design.
The position of the skylight dictates how much passive solar heating is enjoyed as well as natural daylight. The southern position is going to enjoy the winter sun heat gain, but will also have significant summer heat gain.The eastern position maximizes the illumination and heat gain from the morning sun, and the western position maximizes the illumination and heat gain from the afternoon sun (which here in Texas is way too strong!). FInally the northern exposure provides steady illumination but it is cool. If you are having difficulty deciding which direction, Aledo’s Roofer can help!
Many skylights in Aledo, Texas have been glazed to help control solar heat gain. There are plastic glazing and glass glazing. Glass glazing is more expensive, but it is more durable. Glass glazing will not discolor. Glass glazing is usually tempered on the exterior and laminated on the interior so large shards will not fall when the skylight is damaged. The glazing also dictates the shape of the skylight. A domed, pyramid, or arched skylights help bring in light at angles that a flat skylight cannot match. Furthermore, they prevent accumulation of debris or water.
Skylights can help ventilate a hot house since hot air naturally rises, it can escape out of the skylight. The ventilating skylights usually open at the base and are operated by a hand crank or pole However, there are new skylight technologies that have automatic openers run by electric motor, these same luxurious skylights can have a moisture sensor that will close the unit when it rains.
Tubular skylights help illuminate a room with radiant natural light, and are easier to install in a variety of spaces. However, they do not give a visual or provide ventilation. They are a good choice for the budget minded who want relish natural light.
If you are looking to add new skylights to an existing house, let Aledo’s Roofer help design placement and type. The solar powered skylights now qualify for 30% tax credit. Skylights are found in kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways which are all areas that can be under lit due to lack of windows.