Choosing the right skylight for your home is important. Skylights come in all kinds of sizes, and are often mixed up with their other roof window counterparts. This guide will talk you through some of the key factors of a skylight, and how you can start your journey to choosing the right one.
First of all, you should think about where you want your skylight. The position of a skylight is as crucial as its functions, and your new natural light solution can offer you many health and home benefits. Skylights don’t only give you access to more natural light during the day, they also add a positive, open look to the room you install them into. When considering where you want to put the skylight, you should also bear in mind whether or not you’ll need to walk on it. That may sound strange, but skylights that you can walk on are perfect for areas of the roof that may require pedestrian access, like roof terraces. If you’re installing your skylight on a flat roof, this may be something to discuss with your skylight expert. Your skylight should be able to hold a substantial amount of weight, and withstand being regularly walked across.
Some skylights have a feature that allows them to open. If you would prefer this feature, rather than a fixed skylight that doesn’t move or open, you may consider looking at either electric or manually opening skylights, that allow for extra ventilation to get into your property. An electric skylight opens at the simple touch of a button, and some can be programmed to open at regular intervals, however, manual skylights need to be pushed open. Electric skylights can be fitted with other features, such as rain and wind sensors, which will automatically close your skylight when its sensors sense high conditions.
Consider the shape of your skylight. Not all skylights are rectangular or completely flat. There are pyramid skylights, which are engineered to maximise the amount of light that can filter through into a room, and create a larger illusion of space. Mostly, you’ll find traditional, flat skylights, though. Which offer large amounts of natural light, and are the most common type of skylight available on the market.
Today’s skylight owners usually struggle between two particular types of skylight: vented or fixed. The choice is actually relatively easy to make once you understand your own needs. A fixed skylight is like an extra, larger window that you can’t open. It’s purely for a better aesthetic, to make the room appear larger and lighter, and doesn’t require much extra effort. A vented skylight, however, is for the homeowner who wants the benefit of extra ventilation, along with extra light, and the ability to control their skylight. Vented skylights are significantly more high-tech than fixed skylights, because there are so many more features that can be added to them than the stationary skylight.
Skylights also allow for tinted glass, which has various properties, and frame colours, both internally and externally, so there are many more options that just skylight size.