Are you considering installing skylights to add more light in the home? Skylights bring in natural light and can make a room appear bigger.  Skylights come in different sizes, colors, shapes, materials, and can be operable. While there are many things to consider, here are some general advantages and disadvantages for skylights.

Advantages

  • Add more natural light to the home
  • Possible savings on energy costs if you upgrade your old skylights
  • Make a room appear bigger
  • If you get an operable skylight, you can open it to allow fresh air to enter or to help your evaporative cooler work more efficiently

Disadvantages

  • Losing heat in the winter or getting too much heat in the summer (if not insulated well)
  • More penetrations through the roof increases the chance of leakage
  • Coordinating getting the drywall completed
  • Skylights can accumulate condensation
  • Can be expensive
  • Popping or cracking noises

While these are general advantages and disadvantages, we will elaborate on some specific items when it comes to skylights.

You wouldn’t think there would be different colors when it comes to skylights, but there are! You can have bronze, clear, or white colored domes. Skylights can have multiple domes (singular dome, double dome, triple dome, etc.). Double dome skylights are the most common. You can get different colors with the different domes. If you want a lot of sun to come through, you can get clear on one dome and white on the other or even have them both be clear.

Besides deciding the color of the skylight, you also have an option to get an operable skylight. Operable skylights can be manually operated or motorized (remote or wall switch).  These skylights typically only open a couple inches to allow air circulation in the home. Heat can accumulate near the skylight and ceiling. With an operable skylight, it would allow the hot air to escape.

Skylights come in many different sizes and shapes. Square and rectangular skylights are a lot more common than other shapes, such as round or triangular. We do not install “odd” shape skylights such as round or triangular. The bigger the skylight, the more sun light it will bring into a room. When deciding where to place the skylight, you have to make sure it doesn’t go over any important framing, electrical, or plumbing in the home. This factor may limit you in getting large skylights. We recommend having a professional come out and see if a skylight can be placed in a specific location. Luckily, if you are unable to place a skylight in a certain area, you might be able to put a solar tube there instead.

What is the difference between a solar tube and a skylight?

Skylights are essentially windows in your roof. There is a dome that is intact by a frame. Solar tubes are also called sun tunnels. They are domes installed into of the roof with a metal tube that goes through the attic and a diffusing lens in the ceiling of the home. We do not install solar tubes, but can refer a great, local company to you.

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