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

ADVANTAGES

  • Add more natural light to your home or business
  • Possible savings on energy costs if you upgrade your old skylights
  • Helps a room to appear larger
  • If you choose an operable skylight, you may open it to allow fresh air to enter or to help your evaporative cooler to operate more efficiently 

DISADVANTAGES

  • Losing heat in the winter or getting too much heat in the summer (if not insulated well)
  • Additional penetrations through the roof increases the chance of leakage
  • Coordinating drywall completion
  • Skylights can accumulate condensation
  • Can be expensive to install
  • 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! We offer bronze, clear, or white colored domes. Skylights can also have multiple domes (singular dome, double dome, triple dome, etc.). Double dome skylights are the most common. You may also choose different colors for each dome. For instance, if you want a lot of sun to come through, choose clear on one dome and white on the other or even opt for clear on both domes.

Besides deciding the color of the skylight, you also have the option to choose 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 also come in many different sizes and shapes. Square and rectangular skylights are a lot more common than other shapes, such as round or triangular. Unfortunately, we do not install “odd” shaped 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 choosing larger skylights. We recommend having a professional come out to 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 install a solar tube instead.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SKYLIGHT AND A SOLAR TUBE?

Skylights are essentially windows in your roof; there is a dome that is held intact by a frame. Solar tubes, in comparison, are also called sun tunnels. They are domes installed into the roof with a metal tube that goes through the attic along with a diffusing lens in the ceiling of the home. We do not install solar tubes, but can refer a great, local company if this suits your needs better. 

We hope this answers your questions regarding skylights. If it does not or you would like additional information, give us a call at 505-842-ROOF (7663)

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