Skylights can transform a dark, cold room into a bright living space filled with natural light. Here’s why you should consider installing them in your home…
Benefits of skylights
Skylights bring more natural light into your home, which not only creates a bright, modern aesthetic, but will also help you to reduce your carbon footprint – and energy bills – by eliminating the need for artificial lighting during the day.
In fact, a skylight can capture up to three times more light than a vertical window of the same size. That means that even on an overcast day, a skylight will still bring plenty of natural light into your home.
When to use skylights
Skylights are ideal for use when the size of the vertical windows you can use is limited, in rooms where the outlook through vertical windows lacks privacy, and where light coming through vertical windows is blocked by surrounding buildings or trees.
And on a purely aesthetic basis, skylights can bring an architectural feel to the interior design of a room and serve as a distinctive focal point.
Types of skylights
There are three common types of skylights:
1 Roof windows
Roof windows are commonly used on slanted ceilings with little roof space. Most use double insulated glass with aluminium, steel and timber framing options. Roof windows can usually be opened to improve ventilation in summer.
2 Roof lights
Roof lights are made from single-glazed acrylic, polycarbonate or glass and can be tinted or clear. They may also be either fixed or can be opened for increased ventilation. Roof lights can also generally be moulded into a range of shapes.
3 Tubular skylights
Tubular skylights capture direct sunlight through a reflective light well, and diffusers at ceiling level distribute the light across the room. They are particularly effective at reducing heat loss and gain in extreme weather conditions.
Maintaining your skylights
It’s important to ensure leaf litter doesn’t build up around and over the exterior of your skylights. As leaf litter becomes wet and decomposes, it can stain the glass or plastic covering of your skylight, which may affect its performance.
That’s why it’s recommended that skylights be cleaned once every six to 12 months. Opening skylights may also require the occasional lubrication of internal hardware.
Koala Glass can replace damaged skylight glass in Newcastle and throughout the Hunter. Contact us for a free quote.
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