Skylights or Roof Windows are just like overhead windows usually in the roof through which sunlight passes through to Light up a dark area of the home. Skylights are the best natural lighting choice to simulated light solutions for specific areas where natural light is not possible during the day. There are many reasons for this, such as the room may be in the middle of the house where the installation of windows is simply not possible or for rooms where windows could be created but at the original time of building was simply left undone. This could be for example a storage room which now requires natural light. For rooms like this there is no better solution than a Roof Skylight. Generally Skylights are manufactured from Plastic or Glass materials. Either one is suitable however it is really for the individual to decide. Either material is transparent which allows light to pass through creating a very nice ambience to a dark area. The strong material they are made from protects the skylight from intense weather situations like the heat of the sun or rain. A Skylight is the best option to utilize the sunlight and to save energy in the home. A sloped or flat window allows more light in your home. It gives the feeling of more room and brightness while providing warm feeling to any area.
Skylights are of different designs, shapes and materials. They are oval, triangular, rectangular and also available in different odd shapes depending on your roof or personal preferences. Skylights add more sophistication into your home than the ordinary windows. They can become a great alternate to artificial light. Skylights are used in designing the house and to enlighten the rooms interiorly; they are preferred by most of the interior designers. They make rooms charming and stylish, and are used commonly in modern malls, hospitals, offices, restaurants and different public places to get the natural touch of daylight and to minimize the energy cost.
Carefully evaluate the type of skylight that is suitable for your home, office or building. Consider your specific requirements and the direction for installing a skylight to improve its efficiency. It is suggested that the skylight size should be less than or equal to five percent of the floor area in rooms. Skylights which are fixed on north side roofs provide a cool lighting effect, while the east facing roofs provide utmost light and warmth in the morning. Similarly, west facing skylights provide heat and sunlight in the afternoon and the south facing skylights provide more reflexive solar heat than any other position.
However, the skylights made of glass are much better than the plastic ones for this purpose due to the heat retaining properties. Surface mounted is the best type of glass skylights. During the manufacturing of glass skylights, the curb, lens and flashing functions are all manufactured together. This generally reduces the risk of leakage during rain and make the skylights weather resistant.
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