What Is A Skylight?

A skylight can bring the experience of an open sky and all of its feel-good benefits into the interior of your home. Skylights are similar to windows, but are unique in that they are strategically positioned on a roof to introduce more daylight. This creates a brighter and more expansive atmosphere while also bringing added warmth.

Skylight Options to Enhance Your Space

There are many styles of skylights, including tubular, flat, round, polygon, pyramid, dome, and of course, the most commonly used fixed skylights. A skylight can be transparent or translucent depending on the choice of the homeowner and the amount of lighting required or desired for a particular room. Generally, such windows are fitted into a wooden or aluminum frame and placed in a slanted position on the roof. This positioning allows the skylight to diffuse the maximum amount of sunlight into the room. Translucent materials include polycarbonate or fiberglass, while the transparent material is usually glass, which allows more direct light than the acrylic material.

Benefits of Skylights

Skylights offer many benefits to homeowners, including the following:

  • In addition to adding light and warmth to a home, skylights offer aesthetic enhancements as a stylish design element.
  • They can also help improve the airflow in your home when using ventilating skylights, which can be opened to allow air to pass through. This allows the hot air to escape and the cool (air conditioning) air to take it's place.
  • Skylights also offer environmental benefits. The surplus light they provide helps to reduce the need to use electrical lights, leading to reduced consumption of electricity or gas, and thereby reducing CO2 emissions.

Skylights can also be beneficial to your health, particularly when living in a northern climate with short winter days, by allowing more sunlight exposure. They also add value to your home and enhance your home life with beautiful design and brightened rooms. Skylights can bring more daylight into your home for healthier and more enjoyable living. Back to Skylight Articles 

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