Homeowners use skylights on their roofs for numerous reasons, from aesthetics to better efficiency.
Here are some of the most essential benefits of skylights, assured to help you save money and energy while bringing a brighter shine to your interior.
Skylights and Natural Effects
The main advantage to a skylight is it lets natural sunlight into your home so you don’t necessarily need electricity to light up the room. Natural light can boost your mood and productivity. It can also help wake you up naturally. Additionally, skylights are designed to boost light.
One of the reasons people get ill in the winter is a lack of vitamin D, which comes from the sun. A skylight helps deliver this essential vitamin all year round. Another advantage to letting in natural sunlight is it can potentially create a happier atmosphere. People underestimate the power of the sun, which provides the energy to make the planet thrive. Studies show employees are more productive in natural lighting environments.
Throughout most of human history, people worked without electric light. The skylight retains this sense of history while preserving the health benefits of natural light. Sunlight, for example, helps lower blood pressure. This calming effect can help reduce the stress, anxiety, and depression which may develop in darker environments.
Some skylights can release hot air which builds up near the ceiling as a form of ventilation. These units usually open outward or include an extra device for manual opening.
Different Types of Skylights
Skylights come in all shapes and sizes, which affect the performance. The bigger the window, the more light it can let into a room and reduce the need for electricity. Many times skylights are customized to fit the shape of a roof. The most basic type of skylight consists of a single plane. A long roof can feature several skylights in a series, whereas a large living room might just have one big window in the middle.
Some skylights are narrow and serve the purpose of directing light. Unique shapes like octagons not only add style to a room, they can create a sundial effect so that light angles change throughout the day. Skylights can be designed for both sloped and flat roofs. The most aesthetically pleasing units are commonly prefabricated with concealed fasteners and designed for easy installation. Venting skylights are used to circulate fresh air.
A compelling visual effect of skylights is they can make a room look larger. Glass can be tinted various colors to give a room a more attractive presentation. The main advantage to window tinting is it can cut utility costs dramatically. A dark film can block UV light which damages furniture.
The primary disadvantages of tinting are it can be difficult to install and may create issues with cracks and bubbles. Choosing the right skylights and roofer in the first place is the best approach to saving money in future maintenance costs.
Like with all roof components, leaks are possible, which is why it’s always helpful to get your roof inspected at least once per year by a certified professional. A big part of how well a skylight protects against outdoor elements is whether it was installed properly. The quality of the flashing surrounding the unit is also a factor which points back to the installation.
Roofers fix leaks with caulk or roof sealant after conducting a thorough inspection. They must first differentiate between leaks and condensation stains. A ceiling inspection is also necessary to make an accurate assessment of whether parts should be fixed or replaced.
Sometimes skylight leaks can occur from previous maintenance involving cement due to how it dried. Pinholes, for example, can appear on flashing cement, causing leaks. The cement may also be vulnerable to changes in temperature.
Other prior maintenance issues can involve the manner in which the cement was applied. If sealant was used consistently several times to fix leaks, there may be cracks in the flashing. Newer curbed skylights usually are more resistant to leaks.
How Skylights are Getting Smarter
The most modern skylights are integrated with IoT technology and can monitor various measurements, such as CO2, temperature, and humidity. These skylights automatically monitor sunlight and can add shading when necessary. The rapidly growing solar industry is also integrating skylights in its systems. As with many household appliances, a fully integrated smart system allows you to control your skylights with an app.
The more data you collect, the more you can manage your environment and make it safe for occupants. Skylights not only generate data, they add life and personality to a room.
Choosing skylights for environmental and aesthetic reasons gives your home more value in personal ways. Contact us at Imperial Roofing to speak with a confident and dependable Solution Manager.