Almost all houses and places of
residence will have doors and windows. This is a basic part of any
home. If we wanted to let some light in, we open our windows,
sometimes even our doors to make our homes brighter. At times we even
need to open our electrical lights during the day because not all
windows can provide sufficient light in some spaces. There is a way
to maximize the light of day that can play a very important role in
our daily routine even to the point of dictating our biological
clock. Everyone deserves to experience the benefits that bright,
beautiful and free daylight has to offer.
What are skylights?
These are windows installed directly on the surface of both roof and ceiling for the
benefit of maximizing daylight purposes, which has many benefits for
the residents of that home. It allows direct or indirect light in a
space room or house by top lighting. Letting natural sunlight pass
through indoor spaces can act as a natural alarm clock in a bedroom
during mornings and will help keep track of the general time of day
even without a clock. Using the benefit of natural light is
eco-friendly since it does away with using electricity to light up a
A fixed skylight provides a great
visual connection to the outdoor environment by giving a view of the
sky, clouds and current weather conditions within the comfort of your
own home. Not just that, an operable roof window uses a hinged sash
attached to and supported by the frame is an excellent way to provide
ventilation for passive cooling and fresh air exchange. There are a
variety of ways to control operable roof windows.
2. What are the type of skylights?
FIXED SKYLIGHTS are perfect for areas
such as hallways, stairwells and closed in spaces that can be
transformed with light and sky views. This is an economical choice in
creation a home filled with natural light.
MANUAL OPERATED SKYLIGHTS for deck or
curb mount installation, provide natural light and enables any space
to embrace the benefits of opening it for fresh air.
MOTOR CONTROLLED SKYLIGHTS For out of
reach areas, this is a great option. Comes in conventional electric
power and solar power (efficiently charges a battery powered operator
and control system) Provides the same benefits plus the added
convenience with touch of a button.
***LIGHT TUBES or Light Pipes
With new technology come better and
better innovations for our fast growing society. People are smarter
and more and more aware of what is truly important. We all have the
right to daylight and even more to fully use the benefits of it.
“Studies have shown that people exposed to natural light are more
productive, achieve a better sense of well-being, and are more
Light tubes are affordable and cost
effective in the long run, energy efficient, high-performance
lighting solutions that bring daylight into interior spaces where
traditional skylights and windows simply can’t reach. It is an
option you can choose if your ceiling and roof has a substantial gap
in between. It is an eco-friendly way because they significantly
reduce the need for electricity while keeping interiors bright.
3. What do I need to install a
Before you start anything, you'll have
to asses the structure of your home such as attic space and the
existence of trusses to be able to determine the kind of skylight
suitable for your home. Decide where the best place to locate it for
maximizing its benefits.
Safety first. For installers the
possibility of falling is a real danger. Double check your ladders
and scaffoldings. Make sure complete the tools on hand, head gear and
shoes with proper traction.
Know the product before purchasing or
choosing. Go through the details of the cost of materials and
installation fee, labor expenses and the length of time it will take
to install. Energy efficiency, watertightness, sound reduction and
other factors such as load and wind resistance are important
considerations. Be updated Learn about what new technologies and eco
friendly product are out there. Check out Shading, UV coatings and
ventilation options from window suppliers and contractors. If you don't have the expertise or the
skill level for this task, better have the professional contractors do it.
4. Maintenance of a skylight window
Maintain a clean and clear view of the
sky with occasional cleaning. Although this is fairly easy, Avoid
cleaning during the hottest part of day.
Sometimes after a strong storm or bad
weather, due to branches breaking down and debris, there is a
possibility of mechanical malfunction, cracked glass or a leak. Have
a check up with your roofing contractors to do a gear, leak and glass check for
5. What are the practical add ons for
If you decide to install it in areas
such as a bath or laundry area, it is wise to consider adding a
ventilation kit to prevent steam build up.
Decorative lighting fixtures and
diffuser to compliment your skylight. It acts like a light fitting.
for times when you would like to enjoy an afternoon nap, you may
consider a daylight dimmer.
Shutters and blinds are a great way to
control the amount of light. Options for manual or electrically
operated. Personalize it by choosing from different materials and
colors available. Types of blinds available are block out blinds,
solar reflective blinds, pleated honeycomb blinds. Choosing good
quality products will last you years.