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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lets go over skylights

A skylight is a special type of window built into the roof of a house, or commerical property, in order to allow the natural light to come into the house directly. A skylight may be installed for aesthetic purposes, or even as part of a general passive-heating strategy. With so many different types of skylights, with so many different designs, as well as so many materials, and even more added components.

So oftern customers end up choosing a skylight that is far too large for their house feeling this will let as much light in as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes even the best skylights have much poorer insulation than a comparable space of roof, so a large skylight is allowing large amounts of heat to escape during cold weather, therefore letting to much heat to enter the house during warm weather. This is why, it is recommended to consider how much direct sun the homeowners roof receives, and how great the temperature shift is from one season to another, before choosing to have a skylight installed. In general, a skylight usually allows approximately eight times as much light to enter the house as the same as, a comparably sized wall window.
The three main classes of a skylight that are, widely in use are, a ventilating skylight that may be opened to allow air to pass through. These skylights are the perfect choice for a homeowner or property owners bathroom or kitchen, where they will help to relieve any excess moisture and to keep the flow of air steady flowing. Ventilating skylights are most of the time controlled by a remote, or a hand crank, or even by an automatic sensor which will track inside temperature.

Next is a fixed skylight. This is any type of skylight which can not be opened. This type of skylight is only used to allow light to pass into the house, or commercial property. At Lasts, is the tubular skylight it is a essentially a very small skylight, that is intended mainly for a hallway or any small room where a traditional skylight would not be a easy fit.
All toll there are nine main skylight styles to choose from, in which may be used for both ventilating the home or commercial property, and fixed skylights that may also be used. Five of these do come in a small to mid-size housing, the cost and difficulty of installation depends greatly on the style the homeowner or property owner choose's.
The flat skylight is the most common skylight that is choosen by a homeowner, or property owner, usually being a square or rectangular piece of flat glass or even arylic, which can be fixed or ventilating. The round skylight comes out of the roof as a half-sphere bubble. The polygon skylight peaks up out of the roof and has a number of glass or acrylic polygons -- these skylights can be very expensive than simpler models, but are also very impressive to the eye. The pyramid skylight is simple, four-triangle pyramid  that juts out of the roof. Lastly, is the dome skylight which is similar to the flat skylight, with the exception, of,  that the glass rounds up past the surface of the roof.
Also in addition to these primary residential styles, there are also four styles of skylights more often associated with large buildings. The first being the hip ridge skylight which is a long rectangular skylight that peaks up above the roof surface then to a central ridge, which than has a sloping triangular piece of glass on either short end. Next is the ridge skylight which is a simpler version, it has, two long triangles sloping in towards one another, and then has straight triangles closing off either end. Also there is a lean-to skylight which is a simple slope, which rises from the roof of one story and ends by leaning against the upper wall of the next story. And there is the barrel vault skylight is even a more complex form of the lean-to, This consists of a half-sphere against an upper wall, often seen in large arboretums.
The two main materials that is often used to construct a skylight are glass and acrylic. They both have their strengths and they both have their weaknesses, and most often it comes down to a simple matter of what the homeowners, or property owners preference is. Both of these, have different glazings that are available, different insulation factors, and both have a slightly different look to the trained eye. Other synthetic materials are also sometimes used, this is Lexan, which has a added benefit of high durability, in which is recommended for regions that often have powerful storms.
 Then there is the glazing insulation factor, and the durability of a skylight  in which are all additional factors to take into consideration when a homeowner or property owner is purchasing a skylight. Glass skylights can be purchased with multiple panes, which the area between the panes are serving as a region of insulation. All the skylights can be glazed to shield against UV radiation, this will reduce the amount of light allowed to pass, or even increase the amount of heat that will be retained. The price for buying and installing a basic skylight can cost approximately between US$1000-US$2000, getting into the more durable and more technologically advanced models, you will see a  increase in the price. Ornate shapes and peaks also will  add  to the cost significantly, while the installation of multiple modules may reduce the cost more noticeably.
Then there is the Velux Sun Tunnel which is a tubular daylighting device. It is a tunnel skylight that captures daylight at the roof, carries it through a tubular shaft and delivers light into your home.

The VELUX SUN TUNNE, skylight is a economical approach to getting the benefits of natural light into any area of the home. It can make your darkest rooms bright, and illuminate them with natural light. It is engineered and assembled from the roof to the ceiling, they will create an impact in any room.

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