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All You Need to Know About Skylights

Skylights are the perfect solution to brightening up any dark or gloomy room in your home. With a skylight, you can increase the amount of natural light that can enter a room during daylight hours, which can have a plethora of health benefits. A skylight also adds a certain stylistic appeal to a room, by opening up an enclosed space, and adding charm that comes from the natural beauties you can see from the outside. A skylight has the ability to completely change how a room is viewed.

Skylights allow for extra ventilation in your home, particularly if you don’t have the space for many windows. Good ventilation can prevent all kinds of problems, including mould. But before installing a skylight, you should ensure that you’ve completely planned how your home can accommodate your new window feature, and speak to an expert to brush up on your skylight knowledge. There is a significant difference between each room that you might install a skylight into, and because skylights vary in size and style, you’ll want to make sure that you’re making the best decision for the room you’ve decided to put the skylight in.

Another thing you should consider before installing a skylight is the position of the sun in regards to your home. This is something that is often overlooked, but the main objective of a skylight is to allow more light into your home. If the roof of the room that you’re putting the skylight in is covered by a taller part of your house’s structure, you may want to reconsider, or think about a roof window, rather than a skylight. The positioning of the skylight is very important, for example, if your skylight faced the sun, and the angle allowed a large amount of light to direct itself into the room you’ve chosen, that room could become very hot, very quickly, especially in summer.

The size of the skylight is also important. A small skylight may become pointless, as it’s counterproductive to the reasons behind installing a skylight, and a roof lantern may be a more prudent choice if you’re looking for a smaller window feature. Skylights can take a large amount of effort to install, so if the measurements are wrong, or the skylight is too small to make much of a lighting difference, it may not be cost effective.

There are 4 basic types of skylight. A tube skylight, which is a tube which runs from the roof to the ceiling of your room of choice; this skylight is fixed in place, and cannot be raised or lowered. A fixed skylight, which is a standard type of skylight, which, again, cannot be moved. An electric venting skylight, which can be raised and lowered, but is controlled electronically. And finally, a manual venting skylight, which is similar to an electric venting skylight, but must be raised or lowered using a lever or by pushing on the opening.

Skylights are very popular in the modernisation of a home, and can be purchased with several customisations.