I want a skylight, what’s the best kind?
Skylights come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Some made with plastic and some made with glass materials. And they come in three main classes: fixed skylight, ventilating skylight, and tubular skylight. Knowing what each of these skylights mean and what each class is for is a must so you’ll be able to know which one is best for your home.
A fixed skylight is a skylight which doesn't open. It is intended solely to allow light to pass into the house.
A ventilating skylight is a skylight which may be opened to allow air to pass through. It is ideal to install in kitchens and bathrooms where the steady flow of fresh air is highly needed.
A tubular skylight is a skylight which is essentially a very small skylight, intended mainly for hallways and small rooms where a traditional skylight wouldn't easily fit.
Now, before you decide which one of these skylights is right for you, make sure that you have gone through these important considerations first:
- Which area of the house you plan the skylight installed?
If the skylight is to be installed on the living room, you can choose between a fixed skylight and a ventilating skylight. A fixed skylight, although doesn’t open, will be able to deliver some light down into the area; same thing with the ventilating type. The only difference is that, the latter will also deliver outside air down into the area since it may be opened.
- What size and shape you want?
Examine the size of the room/area to where you’ll install the skylight you’ll get. If you have a higher and wider ceiling space, it will be a good idea to get a bigger size skylight- round, square or triangular-shaped. And it should be a fixed skylight since getting a skylight that opens may become inconvenient when the ceiling is out of your reach.
If you have a limited ceiling space, getting a smaller sized, ventilated skylight will not be a wrong choice. A smaller-sized skylight that can be opened and closed will allow the entrance of light down into the area and allow the entrance of some fresh air.
- Understand how much money you’re willing to spend.
Most skylights were made with acrylic and glass materials. Both materials have their strengths and weaknesses, and often it comes down to a simple matter of preference. Although skylights that were made with glass cost more than what skylights made with plastic or acrylic materials cost.
Anyway, choosing the skylight to purchase shouldn’t always be based with what type most people purchase, what kind most people say the best kind of skylight, but should be based on what will work best for the layout of your home- one that will optimise its contribution to your home’s energy efficiency, day lighting, and ventilation.