Are you thinking of installing skylights for flat roofs? Before you actually do, you must first know how to do so.
A skylight is basically a window in your roof. It allows natural light to come into your house, so you can save energy and lessen environmental footprints.
Adequate exposure to sunlight provides a myriad of health benefits as sun is a readily available source of vitamin D. It helps prevent mood disorders and reduce depression symptoms. Sunlight also speeds up recovery from illness or surgery.
It also acts as a natural disinfectant that prevents fungus build-up in your house.
Natural light in your living space greatly improves the aesthetics of your house interior, too. It lightens up the vibe of your house to always make it feel like summer!
However, there are things you should know first before deciding to install skylights.
1. Types of skylight for your roof
Fixed skylights are easy to set up and least likely to leak if you install it properly. If the seal breaks because of wrong installation or any other reason, moisture can accumulate.
Vented skylights fix the moisture issue and allow proper ventilation. However, leaks can happen during bad weather because it is not sealed.
Tubular skylights, often called as sun tunnels, are a type of fixed skylights. They are good for small spaces like entryways and hallways because they can’t provide enough natural light in large spaces.
Among the three, fixed skylights are a better choice as long as you hire a reputable installer to set it up. However, if you have an enclosed space and you want a moving air flow, you can pick vented skylights for your roof.
2. Safer types of skylight glass
It’s best to check if the skylight glass is strong enough to survive harsh weather conditions.
During typhoons or hurricane, your skylights can break. That’s why you should opt for tempered glass or laminated glass.
Tempered glass is the type of glass used in car windshields. It can break into small pieces, but it would not cause significant injury. Laminated glass is a safer choice as it is covered with film. Once the glass breaks, the film prevents it from falling.
3. Proper placement
Skylight placement should not be a quick decision to make. It helps to make a space blueprint before you start cutting your roof open.
The placement of the skylight depends on the size of the area you want to illuminate. The bigger the area, the bigger the size or the quantity of the skylights you will need.
Now that you are aware of the basic things about the skylight, you may now plan on the type of the skylight your house requires. The next step is to ask help from a reputable roofing company to professionally install your skylights.