How to Choose the Right Skylight for Your Home
There are many factors to consider when choosing a skylight for your home. What type of roof do you have? What is the climate like where you live? How much natural light do you want to let in? In this blog post, we will answer these questions and more to help you choose the right skylight for your home.
Types of Roofs
One of the first things you need to consider when choosing a skylight is the type of roof you have. There are three main types of roofs: pitched, flat, and domed. Pitched roofs are the most common type of roof in North America. They have a steep slope and are usually made of shingles or tiles. Flat roofs are exactly what they sound like—a roof that is flat or has a very low slope. They are common in commercial buildings but can also be found on some homes. Domed roofs are less common than pitched or flat roofs but they offer a unique look.
Another important factor to consider is the climate where you live. If you live in an area with a lot of snowfall, you will need to make sure that your skylight is rated for snow loads. You should also take into account the amount of heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays that enter your home through the skylight. If you live in a hot climate, choose a skylight with low-e glass to help keep your home cool. If you live in a cold climate, choose a skylight with double or triple glazing to help keep your home warm.
Natural Light Levels
The next thing to think about is how much natural light you want to let into your home. Do you want a skylight that opens so you can get fresh air? Or do you just want a fixed skylight that lets in light but does not open? There are also “tubular” skylights that are long tubes that run from the roof to the ceiling and let in a lot of light but take up less space than a traditional skylight.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a skylight for your home, but if you take them one at a time, the process can be much less daunting. Start by thinking about the type of roof you have and then move on to climate considerations. After that, think about how much natural light you want to let into your home and then narrow down your options based on those criteria. With a little bit of research, you’ll be sure to find the perfect skylight for your home!