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Types of Skylights

Types of Skylights

Types of Skylights

Adding a skylight to your home is a great way to add more natural lighting. They can be added when converting an attic to a living space where there is no room for windows. You can also use skylights to make a room appear bigger. They look great in many different styles of homes ranging from historical homes like Monticello that has 13 different skylights to more modern homes. They can be various sizes with one of the largest containing more than 1,740 pieces of glass. Regardless of the reason that you want to add a skylight, the first step is to choose the type of skylight best meeting your needs.

Ventilating Skylights

Ventilating skylights are a popular choice for rooms, like bathrooms and laundry rooms, that need more ventilation. These skylights can open from the top or the side to let in more air. They often offer a beautiful view of the night sky. Most offer remote control opening and closing, so you do not need to reach the window to open and close it. These lights take up most of the ceiling, and they may look oversized in extremely small rooms.

Fixed Skylights

Fixed skylights do not open, but they let in a lot of natural light and they can provide a beautiful view of the night sky. Some come with a dome that fits over them helping to stop them from leaking. Nonetheless, you should have them installed by an experienced roofer to make sure that they do not leak around the edges.

Tubular Skylights

Tubular skylights are unique because they are shaped like a tube. Then, they use optics to redirect the light down into any room in your home where the tube can reach. They are very compact, so they easily fit in smaller rooms where larger options are not a choice. Tubular skylights, however, do not offer you a view of the night sky.

Curb-mounted Skylights

One of the most economical ways to install a skylight in your home is to use a curb-mounted skylight. These are the most common type of skylight as the light sits in a frame, and they are what most people think of when they hear the term skylight. For these skylights to function properly, you need at least a 3:12 roof pitch. The problem with using these in Central Florida is that they are not the most energy-efficient choice on the market.

Deck-mounted Skylights

Deck-mounted skylights also sit in a frame. They sit flush with the roof making them a more energy-efficient choice. Most deck-mounted skylights do not open, so they do not offer additional ventilation.

It can be extremely difficult to choose the type of skylight that you want, but one choice is incredibly simple. Hire Dehlinger to install your skylight. This team of roofing contractors in Longwood has many years of experience in installing skylights in Central Florida. Contact Drew or April Dehlinger the next time you need to hire a roofing contractor in Longwood.